There are so many cozy mystery book authors
who can be found in the "M" list. I discovered
years ago, and I have remained a loyal reader of hers through the years. I am an
avid fan of seasonal books, and the first mystery in her Peter Shandy series
"Rest You Merry" is a wonderful cozy Christmas mystery book.
The Roderick Alleyn series written by the very
Ngaio Marsh is
a classic cozy mystery series. If you get a chance to see the BBC
"Inspector Alleyn Mysteries" shows (with Patrick Malahide).... ENJOY! The cozy
mystery book translates exceptionally well to the television and/or movie
writes a "very British" mystery book series that is really enjoyable
reading. When a reader devotes hours to reading a book, it's always a treat
to find a really good author who is able to deliver "good reads" every time.
Macdonald, previously a professor in both Canada and England, writes the
Dido Hoare Mystery Series which features a single mother, antiquarian
MacInerney writes two series: the Gray Whale Inn Mystery series (for which
she was nominated for an Agatha Best First Novel Award) and she will be
releasing the first book in her Tales of an Urban Werewolf series in 2008. (MacInerney
finished the second Barbara Burnett
Smith's Beading mystery series.)
Jeanne Mackin aka Anna
Maclean... As Mackin, she writes historical novels. As Maclean,
she pens a cozy mystery series that features Louisa May Alcott, before she
became a novelist.
Jeanne Mackin... Maclean pens a cozy
mystery series that features Louisa May Alcott, before she became a
novelist. As Mackin, she writes historical novels.
good cozy series to
pick from... She is one of the main reasons I am such a devoted cozy mystery
Susan Elia MacNeal MacNeal, with a degree in English Literature, writes the
Maggie Hope Mystery Series. This series features an American typist in 1940s
London. (MacNeal's first Maggie Hope mystery was nominated for both the Edgar
and the Dilys awards.)
Macomber has been recommended to me by several different site readers. Not
all of her series are mysteries, although one site reader has told me that
her Cedar Cove Series does indeed fall into the mystery category. Her
Blossom Street Series is a knitting series, and she also has a number of
Holiday Theme books. Her Angelic Intervention series features three angels
who are sent to earth to help people...
MacPherson lists genealogy as one of her passions, so it shouldn't surprise
you that her series has a genealogist as it's main character.
MacRae writes the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series which takes place in
Tennessee. The series features Kath
Rutledge, who inherites her grandmothers wool shop. Along with the shop,
Kath inherits a tenant - a not-so-happy ghost.
Ada Madison (aka
Camille Minichino &
Madison writes the Sophie Knowles Mystery Series which features a college
professor/beader/sleuth in Massachusetts. As Minichino she writes the
Periodic Table Mystery Series which is also set in Massachusetts, with
several books taking place (as trips) in California. As Grace, she writes the Miniature Mystery
Series which is set in California.
Mary Jane Maffini (aka
Victoria Abbott - writing duo Mary Jane
Maffini & daughter Victoria Maffini)
Maffini, a librarian by trade, also (co-)owned a mystery book shop
before becoming a full-time cozy author. She writes three mystery series:
the Charlotte Adams Mystery Series (Charlotte is a professional organizer),
the Camilla MacPhee Mystery Series (Camilla is a violent victim's advocate
in Canada), and the Fiona Silk Mystery Series (Fiona is a failed romance
writer). As Abbott, both mom and daughter Maffini write the
Book Collector's Mystery Series. This series features Jordan Kelly as the
sleuth. Jordan is a researcher for a rare mystery book collector in New
Paul Magrs Magrs is a British professor of Creative Writing who writes the
Brenda & Effie Mystery Series which is set in the UK, and features two best
friends who involve themselves in supernatural investigations. He has also
written several Doctor Who novels, as well as (+/-) dozen Stand Alones.
G. M. Malliet
Malliet is a Malice Domestic Grant Winner, as well as a copywriter and
journalist. She pens the St. Just Mystery Series and the Max Tudor Mystery
Series. Max Tudor is a very unlikely sleuth... He's an ex-spy turned village
Valerie S. Malmont
What better occupation for your cozy mystery book's main character/sleuth to
be than an author.... of horror.....
