Authors Similar to Janet Evanovich …

I was prompted to start a new theme for the Cozy Mystery site by a site reader. She thought that I should have an “authors similar to…” section. What a great idea! I will be doing some research, as well as using my own ideas for coming up with the authors who are similar to the given authors. I would also love to have input from you all! So, please post a comment if you think there is an author (or two!) who I am leaving off of the lists.

Authors similar to Janet Evanovich:

Donna Andrews: Meg Lanslow Mystery Series

Nevada Barr: Anna Pigeon Mystery Series

M. C. Beaton: Agatha Raisin Mysteries

Stephanie Bond: Body Movers Mystery Series

Jan Burke: Irene Kelly Mystery Series

Meg CabotHeather Wells Mystery Series

Dorothy Cannell: Ellie Haskell Mystery Series

Dixie Cash: Domestic Equalizers Mystery Series

Harlan Coben: Myron Bolitar Mystery Series

Lila Dare: Southern Beauty Shop Mystery Series

Diane Mott Davidson: Goldy Bear Mystery Series

Joanne Fluke: Hannah Swensen’s Cookie Jar Mystery Series

Shelly Fredman: Brandy Alexander Mystery Series

Kinky Friedman: Kinky Friedman Series

Sue Grafton: Kinsey Millhone Mystery Series

Carolyn Haines: Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery Series

Parnell Hall: Puzzle Lady Mystery Series

Gemma Halliday: Hollywood Headlines Mystery Series

Joan Hess: Maggody Mystery Series

Dorothy Howell: Haley Randolph Mystery Series

J. A. Jance: Joanna Brady Mystery Series AND J. P. Beaumont Mystery Series AND Alison Reynolds Mystery Series

Karen Kijewski: Kat Colorado Mystery Series

Harley Jane Kozak: Wollie Shelly Mystery Series

Rita Lakin: Gladdy Gold Mystery Series

Victoria Laurie: Psychic Eye Mystery Series

Laura LevineJaine Austen Mystery Series 

Lisa Lutz: Izzy Spellman Mystery Series

Valerie S. MalmontTori Miracle Mystery Series

Nancy Martin: Blackbird Sisters Mystery Series

Susan McBride: Debutante Dropout Mystery Series 

Karen E. Olson: Tattoo Shop Mystery Series

Rhonda Pollero: Finley Anderson Tanner Mystery Series

J. D. Robb: Eve Dallas Mystery Series

Gillian Roberts: Amanda Pepper Mystery Series

Deborah Sharp: Mace Bauer Mystery Series

Sarah Strohmeyer: Hairdresser Mystery Series

Elaine Viets: Dead End Job Mystery Series AND Mystery Shopper Mystery Series

Ayelet Waldman: Mommy Track Mystery Series

Please post your recommendations of authors who are similar to Janet Evanovich, and I will add them to the list.

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Comments

  1. Well, several reviewers of my Lola Cruz Mystery Series said Lola was the next Stephanie Plum: Mystery Lovers Book Store:
    “Fans looking for the next Stephanie Plum might just find her in Sacramento in the form of Lola Cruz, themuy caliente heroine of Misa Ramirez’ Living the Vida Lola…Ramirez puts together a snappy blend of mystery, romance and humor…”

    ***

    “If you like fun and spunky Stephanie Plum, you’ll love smart and sexy Lola Cruz. Fun, tightly plotted and 100% entertaining, Living the Vida Lola is a terrific story bursting with marvelous characters that keep you rapidly turning pages until the very end. Misa Ramirez’s debut novel rocks.”

    –NYT Bestselling Author Allison Brennan

  2. Thanks for telling us about Living la Vida Lola, Misa!

  3. The Domestic Equalizer Mystery series by Dixie Cash. The sister writing team had me with their very first book SINCE YOU’RE LEAVING ANYWAY, TAKE OUT THE TRASH. I have read or listened to four of the series and each one just gets more fab.

