English / British Theme Mysteries… A & B

Here is the beginning of the British (Cozy) Mysteries that I have on the site… Not all of the authors are actually British, but the novels take place in Great Britain.

Catherine Aird: Her Inspector Sloan is the head of his local CID.

Susan Wittig Albert: She writes a cozy series featuring Beatrix Potterl

Bruce Alexander: Writes the Sir John Fielding series… an 18th century blind magistrate in London.

Tasha Alexander: Writes the Lady Emily Mystery Series which is set in Victorian England…

Margery Allingham: The Albert Campion series is set in London, and features a very upper-crust sleuth…

Margot Arnold: Series features an anthropologist and archaeologist team…

Nancy Atherton: Set in the Cotswold, Aunt Dimity helps solve mysteries… even though she is dead…

Marion Babson: Two British series to pick from…

Jo Bannister: Several series to pick from… including the Brodie Farrell Mystery Series, which is full of suspense…

Jo Bannister: Gabriel Ash & Hazel Best Mystery Series

Robert Barnard: Another author with several series and stand alone novels to choose from… including the Charlie Peace police procedural…

Stephanie Barron: She writes a series with Jane Austen as the heroine/sleuth…

M. C. Beaton: Her Agatha Raisin Cozy is set in the Cotswolds and her Hamish Macbeth is set in Scotland…

Carrie Bebris: Her Mr. & Mrs. Darcy series involves the two main characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice…

C.A. Belmond: Penny Nichols Mystery Series… Penny is a rich American heiress in England.

C. C. Benison: Her Jane Bee series features a housemaid who solves mysteries… with the queen’s help. AND Benison’s Father Christmas features a village vicar…

Ron and Janet Benrey: The Benreys write two series… the Royal Tunbridge Wells Tea Museum is the setting for the series set in England…

Veronica Black: Sister Joan is a nun who investigates mysteries in Cornwall…

Nicholas Blake: Blake is a professor at Oxford who writes a series with an Oxford grad/sleuth…

Janie Bolitho: The Cornish countryside is the location of Bolitho’s Rose Trevelyan series, which features an artist/sleuth…

Rhys Bowen: Bowen writes the Evan Evans series which is set in Wales, and is starting a new London-based series…

Alan Bradley: Bradley’s Flavia de Luce Mystery Series features an eleven year old girl/sleuth. Bradley has won many mystery writing awards, including the prestigious Agatha Award.

Christianna Brand: Inspector Cockrill series as well as children’s books and stand-alones…

Simon Brett: Several series (based in England) to pick from >>>Fethering Mystery Series, Melita Pargeter Mystery Series, Charles Paris Mystery Series, and several Stand Alones to pick from…

Emily Brightwell: Mrs. Jeffries is the housekeeper (and sleuth) to Inspector Witherspoon…

Frances Brody: Kate Shackleton Mystery Series – Kate is a WWI widow in a British small milling village in the 1920s.

Barry S. Brown: Mrs. Hudson of Baker Street Mystery Series… Housekeeper for Sherlock Holmes…

Fiona Buckley: A Lady in Waiting in Queen Elizabeth’s court (QE I…)

***To access more Cozy Mysteries by Theme click on this link.***

Comments

  1. I’ve just stumbled on this site and can’t believe the amount of information available. I read lots of mysteries but there are dozens of authors here who I’ve never tried. I’m looking forward to discovering some of them during 2009.

    Thanks for a great site and good luck with your blog this year.

    Laura Essendine
    Author – The Accidental Guru
    The Accidental Guru Blog
    The Books Limited Blog

  2. Hi Laura,

    Welcome to the site. I have (also) found a lot of new authors to try… I get so many good author recommendations from site readers.

    Thanks for the very nice note, and good luck with your book!

  3. wow..thank you so much….i’ve been looking for a list just like this, but didn’t know quite how to go about it..after about the hundredth try, here you are….i’ll get started soon….thanks again….debbie

  4. Hi, Debbie,

    These British Cozy Mystery lists are a great starting point. Hope you are able to find some new authors!

  5. I just happened upon your site and all I can say is WOW. I’m thrilled to have found it. I am always looking for new cozy mysteries and can’t believe how wonderful your list is. Thank you.

