The first book of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series (by
Alexander McCall Smith) proves to be a very good start for this series about Precious Ramotswe. I listened to the audio book version (narrated by Lisette Lecat) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The novel focuses on Precious solving several little mysteries rather than just one main mystery being solved, as most cozy mystery books do.
(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...)
Also included in the "S" list of mysteries are
Dorothy L. Sayers. Both Stout and Sayers are mystery authors who are considered staples of the genre. The "S" list of cozy mystery book authors isn't complete without them!
Sachitano worked in the world of high tech industries, but is now enjoying
the world of quilting. What better sleuths to have than a quilt shop owner
and a high tech supervisor?
(aka Caroline Roe) Roe holds her Ph. D. in Medieval Studies, so
it is no small wonder that she writes the Isaac from Girona Mystery Series,
which features a blind doctor in Spain during the mid 1300s. As Sale she
writes the John Sanders/Harriet Jeffries Mystery Series which features a
Canadian police detective.
Cyndy Salzmann Salzmann writes the Friday Afternoon Club Mystery Series
which features a group of stay-at-home mothers who are good friends, and
great sleuths! (Salzmann bases her novels on her Christian faith.)
Cindy Sample Sample
has her degree in History, and was at one time the CEO of a mortgage
company. She writes the Laurel McKay Mystery Series, which features a newly
divorced, single soccer mom in California.
Lawrence Sanders Sanders wrote the Archibald McNally Mystery Series, among
MANY other best sellers... (Not Cozy)
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Eve K. Sandstrom
aka JoAnna Carl... Her more recent novels have been written as
Joanna Carl. I love how this ex-journalist came up with that pseudonym...
Apparently, when her editor asked her to come up with a "new name" for herself,
she blended her three children's middle names: Jo, Anna, and.... Carl!
C. J. Sansom Sansom, a lawyer with both his BA and PhD in History, writes the
historical Matthew Shardlake Mystery Series. While these are not Cozy, the
person who recommended that he be added to the site said his mysteries are amazing.
Ian Sansom Sansom writes the Mobile Library Mystery Series which features a
librarian (who happens to be a vegetarian) of a mobile library in Northern
Ireland. The series is supposed to be very funny...
Santangelo, previously a copy editor and freelance journalist, writes the
Baby Boomer Mystery Series. The series features Carol and Jim Andrews,
recently retired boomers who happen to sleuth.
Satterthwait has two mystery series and several stand alone novels that are
based on historical mysteries. He can be found on the Agatha Award page.
Saums has a degree in Commercial Music, and has been able to incorporate her
musical background by writing the Willi Taft Mystery Series about a backup
singer in Nashville. Her newer series is about two 60s something, widowed
Corinne Holt Sawyer
Two California widow sleuths and a retirement community with
lots of "goings on" to investigate...
Dorothy L. Sayers
The wonderful Lord Peter Wimsey series, which of course, includes the
wonderful Harriet Vane. (On
Crime Writers' Association Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time) (On the
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Maria E. Schneider
Some of you may recognize Maria's name from the comments she has posted on
the blog... which have been great additions. She has written three mystery
novels, and I believe is in the process of writing more...
Schumacher is a Civil Engineer who writes a mystery series, set in Texas,
that features an engineer...
Schweizer writes the Liturgical Mystery Series which features a small town
police chief who also happens to be the choir director and organist at his
aka Jack Early... Two series to pick from, the more recent one
is set in 1940s New York...
Jack S. Scott
Scott writes two mystery series: the Wine Lover's Mystery Series and the
Horse Lover's Mystery Series...
Scott, the weatherman of a national morning show, known for his very
cheerful personality, writes the Stanley Waters Mystery Series -with
Scottoline, previously a trial lawyer, is a New York Time’s bestselling
author. She is the author of the Rosato and Associates Mystery series, and
is (also) currently writing bestsellers that are stand-alones.
Margaret Searles An ex-teacher, Margaret Searles writes the Mrs. Millet &
Mrs. Hark Mystery Series, which features two senior sleuths.
Secrets of Mary's Bookshop This
series is published by Guideposts, and will have sixteen books in it.
(Guideposts is a Christian publishing company.) The Secrets of Mary's
Bookshop mystery books are written by different authors, but they all follow
Mary Fisher. Mary has just moved back to Ivy Bay. Mary has retired, and now
owns Mary's Mystery Bookshop in this quaint Cape Cod village.
Kate Sedley Sedley
writes the Roger the Chapman Mystery Series. I had to look up the word "chapman"...