  4. Thanks, Vickie… I am going to go add “her” to the list!

  5. Just found this site…what a great resource. Lois Greiman should be included on this list. I’ve read “Not One Clue;” it is laugh-out-loud funny. I’d like to find more…
    For laugh-out-loud funny, you all have got to read Lois Greiman.

    • Loved Greiman books. Hope there will be more.

    • The Lois Greiman series is awesome!! First in the series, “Unzipped”, “Unplugged”, “Unscrewed”, “Unmanned”, “One Hot Mess” then “Not One CLue”…didn’t think I would find a series like Stephanie Plum, but this may be my new fav:)

  6. You’re in luck, Leslie! Lois Greimer has a whole Chrissy McMullen series:

    Unzipped ’05
    Unplugged ’06
    Unscrewed ’07
    Unmanned ’08
    One Hot Mess ’09
    Not One Clue ’10

    • Lois Greiman Romance and now cozy-mystery writer

      I have read this series!!! She is yet another one who will give Evanovich a run for her money. I had forgotten about her! I started reading the series the moment the first book came out and have followed since.

      This one also reminds me of another author who is somewhat as humorous as Evanovich.
      I think? the name of the character is Sofie Metropolis-and this may be the title of the first book as well.

  7. Came across your site when I googled mysteries similar to Susan Wittig Albert. Still didn’t find what I was looking for because I don’t know the author. I read two of the books when I was working as a Merchant Marine in Singapore.
    The major character has an American Indian background and uses cures and concoctions based on traditional tribal herbology. She primarily deals with cases of abused women and usually takes them away and furnishes them with secure housing.
    Does anyone recognize this author?

    • Allison, could you be thinking of JANE WHITEFIELD??

      from a website called Thrilling Detective:
      Created by Thomas Perry

      JANE WHITEFIELD is a clever and tough Native American woman who calls herself a “guide”. Her job can be described as a one-person witness protection program. She helps people who are in potentially life-threatening situations and uses her extensive resources to help them extricate themselves from their problems and assists them with documentation and credentials so they can start new lives.

      Although her activities occasionally bend the law, she has a strict code of conduct and is very choosy about her clientele, and despite the fact that she’s based in Deganawida, New York, her cases take her all over. Although more in the suspense genre than mystery, Whitefield occasionally gets in scrapes in which detective work is necessary. Whitefield’s Indian (Upstate New York) heritage is also put to good use, and the series is filled with all sorts of arcane knowledge about creating new identities, forging documentation, etc. etc. It’s good stuff!

      • Thomas Perry is the author of Jane Whitefield series, along with other great books. Sorry, I don’t think I made that clear.

  8. Re Washington, DC…..did you know that (my favorite mystery writer of all time) Martha Grimes, lives in Washington D.C.? I just checked out her website…the intro re her new book The Black Cat is delightful.

  9. That surprises me, Connie. Sort of like Elizabeth George…

  10. I just found this site and absolutely love it – what a great resource! Victoria Laurie’s Psychic Eye Series reminded me a lot of Stephanie Plum. In fact, Stephanie has become a little monotonous in the last couple novels (I love the Plum series so much that it almost pains me to say it) and I think that Laurie has done a great job at keeping the story line fresh.

  11. Thanks, Mezmerized, I just added Victoria Laurie to the list of “Authors Similar to Janet Evanovich.)

  12. Rita Lakin’s Gladdy Gold series is similar to Stephanie Plum.

  13. Thank you, Lisa, for suggesting Gladdy Gold… an older version of Stephanie Plum?!? I’m going to go add Rita Lakin to the list…

  14. Shelly Fredman’s ‘Brandy Alexander’ mystery series is similar to Stephanie Plum, in so far as the love triangle. Brandy has an ex-boyfriend cop called Bobby DiCarlo in her love life (similar to Joe Morelli) as well as Nick Santiago, a shady figure in the Philadelphia underworld (a la Ranger).

