The "D List" has many authors who are great at what they do. I once belonged to a mystery group that was totally devoted to
Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy books.
(Unfortunately, the group is no longer together.) I have to admit that at around book nine or ten I started thinking that perhaps I had finally had enough of Goldy and her catering business ... but a friend of mine persuaded me to "stay the course" and I am happy that I did.
Another author who I have been with for a while is
Colin Dexter. I first discovered Morse when he was on our
PBS "Mystery!" lineup. After several shows, I decided to try the novels, and I have never turned back. If you haven't read a Colin Dexter novel, but enjoy John Thaw's rendition of Chief Inspector Morse, then you, too, might find that you enjoy the novels.
They don't qualify as Cozy Mysteries, but they are good police
She has two series: Cat Marsala, an investigative reporter in Chicago, and a
series featuring featuring Chicago police Suze Figueroa and Norm Bennis. She
also writes "stand alone" mysteries.
Her "Alpine" series features a newspaper publisher (Emma Lord). Daheim also
has another series which is set in a bed and breakfast inn.
Kathi Daley Daley writes the Zoe Donovan Mystery Series as well as
the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery Series. Both of Daley's mystery
series are set during holidays. Her Zoe Donovan mysteries include
recipes. Daley also writes the Whales and Tails Mystery Series,
which takes place on an island off of Washington state.
Elizabeth Daly It
is said that Agatha
Christie was actually a fan of Elizabeth Daly's novels... It doesn't get much
better than that!
Jeanne M. Dams
Dams has two series: one features a retired school teacher from the USA who
goes to England to live, and the other revolves around a Swedish girl who
works as a house maid in USA in the early 1900s.
Damsgaard has held the position of Postmaster for over twenty years in her Iowa
home town. She is now writing a series that takes place in Iowa, although, the
two sleuths have more adventurous "jobs" as witches. I haven't read any of the
books, but some of the site's viewers have enjoyed her immensely.
Casey Daniels (aka
Miranda Bliss & Kylie Logan) Daniels/Bliss/Logan has a degree in English, has taught writing, has
worked in the field of journalism, and loves cemeteries. 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 years.
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 Logan, she writes the Button Box Mystery Series which
is set in a button shop 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. She also writes the Chili
(aka Jaqueline Girdner).... Girdner has a well-established series
about a sleuth who owns a gag-gift business and now, writing as Claire
Daniels, she has a new series for her fans to look forward to...
(aka Ella Barrick &
Laura DiSilverio) Dare, previously an Air Force intelligence officer, 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 shop. As DiSilverio, she writes the
Charlie Swift Mystery Series which features a former Air Force intelligence
officer who lives in Colorado. DiSilverio also writes the Mall Cop Mystery
Series which features a security officer at a mall in Virginia and the
Readaholics Book Club Mystery Series, set in Colorado. As Ella Barrick
she writes the Ballroom Dance Mystery Series.
Darty writes a cozy mystery series about a Floridian mystery writer.
Evelyn David David is
a pseudonym for two authors,
one with a degree in Biology and the other with a Political Science degree. As
David, they write the Sullivan Investigations Mystery Series which features an
ex-policeman who sleuths with the help of his Irish Wolfhound (Whiskey) and
a divorcée mortician...
Diane Mott Davidson
Her very popular series features Goldy Bear, a caterer in Colorado...
Eileen Davidson Davidson is one of the leading actresses in the popular
Young and the Restless soap opera. Davidson has now added writing to her
list of accomplishments... She writes the (what else?!?) Soap Opera Mystery
Krista Davis Davis writes the Domestic Diva Mystery Series which centers
around Sophie Winston, a... (What else?!) domestic diva! Since the series is
a culinary mystery series, it includes recipes to follow along with the
Davis writes the Marcus Didius Falco Series which is set in first century Rome. Falco
is a detective (of sorts) and has his trusty dog, Nux. Davis also
writes the Flavia Albia Mystery Series which features Flavia, the daughter
of Marcus Didius Falco, as an Ancient Rome private informer/detective
Her series is about a "very modern" turn-of-the-century woman in San
Francisco who has a job as a typist, and of course, is also a sleuth...
