Mystery Books that Take Place in New York:

Here are some fun New York facts:

The capital is Albany.
The largest city is New York City.
State motto is “Ever Upwards” (“Excelsior”).
State nickname is “Empire State”.
State flower is the Rose.
State bird is the Eastern Bluebird.

Authors who are found on the Cozy Mystery Site and who feature New York locations in their books:

Lydia Adamson: Alice Nestleton Mystery Series AND Deirdre Quinn Nightingale Mystery Series AND Lucy Wayles Mystery Series

L. L. Bartlett (aka Lorna Barrett & Lorraine Bartlett): Jeff Resnick Mystery Series

George Baxt: Celebrity Sleuths Mystery Series

Cynthia Baxter: Reigning Cats & Dogs Mystery Series AND Murder Packs a Suitcase Mystery Series

Carol Lea Benjamin: Rachel Alexander Mystery Series

Carole Berry: Bonnie Indermil Mystery Series

Claudia Bishop (aka Mary Stanton): Hemlock Falls Mystery Series AND the Casebook of Dr. McKenzie Mystery Series

Barbara Block (aka Isis Crawford): Robin Light Mystery Series

Lawrence Block: Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery Series AND Matthew Scudder Mystery Series AND John Keller Mystery Series

Lisa Bork: Broken Vows Mystery Series

Rhys Bowen: Molly Murphy Mystery Series

Ali Brandon (aka Diane A.S. Stuckart): Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series

Maggie Bruce (aka Marilyn Wallace): Gourd Craft Mystery Series

Carole Buggé: Claire Rawlings Mystery Series

Meg Cabot: Heather Wells Mystery Series

Joyce Christmas: Lady Margaret Priam Mystery Series

Jill Churchill: Grace and Favor Mystery Series

Harlan Coben: Myron Bolitar Mystery Series

Meredith Cole: Lydia McKenzie Mystery Series

Amanda Cooper (aka Victoria Hamilton & Donna Lea Simpson): Teapot Collector Mystery Series

Cleo Coyle (aka Alice Kimberly): Coffee House Mystery Series

Isis Crawford (aka Barbara Block): Mystery with Recipes Mystery Series

Amanda Cross: Kate Fansler Mystery Series

Elizabeth Daly: Henry Gamadge Mystery Series

Jeffery Deaver: Lincoln Rhyme Mystery Series AND Rune Mystery Series

Jane Dentinger: Jocelyn O’Roarke Mystery Series

Lesley A. Diehl: Microbrewers Mystery Series

Joanne Dobson & Beverle Graves Myers: Helluva War Mystery Series

Elizabeth J. Duncan: Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery Series

Grace F. Edwards: Mali Anderson Mystery Series

Selma Eichler: Desiree Shapiro Mystery Series

J. F. Englert: Bull Moose Dog Run Mystery Series

Chrystle Fiedler: Natural Remedies Mystery Series

Rae Foley: Mr. Potter Mystery Series

Shelley Freydont: Celebration Bay Mystery Series

Kinky Friedman: Kinky Friedman Mystery Series

Gallagher Gray (aka Katy Munger): Hubbert & Lil Mystery Series

Martha Grimes: Emma Graham Mystery Series

Kathryn Miller Haines: Rosie Winter Mystery Series

Victoria Hamilton: Merry Muffin Mysteries

Susannah Hardy (aka Sadie Hartwell): Greek to Me Mystery Series

Lee Harris: Christine Bennett Mystery Series AND Manhattan Mystery Series

April Henry & Lis Wiehl: Triple Threat Club Mystery Series

Mary Ellen Hughes: Pickled and Preserved Mystery Series

Kate Jacobs: Friday Night Knitting Club Series (not a mystery)

Diana Killian: Mantra for Murder Mystery Series

Cecile Lamalle: Culinary Mystery Series

Emma Lathen (aka R. B. Dominic): Wall Street Mystery Series

Lucy Lawrence (aka Jenn McKinlay & Josie Belle): Decoupage Mystery Serie

Richard & Frances Lockridge: Mr. & Mrs. North Mystery Series AND Captain Heimrich Mystery Series AND Paul Lane Mystery Series

Mary Jane Maffini: Charlotte Adams Mystery Series

Margaret Maron: Sigrid Harald Mystery Series

Rosemary Martin (aka Rosemary Stevens): Murder a-Go-Go Mystery Series

Amanda Matetsky: Paige Turner Mystery Series AND Annie March Mystery Series

Jennifer McAndrews: Stained-Glass Mystery Series

Jenn McKinlay (aka Lucy Lawrence & Josie Belle): Library Lover’s Mystery Series

Amy Patricia Meade: Rosie the Riveter Mystery Series

Annette Meyers (aka 1/2 Maan Meyers): Smith & Wetzon Mystery Series AND Olivia Brown Mystery Series