It's a peddler! The series is set in medieval England...
Sefton's first series is the Knitting Mystery Series,
which takes place in the House of Lambspun. Kelly Flynn teaches knitting at
the House of Lambspun and, also sleuths. Sefton also writes the Kate Doyle
Mystery Series, which features a realtor in Colorado. Her Molly Malone
Mystery Series is set in Washington, D.C., and features the daughter of a
senator who is also the widow of a congressman. Sefton also writes the Widow
an the Rogue Mystery Series, which is a historical mystery series. Amanda
Duncan is a young widow and clairvoyant who sleuths with Devlin Burke, an
English investor in 1890s Washington, D.C.
Dianne Setterfield Setterfield became a bestselling author when The
Thirteenth Tale (her first novel) was published. She has been compared to
the likes of Charlotte Brontë and Daphne du Maurier... classic/gothic
Sarah R. Shaber
Shaber is a Duke University history graduate with a passion for writing....
and mysteries! She writes the historical Louise Pearlie Mystery Series which
has, as its sleuth, a woman who works for the Office of Strategic Services
(the organization before the CIA) in Washington, DC during the 1940s. Shaber
also writes the Professor Simon Shaw Mystery Series which is set in North
Carolina, and features a professor of history.
aka Gary Troup..... As Shames, he writes a series set in Key West.
Sarah Shankman Pick between a singer/songwriter series or a crime reporter series...
Dell Shannon aka
Elizabeth Linington, & Anne Blaisdell..... A lot of series to choose from...
Deborah Sharp Armed with her Ph.D. in Journalism, Sharp decided to leave the
life of reporting (USA Today, among others) to write funny mysteries set in the
Catherine Shaw Shaw writes the historical Vanessa Duncan Cambridge Mystery
Series which features a teacher/sleuth...
(aka Jeffrey Allen) Shelby is a high school
English teacher, and the author of the Moose River Mystery Series, the Noah
Braddock Mystery Series, and the Joe Tyler Mystery Series. The Moose River
Mystery Series features a rather unique sleuth: Daisy Savage is a married
mom of a blended family who homeschools her children. Moose River is located
in Minnesota. As Jeffrey Allen, he writes the popular Stay at Home Dad
Jana Lynn Shellman
Shellman is an ex-paralegal who currently is writing a mystery featuring a
psychic paralegal. Shellman's series is the Poppy Hannah Mystery Series.
Shelton writes the Charlie Parker
series. Charlie is a CPA who solves crimes when she's not too busy
filing income tax returns! Shelton also writes the Samantha Sweet Mystery
Series which features, as its sleuth, the owner of a pastry shop in New
Paige Shelton Shelton, a journalism major in college, worked in advertising
before writing the Farmers' Market Mystery Series, which features the owner
of a farm who makes jams and preserves... when she's not solving crimes!
Shelton also writes the Country Cooking School Mystery Series (a ghost
paranormal mystery series)...
Beth Sherman Sherman is the author of the Jersey Shore Mystery Series which
features a New Jersey ghostwriter...
It sounds to me like Steve Sherman comes from the exact
setting he uses in his series... He writes the New England Cozy Mystery Series!
(Sherman is also the author of country-roads guides, as well...)
Celia Grant is Sherwood's main
character in this series set in London. Celia happens to be a
Short writes the Stain-Busting Mystery Series, which I just discovered. I
have yet to read them, but plan to, since I enjoy humor with my mysteries.
Sibley's series is set in Atlanta, Georgia and features a woman journalist.
Roz Siegel Siegel, previously a senior editor at Simon & Schuster, Crown, and
The Literary Guild, is the author of the Emily's Place Mystery Series. The sleuth in
this series owns a shoe store in Manhattan which is a meeting place of sorts to all who
love designer shoes. Unfortunately stilettos are very sharp...
If you have seen (and liked) the Maigret television series, you will like these books.
I loved the Maigret shows (and plan to do a blog on them in the near
Simon graduated Harvard with a degree in English and American Language and
Literature. Her published works are both in fiction and non-fiction. She
writes the Theda Krakow Mystery Series which features "Musetta," both her
fictitious and "real life" cat. And, Simon also pens the Dulcie
Schwartz Mystery Series which features a deceased cat who helps his owner
solve crimes. Simon's latest mystery series is called the Pru Marlowe,
Pet Noir Mystery Series - which features an animal behaviorist/psychic.
Police Inspector Luke Thanet series, set in England.....
