The "L" list of mystery authors, with their
books in chronological order, offers a wide array of titles. Janet Laurence's series features a caterer and some rather interesting book titles... "Death at the Table," "Diet for Death," and "A Tasty Way to Die" are three examples of book titles that use the character's profession in a playful manner.
And, who could resist author
Cecile Lamalle's French restaurant owned by Charly Poisson? Charly's last name (minus an "s) doesn't say much for the food... unless of course, the restaurant serves French fish!
Lacey, a Professor Emeritus (Ph.D. in American Civilization) uses his
expertise as a professor of American Studies, the chairperson of an English
department, and the director of the Honors program at the college level to
good use. He writes the Ryan/Lehrer Mystery Series which takes place in
Connecticut, with a little New York City and Washington, D.C. thrown in...
Deryn Lake (aka Dinah Lampitt) Lake writes the John Rawlings
Mystery Series which has Sir John Fielding (the
blind British magistrate who started the Bow Street Runners - the first British police
force) and John Rawlings (a young
apothecary) teaming up to solve crimes in 1700s England...
M. D. Lake
Series featuring a campus policewoman in Minnesota... Lake (a
pseudonym) is a professor of literature
at (where else!) the University of Minnesota and used to be a columnist for the
Lakin You may not know it, but you have
probably seen a whole lot of Rita Lakin's work. She has worked in Los
Angeles as writer, producer, and editor for shows like Peyton Place,
Dynasty, Mod Squad, and even Dr. Kildare. She has also created her own shows
(Flamingo Road and The Rookies, to name two), as well as written movies of
the week and miniseries. I could go on and on about Lakin, but why don't you
just take a look at her mysteries!
Culinary Mystery series...
John J. Lamb
As an ex-California policeman, Lamb draws on his life's experiences to write
this cozy mystery series. Lamb and his wife (a retired crime
analyst/fingerprint expert) collect teddy bears (+/- 600!)... he also uses
his post-policeman interests to write the Bear Collector's Mystery Series.
Jill Marie Landis Landis, an ex-kindergarten & Second Language English
teacher, writes the Tiki Goddess Mystery Series. The comedic series is
set in Hawaii and features the newly divorced (broke) manager of the Tiki
Goddess Bar who sleuths with the help of the Hula Maidens, a dance
troupe that is comprised of senior ladies. Landis also writes the
Twilight Cove Mystery Series (Contemporary Romantic Suspense) and has
written several Inspirational Historical Romances.
Graham Landrum Landrum's cozy mystery series revolves around
Harriet Bushrow, a "mature" sleuth who solves mysteries with the help of her
DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) cohorts.
Christopher Lane Lane writes the Inupiat Eskimo Mystery Series which
features a police officer who is brought up in Anchorage and who then goes
to live in a more desolate area. (Amazon's blurp says Lane writes "for the
Lane is an ex-teacher who writes a mystery series that features a sleuth who
owns a flower/herb farm in North Carolina. She has also co-authored a few
books on quilting!
Clare Langley-Hawthorne Langley-Hawthorne left her job as a commercial lawyer
to pursue her Master's in both economics and international trade law. As she
published law and economics articles, she realized that she actually was
destined to write fiction. She now authors the Ursula Marlowe Mystery Series
which takes place in early 1900s London, and features a suffragette...
Langton writes the Homer Kelly Mystery Series which is about a
retired lawyer & detective who becomes a Harvard professor/sleuth...
Lanier's husband dared her to write a book, and thus began her series about
a Bloodhound trainer/tracker sleuth...
Vincent Lardo He continued the Archy McNally novels after the death of the creator, Lawrence Sanders.
There are seven previous McNally books.
E.L. Larkin Larkin writes the Demary Jones Mystery
Series which is set in Seattle, Washington and features a genealogist and
aka R. B. Dominic…… I have not read any of Emma Lathen’s books, but a Cozy
Mystery website viewer suggested that her novels would make fine additions
to this site.
Laurence writes the
Ursula Grandison Mystery Series as well as the Darina Lisle Mystery Series,
which features a caterer in England. She also writes the Canaletto Mystery
Series which features an Italian painter in 1700s London.
Laurie is a professional psychic who writes a series about a professional
psychic. She writes the Psychic Eye Mystery Series, the Ghost Hunter Mystery
Series, the young adult Maddie Flynn Mystery Series, and the children's
Oracles of the Delphi Mystery Series.
Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka
J. J. Cook & Ellie
The Lavenes have six cozy mystery series: the Missing Pieces Mystery Series,
the Sheriff Sharyn Howard Mystery Series, the Peggy Lee Garden Mystery
Series, the Renaissance Faire Mystery Series, the Stock Car Racing Mystery
Series, and the Pet Psychic Mystery Series. The Lavenes also write the
Retired Witches Mystery Series which takes place in North Carolina and
features Molly & Elsie, two witches who run a curio shop and want to retire.
