Mystery Books that Take Place in Tennessee

tennesseeHere are some fun Tennessee facts:
The capital is Nashville.
The largest city Memphis.
State motto is “Agriculture and Commerce”
State nickname is The Volunteer State.
State flower is the Iris.
State bird is the Mockingbird.
State animal is the Raccoon.

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

Deborah Adams: Jesus Creek Mystery Series: Jesus Creek, a small town in Tennessee, is the setting for this very unique series. Each book features a different character as the sleuth.

Riley Adams (aka Elizabeth Spann Craig): Memphis BBQ Mystery Series: Lulu Taylor is the main sleuth and owner of a barbeque restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jenna Bennett (aka Jennie Bentley & Bente Gallagher): Cutthroat Business Mystery Series OR Savannah Martin Real Estate Mystery Series: Savannah is a divorced, southern belle who is now working as a realtor (and sleuth!) in Nashville. AND Fidelity Investigations Mystery Series: Gina, the sleuth, lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Virginia Brown: Blue Suede Memphis Mystery Series: Harley Jean is a Memphis tour guide/sleuth.

J. J. Cook (aka Joyce and Jim Lavene): Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery Series: Stella Griffin is the sleuth and current fire chief. Stella gets a lot of help from the ex-fire chief, Eric Gamlyn, who happens to be deceased!

Christy Tillery French: Natasha Chamberlain Mystery Series: Natasha is a bodyguard who works for Jonce Striker (the owner of the bodyguard company) in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Jackie Griffey: Maryvale Mystery Series: Cas Larkin is the sheriff of this town in Tennessee AND Maggie & Joe Cozy Mystery Series: Maggie Murphy is a columnist/sleuth.

Joyce and Jim Lavene (aka J.J. Cook & Ellie Grant): Taxi for the Dead Paranormal Mystery Series: Police officer Skye Mertz makes a deal with Abe to drive Abe’s Taxi for the Dead so that she can be saved from dying.

Meg London (aka Peg Cochran): Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie Series: Emma Taylor has returned home to Paris, Tennessee from New York City.

Molly MacRae:  Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series: Kath Rutledge is the owner of a wool shop that has, as its tenant, a ghost.

Mystery and the Minister’s Wife Mystery Series: This series follows Kate and Paul Hanlon (a minister and his wife) in Copper Mill, Tennessee. Several authors pen this mystery series.

Delia Rosen: Deadly Deli Mystery Series: Gwen Silver (aka Nashville Katz) is the owner of a Nashville Jewish deli, and also a sleuth.

Mary Saums: Willi Taft Mystery Series: Willi is not only a private investigator, but a Nashville singing sleuth as well.

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. Linda says

    Hi Danna, The Blue Suede mystery series is set in Memphis. The author is Virginia Brown. So far, there are 4 books in the series: Hound Dog Blues, Harley Rushes In, Suspicious Mimes, and Return to Fender. Ms. Brown writes the Dixie Diva Mysteries, too.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thank you, Linda, I have added Virginia Brown to the Tennessee list.

      Sometimes I miss an author – or two – and I really appreciate it when people let me know. Thanks, again!

  2. says

    This is wonderful! I was not aware of some of these books, and I’m especially excited to learn about Meg London’s books set in Paris (which is, as I’m sure everyone knows, the Fish Fry Capital of the World)

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thank you, Deborah, for reminding me about Mary Saums’ Willi Taft series. (I have added it to the Tennessee list.)

  3. says

    Hi Danna!

    Have you seen the Inspector Constable books by Roger Keevil? He’s a British author who writes traditional Agatha Christie-type modern murders with a humorous take. He has fun with names – take a look and you’ll see what I mean.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thank you, Chris C, for telling us about Roger Keevil’s Inspector Constable Murder Mystery Series.

  4. says

    Jane Sevier writes a series of historical mysteries set in 1930s Memphis, about a socialite turned psychic medium. Fortune’s Fool and A Billy Sunday Kind of Love, so far.

    Jaden Terrell writes a series of PI novels about a private investigator named Jared McKean in Nashville. Racing the Devil is the first, and A Cup Full of Midnight is the second.

    Chester Campbell writes a couple different series set in the middle Tennessee area. Too many titles to list here.

    JT Ellison writes a series of thrillers about a Nashville homicide detective named Taylor Jackson.

  5. Richard says

    What about the Body Farm series, by Jefferson Bass? Partially authored by Dr. William Bass, former professor of anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the series is almost entirely centered in eastern Tennessee.

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