Mystery Books that Take Place in Maine…

Here are some fun Maine facts:
The capital is Augusta.
The largest city is Portland.
State motto is “Dirigo” (“I direct”)
State nickname is “Pine Tree State”
State flower is the White Pine Cone and Tassel
State bird is the Black-capped Chickadee
Maine shares its borders with only one state, and has the USA’s most eastern city – Eastport.
Maine supplies almost all of USA’s blueberries (99%).

Mystery authors who are found on the Cozy Mystery Site who feature Maine locations/settings in their books:

Donald Bain & “Jessica Fletcher”: Murder, She Wrote Mystery Series

Jennie Bentley: Do It Yourself Mystery Series

J. S. Borthwick: Deane & McKenzie Mystery Series

Claire DonallySunny & Shadow Mystery Series

Kaitlyn Dunnet (Kathy Lynn Emerson): Liss MacCrimmon Mystery Series

Jessica Fletcher” & Donald Bain: Murder, She Wrote Mystery Series

Cynthia Gallant-Simpson: Coastal Maine Mystery Series 

Sarah Graves: Home Repair is Homicide Mystery Series

Linda Hall: Whisper Lake Mystery Series AND Fog Point Mystery Series AND Teri Blake-Addison Mystery Series AND Coast of Maine Mystery Series

B. B. Haywood: Candy Holliday Mystery Series

Lee HollisHayley Powell Food & Cocktail Mystery Series

Margaret Lawrence: Hannah Trevor Mystery Series

Karen MacInerney: Gray Whale Inn Mystery Series

Leslie Meier: Lucy Stone (Holiday) Mystery Series

Meira Penterman: a Stand Alone

Virginia Rich: Eugenia Potter Mystery Series

Barbara Ross: Maine Clambake Mystery Series

Sofie Ryan (aka Sofie Kelly): Second Chance Cat Mystery Series

Lea Wait: Shadows Antique Print Mystery Series

Please feel free to comment if you see an author from the Cozy Mystery Site who belongs on this list, or if you have any corrections.

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Comments

  1. It does seem to me that Maine is a very cozy mystery site. But that must be from years of watching Murder She Wrote!

    Thanks for the reading suggestions!

  2. I am not sure I’ve read any of these authors, except, “Murder She Wrote”, in fact, I really don’t pay a lot of attention to where the book is written, it’s more about who and what for me. I do enjoy knowing the area, being a Navy wife, it is fun to notice the places I’ve been in a story I’m reading, but I don’t read a book just because I happen to know the area. However, on that same note, in my store, the older folks, loved to read books that took place in their home town. They so enjoyed the trip down memory lane as well as a good book at the same time.

    Thanks again, good work
    Mary (TST-CA)

  3. Oh! I thought Maine only had one Capitol! Is it Portland or is it Augusta? I think the big money is on Portland. But I bet Augusta is a nice place too!

    Mary (TSTCA)

  4. Mary (mud on face) :

    OK, I went to google and Augusta IS the capitol of Maine. Good Bye, I’m going to finish my book (J.D. Robb) Mary

  5. Thank you for these recommendations. I always seem to be drawn to stories set in places like Maine. Not sure why. :)

  6. Mrs. Mike, my husband and I are slowly making our way through the old Murder, She Wrote shows. I actually prefer the ones where the action takes place in Maine. Unfortunately, by the fourth season, Jessica was already usually off visiting one of her very best friends in another state. I love it when she returns to Cabot Cove every once in a while…

    Mary, I think that the “fun to notice the places I’ve been” is what draws some of us to specific state settings. But, like you said, the “who and what” are what keep us coming back for more.

    And, Mary, you’re right! Maine does have only one capital! When I add a new state to the site, I copy and paste the information from a previously-posted state, and then make the needed changes. Unfortunately, once I saw that I had put Augusta down as the capital, my eyes fixated on the word “largest” in the next line, I simply put Portland down as the largest city, and didn’t even notice that “and capital” followed. Thanks for pointing that out… Now look who has mud on her face (me!)

    Angie, Maine just sort of implies “Cozy”… doesn’t it? Little village-type coastal towns with town squares >>> anyway, that’s what I think of when I think of Maine.