As Cook, the write the Sweet
Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery Series which takes place in Tennessee. Stella
Griffin, is the current fire chief who gets a little help from the ex fire
chief, Eric Gamlyn - "ex" as in expired! As Cook, they also write
the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery Series. This series is sety in Alabama
and has, as its sleuth, Zoe Chase, a food truck chef.As Grant they write the Pie in the
Sky mysteries, which feature Maggie Grady, the niece of the owner of a pie
shop in North Carolina.
Lois Lavrisa Lavrisa writes the Chubby Chicks Club Mystery Series. Cat
and Annie Mae are best friends who have taken up sleuthing in
Savannah Georgia. Lavrisa also has a Young Adult spin-off of
the Chubby Chicks Club series called the Thomson Twins Tales.
I have not read any of Lawrence’s novels, but a very avid reader of Cozy
Mysteries suggested that I try them. Lawrence was described to me as an
author of mysteries that would be categorized as “classics.”
Lucy Lawrence (aka
Jenn McKinlay &
Josie Belle) Lawrence
writes the Decoupage Mystery Series and as McKinlay she writes the very
popular Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series, Hat Shop Mystery Series, and the
Library Lover's Mystery Series. As Josie Belle she writes the Good Buy
Lawrence's series featuring Hannah Trevor is the only midwife-based series I know of... yet! Set in post Revolutionary War times...
Martha C. Lawrence
Lawrence's first novel (featuring her psychic private investigator) was
nominated for three of the top mystery awards... the Agatha, the Anthony,
and the Edgar.
John le Carré Not
Cozy... Does the name "George Smiley" sound familiar? He "came in from the cold," but only if he was a
spy! (On the
Crime Writers' Association Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time) (On the
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Suzann Ledbetter Ledbetter's
cozy series features a manager of a posh retirement community. Ledbetter
also has written some interesting non-fiction books, stand-alone mysteries,
humorous books, and several books that take place during the 1880s gold
Amanda Lee (aka Gayle Trent &
Gayle Leeson) Lee
writes the Embroidery Mystery Series which features the owner of an
embroidery shop in Oregon. As
Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cozy Mystery Series which features a cake
decorator. Trent also writes the Myrtle Crumb Mystery Series. Myrtle is a senior
sleuth who lives in Virginia.
Elizabeth Lee (aka
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli) Lee writes the Nut House Mystery
Series which features Lindy Blanchard, a plant biologist who works on her family
pecan farm in Texas. Lindy works on bioengineering the best pecan crops possible
and she also works in the little family-owned shop where they sell all sorts of
pecan goodies. As Buzzelli she writes the Emily Kincaid Mystery Series which is
set in Michigan and features a reporter (Emily Kincaid) and Dolly Wakowski, a
Donna Leon Leon lives in Venice and writes the Guido
Brunetti Mystery Series which features a Venetian police commissario...
Henry Cecil Leon
aka Henry Cecil... I have not read any of
Leon’s novels, but they were recommended to me by a Cozy Mystery reader, who
assured me that they are well-worth reading.
After hearing how much she liked his mysteries, and after researching him
for this site, I have decided that I will be reading his books very soon. He
was a British judge who honed his story telling skills while in the
Laura Levine Levine
writes the Jaine Austen Mystery Series. She is also a sitcom writer with
such credits as The Bob Newhart Show, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, The
Jeffersons, and Laverne and Shirley.
(aka Jacklyn Brady) Lewis writes the Senior Sleuth Fred Vickery Mystery Series which features a
retiree who enjoys sleuthing. As Brady she writes the Piece of Cake Mystery
Kathryn Lilley Lilley
has just started her Fat City Mystery Series. Her main character seems to
have the same battles going on (with the bulge) that a lot of the rest of us
do. Of course, as a TV journalist, her main character's livelihood depends
on looking fit for the camera... which sometimes necessitates a whole lot of
diet and exercise help!
(aka Juliet Blackwell) Lind, a sister writing duo... one is an artist and the other a historian, enjoys
(Or should that be "enjoy"?!?) aging her (again, should that be "their"?!?) paintings. It was this that started her/them
thinking about writing a series about an artist who started out as an art
forger, and then became an art expert/amateur sleuth. As Juliet Blackwell,
she writes the Witchcraft Mystery Series and the Mel Turner Historic Home
Renovation Mystery Series...