Blanche Day Manos &
Barbara Burgess Blanche Day Manos (an ex-teacher) and
Barbara Burgess (a retired trial court administrator) co-author the Darcy /
Flora Mystery Series. This series features a daughter/mother sleuth team in
a friendly and small town in Oklahoma.
Marcotta writes the Lucy Freers Mystery Series which is set in Hollywood.
Its sleuth is a wife of a Hollywood producer who also is a filmmaker... when
she's not sleuthing.
Marberg writes the Interior Design Mystery Series...
Mary Marks Marks writes the
Martha Rose Quilting Mystery Series, which makes perfect sense,
since Marks is a top-notch quilter. The sleuth, Martha Rose, is a divorced
Californian who is aided in her sleuthing by her best friends. Martha is
(obviously!) a quilter. She is retired, and as much as she enjoys quilting, she
also enjoys eating.
A North Carolina judge rules her Deborah Knott series, and her
Sigrid Harald series features a New York City police lieutenant.
Very British cozy... Her Inspector Alleyn series was the basis of
several made for TV British productions. As a baronet's son, Roderick Alleyn had
to make a career for himself, since he wasn't the first son. Who would have
known he would become such an accomplished detective?!
Marshall (president of his literary management firm) was previously a book
editor, who happens to be married to a literary agent. It's no small wonder
that his amateur sleuth (Jane Stuart) happens to be... a literary agent. A
site reader recommended that his books be added to both the site and the cat
theme category. He is also beginning the new Hidden Manhattan Mystery
aka Keith Miles and
Several series to pick from. An Agatha Award Winner....
Martin writes the Death of a ***** Mystery Series which features Texana
Jones, the owner of a trading post and her husband Clay (a veterinarian) in
a Texan border town (bordering Mexico)...
Carol Ann Martin Martin writes the Weaving Mystery Series, set in North
Carolina. Della Wright owns the Dream Weavers shop, where she teaches
weaving classes as well as gathers a lot of local gossip which helps her to
J. Wallis Martin
I absolutely loved both of Martin's first two mystery novels, and (luckily)
just found out about the next two.... I will be reading them very soon....
A Likeness in Stone and The Bird Yard are very well-written
psychological mysteries, with three-dimensional characters. I only wish she
would write more great novels!
Lee Martin aka
Anne Wingate &
Martha G. Webb....
"All three" write a series that is set in Texas, Wingate's has a police chief,
Martin's series features a police detective and Webb writes about a police on
the narcotics squad.
Martin's Blackbird Sisters series features three privileged sisters
who, because of a bad turn of events, have to go find jobs for the first time in
their lives. Martin also pens the Roxy Abruzzo Mystery Series which features the
owner of an architectural salvage company and her Pitbull-Mastiff-Rottweiler
aka Rosemary Stevens.... As Martin, the
author writes the Murder A-Go-Go mystery series which is set during the
1960s in New York. Her Stevens' series is quite different, set during the
Regency period (1790-1820) in London.
Sarah J. Mason See
books, alphabetized under “Miss Emily Seeton”.....This is the
third "part" of the three-author series involving Miss Seeton. Mason uses
the pseudonym Hamilton Crane when writing the Miss Seeton books. She also has a
series that is set in a British village, featuring two detectives.
Massey is an ex-newspaper journalis, with a degree from John Hopkin's.
Several of her works appear on the Agatha Awards pages!
Main character's name is "Paige Turner!"
aka Stephanie Barron…. Mathews writes
two series, one about a police detective in Massachusetts, and the other
about a CIA analyst.
Stefanie Matteson Matteson's mystery series features
an aging star who enjoys a good mystery.
Matthews, a psychotherapist, was previously an English teacher, then
journalist. Matthews sets her series in Oak Park, Illinois... very dear to
me since my sister and her family have lived there for many years.
Christine Matthews Imagine collaborating with
Robert J. Randisi! That is exactly what Christine Matthews does while
writing her popular Gil & Claire Hunt Mystery Series.