  15. Thanks, Danielle, for suggesting Shelly Fredman… I’ll go add her to the list.

  16. To Allison-

    If you like Susan Wittig Albert, you might try Anne Ripley. Like Albert’s books, they are garden themed, but set mostly on the East coast.

  17. No one compares to Janet. She is brilliant. My life has changed all thanks to her work.

  18. J. D. Robb writing about Lt Eve Dallas should certainly be added to the list.

  19. Thank you, Sharon. I’ll go add her right now…

    • How are they similar? I just have to ask because I don’t get it at all, even though I have read and enjoyed many books from both series. The Stephanie Plum series is a comedic mystery series set in the present day, where the main character is a mostly inept bounty hunter. She has at least two love interests and her family figures in heavily to the storylines. In the Eve Dallas series, we have a futuristic setting, no blood relatives around Eve or her love interest (of which I only know one, I haven’t read the entire series yet), and the tone of the books is pretty serious. She is a police lieutenant as far as I can remember. The only even partially related thing I can think of is the law enforcement angle, but Stephanie’s law enforcement is very weak.

      I would possibly add Karen E. Olson’s Tattoo Shop Mysteries for the tone of the books; we have a tattoo artist and shop owner who is as inept a snooper/detective as Stephanie is and we have multiple kooky characters and love interests. One of those love interests happens to be ex-marine and has some of the same moves Ranger does.

      • Danna - cozy mystery list :

        Sarah, I’ll go add Karen E. Olson’s Tattoo Shop Mystery Series to the “Authors Similar to Janet Evanovich” list.

  20. I never thought I’d find an author I liked as much as Janet Evanovich, but then I found Lois Greiman. She’s hilarious too.

    • Have you tried the ‘Body Movers’ series by Stephanie Bond? 5 in the series I think…similar humor to Evanovich.

  21. Mary Kay Andrews is also another good author

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thanks, April. I have read nad enjoyed all of the Kathy Hogan Trochek’s Julia Callahan Garrity mysteries…

  22. Tori Carrington’s series featuring Sofie Metropolis, is very much like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Excellent books!

  23. Wow! Thanks so much for all the great suggestions. I’m a long term chemo patient (going on 8 years) and I have found reading REALLY helps pass the hospital time. I do so love the Stephanie Plum series and my teenager daughter has gotten me into all the immortal stuff but seriously how many vampire books can they write??? LOL Thanks again for all the wonderful suggestions and for the library being just 5 miles away!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Jaime, it’s great that you have found such enjoyment in reading while undergoing your chemo therapy. And, how convenient that your library is so close.

      You’re in luck with the vampire books>>> There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of them these days! I know exactly what you mean by “how many vampire books can they write???”>>> Apparently, A LOT!

      Happy reading!

    • God Bless you Jaime. I’m a cancer survivor also.

  24. Jennifer Colt has a series, the Mcafee (?) twins…that’s a fun read as well.

  25. I don’t recall having seen it mentioned, but Karen Rose writes a really good series as well. It’s more of a romantic suspense vs comedy suspense but they are very well written and definitely hold your attention. I have a hard time pausing when the new ones come out lol

    And also Sherrilyn Kenyon with the Dark Hunter series, they are quite funny as well.

  26. I have been reading the Maddie Springer series by Gemma Halliday. She has started a new series with a few spin off books. I guess you would call the spin off books the Hollywood Series. So far all of these books have been very reasonably priced on my Nook Color. Definitely, Evanovich in style.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thank you, Susan, I will go add Gemma Halliday’s Hollywood Headlines Mystery Series to the Authors Similar to Janet Evanovich theme list.

