As you have probably noticed, there are many non-cozy mystery authors included in these alphabetized author lists. In all of the mystery reading groups I have belonged to, whether the group was touted as a cozy mystery reading group or not, it seemed like we would always include books in the different mystery genres. There are cozies, of course, police procedurals, thrillers, hard-boiled, true crime, gritty/realistic/graphic mysteries, mysteries with amateur sleuths even mysteries featuring mystery-solving talking animal sleuths (à la Rita Mae Brown!).
There are mystery authors with all types of educational and professional backgrounds.... teachers, librarians, journalists, even district attorneys! And, of course, there are mystery series that are theme-based.... herbal, historical, crossword puzzles, bed and breakfasts, book store owners.... these are just a few of the many themes that cozy mystery authors have used.
An example of a theme-based series is
the Needlecraft Mystery Series which is written by
an author who I happen to follow. The Needlecraft Mystery Series
features Betsy Devonshire, the owner
of a needlepoint shop, which is where a lot of the mystery-solving takes place.
A theme sometimes is what brings a new reader to a series.
But, if the author "can't deliver the goods," the series won't thrive.
Nancy Fairbanks aka
Has MA from Rice...
She has two very strong series: one is a comical police procedural (Elena
Jarvis) and the other is a culinary mystery series.
Linda Fairstein Not
Cozy... Fairstein served as Manhattan's Sex Crimes Prosecution Chief
for many years, and now has a bestselling series of books featuring an
assistant D.A., who specializes in sex crimes.
Marnette Falley Falley is the author of the fourth
Queen Bees Quilt Mystery Series books. (The quilting-themed mystery series
was started by Sally Goldenbaum.)
Ann C. Fallon
Solicitor in Ireland series....
Farmer writes the Madeline Bean
culinary mystery series which takes place in Hollywood and in 2009 she released
her first mystery in the Red Carpet Murder Mystery Series which she is
co-writing with Joan Rivers!
E. V. Cunningham... I have enjoyed his Masao Masuto
series very much...
Connie Feddersen Feddersen writes the Amanda Hazard Mystery Series which is
set in Oklahoma and features a CPA/Sleuth...
Monica Ferris aka
Mary Monica Pulver & half of the duo who wrote as
Margaret Frazer for
the first of the Sister Frevisse novels. For all of the cozy mystery fans who
enjoy needlework, Ferris writes the Needlecraft Mystery Series. I happen to be one
of the many needle-working, cozy-reading people who truly enjoy her
Needlecraft Mystery Series!
Fiedler, a Boston University grad with a communications major,
writes the Natural Remedies Mystery Series which features, as its sleuth, Willow
McQuade, N. D. (Naturopathic Doctor). This mystery series has the added benefit
of also including natural remedies like yoga, herb and flower uses, and
Fiffer writes non-fiction with (and without) her husband, Steve, but her Jane Wheel
mystery series is solely her own gem. She has also taught writing at the college level.
Christy Fifield (aka
Christy Evans) Fifield writes the
Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery Series, which has, as its sleuth, the owner of a
Florida souvenir shop. As Evans, she writes the Georgiana Neveral Mystery
Series, which features an apprentice plumber in Oregon.
Finch was nominated for the 2007 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, which is a
huge accomplishment! (The Agatha Awards are named after Agatha Christie, and are
the most Cozy of mystery awards.) His Charles Lenox Mystery Series is set in
London, during the 1860s.
Finkelstein Finkelstein writes the Ariel Quigley mystery series
with Susan Smily. Finkelstein has a Ph. D. in English and has had several
different careers, working as an intelligence officer with the Navy, a
professor, and a newspaper editor (among her other jobs.) The Finkelstein/Smily
series is unusual in that each mystery novel has a recipe book that features the
recipes described/used in the novel.
Fisher 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, Traci DePree, Beth Pattillo, & Carol Cox. It is an
inspirational mystery series...
Her first series (the "Dying to ...") is a
cozy, while her new series is described as a thriller, with plenty of action
of Murder, She
Donald Bain) I think almost everyone knows
who Jessica Fletcher is! She's a retired high school teacher who currently
writes mystery books. She also solves mysteries. Some bookstores insist on putting
the "Murder, She Wrote" books
in the "F" (as in Fletcher) section. Well, I have gone ahead and added it to the F
section of this site, as well, since that's where some people expect to find the
Murder, She Wrote Mystery Series.