  6. Wow! This is what I’ve been looking for. I love mysteries but I have difficulty finding good ones at the library. This is awesome! My reading list is going to greatly increase! Thank you!

  7. Welcome to the site, Mel. There certainly should be a few authors who might interest you on the site. When I started the site I only had Cozy Mystery authors who I had personally read, but once I started posting recommendations, the site took on a life of its own!

  8. I have just stumbled across your site and I am absolutely amazed!! I am starting to struggle to find new titles at the library but no more!! I have added you to my favourites so I can access your website whenever I need to so I know I will never be stuck for a new author to try.

    Thank You, and keep up the hard work!!

  9. Hi Jo,

    I sure hope that you will be able to find at least a few new authors who you will enjoy, amongst all of the ones posted on the site. I have read a lot of them, and of course, the others come recommended by Cozy Mystery site readers.

    Welcome to the site!

  10. Like some of the others, I would go to the library looking for good mysteries. But since I found this site, I can just let my fingers do the walking since I’m in a wheelchair. Our library has volunteers who deliver books to the homebound. I come to this site, make a list of the books I want and e-mail it to the library and they have them brought to me. This site is my favorite source for great cozy mysteries. Thank you.

  11. Hi Linda,
    Your library sounds truly awesome! I hope that you are able to find some authors who you really enjoy.

    When I started the site I only posted authors with whom I was familiar. Since then, I have been adding more and more authors – thanks to site readers recommendations. And, I have found many authors from those recommendations who I now consider my favorites!

  12. My favorite read is British Mysteries. I’ve come to your website when someone would recommend an author. This time I stayed on the site and discovered your jewel that lists a whole new world of authors to me. Thank you for all the work you do.

  13. Thanks, Carolyn, for the kind words. I’m glad you have been able to find some new authors to try…

  14. I love cozy British mysteries! I love Christie and Peters and Marsh. I prefer the writers of a few decades ago. Is there a place on this site that will tell me if an author is current or not?

  15. I’m sorry Ruth, I don’t know what you mean by “is current or not?”…

  16. I imagine that Ruth is asking whether the writers are living, or possibly just producing new books: I note that all three of her listed favorites are deceased.

  17. Thanks, Beth!

  18. Help!! I really enjoy Nancy Athertons’ “Aunt Dimity”. I am looking for other authors who write the same type of stories. She sets Aunt Dimity in the U.K. and thats what I am looking for. I can’t afford to jump on a plane and go to england every year, so reading those kinds of stories are like a “minni vacation”. Any help would be appreciated!

  19. I’d like to be able to access some modern writers who fit this genre. I quite like Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and Simon Brett’s Fering series. As a previous poster asked, do you have a list of writers who have published in the last 20 years?

    • No, Gen, I don’t. That certainly would make a great theme on the Cozy Mystery site. As you noted, Simon Brett’s Fethering and Beaton’s Agatha are great examples of authors who have been “published in the last 20 years”… Carola Dunn comes to mind with her Daisy Dalrymple series, Susan Wittig Albert’s Beatrix Potter, Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity… the list goes on and on.

      Thanks, Gen and Ruth! I’ll soon write an entry with a whole list of “current” British Cozy Mystery series.

  20. I found your wonderful website a couple of years ago and bookmarked it. Whenever I need to see book order or find a new author to try, I come here first! Like Gen and several above, I too love British mysteries, both past and recent. I found Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple series (thanks to you!) and LOVE them. Another series set in Britain in the 20s/30s (but currently being written) is Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisy Dobbs. A more serious series, certainly, but so well written and interesting!! This is one of the series that I have tried to “pace” myself with so that I don’t run out!

    Please keep up the wonderful work on your site! It’s an absolute gem and invaluable resource!!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thank you, Susan S., for the very kind words about the site.

      As you know, I am a Carola Dunn follower. Aha! So you’re another “pacer” with your favorite authors.

  21. A newly published book that I certainly consider a “cozy” with the advantages of it being British and with some plot twist and an quirky protagonist, is Homicide in Hampshire by Barbara Bothwell.
    This is her first published mystery, available on Kindle and in my opinion fits the genre perfectly.
    Cleo, the main character is quite remarkable and believable in that she has come to her present position by a singular quirk of fate.
    The author is an experienced writer but this is her first mystery, definitely a cozy, and I hope there will be many more along the same lines.
    Her bio is on her blog.
    http://barbarabothwell.blogspot.com/

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thank you, Andi, for telling us about Barbara Bothwell, and her Cozy Mystery…

      • Thanks to Andi for her kind comments about Homicide in Hampshire. Two more published books (on Amazon):

        Writing can be Murder (set in Florida)
        Rock’n’Roll Murders (1958 on England’s south coast).