      (It looks like the Kindle has the very same prices for those two Gemma Halliday books. I wonder if the prices aren’t set by the publishers…)

  27. I found the author Karen Kijewski many, many years back. I fell in love with her funny, quirky characters. The main character is Kat Colorado. Who’s named so by her not so loving mother in the absence of her (Kat’s) dad.
    Unfortunately, the author has stopped writing the series-last I heard was due to a big problem between publisher, writer or such. There are Nine of them written from 1988 to 1998.
    The first, 2nd, 3rd in the series are: Katwalk, katapult, and Kat’s Cradle. They are fun, funny and also realistic. The characters’ personalities evolve as the writer develops and hones her skills so the books become funnier. She is, I feel, just as good as Evanovich, maybe not as many laughs but still, she’ll give Evanovich a run for her money.
    Give her a try! Maybe she’ll start writing the series again should she get a following.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thanks, Cindy, I’m going to go add Karen Kijewski to the Authors Similar to Janet Evanovich list. (I read a few of Kijewski’s mysteries years ago…)

  28. I see (on covers) all the time “If you like Janet Evanovich”,
    rarely is that true, except for Lois Greiman’s series and Toni
    McGee Causey’s. There is also a witch series by Juliet
    Blackwell that can qualify.

  29. I was surprised that Carolyn Haines – Sarah Booth Delanay series – is not yet represented. I have been recommending her for a couple years. Takes place in the deep south and is a riot to read. Great characters. Thanks for all the other suggestions, can’t wait to try!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thanks, Joy, I’ll go add the Sarah Booth Delaney series by Carolyn Haines to the Authors Similar to Janet Evanovich theme.

  30. Lawrence Kelter’s Stephanie Chalice series can be compared with the Stephanie Plum series. They are quick reads and fast paced. The difference is his books have lots of humor, but are “legitimate” psychological thrillers and very suspenseful.
    His new book, The Brain Vault was released recently, which is the third in the series. Although you don’t have to read them in order,I would start with the first one, Don’t Close Your Eyes and go on from there!

  31. How about Lila Dare? She has two books out in her Southern Beauty shop. Grace, the main character, finds herself in so many embarassing situations, sort of like Stephanie Plum. Lila Dare writes in that simple yet intelligent way that makes reading a joy.

    The other I would recommend is the Mace Bauer series by Deborah Sharp. To me, Mace is like Crocodile Dundee meets Jessica Fletcher – though she’s in her early thirties. I laughed so much… it was fabulous.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thanks, Katie, I’ll add Lila Dare and Deborah Sharp to the list of Authors Similar to Janet Evanovich.

  32. What about Lisa Lutz? Her Spellman series had me laughing as much as Evanovich with zaney characters, a dysfunctional family, and a female heroine you can’t help but love.

  33. I just finished reading the Lucky O’Toole series by Deborah Coonts. She has two books out so far, and both are based in Las Vegas. Very good reading, closest I have been able to come to my girl Janet

  34. T Lynn Ocean has several titles . Southern Poison, Southern Fatality . She is a retired security specialist, the stories also include her aging father and his funny poker buddies. I laughed out loud when I read the first one and then went looking for the other titles.

  35. Thank you all for the great info. I suffered a brain injury in 1998 and it has been a long road to recovery. Once i learned to read again, it became my favorite way to pass time. I am often found sitting in a doctors waiting room with tears in my eyes from laughing so hard when reading Janet Evanovichs’ Stephanie Plum series. Unfortunately for me, she can’t write as fast as I can read.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Laury, I’m sorry to hear about your brain injury, but it sounds like you are quite improved! There just isn’t anything like reading!

    • I think many of Janet Evanovich’s fans feel the same way as you. I can’t believe that she is in her 60s (I think early 60s).

      • Danna - cozy mystery list :

        Fieldworking, and the good thing about it is that it looks like Janet Evanovich still plans on keeping her series going and going. (Sort of like the Duracell bunny!)

  36. The Delivery Girl by Samantha Biskup is very similar in style. I found her on Amazon and gave the book a chance after reading the review.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thanks, Savannah, for telling us about Samantha Biskup’s similarity to Janet Evanovich.

  37. Danna - cozy mystery list :

    Welcome to the site, Daniel!