Flinn was an antique dealer before writing her Molly Doyle mystery series.
(aka Isabella Alan) Flower, a librarian at a small college, writes the India Hayes Mystery Series
which features a college librarian/sleuth. Flower also writes the Appleseed
Creek Mystery Series. This series takes place in Ohio Amish country, and
features a sleuth who works at a college in the computer field. Flower also
writes the Andi Boggs Mystery Series for children. As Alan she
writes the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series.
Joanne Fluke Cookie Jar series,
by an author who should know..... she has worked as a caterer and cook, as
well as taught school, and held several other jobs... including working as a
private detective's assistant!
Rae Foley aka Elinor Denniston, Dennis Allan, & Helen K. Maxwell....
perhaps best described as cozies with romance....
G. M. Ford Not cozy....
described as thrillers...
An English and Social Studies teacher, Forman now pens the Maria Hart Mystery
series which is about a Chicago insurance investigator. Also, Forman writes the
Port City Mystery Series which revolves around Ian Wallace, a North Carolina food writer and photographer sleuth.
I have not read any of his books.... yet. In the research I did, I found that he
is able to interweave life in London in the 1940s with today's life in London.
The Benni Harper series features a museum curator, quilter/cowgirl sleuth.
Fowler also writes the Ruby McGavin Mystery Series which features a
Califonia ranch owner.
Not Cozy... Francis was a champion jockey in Great Britain, even riding for Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth. He suffered an injury which caused him to retire, but
he then took his love for horse racing and began a very successful career
writing mysteries that take place in the world of horse racing. (On
Crime Writers' Association Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Both of her series are set in England...
Detective Chief Inspector David Webb and biographer Rona Parish.
Lady Antonia Fraser is Oxford-educated, and is best known for the historical
biographies she writes. Her mystery novels feature Jemima Shore, a television
Before writing the Lumby Series, Fraser worked in
corporate America. (She has her MBA.) Although her Lumby Series is not a
mystery series, it has been recommended for the site... If you like Jan Karon's Mitford Series, you might enjoy
Margaret Frazer aka
Mary Monica Pulver (Monica Ferris) &
This is confusing, but I will try to explain: Margaret Frazer was the
collaboration of two women: Mary Monica Pulver and Gail Frazer. They split
their writing duo after the sixth Sister Frevisse Medieval Mystery Series novel.. Gail Frazer is now Margaret Frazer...
Frazer also writes the Joliffe the Player Mystery Series which is set in
15th century England.
Shelly Fredman Fredman, when not teaching elementary school, writes the
Brandy Alexander Mystery Series which features a Journalist who returns home
Gardening mystery series......
Christy Tillery French
French writes the Natasha Chamberlain Mystery Series which features a female
bodyguard in Tennessee.
Linda French French is a history professor who lives in Washington state. She
held the record in Georgia
for the backstroke, and now enjoys swimming in Puget Sound. She writes the
Professor Teodora Morelli
Mystery Series which features an athletic history professor in Washington state.
Shelley Freydont Freydont is a retired dancer with both her BFA and MFA from the University of
Utah, who writes the Lindy Haggerty series. Lindy happens to be a retired
dancer, also. And, as of 2007 Freydont now writes a Sudoku mystery series for all
of you Sudoku fans! Freydont also writes the Celebration Bay Mystery Series
which has, as its sleuth, an event planner in New York.
Not cozy.... Kinky Friedman, who along
with writing a mystery series that features a country western singer/sleuth,
may also be famous for running for governor of Texas in 2006.
With her M.P.A. from the JFK School of Government at Harvard, Froetschel is now
a faculty member in the Journalism Department at Southern Connecticut State
University. She has penned two Alaskan mysteries, as well as worked as a
Sara Hoskinson Frommer
Frommer has her degree in German, is a quilter and
charter member of a symphony's viola section. Her heroine Joan Spencer also
plays the viola while sleuthing.
Susan Furlong (aka
Lucy Arlington, Susan Furlong-Bolliger, & S.
Furlong-Bolliger) Furlong is taking over the writing duties as Lucy Arlington,
from Jennifer Stanley (aka J.B. Stanley & Ellery Adams) and Sylvia May, starting with the 4th Novel Idea Mystery Series' book. Furlong will also be
writing the Georgia Peach Mystery Series. She is the author of the Pippi O'Brien
Mystery Series and she has written several Untreed Reads' mystery stories.
aka Frances Hegarty... Two British series from which to
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