Maxwell Maxwell writes the Gilded Newport Mystery
Series. This series features Emmaline Cross as its sleuth. Emmaline is a
reporter, and she just happens to be a Vanderbilt cousin. The series takes
place in Newport, Rhode Island - at the end of the 19th century.
Edith Maxwell (aka
Tace Baker) Maxwell has her Ph.D. in Linguistics and
is an ex-farmer of an organic farm. As Maxwell she writes the Local
Foods Mystery Series. This series takes place in Massachusetts and
features an organic farmer, Cam Flaherty. As Baker she writes the
Speaking of Mystery Mystery Series, which features a Quaker Linguistics
(aka Melissa Glazer,
Tim Myers, Elizabeth Bright
Jessica Beck, & D.B. Mayes)
Mayes writes the Math Puzzle Mystery Series.
Myers, there are four series:
Lighthouse Inn Mystery Series, Slow Cooker Mystery Series,
Soapmaking Mystery Series, and Candlemaking Mystery Series. As Elizabeth Bright,
we have the Card Making Mystery Series, and as Chris Cavender, the Pizza Mystery Series.
The Clay & Crime Cozy Mystery Series is written by Glazer.
As Jessica Beck, we have the Donut Shop Mysteries, the Classic Diner
Mysteries, and the Ghost Cat Cozy Mysteries.
(D.B. Morgan's mysteries are not Cozy.)
Archer Mayor Mayor, a confirmed New Englander, writes the Joe Gunther
Mystery Series, which is a police procedural. Along with being the author of
the very popular Joe Gunther Series, he is also a deputy for the county
sheriff's department and a death investigator for the Vermont's Chief
Medical Examiner. He has spent 25 years as a volunteer EMT and
McBride McBride is a journalist whose websites
says she "always dreamed of making up stories rather than reporting them."
She is the author of the Debutante Dropout Mystery series which features a
woman who fled her own debutante season, much to the chagrin of her socially
Barbara Taylor McCafferty
aka Taylor McCafferty & Tierney McClellan... McCafferty teams up with
her twin Beverly Taylor Herald when
writing the Tatum Twin mystery series.
Alexander McCall Smith
Alexander McCall Smith is a professor of medical law,
with a passion for music. I am a fan of both of his "mystery" series: the
Number One Ladies' Detective Agency and the Isabel Dalhousie (Sunday
Philosophy Club) series. He is also the author of the Professor Doctor
Moritz-Maria Von Igelfeld trilogy, as well as the author of the the 44
Scotland Street goings-on.... both of which I am a fan.
His Number One Ladies' Detective Agency
series is the closest to being a mystery series, although I'm not sure if it
would truly qualify as that... To me, it is more like a delightful work of
fiction which happens to take place in a detective agency. (I have Alexander
McCall Smith under both the "M" and "S" pages, since a viewer of this site
thought he should be on the "M" page...)
McCourtney, armed with a college degree in agriculture, is listed under
"Christian Mysteries" on her site... She writes several mystery series, some
of which feature senior citizen sleuths, and she even has a birdwatching
mystery series. McCourney also writes the Cate Kinkaid Files Mystery Series
which has, as its sleuth, a private investigator.
McCoy writes the Dog Walker Mystery Series which features Rudy and Ellie,
Yorkie and faithful owner, who happens to be able to communicate
telepathically with her charges.
K. D. McCrite For all of you
Annie's Attic Mystery Series fans, you'll be happy
to see that one of its authors writes her own mystery series. That's right, K. D. McCrite (a psychologist) writes the Eastgate Mystery Series, as well as being a
contributing author to Annie's Attic.
McCrumb is probably most recognized as the author of the very
successful Appalachian series. She has several other series from which to
Armed with a masters in clinical social
work, McGarrity has held several very interesting jobs... including deputy
sheriff in Santa Fe county, college instructor, and even investigator for
the Public Defenders Office. His series features a retired police chief, in
where else, but beautiful Santa Fe.
McGaughey's Stokes Moran series is about a mystery book reviewer....
aka Elizabeth Chaplin..... Very British police procedural...