N. J. Lindquist Lindquist
is an ex-teacher who writes a series set in Toronto. As an avid baseball
fan, her second novel of the series (Glitter of Diamonds) is set in the
world of baseball...
Elizabeth Linington aka
Leslie Egan, Dell Shannon, & Anne Blaisdell... A lot of series for a lot of pseudonyms!
Suffragette mystery series and a series about a trainer.... both set in
(aka Lizbeth Lipperman & Liz Roth) Liz Lipperman, a registered nurse, writes the Clueless Cook Mystery
Series. This series has, as its sleuth, Jordan McAllister, a newspaper food
critic who doesn't cook.
Lizbeth Lipperman (aka
Liz Lipperman & Liz Roth)
Since Liz Lipperman is a registered nurse, then it is quite obvious that so
is Lizbeth! As Lizbeth she writes the Dead Sister Talking Mystery Series,
which features Lainey Garcia, and her dead sister Tessa - who helps her
Ex-journalist Lippman writes the Tess Monaghan series...
Constance & Gwenyth Little
The Little sisters wrote their mystery novels in the early to mid 1900s. The
sisters lived in New Jersey, although they were born in Australia. They
wrote Stand Alone mysteries
Livingston’s series is set in Nebraska, and the main character is Jennifer
Gray, a veterinarian.
Loan-Wilsey Loan-Wilsey writes the historical Hattie Davish
"Have Typewriter Will Travel" Mystery Series, which is set in the USA during
the late 19th century. Hattie travels to different parts of the USA for her
work as a traveling secretary and skilled typist.
M. Louisa Locke Locke, a former history professor, writes the Victorian San
Francisco Mystery Series which features a sleuth who is the owner of a
boardinghouse, and who also secretly works as a clairvoyant.
Richard & Frances Lockridge A
very successful husband and wife writing team...
Kylie Logan (aka
Miranda Bliss &
Casey Daniels) Bliss/Daniels/Logan has a
degree in English, has taught writing, and has worked in the field of
journalism. As Logan, she writes the Button Box Mystery Series which is set
in a button shop (in Chicago) and features the owner of said shop. She also
writes the League of Literary Ladies Mystery Series, which features a B & B
owner, a cat lover, and a winery owner - all book club members.
Logan also writes the Chili Cook-Off mysteries. As Bliss,
she writes a cozy culinary mystery series about two women who
aren't at all gifted in the culinary skills. Luckily, one of them has a man in
her life who is a chef! As Daniels, she writes the
Pepper Martin Mystery Series which features a sleuth who conducts tours in
cemeteries and gets help from a mob boss who has been dead for thirty
Colette London Colette London's Chocolate
Whisperer Mystery Series stars Haydon Mundy Moore. Haydon is a globe-trotting chocolate
aficionado and amateur sleuth.
Meg London (aka
Peg Cochran) London writes the
Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie Series, which takes place in Paris....
Tennessee. The sleuth, Emma Taylor, has returned home to Paris after working
as a stylist in New York City. As Cochran, she
writes the Gourmet De-Lite Mystery Series. She also writes the Lucille
Mystery Series. This series features Lucille Mazzarella, a middle aged
"Jersey Girl who a Home Shopping Channel devotee.
T.C. LoTempio LoTempio
is the author of the Nick and Nora Mystery Series, starring Nora Charles, deli
owner, who uses the help of her cat Nick to solve murders. The series is set in
When not writing her Murder by Month Mystery series, Lourey spends
her time teaching Sociology and Creative Writing at the college level.
Lowe just debuted the Forensic Handwriting Mystery Series in 2007. Lowe has
a Bachelor's in Psychology which she followed up with her certification in
Handwriting Analyses. She is a qualified handwriting expert for the
California Court system, and uses her expertise in her mystery series.
Virginia Lowell Lowell writes the Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery Series. The series
follows Olivia Greyson, the owner of the Gingerbread House Cookie Shop, who also
happens to be a sleuth...
Lukasik taught literature and writing at the university level
in Chicago before penning her Leigh Girard Mystery Series. The main
character of the series is a journalist/sleuth who is a breast cancer
Lisa Lutz Lutz
writes the Izzy Spellman Mystery Series. Her first novel was nominated for
three prestigious mystery awards: the Anthony, the Barry, and the Macavity
Dixie Lyle Lyle writes the Whiskey, Tango, and Foxtrot Mystery Series.
Deirdre "Foxtrot" Lancaster is an administrative assistant to a very rich
woman. Her duties include running the mansion. Tango, her deceased
telepathic cat and Tiny, a shapeshifting ghost dog accompany Foxtrot on her
Lynd writes the Gran and Bass Olson Mystery Series which takes place in
Arkansas. Gran and her grandson become private investigators in order to
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