Backpacking, Camping, Mountain Climbing, White Water Rafting Mystery Series…

backpackingThe other day, Monica asked this question:

Do you know of any cozy mysteries that have their heroines camping or backpacking?

Nevada Barr: Anna Pigeon Mystery Series (Anna is a park service ranger.)

Jill Churchill: Fear of Frying (from her Jane Jeffry Mystery Series)

Kate Dyer-Seeley (aka Ellie Alexander): Pacific Northwest Mystery Series

Jeanne Glidewell: Cozy Camping (from her Lexie Starr Mystery Series)

Beth Groundwater: Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures Mystery Series (not strictly camping/backpacking mysteries, lots of outdoor adventures – hiking, white-water rafting, climbing, etc.). Readers that enjoy an outdoorsy theme

Sue Henry: Murder on the Iditarod Trail (from her Alaska Mystery Series)

Sue Henry: Maxie and Stretch Mystery Series (Maxie is a widow who travels around in her RV with her Mini Dachshund, Stretch.)

So, if you do, would you please post a comment?

Here are some more authors with Camping Mystery Series:

L. D. Knorr: RV Mystery Series

E. D. MacDavey: RV Travel Mystery Series

Karen Musser Nortman: Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mystery Series

Karen Musser Nortman
Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mystery Series:

1. Bats and Bones
2. The Blue Coyote
3. The Lady of the Lake

M.L. Rowland
Search and Rescue Mystery Series:

  1. Zero-Degree Murder
  2. Murder off the Beaten Path
  3. Murder on the Horizon

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  1. Jack says

    I couldn’t find a thing on the internet, and I’m pretty good at finding things. I think this would make an interesting premise though. Limited resources, even more-so than usual, to solve the mystery.

  2. Carrie says

    Nevada Barr wrote a series of mystery books about a park ranger and detective called Anna Pigeon which are all set in national parks.

    Apart from that only childrens camping adventure books like the Camp Fire series or the Bobbsey Twins Camping Out book. Of course, there is always Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven books. However, Nevada Barr is the only writer of adult camping mystery books that I can think of at the moment.

  3. Sue says

    All quiet on the Orient Express by Mills, Magnus

    Trail of murder by Andreae, Christine

    Catch and keep by Weber, Ronald

    Fear of frying by Churchill, Jill

    Bandit queen boogie by Hayter, Sparkle

    Backpack by Barr, Emily

  4. Nancy says

    I’m an ex-geologist, and hiking goes hand-in-hand with any field geology. I know of two mystery series featuring a female geologist as sleuth. I’ve read Death Assemblage by Susan Cummins Miller (a real-life geologist), the first book in the Frankie MacFarlane mystery series. Frankie does quite a lot of back-country hiking in the Nevada mountains solving this mystery. It’s heavy on geology, which I find to be scientifically correct, but I think the author does a good job of trying to bring it to layman’s terms. Haven’t read, but have bought, other books in that series. Another mystery series featuring a female geologist sleuth – I haven’t read it, but own some of the books and expect to find hiking in them – is written by Sarah Andrews and is the Em (Emily) Hansen mystery series. Both series have received good reviews on amazon.

  5. Sherri says

    I’m wondering if anyone knows of any cozy mysteries with a cabin/cottage theme; particularly about the Canadian North.

  6. says

    I love reading all the wonderful cozy mystery information you have on here. I saw you listed Nevada Barr. I have read almost all of her books, but I wouldn’t consider them a cozy at all. They have gotten progressively more violent, and descriptive of the violence. I have found her books a little harder to read as she has gotten more violent. She is a wonderful writer nonetheless.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thanks, Elaine, for the information about Nevada Barr. She is one of the authors who was recommended for me to include on the Cozy Mystery site. I have just posted “(Reportedly Not Cozy)” on her individual page.

      Thanks, again!

  7. Karen Musser Nortman says

    There are some camping series started recently: L.D. Knorr wrote “The Leviticus Mission” and “The Rest Area Murders” about a retired detective and his wife traveling in an RV and E.D. MacDavey wrote “Prey for Zion”. The main character is a retired ornithologist who also has ADHD–an interesting twist. Last, but not least (!), I have started the Frannie Shoemaker Campground series with “Bats and Bones” about a retired teacher, her husband and friends, and their adventures in Iowa State Parks.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thanks, Karen, for telling us about L. D. Knorr’s and E. D. MacDavey’s camping mystery series. And also for telling us about your Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mystery Series.

  8. Trish says

    I recently purchased Deadly Currents (An RM Outdoor Adventures Mystery, #1) by Beth Groundwater. While not strictly camping/backpacking mysteries, this series has a lot of outdoors adventures in them (hiking, white-water rafting, climbing, etc.). Readers that enjoy an outdoorsy theme to their stories might enjoy this series, too.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Trish, thank you so much. I just added Beth Groundwater’s series to the list. I think you’re totally right about it belonging on this list.

  9. Evan says

    M.L. Rowland writes a series of books about a search and rescue expert in the Southern California mountains. There are two books so far, Zero Degree Murder and Murder Off the Beaten Path.

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