Chief Inspector Lloyd and Sergeant Judy Hill are some of my all time
favorite mystery characters.
As McInerny, he writes the Father Dowling series, the (lawyer) Andrew Broom
series, and a Notre Dame series...
(aka Caroline Upcher) McIntyre (the pseudonym for her crime
fiction) writes about something she knows first-hand... ghostwriting. Having
been a ghostwriter (as well as several other professions---including editor)
she now writes the Lee Bartholomew Mystery Series featuring a ghostwriter...
McKevett The Savannah Reid series.....
Jenn McKinlay (aka
Josie Belle &
Lucy Lawrence) Jenn
McKinlay writes the very popular Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series, Hat Shop
Mystery Series, and the Library Lover's Mystery Series. As Lawrence she
writes the Decoupage Mystery Series and as Belle she writes the Good Buy
Girls Mystery Series.
McLaughlin writes the Blossom Valley Mystery Series, which features a sleuth
who has moved back in with her mother, who is a recent widow. The sleuth
(Dana Lewis) is a junk food "addict" working at a Californian organic farm
Donna McLean McLean writes the Sparrow Falls Mystery Series.
This series takes place in Sparrow Falls, a quaint, little town in
North Carolina. The two main sleuths are Addie McRae, who goes to the town
searching for her Scottish roots, and Tilda
MacArdan, a "spunky Southern Lady."
McMillan writes the Civil War Mystery Series, set (quite obviously) during
the Civil War... in Virginia. It features an herbalist...
Catriona McPherson McPherson writes the Dandy Gilver Mystery Series. Dandy
(Dandelion Dahlia) is the sleuth in this mystery series which is set in Scotland
during the 1920s.
(aka Bailey Cates) McRae used to have a soap making company, in which she performed pretty much
all of the duties (from manufacturing to marketing.) With this knowledge
under her belt, it is no small wonder that the first book in her Home
Crafting Cozy Mystery Series is called "Lye in Wait." As Cates she
writes the Magical Bakery Mystery Series.
Amy Patricia Meade
Meade, with her degrees in English and Business, writes the Marjorie McClelland Mystery Series.
This series is set during the
1930s in Connecticut and features a mystery author. Meade also writes the
Pret' Near Perfect Mystery Series which features Stella Thornton Buckley, an
ex-museum curator, who moves to a village in Vermont with her forest ranger
husband. The latest mystery series by Amy Patricia Meade is the Rosie the
Riveter Mystery Series. This series is set in New York City, (obviously)
during WW II.
Leslie Meier Meier writes the Lucy Stone
which is a fun, Cozy Mystery holiday-themed series of novels...
D. R. Meredith
Meredith's most current series involves a librarian/sleuth who
believes that every librarian should be a mystery reading group member...
The Amelia Peabody series is probably her most popular series. Amelia is a
British Egyptologist, as is Mertz.
Amy Metz Metz, a former school teacher, writes the Goose Pimple Junction Mystery
Series. Tess Tremaine moves to the quaint, southern town called Goose Pimple
Annette Meyers (aka
1/2 of Maan Meyers)
Meyers writes a series about Wall Street headhunters, and is very
familiar with that world. She worked in the "brokerage industry," so she
knows how far people are willing to go for money... and for the things money
can buy! She also writes with her husband Martin, using the name "Maan
Martin & Annette Meyers are a husband &
wife writing duo who write the Dutchman Historical Mystery Series which has
a very interesting plot time line: Each novel centers around a different
generation of the same family as they make their way from New Amsterdam to
Michaels has her doctorate in Egyptology, and her series reflects her
interest in all things archaeological...
Kasey Michaels Michaels writes the Maggie Kelly Mystery
Series as well as historical romances. She is a New York Times and USA Today
Edward Marston &
See Marston above....
Miles writes the Bracebridge Mystery Series which is set in a little
village in Massachusetts during the colonial years...
I have to be honest and say that I have never read a Millar novel, although
I plan to…. A very good friend of mine suggested Millar’s name when I
told her I was going through a phase of wanting to read more novels by
“classic” mystery authors. While researching for some information about
Millar I read that she is known for her surprise endings…. which I happen to
enjoy a lot!