Slade writes the Harriet Quigley Mystery Series which follows Harriet and
Canon Sam Hathaway - her cousin who is a clergyman at historic Winchester
Cathedral. Slade also writes the Charlotte Richmond Investigates Mystery
Series - which is an historical Cozy Mystery...
Joanna Campbell Slan
Slan's Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery Series
will be sure to please all of the cozy
mystery readers with a passion for scrapbooking. (She has published several
non-fiction scrapbooking books as well.) Slan also writes the Jane Eyre
Chronicles Mystery Series, which features Charlotte Brontë's Jane, wife of
Edward Rochester and young mother, in mid 1800s England. Another of Slan's
mystery series is the Cara Mia Delgatto series which features a recent
empty-nester, single mom in Florida. Slan started
writing as Lila Dare on the fourth of that series' mysteries. As Dare, she
writes the Southern Beauty Shop Mystery Series. The series features five
sleuths of all ages who happen to be beauticians in the same Georgia beauty
Sleeman has her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, post graduate work in both
Accounting and Project Management. She writes the Garden Gate Mystery Series
and is an advocate for Christian mystery novels.
With titles like " False Profits, Cover Your Assets, and Short Change, can
this series' sleuth be anything but a financial adviser?
Susan Smily Smily
writes the Ariel Quigley mystery series with Honora Finkelstein. Smily is an
ex-teacher, who has been involved in creating educational materials. The
Smily/Finkelstein series is unusual in
that each mystery novel has a recipe book that features the recipes
described/used in the novel.
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
No. 1 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 No.1 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.
Barbara Burnett Smith
Purple Sage series & a
Cynthia Smith Smith writes the Emma Rhodes Mystery Series, which takes place in
England. Emma is a private investigator for the very wealthy. As a matter of
fact, she prefers the label "Private Resolver". Emma charges $20,000 per case,
but guarantees the job will be done in two weeks.
Earl H. Smith
Smith, an ex professor and Dean at a college in Maine, has written a
humorous murder mystery that is set in a small town in Maine.
Julie Smith Rebecca Schwartz, Skip Langdon, & Paul McDonald series...
Karen Rose Smith Smith, an ex teacher, started her fiction-writing career as an
romance novels, winning several awards in that genre. Smith writes the Caprice
De Luca Mystery
Series, which takes place in a town called Quiet Kismet (in Pennsylvania).
Caprice was an
interior decorator who decided it was time to change careers, which she did >>>
stager. She has rich clients whose houses she stages so that they look terrific
while on the
market to sell.
Beth Solheim Solheim writes the Sadie Witt Mystery Series which is a paranormal
mystery series. Both Sadie and Belly LaGossa (Sadie's dog) are able to see the
Walter Sorrells (aka
Ruth Birmingham &
Lynn Abercrombie) Sorrells is an
Edgar Award winning author who writes suspense novels for both adults and
young adults. He is an expert in the martial arts and is a bladesmith of
(aka Anne Canadeo)
Spencer writes both the non-mystery Thomas Kinkade's Cape Light Series and the
non-mystery Thomas Kinkade's Angel Island Series. (She co-authored both of the
series with Thomas Kinkade before he passed on in 2012. She is now continuing
both of the series on her own.) As Canadeo writes the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series which
features Maggie Messina, owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop in Massachusetts.
Suzy Spencer True Crime.....
Julia Spencer-Fleming Spencer-Fleming, and
ex-lawyer, writes a series set in the Adirondacks which features an
Episcopal priest. Some of Spencer-Fleming's work can be found on the Agatha
Spiller Spiller has taught math at the college level,
all the way down to the elementary school level. It is no wonder that his
Bonnie Pinkwater Mystery Series features a math teacher/sleuth...
Sprinkle has two established series,: the Sheila Travis Mystery series set in
Georgia, and the MacLaren Yarbrough Thoroughly Southern Mystery series. She is
currently starting a new Family Tree Genealogy Mystery series which her readers
are sure to enjoy.
Squire Squire, previously a reporter, created the
Peaches Dann Mystery Series which revolves around an absent-minded "mature"
Dorothy St. James
St. James has her BS in Wildlife Biology and her Master's in Public
Administration & Urban Planning. St. James writes the White House Gardener
Mystery Series which features, as its sleuth, a gardener at the White House.
Morgan St. James
& Phyllice Bradner These
sister novelists write the Silver Sisters Mystery series which features two
"curvy" sister sleuths. With names like Goldie Silver and Godiva
Olivia Dubois, how
can they not be a zany duo?!?
Stabenow writes two series that are set in Alaska. The first book in the
Kate Shugak series won an Edgar.