  38. The Ann Charles ‘Deadwood’ series is just brilliant. Very well written, funny and the sort of books that once you start you have to keep going until the end.

    Kate Johnson is also very good – the Sophie Green series.

    This is a great website to find, I’ve been looking out for new funny crime writers for ages.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thank you, Angharad, for letting us know about Ann Charles’ Deadwood Mystery Series. And, I hope you are able to find some funny mystery series to follow.

  39. I would recommend Kyra Davis. She has a series which centers around a fabulous character named Sophie Katz. She’s an author herself and gets into a lot of trouble! Super funny, action packed, and overall great writing!

  40. Love your web site. The info is great, however, I think you are focused on only one element that makes Janet Evanovich such a wonderful author. The Plum series combines romance, comedy and a little mystery in a, mostly, light fashion. Who are the authors that do this style, not in a series? Janet’s earlier works were screwball romances and are absolutely the best escape lit to be found. Who are the authors that write in that style? I have found Jennifer Cruise and Susan Andersen. There have to be others.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Anita, I’m glad to hear you enjoy the website. And, thanks for telling us about Jennifer Cruise and Susan Andersen. (I’m sorry, but I don’t know the answers to either of your questions.)

  41. This website is great! I am always looking for a new series to start and this is a great resource. I am a fan of Janet Evanovich and appreciate the cross reference to similiar authors. There is one that I think should be on this list. It is the Sofie Metropolis Series by Tori Carrington.

  42. Please consider adding Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series. Light hearted mysteries, funny family dynamics and also two love interests. They have been fun quick reads and have recipes as a bonus.

  43. Thank you for this site! I really like the Kate Collins “Flower Shop Mystery” series. The main character, Abby Knight, is fun and funny like Stephanie.

  44. The Calamity Jane Series by Kathleen Bacus is a close runner with Janet Evanovich! And the first book in the series, Calamity Jane, is free on Nook!

  45. I was looking for a new book to read and stumbled across this website. I enjoy women’s sleuths and have read books by some of the authors mentioned here. Thanks to this website I now have many more to look forward too. Decisions, decisions……which one first?? :-)

  46. I agree with Jennifer Cruise. Not her recent books but her first ones. My daughter says every time she is sick she rereads Faking It. The closet scene is hilarious! I also like Getting Rid of Bradley, the beginning is hilarious also. And Manhunting, in the boat!! And the private eye in What the Lady Wants- I’d marry him in a minute! Great fun, the laugh out loud kind.

  47. RachaelfromNJ :

    Nancy Bartholomew has the Strip Series which I believe is only 4 books and is no longer being written because the publisher didn’t pick it up for more books. Then she couldn’t put them out with any other publisher because they hold the rights. But her books are fantastic. VERY Evanovich like. I love them. Also I recently discovered Misa Ramirez’s Lola Cruz books and those are definitely in the Evanovich vein. REALLY good!! Tori Carrington’s Sofie Metropolis books were already mentioned but those are great too.

  48. One of the best features of a Janet book is the reader gets a chance to have a “laugh out loud” moment while reading the hilarious predicaments that Stephanie and Lula get into. I’m in an endless search to find other such authors.

    As I continue my diligent search for this type of humor in my mysteries, I have come across yet another master of this technique. Laura Levine has mastered the art of believable absurd.

  49. You should add Kyra Davis, I recently found her. Very fun, very similar to Janet Evanovich.

  50. I just finished “An Affair to Dismember” by Elise Sax. It’s the first in a new series. Very funny, very Stephanie Plum like. I can’t wait for the next book to be released (in July)

  51. I should also add that thanks to the comments here I have also read the Lola Cruz Mystery series- I loved it too, very Stephanie Plum like. I’ve also started reading the Calamity Jane series by Kathleen Bacus and I love it too! I found that one from the “free ebooks section”. I read the first book for free and was hooked.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      And, thanks again, April, for telling us about Misa Ramirez’ Lola Cruz Mystery Series. I don’t have an actual page for Misa Ramirez, but I do have her “aka” Melissa Bourbon.