Crime Writers' Association Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time) (On the
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Caroline Miller Miller, with her M.A. in Literature, has taught English in both
high school and university levels. She writes Stand Alone mysteries.
Millhiser holds her Masters in history and taught high school before
deciding to devote her time to writing novels. She writes a series about a
(female) literary agent in Los Angeles.
(aka Margaret Grace &
Ada Madison) Minichino
is a true-life physicist, so who better to write a series about a
physicist/sleuth? As Grace, she is beginning a new series set amidst
dollhouses and miniature settings. As Madison, she writes the Sophie Knowles
Mystery Series - which features a college mathematics
Miracles of Marble
Cove Series: A Guideposts series that revolves around four very
different friends who live in a seaside village called Marble Cove.
(Lighthouse enthusiasts may enjoy this series.)
Miss Emily D. Seeton
Miss Seeton is a retired British teacher who "sleuths" whenever there is a
need....... of which there are many! This series of books has been written
by three different authors since Heron Carvic began the series in 1968.
Hampton Charles and then Sarah J. Mason
were the next two authors. (Mason uses the pseudonym
Miss Read is a collection of NON mystery novels which
"star" Miss Read, a single teacher. The rather long series of books take
place in three cozy British villages. (Several site readers have likened her
to Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver.)
Mitchell (aka Malcolm Torrie)
The wonderful Dame Diana Rigg played British Mrs. Bradley in the PBS shows.
I haven't read any of the Mitchell novels yet..... but am planning to do so
Miriam Grace Monfredo
The Seneca Falls Historical series and the Cain Trilogy.....
Yvonne Montgomery Montgomery writes the Finny Aletter Mystery Series which
features a stockbroker as its sleuth.
Moody has her MBA, and writes the Lucy St. Elmo Antiques Mystery Series,
which features an antique shop owner/sleuth in Massachusetts.
Tyora Moody Moody, a Christian author, writes the Eugeena Patterson
Mystery Series, which features a retired teacher who is a recently
widowed grandmother. An interesting tidbit about Eugeena is that she is
Diabetic, which plays into the mystery books.
Moore, an ex-science teacher as well as a writer and managing editor of a
newspaper, also owned her own travel agency. She writes the Sydney March
Mystery Series, which features a travel agent. Moore has a lot of first-hand
experience in the travel agency field, including guiding tour excursions,
and going on many, many cruises.
Morgan writes a series about an ex-FBI agent who solves
mysteries while buying and then reselling antiques.
Morgan writes the Sudoku Mystery series which features an ex-Hollywood
resident who now creates the Sudoku puzzles for her (current Oregon)
Morlan, a social worker/author, writes the Jennifer Penny Mystery Series
which is set in Minnesota. Jennifer is a sleuth who also roasts/brews
Laura Morrigan Morrigan writes the Call of the Wilde Mystery Series, which
is set in Florida. The series features Grace Wilde as its sleuth. Grace has
telepathic abilities with animals. The ability to communicate with animals
comes in very handy since Grace is able to get all sorts of clues from the
animals that help her solve mysteries.
Morris was a pastor for ten years and then went on to be a professor of
English. He has written many novels, including the Jacques & Cleo, Cat
Detectives Mystery Series, the Lady Trent Mystery Series which is set in
19th century London, and the Danielle Ross (aka Dani Ross) Mystery Series...
Rumpole of the Bailey series.
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Mountain received the 2007 Mary Higgins Clark Award for the second novel in
her Natasha Blake Ancestor Detective Mystery Series, which is about a
genealogist sleuth who lives in the Cotswolds.
Very British..... with Scotland
Yard Inspector Henry Tibbett.... very Cozy! (One of my "favorite authors.")
Mugavero has her master's degree in writing, and writes the
Pawsitively Organic Gourmet Pet Food Mystery Series. The series has, as its
sleuth, Stan Connor. Stan's Main Coon Cat, Nutty, inspires her (an
ex-corporate public relations executive) to make delicious gourmet pet food.
