Mystery Books that Take Place in Missouri

Here are some fun Missouri facts:
The capital is Jefferson City.
The largest city is Kansas City.
State motto is “The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law”
State nickname is the Show Me State .
State flower is the White Hawthorn.
State bird is the Bluebird.
State animal is the Missori Mule.
Missouri (as well as Tennessee) is bordered by eight states.

Mystery authors who are found on the Cozy Mystery Site who feature Missouri locations in their books:

Hannah Alexander: Hideaway Mystery Series

Jean HagerIris House Bed & Breakfast Mystery Series

Janis Harrison: Bretta Solomon Gardening Mystery Series

Shirley Kennett: P J Gray Mystery Series

Suzann LedbetterHannah Garvey Mystery Series

Rett MacPhersonTorie O’Shea Mystery Series

Christine Matthews & Robert J. RandisiGil & Claire Hunt Mystery Series

Linda Rodriguez: Skeet Bannion Mystery Series

Paige Shelton: Country Cooking School Mystery Series

Joanna Campbell SlanKiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery Series

Lou Jane TempleHeaven Lee Mystery Series

Elaine Viets: Mystery Shopper Mystery Series AND Francesca Vierling Mystery Series

Vineyard Quilt Mystery Series: Several authors write this 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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  1. Sheila says

    Thanks for this list. Noticed you forgot someone. Sofie Kelly’s Magical Cats Series. I wouldn’t have noticed if I wasn’t reading her latest in the series.

  2. Julia says

    I miss the Jean Hager and Rett MacPherson novels – I really enjoyed both those series. I forgot they were set in Missouri, although I remember Torie O’Shea worked at the historical foundation in her town so I’m sure there must have been historical references from time to time I’ve just forgotten.

  3. Brenda says

    So happy to see more books taking place in Missouri, I live in Cape Girardeau, and love reading stories taken from the Ozarks area. I have loved all the books from the Cozy Mysteries series and I am always looking up publishing companies for their books lists to find more new authors. I love love love to read and I thank the authors for making these books available to me. Also many thanks to the publishers who get their books out to us, the fans.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Elizabeth, I have plans to try to get all of the states listed. I’m glad you asked this question… It will motivate me to get more states’ pages put up.

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