Mystery Books that Take Place in South Carolina …

Here are some fun South Carolina facts:
The capital & largest city is Columbia.
State motto is “While I breathe, I hope” (“Dum Spiro Spero”)
State flower is the Yellow Jessamine.
State bird is the Carolina Wren.
Origin of the South Carolina’s Name: In honor of England’s Charles I.
State nickname is Palmetto State. (This is because the American fort on Sullivan Island’s walls were made out of Palmetto logs, which helped to protect the fort when the British cannonballs ricocheted off of the spongy Palmetto logs.)

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

Susan M. Boyer: Liz Talbot Mystery Series

Elizabeth Lynn Casey (aka Laura Bradford): Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series

Laura Childs: Theodosia Browning Tea Shop Mystery Series

Caroline Cousins: Indigo Island Mystery Series

Nora DeLoach: Mama Detective Mystery Series

Carolyn Hart: Death on Demand Mystery Series AND Henrie O Mystery Series

Sean Keefer: Stand Alone Mystery: The Trust

Joyce & Jim Lavene: Renaissance Faire Mystery Series

Tyora Moody: Eugeena Patterson Mystery Series

Tamar Myers: Den of Antiquity Mystery Series

Gail Oust: Bunco Babes Mystery Series

Cathy Pickens: Southern Fried Mystery Series

Fran Rizer: Callie Parrish Mystery Series

Paige Shelton: Farmers’ Market Mystery Series

Kathryn R. Wall: Bay Tanner 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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  1. Rebecca says

    Hey, I like the facts about South Carolina, and all the authors but you forgot Paige Shelton she has the farmers’ market mysteries, set in SC

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thank you for reminding me, Rebecca. Whenever I add a new author to the site, I TRY to make sure that I add him/her to the appropriate state and theme page. As you can see, sometimes I don’t remember to do just that. So, I ALWAYS appreciate hearing from site readers who “know” their Cozy Mystery authors.

      Thanks, again…

  2. Judith says

    I’m currently in Charleston on a vacation trip with my friends and had planned on re-reading the Theodosia Browning Tea Shop mysteries before this trip – but ran out of time. I still plan on re-reading them now that I am actually seeing some of the locations.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Judith, I always enjoy reading books that are set in places I know… But, I have to admit that I also enjoy reading books set in places I would love to know, and know I won’t be able to visit any time soon.

      Hope you’re having a great time in Charleston!

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