Stallwood lives near Oxford, so what better place to set her series
featuring an historical novelist?
J. B. Stanley (aka
Ellery Adams, & 1/2 of
Lucy Arlington) With a Master's in English Literature, it is no wonder that
Stanley decided to write novels. She has two cozy mystery series... One is
the Collectible Mystery Series - which features a reporter who solves
mysteries in and out of antique shows. The other is her Supper Club Mystery
Series which features a "retired" English Literature Professor (James Henry) who gets together with four
friends ("The Flab Five") to sup and solve crimes! Stanley also
writes the Hope Street Church Mystery Series as Jennifer Stanley. And, as
Ellery Adams she writes the Books by the Bay Mystery Series and the Charmed
Pie Shop Mystery Series. As 1/2 of Lucy
Arlington (co written with Sylvia May) she writes the A Novel Idea Mystery
(aka J. B. Stanley,
Ellery Adams, & 1/2 of
Stanley has her Master's in English Literature and writes
the Hope Street Church Mystery Series, which features a repairwoman of
office machines in Richmond, Virginia. After being away from the church for
many years, she decides to join a church bible study group, which turns out
to be full of willing sleuth-helpers. As J. B.
Stanley she writes two cozy mystery series:
the Collectible Mystery Series and the Supper Club Mystery
Series. And, as Ellery Adams she writes the Books by the Bay Mystery Series
and the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery Series.
As 1/2 of Lucy Arlington (co written with Sylvia May) she writes the A Novel
Idea Mystery Series.
Mary Stanton (aka
Bishop's very popular Hemlock Falls Mystery Series was a great beginning,
and was followed by her popular Casebook of Dr. McKenzie Mystery Series.
What a treat to find out that in 2008 Stanton/Bishop began the paranormal
Beaufort & Company Mystery Series!
Wendy Corsi Staub
Not Cozy. Staub is a New York Times Best Selling author, and is known
for her psychological mysteries... mystery/thrillers.
Steever writes Stand Alone mysteries. "Family Secrets or
Lies" features two brothers who return to their hometown when their single
father dies and leaves them a journal. "Dead at 30" tells about a group of
30 year old women at their high school reunion, one of them ends up dead (at
30!) and one of them is a suspect...
aka Rosemary Martin…As Stevens, the
author writes a mystery series which takes place during the Regency period
(1790-1820) in London. Her Martin’s series is quite different, with a name
like Murder A-Go-Go, it could only take place during the 1960s in a very
groovy New York.
Stewart writes the Biscuit McKee & Marmalade Series which features a
librarian and her tabby cat in Georgia.
Lane Stone Stone writes the Tiara Investigations Mystery Series, which is set in
Georgia. These sleuths (Leigh, Tara, and Victoria) are middle-age women who were
former Georgia beauty queens. Instead of guns, they have Standard Schnauzers.
Stories from Hope Haven Series
This is a series of NON mystery books from Guideposts. Hope Haven is a
series which is set in the fictional Haven Hospital. The series features
four nurses and their patients...
Rex Stout The classic
Nero Wolfe series, starring Nero Wolfe, detective extraordinaire.... Wolfe
doesn't even need to leave his apartment in order to solve crimes. Of
course, with his assistant Archie Goodwin doing all of the detective
legwork, Nero has plenty of time to tend his orchids!
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Strohmeyer writes the Bubbles series, which features a hair dresser/sleuth
with a penchant for gossip.
Diane A. S. Stuckart (aka Ali
Brandon) Stuckart writes the Leonardo da Vinci
Historical Mystery Series. The series features Dino, da Vinci's apprentice,
and is set in the late 1400s. As Brandon she writes the paranormal Black Cat
Bookshop Mystery Series.
Sturman's series involves an investment banker/sleuth....
Sturman also writes a mystery series for young adults.
Sullivan's series features a nun with a devotion to solving
Summerville writes the Lowenna Mystery Series which takes place in a quaint,
British coastal village. She also writes Stand Alone Cozy Mysteries that feature British sleuths as far from home as Texas!
Swanson's main character is a school
psychologist who lives in Illinois. She writes the Scumble River Mystery
Series, which features a school psychologist as its sleuth. Swanson also
pens the Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery Series, which has, as its sleuth,
the owner of a five-and-dime store in Missouri.
Sweeney's main character, Abby Rose, is a private investigator living in
Houston in the Yellow Rose Mystery Series. Sweeney is also the author of the
Cats in Trouble Mystery Series...
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