Muller has a masters in journalism and has written several
California cozy series. Her San Francisco P. I. Sharon McCone is
probably the most recognizable to cozy readers. Muller co-authors the
Carpenter & Quincannon, Professional Detective Services Mystery Series with
her husband, mystery writer, Bill Pronzini. It is set in San Francisco
during the 1890s and features an ex-Pinkerton operative and an ex-Secret
Katy Munger aka
Munger's series is based in North Carolina with an unlicensed private
investigator in her 30s, while Gray's series is about a retired personnel
manager who "sleuths" with his octogenarian aunt, living in New York.
Munger also writes the Dead Detective Mystery Series, which features a dead
policeman as its sleuth.
J. J. Murphy
Murphy writes the Algonquin Round Table Mystery Series, with Dorothy Parker
as its main sleuth. The Algonquin Round Table was a 1920s group of writers,
"wits", actors, and critics who got together every day for lunch at the
Algonquin Hotel. Many times, their repartee found its way into the leading
newspapers. (Dorothy Parker was an author and poet.)
Murphy As a devoted lover of cats, Murphy writes the Joe Grey
Cat Mysteries. I have not read any of the books (yet!), but I am impressed
by how much some of the members of a book forum I belong to absolutely love
the series. Murphy has also written books for children, as well as fantasy
novels for both adults and young adults.
Donna Huston Murray The Ginger Barnes Mystery
series set in Philadelphia......
Murray writes a series with Josephine Fuller as the full-figured sleuth. I
like her books a lot.
Myers writes the Auguste
Didier Mystery Series, which is a historical series set in the 1800s, with a master chef
sleuth. She also writes the
Tom Wasp Mystery Series which
has, as its sleuth, a chimneysweep in Victorian London. Myers' latest
mystery series is the Jack Colby, Car Detective
Mystery Series which is set in the English county of Kent.
Beverle Graves Myers Myers, a psychiatrist with a love for opera and a background in History, has
been able to combine all three of these fields to pen her Tito Amato Baroque
Mystery Series series
featuring a (Castrati) opera singer/sleuth. Myers also writes the Helluva
War Mystery Series with fellow author, Joanne Dobson. This series takes
place in the USA, right after the Pearl Harbor attack.
Magdalena Yoder is the owner of a Mennonite Inn in a Pennsylvania-Dutch
locale, and Abigail Timberlake owns the Den of Antiquity antique shop in
North Carolina. Myers also writes the Amanda Brown Mystery Series, which
features a 1950s missionary in the Congo.
Elizabeth Bright, Melissa Glazer,
Chris Cavender, Casey Mayes,
Jessica Beck, & D.B. Morgan) Myers
writes four series: Lighthouse Inn Mystery Series,
Slow Cooker Mystery Series,
Soapmaking Mystery Series, and Candlemaking Mystery Series. As Elizabeth Bright, he writes a card-making series,
as Chris Cavender, he has the Pizza Mystery Series. As Glazer, he
writes the Clay & Crime Cozy Mystery Series. As Mayes, he writes
the Math Puzzle Mystery Series.
As Jessica Beck, he writes the Donut Shop Mysteries, the Classic Diner
Mysteries, and the Ghost Cat Cozy Mysteries. (D.B. Morgan's mysteries are
Sparrow Island Series This is a Guideposts mystery series
which has several authors who contribute to the book list. Mysteries of
Sparrow Island Mystery Series features Abigail Stanton, an ornithologist
(bird specialist) who relocates to Sparrow Island (Washington) with her
sister Mary and her service dog, Finnegan. This is a Christian theme mystery
Mystery and the Minister's Wife
Mystery and the Minister's Wife Series is unique in that
each book is written by one of several different authors. This mystery series
takes place in Copper Mill, Tennessee and features Kate and Paul Hanlon (the
minister and his wife) who move to the Great Smoky Mountains' foothills to
head the church in the small town. It is not written to follow a
chronological order... the books can be read out of sequence without losing
any necessary details. Hooray! (However, one of the authors did suggest
reading the first book in the series first.) It is an inspirational mystery series...
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