        Another book about Cleo (Homicide in Hampshire) is in the pipeline.

        • Danna - cozy mystery list :

          Barbara, Andi has been a great “comment-er” on the site. Congratulations on your new book!

  22. Simon Beckett and Lindsay Ashford also write British mysteries, more on the order of Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone series than true cozies, but still good reading.

  23. Love this list and the descriptions! Thank you so much.

  24. I discovered this website when I googled “cozy” mysteries.
    Thanks so much. I’ll be visiting this site often. Love the release dates of new books.

    Karen

  25. Hi Danna; 5/13/12

    HAPPY MOTHER”S EVERYONE…….Smile.

    Now I came across a british author….VERONICA HELEY
    She writes two series; one is the Ellie Quicke mysteries and the other series is: The new Abbot Agency mystery series.
    I have read all of the 1st series, and second I am beginning to work on….and the series is different, but mysteries. I got started with the first series Murder at the Altar….I liked it and very quickly read them all…..I found the first at Alibri, and now you might be able to find them at other used bookstores, or maybe the library…..have fun shopping and then enjoying…..I looked, find and read……..smile.

  26. I have fallen in love with Kate Atkinson, she would go on the not so cozy list, but she does have her stories set in the UK. Her style is very different and by the time you get to the end, it is always a surprise (both how you got there and “who dunnit”).

  27. I have been a reader of horror and sword and sorcery (Conan The Barbarian haha!) for years. I recently stumbled upon your site, read some recommended books and now I am totally hooked on the cozy mystery genre. Thank you for creating this site it has opened a new world for me.

  28. I feel so lucky to have found this site it is almost like being home that is the midlands but I now live in southern florida

  29. Love this site! I’ve found several new series and authors to enjoy.

    One of my favorites is MC Benton’s Agatha Raisin. I know she’s not for everyone. I recommended her to my sister and she found Agatha to be repelling, but I think, while her faults are exaggerated, we can all find bits of ourselves in her. They may be the bits we’d rather not show to the world, but she is very human.

  30. I love this site!! Thank you.

  31. Just found this site and I feel as if I discovered a gold mine!

  32. I’ve been searching for a book that I read quite a few years ago. I think it was a Patricia Wentworth, but I’m not sure. It started out with a young woman caught in a fog in London who took refuge in an empty house with a young man and an older man. They fell asleep on the stairs and when they woke up the older man was gone. Of course the young man and young woman were the love interest but I cannot for the life of me remember the book. Does anyone have a clue?

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      SusanL, it doesn’t ring a bell for me. I’ll post an entry asking for help.

    • Hello Susan,
      It is Patricia Wentworth, her Miss Silver series. She has 32 total Miss Silver books and they are all great. The one you are speaking of is called The Girl in the Cellar, her last Miss Silver book written in 1961. Start with the Grey Mask and work your way down the list, happy reading!

      • Danna - cozy mystery list :

        Valerie, thank you so much!

        • Hi,

          Thank you but that’s not the one. I re-read that one recently and enjoyed it very much. I can see why you thought the Girl in the Cellar was it, but the one I’m looking for starts with a young woman having lunch and when she leaves she is caught in a dense fog, runs into a young man and an older man. They enter a vacant house and sit on the stairs to wait out the fog. She falls asleep and when she wakes up, the older man is gone. She and the young man go to his flat where his old nanny,who is now his housekeeper, meets them.

          I think it was post WWII and probably the early to mid fifty’s.

          Susan

  33. Canadian author Louise Penny writes wonderful cozies set in a small village in Quebec. I also enjoy Elizabeth Duncan’s series set in Wales and Jeanne M. Dams’ series set in the Cotswolds.

  34. I just finished an English village cozy that I really enjoyed called “Under an English Heaven” by Alice Boatwright. An American woman is married to the village vicar. It’s the first book and I’m looking forward to future books in this series.

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