  52. jean erhardt :

    I invite readers to try the first in my Kim Claypoole mystery series, Small Town Trouble. If you like Stephanie Plum, you’ll love Kim Claypoole!

  53. These series have gotten me through my Stephanie Plum withdrawal periods!

    Dorothy Howell – Haley Randolph Series
    Rhonda Pollero – Finley Tanner Series
    Meg Cabot – Heather Wells Series

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thanks, Melissa, I just added these three mystery authors to the Authors Similar to Janet Evanovich list.

  54. The Agatha Raisin series by M. C. Beaton is one of my favorites. Besides Janet Evonavich this is my next go to author.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thanks, Vicky, I’ll add the Agatha Raisin mysteries to this list.

    • M.C. Beaton’s Hamish and Agatha (her two series) are my absolute favorites! I have read them all at least once. But, I don’t think M.C. Beaton is anything like Janet Evanovich at all! Hugely different writing styles, and settings, let alone characters. But both are very enjoyable. If you like cozy’s you will love Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth by M.C. Beaton.

      • Also like them. Tho I can take only so much Agatha at one time. Has someone mentioned Simon Brett? I’m not fond of his Charles Paris series but love Mrs Pargeter and enjoy the Feathering mysteries.

  55. Hi Everyone!

    I’ve had people tell me my Kate Saxee mystery series reminds them of Stephanie Plum. The first book is The Devil Drinks Coffee, by Destiny Ford. The eBook is $2.99.

    Thanks for making this list, Danna!

  56. Stephanie Bond- Body Movers series.

  57. I have read all of the Stephanie Plum series, and some of J.E. stand alone books..I have moved on..and found that Mary Kay Andrews books are very similar, if you like one you should like the other!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Deborah T, I see that Mary Kay Andrews is now releasing her Kathy Hogan Trochek (Callahan Garrity) mysteries under Mary Kay Andrews. I hope that will entice her to write more of those mysteries. I loved that series!

  58. I really like Kathleen Brooks Bluegrass Series, they are romance mysteries. You will laugh out loud reading them and get very attached to the characters. She seems to be a relatively new author but very good. :)

  59. I’m loving the Eye Spy, chronicles of Liza Radley Housewife Detective series. I just finished the second book. It’s similar to Janet Evanovich in that it’s totally laugh out loud but really unique too. Liza’s kind of kooky but endearing. The writer also writes movies I guess ….love the banter between Jack and Liza. Reminds me of Hepburn and Tracy.

  60. I forgot to add the authors name is Jenna Mattison

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thank you, Vicki D, for telling us about Jenna Mattison’s Liza Radley Housewife Detective Series.

  61. I’ve been reading the Jaine Austin mystery series. The author is Laura Levine. Very good mysteries and soooo funny!! I’m enjoying this series just as much as I enjoyed Janet Evanovich’s great Stephanie Plum series and highly recommend them for a fun read!

  62. I enjoyed Janet Evanovich because I could not predict the ending, the story took place where I used to live in New Jersey and of course they were very funny. Are there any authors who are funny, the story happens in a real town in New Jersey, without the vulgar comments and limited in sexual content?

  63. Amanda M. Lee, An Avery Shaw mystery series! Laugh out loud funny and I couldn’t for the life of me (no pun intended) figure out who-dun-it! Currently there are four in this series with the promise of more to come. I promise, you will be glad you read her series!

  64. Try the Dropout Debutante series by Susan McBride. Not many books but all are fun.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Diana S, thanks for the Susan McBride/Janet Evanovich tip! I’ll go add her to the list.

  65. 2 to add,(sorry if there are duplicates):
    Daryanda Jones, The Charlie Davidson grim reaper series
    First book is “First Grave On The Right”
    Lisa Lutz, the Spellman series, there are 6 books so far.
    I am an audiobook listener, and there are very humorous to listen to while commuting.

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