So, you say you love cats… And even more, you love your cozy mysteries with cats… Not just a cat purring at your side while you read your cozies… But a cat (or maybe two or three!) in your cozy mysteries. Then, here is a list of books that might just interest you, the cozy-cat lover…
Avery Aames writes the Cheese Shop Mystery Series, which has a Ragdoll cat (Rags).
Lydia Adamson writes the Alice Nestleton Mystery Series. Alice is not only an actress, but also a cat sitter. When not acting, she is sleuthing. Adamson also writes a veterinarian/sleuth series (Dr. Nightingale.)
Susan Wittig Albert writes the China Bayles Mystery Series, where Khat (previously known as ‘Pudding’) is a Siamese who adopts China.
Garrison Allen writes the Big Mike Mystery Series.
Annie’s Antique Shop Mystery Series (Snickers is the sleuth’s cat.)
Marian Babson seems to have a way of entwining cats into almost all of her books! She is definitely a cat lover!
Lorna Barrett (aka L. L. Bartlett) writes the Booktown Mystery Series which has Miss Marple, as in a cat, not a Christie heroine.
With her series named Reigning Cats and Dogs, how could you wonder if Cynthia Baxter has cats in her cozies? Her main character, Jessica Popper, is a veterinarian who truly loves cats (and dogs!)
Bethany Blake: Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery Series
Ali Brandon (aka Diane A.S. Stuckart) writes the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series which takes place in Brooklyn. Darla Pettistone and Hamlet make a dynamic sleuthing duo.
An author who I absolutely knew I had to include is Lillian Jackson Braun. She writes the Cat Who*** Mysteries, or, as others call them, the Jim Qwilleran Mysteries. There are over thirty books (in the series) which have been written since the 1960s. Jim Qwilleran is a journalist, and Koko and Yum Yum are his beloved cats, who help him to solve mysteries.
When I first started thinking about doing this blog entry about cozies with the cat theme, there were a few authors who simply leapt to mind. Amongst them was Rita Mae Brown, with her Mrs. Murphy Mysteries. Mrs. Murphy and Pewter are two cats in this cozy “tail” and Tucker is a corgi. The three of them “help” the humans solve crimes.
Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib): Key West Food Critic Mystery Series stars Hayley Snow and Evinrude, a striped gray cat.
Janet Cantrell (aka Kaye George): Fat Cat Mystery Series – Charity (Chase) Oliver and, Quincy, her cat sleuth in Minneapolis.
Laurie Cass write the Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series. Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat Eddie are on the bookmobile (and the case!)
Erika Chase writes the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery Series, in which the main sleuth (Lizzie Turner) has two Siamese cats, Edam and Brie.
Edie Claire writes the Leigh Koslow Mystery Series. While Leigh is not a veterinarian, her father is. Every once in a while Leigh works as a tech at her dad’s office. Also, the second book features a zoo vet and setting.
Susan Conant, widely known for her dog lover series, has a first in her Cat Lover’s Mystery Series! That’s a great addition for the cat fanciers out there.
Krista Davis writes the Domestic Diva Mystery Series, which features Mochie – and owner Sophie Winston.
Claire Donally writes the Sunny & Shadow Mystery Series.
What list of Cat Cozies would be complete without Carole Nelson Douglas? Douglas writes the Midnight Louie Mysteries, some of which include “his human” Temple Barr. But, Midnight Louie also has some novels without Temple! Carole Nelson Douglas also has a book: White House Pet Detectives: Tales of Crime and Mystery at the White House from a Pet’s Eye View.
K.J. Emrick: Darcy Sweet Mystery Series and its spinoff, the Smudge the Cat Mysteries, both featuring Smudge, a “slightly psychic” cat.
Monica Ferris: Needlecraft Mystery Series – Sophie (large, lazy cat)
Kay Finch: Bad Luck Cat Mystery Series – Hitchcock the cat
Amanda Flower (aka Isabella Alan): Magical Bookshop Mystery Series – Emerson is a tuxedo cat.
Patricia Fry: Klepto Cat Mystery Series
Yasmine Galeron (aka India Ink) includes cats in some of her Chintz ‘n China Mysteries.