  7. I believe that J.S. Borthwick’s Sarah Deane series is largely set in Maine (a few of the books are set in other locales, but Deane is a teacher at a school in Maine).

  8. I bought a book in a Maine Mystery Bookstore by a local author-don’t remember name-storyline, woman had a coffee house which burnt down and she opens one in a old train station where her cousin tries to murder her.

  9. I think Virginia Rich can be added to the Maine cozies list since her Baked Bean Supper Murders mystery takes place along the coast of Maine. I loved this story so much I’ve read it a few times. As you mentioned in another section of this website, Nancy Pickard collaborated with Ms. Rich on The 27 Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders and then picked up the series herself. Not all of the stories in the Eugenia Potter series take place in Maine, though. But if you haven’t read the Baked Bean Supper Murders yet, treat yourself to a real Maine cozy – lots of Yankee characters and great scene settings. You feel like you’re with Eugenia all the way through the story. It’s wonderful (and also has recipes).

  10. hi Danna…..I think the mystery that Paula was asking about….Sandra Balzo….coffee mysteries…..I think she has written 4 or 5 mysteries about coffee….and working on the next one I got my daughter for birthday in March, but this last book I think will be a new series. I know my daughter loves her books and now I enjoy them. I usually surprise her with Christmas or birthday book (newest by this author). Her first book was Grounds for Murder. Hope this helps her…..or confuse her. grin.

  11. Ladies, if you want a true taste of Maine, you must read Elisabeth Ogilvie’s novels- all of them. Even though they were written beginning in the 1940′s, they have a timeless appeal, I promise. They are cozy/romance/murder all rolled into one. You will particularly love those that tell of the Bennetts, a lobstering family. I have read and re-read these several times over the years and never tire of them. I’d love to hear from some of you after you’ve given them a try.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thanks, Peg, for telling us about Elisabeth Ogilvie’s mysteries set in Maine.

    • I just checked my local library’s online and they do not have any of her books. But I will write her name down and next time I am @ the book store I will look for her. Thanks for the suggestion!!!

  12. I love Leslie Meier and I would recommend her books to everyone. I have only 2 more in her series to read. They are very interesting and they keep me interested from start to finish.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Rebecca, as much as I like reading Cozy Mystery books by my favorite authors, I hate it when I get so close to the end of a series, and know I will have to wait until the authors write more books.

      I have actually been putting off reading The Accidental Florist by Jill Churchill because I hated to “catch up” and knew that if I did, I would have to wait until she put out another book… and that’s since 2007!

  13. Cynthia Gallant-Simpson :

    My latest book takes place in Blue Hill, Maine. Title: Earth and Fire Book I Leave No Stone Unturned. I hope you will include it in your listing. Avail. at Amazon and Kindle. Thanks, Cynthia

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Thank you, Cynthia, for telling us about Leave No Stone Unturned, the first in your Coastal Maine Mystery Series.

  14. Good day, Cozy Mystery! FYI you already have me listed as a Vermont mystery author for my MRS BUNDLE MYSTERY SERIES which is accurate. However, the third book in the series is set on Peaks Island, Maine: MRS BUNDLE’S MAINE VACATION: Subterfuge at the Seashore. I lived in Maine for many years and now use it as a home base during the summer months. Also, my updated bio can be found on my Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mrs-Bundle-Mystery-Series/334559971736 , and a watercolor series featuring scenes and characters from the books at https://squareup.com/market/bundle-publishing. Could you update this info on your website? Thanks so much, Allison

  15. I was delighted to discover another author of Maine mysteries on your website, but didn’t see her name on the list of “Maine-themed” authors. Please add Barbara Ross to the list. I look forward to reading Clammed Up!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Ginnie, thank you for the reminder! I cannot believe I added a Barbara Ross page, but forgot to add her to the Maine page. I try to do that as soon as I post the authors’ pages, that way I don’t forget.

      Thanks!

  16. I really like the Murder She Wrote mysteries. Maine really seems to lend itself to mystery and intrigue. For kindle mysteries that take place in Maine, try the Fancy Cat Mysteries on amazon – Fancy That, Fancy’s War, Fancy’s Signature and a few more. Really captures the flavor of an island off the coast of Maine. Best part is prime members can borrow them for free.

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