Maan Meyers (aka Martin & Annette Meyers): Dutchman Historical Mystery Series

Miriam Grace Monfredo: Seneca Falls Mystery Series

Marie Moore: Sydney March Mystery Series

J. J. Murphy: Algonquin Round Table Mystery Series

Beverle Graves Myers & Joanne Dobson: Helluva War Mystery Series

Kris Neri: Tracy Eaton Mystery Series

Leslie O’Kane (aka Leslie Caine): Molly Masters Mystery Series

Linda Palmer (aka Melinda Wells): Daytime Mystery Series

Stuart Palmer: Hildegarde Withers Mystery Series

Barbara Paul: Marina Larch Mystery Series AND Opera Mystery Series

Thomas Perry: Jane Whitefield Mystery Series

Sandra Scoppettone: Faye Quick Mystery Series AND Lauren Laurano Mystery Series

Roz Siegel: Emily’s Place Mystery Series

Julia Spencer-Fleming: Adirondack Mystery Series

Wendy Corsi Staub: Lily Dale Mystery Series

Rex Stout: Nero Wolfe Mystery Series AND Tecumseh Fox Mystery Series

Jennifer Sturman: Rachel Benjamin Mystery Series

Victoria Thompson: Gaslight Mystery Series

Noreen Wald (aka Nora Charles): Jake O’Hara Mystery Series

Christine Wenger: Comfort Food Mystery Series

Anne White: Lake George Mystery Series

Lis Wiehl & April Henry: Triple Threat Club Mystery Series

Lis Wiehl & Pete Nelson: East Salem Trilogy

Barbara Jaye Wilson: Brenda Midnight Mystery Series

And, Katherine Hall Page’s Faith Fairchild went to New York in The Body in the Big Apple.

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. says

    Great list,but can someone please tell me why New York is called The Big Apple? I’ve asked many people but no one seems to know. I’m a very curious Scot!

    • marion says

      Just as a matter of interest, Myra, there was a very popular dance in the 1930s called the “Big Apple”. All I know about it is that it was a “Swing” dance and involved shaking your forefinger as you danced. I’m sure if you Google it, you’ll find more information.

  2. Dave says

    Sure would hate to leave out author Kinky Friedman and his Village Irregular’s….he’s just an unemployed Jewish ex musician living in a loft…drinking expresso’s…talking to his cat..(who never says anything), but expresses his cat like opinion anyway while the ole Kinkster …smokes cigars and solves New York’s greatest crimes with his Sherlockian deduction!

  3. Margaret says

    Danna, how funny you should post the New York list.
    I just finished A CATERED MURDER and have just started A CATERED HALLOWEEN by Isis Crawford/Barbara Block, who is an upstate NY girl herself. She lives in Syracuse (she has her alter ego living in Hastings-on-Hudson). I love this series and intend to follow it. I love Libby and Bernie and it’s great that their Dad (retired Police Chief) and friends help with the sluething! It’s fun to follow them all around the town. They make no secret of their sleuthing and they are just a great group of characters. I also love all the familiar references. Very cute series!
    May I please post one gripe to those who may read this?
    Please remember New York is a state not just a city and the state of New York is grander and more wonderful than the city of and actually has the most spectacular of all from our country sides to our mountains to our small quaint towns and many other fabulous cities. We are a very spectacular state and many who have never seen our state think we are just the concrete island that gets the majority of the press. Thanks I feel so much better getting that off my chest, thanks!

    • marja says

      Heh-heh — Margaret, I’m from New York myself. How many times in your life have you mentioned you’re from New York and someone replies, “Hey, do you know So and So from XXrd Street in [fill in the City borough]?”

      I’m from the Island myself, and grew up sailing on Great South Bay, but my dad grew up in Boonville, near Utica and southeast of Syracuse, so I know and love the Adirondacks as well.

      • Danna - cozy mystery list says

        Marja, I’m afraid the “Hey, do you know So and So from XXrd Street in [fill in the City borough]?” happens with other states and cities. San Antonio is now the seventh largest cities in the USA>>> “No, I don’t know John Smith from San Antonio!”

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Margaret, a good friend of mine’s family was stationed in an Air Force base in Rome, New York. She talks about the beautiful area, and how much her family enjoyed their stay there. Not only did she love the scenery, but she enjoyed the fact that they were able to both snow ski and water ski.

  4. says

    This is a great list! So many authors that I’d like to try! Thanks for compiling it for us! I love your lists by region–I grew up in Philadelphia; would love to read any mysteries from there!

  5. *Susan says

    May I suggest Katherine Hall Page’s “The Body in the Big Apple”? Or are you only including whole series?

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Great idea, *Susan, I’ll go add Katherine Hall Page’s The Body in the Big Apple to the list of New York Cozy Mysteries.

  6. Marla says

    don’t forget Thomas Perry’s Jane Whitefield series – even though not REALLY a cozy series, per se – that take place in my neck of the woods – Tonawanda, NY! he uses a different name, but I recognize all the streets and the hospital where her husband works. Thomas is from Tonawanda, too!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thank you, Marla, I have added Thomas Perry’s Jane Whitefield to the list.

      Thanks, again!

  7. marja says

    I cannot say enough how much I’ve enjoyed Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Russ Van Alstyne/Rev. Claire mysteries. Her descriptions of the Adirondacks remind me of my visits to my grandmother’s town in Upstate New York. One year I was there for Easter and it snowed three feet!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Marja, thanks for telling us about your enjoyment of Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Russ Van Alstyne/Rev. Claire mysteries.

      • linda says

        Marja, Although I myself wouldn’t consider the Julia Spencer-Fleming series a Cozy mystery series, I love her books. This is another author that just cannot write fast enough for me. Love the books, the characters, the storylines, the whole bit. Beautiful series. Can’t hardly wait for the next one to come out. This is another one of those authors that before I start reading a book I make sure that I have nothing else to do because nothing else will get done.

  8. Som says

    How about the Hailey Dean Duology (The Eleventh Victim and Death on the D-List) by Nancy Grace? Hailey Dean is a therapist turned violent crimes prosecutor who solves mysteries in New York City.

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