Maddie Day (aka
Edith Maxwell & Tace
Baker) Day writes the Country Store Mystery Series which is set in South
Lick, Indiana and features Robbie Jordan, the owner Pans 'N Pancakes Country
Store Restaurant. As Maxwell she writes the Local Foods Mystery Series. This
series takes place in Massachusetts and features an organic farmer, Cam
Flaherty. As Maxwell she also writes the Carriagetown Mystery Series, which
features Rose Carroll, a Quaker midwife in a mill town in Massachusetts during
the late 1800s. As Baker she writes the Speaking of Mystery Mystery Series, which
features a Quaker Linguistics professor.
Elizabeth Dearl An ex-policewoman, Dearl pens the Taylor Madison Mystery
Series, which is set in west Texas and features an author/sleuth.
Jeffery Deaver Police Procedural... and excellent! His first novel in the Lincoln
Rhyme series was made into the movie The Bone Collector. Not
Dicey Deere Deere
writes a series about a 28 year old Boston translator who is transplanted to
Deitch writes the culinary Trudie Fine Mystery Series, which includes recipes.
Trudie Fine co-owns A Fine Fix Catering Company in Washington, D.C. When not
writing mysteries, Deitch works at a non-profit nursing home/senior living system.
(aka Eva Gates) Despite her formal training as a computer programmer, Vicki
Delany is nevertheless a natural writer, and is author of both the Constable
Molly Smith Mystery Series which features a new constable in British Columbia.
Delany also writes the Klondike Mystery Series which is set in late 19th century
Yukon territories - Alaska. Delany also writes the
Merry Wilkinson Mystery Series. As Eva Gates she writes the Lighthouse Library
Mystery Series which is set on Bodie Island, North Carolina.
Jana DeLeon DeLeon writes the
Miss Fortune Mystery Series, which features Fortune
Redding, a CIA assassin. DeLeon's Ghost-in-Law Mystery Series is set in
Louisiana, and features a botanist/sleuth, her best friend, and her
mother-in-law... who happens to be a ghost!
Nora DeLoach This
cozy has a mother and daughter duo solving mysteries...
Dennison writes the Vicky Hill Exclusive! Mystery Series which has, as its
sleuth, a journalist in a small, quiet town in England. Dennison also writes the
Honeychurch Hall Mystery Series which features Kat Stanford. Kat
is an ex-TV celebrity host who
moves to a town several hundred miles outside of London and is the owner of an
If you wrote a cozy mystery series featuring an actress, where would you
pick as the setting? Dentinger chose New York for her Jocelyn O'Roarke
Phillip DePoy DePoy won an Edgar award for his play
Easy. He is the Theatre
Director at Clayton State University. DePoy writes the Fever Devilin Mystery
Series which features a sleuth who is an Appalachian folklorist in Georgia.
DePoy's other series is the Flap Tucker Mystery Series which is also set in
Georgia and features a private detective.
DePree is one of the authors who pens a Mystery and the Minister's Wife book.
This series is unique in that each book is written by different authors (some of
the authors pen more than one book in the series.) Other authors of the series
include Diane Noble, Beth Pattillo, Carol Cox, & Eve Fisher. It is an
inspirational mystery series...
Jo Dereske Dereske has two
series: the Miss Zukas (a librarian) series and the Ruby Crane (handwriting
Christine DeSmet DeSmet, Faculty Associate at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison,
writes the Fudge Shop Mystery Series, which features Ava Oosterling, a
fudge-maker who shares space in her granddad's bait shop. You've got to love a
sleuth whose shop's signs boasts: "Oosterlings’ Bait, Bobbers & Belgian Fudge"!
Kathie Deviny Deviny has both her
bachelor's and master's in social work, and is the wife of an Epsicopalian
priest. She writes the Grace Church Mystery Series which features an
Episcopalian priest, Father Robert Vickers in Seattle, Washington.
Police procedural, not cozy. I love
these Inspector Morse books! (On
Crime Writers' Association Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Lesley A. Diehl
Diehl has her Ph. D. in psychology, and has been both a professor and university
administrator. Diehl pens the Microbrewers Mystery Series, which features a
master brewer as its sleuth. She also writes the Big Lake Mystery Series, which
has as its sleuth, Emily Rhodes, a retired preschool teacher who takes up
bartending (and sleuthing!) in Florida.
As a former Weight Watchers group leader, Dietz takes that knowledge and writes
the Diet Club Mystery Series, which features a group leader of a weight loss
(aka Ella Barrick &
Lila Dare) DiSilverio, a former Air
Force intelligence officer, taught at the Air Force Academy (English) and writes
the Charlie Swift Mystery Series. This series features a former Air Force
intelligence officer who lives in Colorado. DiSilverio also writes the Mall Cop
Mystery Series which features a security officer at a mall in Virginia and the
Readaholics Book Club Mystery Series, set in Colorado. As Lila
Dare, she writes the Southern Beauty Shop Mystery. As Ella Barrick she writes
the Ballroom Dance Mystery Series.
Leighann Dobbs Dobbs,
an ex-software engineer, writes the Lexy Baker Mystery Series. This series
revolves around Lexy (a baker) and her dog (Sprinkles) who get help from Lexy's
grandmother and friends when solving a mystery. Dobbs also writes the paranormal
Blackmoore Sisters Mystery Series, which features sisters Morgan and Fiona,
sellers of crystals and herbal remedies who happen to have an open communication
with their dead grandmother. Her Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series features
Willa, a sleuth in New Hampshire who sees ghosts. Her newest series, the
Mooseamuck Island Cozy Mystery Series, features two police consultants: Dominic
Beneditti, a retired police detective & Claire Watkins, retired psychologist,
who are now working as police consultants in Mooseamuck Island, Maine.
Joanne Dobson Dobson, a professor at Fordham University, writes the Karen Pelletier Mystery
Series, which features an English professor. Dobson also writes the Helluva War
Mystery Series with fellow author, Beverle Graves Myers. This series takes place
in the USA, right after the Pearl Harbor attack.
Stephen Dobyns Not cozy...
His main character, Charlie Bradshaw, is an ex-cop in New York, who is still
solving crimes. Dobyns is both a novelist and a poet.
After Richard Lockridge's first wife died, he married Dolson, who also wrote
R. B. Dominic
aka Emma Lathen….. I have not read any of R. B. Dominic’s books, but a Cozy
Mystery website viewer suggested that her novels would make fine additions to
this cozy site
Claire Donally Donally writes the Sunny & Shadow Mystery
Series. Sunny is a newspaper reporter who has relocated back
home in Maine, to take care of her ailing father. She and a newly acquired stray
tomcat (Shadow) prove to be a very effective
Donnelly has a masters in library science... I believe that her Carnegie
Kincaid is the only wedding-planner I know of who is also a sleuth, and who
lives on a houseboat!
Doonan is an archaeologist and professor. As someone who has been a cruise ship
lecturer many times, Doonan took his acquired cruise ship knowledge and parlayed
it into the Henry Grave Mystery Series. Doonan's sleuth is an octogenarian who
solves his mysteries at sea, as a senior cruise ship investigator.
Tim Dorsey While
working on his bachelors of science he was the editor of the student paper.
After graduating, he worked as a reporter and as an editor, before becoming
a full-time novelist. His novels are all Florida-based.
James D. Doss
Doss (a retired "double E"---Electrical Engineer--- from Los Alamos National
Laboratory) writes the Charlie Moon Mystery Series which features a Ute
investigator who is also a Colorado rancher...
Vicki Doudera Doudera, a real estate broker in Maine writes the Darby Farr
Mystery Series which features a real estate agent in... Maine.
Carole Nelson Douglas
The Midnight Louie series is probably her more famous series, although her Irene
Adler is no (sleuthing) slouch!
Patricia Driscoll Driscoll, an ex-probation officer, writes mysteries featuring
an ex-probation officer. Her Grace Tolliver Mystery Series has Grace no longer
working as a probation officer. Grace is the owner of an antique lamp shop in
Daphne du Maurier
You probably know that several of her novels were made into films (Rebecca,
My Cousin Rachel, Jamaica Inn, etc.). But, did you know that Hitchcock's
classic The Birds is based on one of du Maurier's short stories? (On
Crime Writers' Association Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time) (On the
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Margaret Dumas Dumas writes the Charley & Jack Fairfax Mystery Series which
has been compared to Nick & Nora Charles... by no less than the very popular
cozy mystery author Donna Andrews!
DuMond, a licensed chiropractor, writes the Annie Graceland Mystery Series.
Annie is the owner of an up-scale bakery who has psychic abilities when she
feels stressed out...
Dunant Dunant’s The Birth of Venus
is currently being made into a movie. Her Hannah Wolfe series is set in London.
Sophie Dunbar A
Louisiana beauty shop is the setting for this (Clair Claiborne) cozy series...
Alice Duncan Duncan writes three mystery series, all of which
take place during the 1920s. Her Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery Series
features a psychic medium and her Mercy Alcutt Mystery Series
features the owner of a rooming house. Both of those series take
place in California. Duncan's Annabelle Blue Mystery Series takes
place in New Mexico, and features a young woman who works in her
Elizabeth J. Duncan Duncan writes the Penny Brannigan Mystery Series which
features a Canadian manicurist who moves to North Wales. Duncan's first mystery
was nominated for an Agatha Award Best First Novel...
Sharon Duncan Duncan previously worked as a professor teaching both
Spanish and Comparative Literature. She is the author of the Scotia MacKinnon
Mystery Series which takes place in the San Juan Islands of Washington...
Dunlap, a college English teacher, has a master's degree in theology, as well as
another master's degree in English. She writes the Birder Murder Mystery Series,
which takes place in Minnesota and features a high school counselor who is a
Dunlap has three series to pick from, all of them set in California....
1920s Daisy Dalrymple is a journalist in England, not just reporting the deaths,
but also sleuthing out the culprits!
Dunn writes the Bargain Hunters Mystery Series, as well as the Ruby Taylor
Mystery Series. Dunn describes herself as a "Christian author" who mixes the
mystery genre with some of the humor you find in "Chick-Lit"...
Kathy Lynn Emerson)
Dunnett writes the Liss MacCrimmon Mystery Series which, although it involves a
Scottish Troupe Dancer, is set in Maine. As Kathy Lynn Emerson,
she has two series from which you can choose.... Lady Susanna Appleton is a
1600s herbalist, and Diana Spaulding is an1800s reporter, and descendant of Lady
Appleton. As Emerson, she also writes the Elizabethan Mystery Series.
Dunning's main character is both a policeman
and a rare book expert, living in the Mile High City...
A Duke graduate with a degree in English, Durham
became a wedding planner, which paved the way for her to write the Annabelle
Archer series..... which of course, has Annabelle cast as a wedding planner.
(aka Ellie Alexander
) Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series. Meg Reed is a
journalist living in Portland, Oregon. She writes for a magazine that caters to
people who love the outdoors, and all sorts of adventures/sports they can
muster. While Meg would prefer sitting quietly on her couch watching TV, her
first assignment for the magazine is to write about an adventure reality show.
She'll be writing about things like mountain climbing, but ends up seeing things
like bodies being thrown off mountains. What's a journalist have to do to get a
job? As Alexander she writes the Bakeshop Mystery Series. Jules Capshaw
works at her family Torte Bakeshop in a small town in Oregon.
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