Eva Gates writes about a librarian who keeps a cat at her library in the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series.
Karen Anne Golden: The Cats that….. Mystery Series
Debra H. Goldstein writes the Sarah Blair Mystery Series which features a sleuth who isn’t used to housework and her Siamese cat, RahRah. The books contain quick and easy recipes.
Kerry Greenwood: Phryne Fisher Mystery Series – Ember (black cat)
Kerry Greenwood: Corinna Chapman Mystery Series – Horatio (Tabby), Heckle & Jeckle (mousers in the bakery)
Carolyn Haines: Carolyn wrote the Fear Familiar Mystery Series (written as Caroline Burnes) which features a cat who escapes from a research facility, who then finds himself sleuthing around! Also, years later, Familiar (the cat) has a son named Trouble who is featured in the the Familiar Legacy Mystery Series – which is written by various authors, including Carolyn Haines, Rebecca Barrett, Claire Matturro, and Susan Tanner.
Rebecca M. Hale is a patent lawyer who writes the Cats and Curios Mystery Series. This series features a main character/sleuth who is the owner of an antique shop and also an accountant. She has two pets… cats!
Carolyn Hart‘s Death on Demand has a cat both at home (Dorothy L), as well as in the bookstore (Agatha). AND Hart’s Nela Farley Mystery Series is a paranormal series with a cat.
While attending law school, Gabriella Herkert became aware of a case which involved a woman whose will benefited her cat. (Hmmmm…) The cat became the recipient of a fortune and Herkert (years later) used this case as the basis of her first Animal Instinct Mystery Series novel…
Suzette A. Hill writes the Reverend Oughterard Mystery Series. Bouncer (his dog) and Maurice (his cat) enjoy the British village life, even with all of the mysteries to solve…
Mollie Hunt: Crazy Cat Lady Mystery Series – Lynley Cannon is a retiree who lives in Portland with her rescue cats.
Delia James writes the Witch’s Cat Mystery Series, which stars a witch and her familiar, Alistair.
Miranda James (aka Dean James, Honor Hartman, & Jimmie Ruth Evans) writes the Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series which features a librarian and his very well-behaved cat, Diesel…
Linda O. Johnston writes the Pet Rescue Mystery Series which features an animal advocate who runs a pet rescue agency…
Diane Kelly writes the House-Flipper Mystery Series which stars Whitney Whitaker, a house flipper. Oh, and also, it stars Sawdust, her cat.
Sofie Kelly (aka Sofie Ryan & Darlene Ryan for Young Adults) writes the Magical Cats Mystery Series which features two magical cats and their librarian human…
Laura Levine pens the Jaine Austen Mystery Series which features Jaine and Prozac, her cat…
Richard & Frances Lockridge: Mr. & Mrs. North Mystery Series
Dixie Lyle: Whiskey, Tango, & Foxtrot Mystery Series
A site reader just reminded me about Valerie S. Malmont‘s Tori Miracle Mystery Series.
Blanche Day Manos pens the Darcy & Flora Mystery Series. (Barbara Burgess co-authored the first two in the series.)
Evan Marshall writes the Jane Stuart & Winky Mystery Series.
Gilbert Morris writes the Jacques & Cleo, Cat Detective Mystery Series which features Jacques and Cleo, and their human care-taker (they don’t consider her their “owner”!) … and is set in Alabama.
Liz Mugavero: Pawsitively Organic Gourmet Pet Food Mystery Series (includes pet treat recipe)
Shirley Rousseau Murphy‘s Joe Grey cat mystery series…. Just another example of a mystery series with a cat theme!
Shirley Rousseau Murphy and Pat J.J. Murphy write the Lee Fontana Mystery Series which features a parolee and a prison ghost cat in California.
Tim Myers (aka Chris Cavender, Casey Mayes, Elizabeth Bright, & Melissa Glazer) Slow Cooker Mystery Series – Sarah Jacobs has a column in her local paper, instructs on the techniques of slow cooking, and has a cat names Cleo.
Allison Cesario Paton: Mrs. Bundle Mystery Series – This senior citizen/sleuth loves her cat, Cracker.
Carol J. Perry: Witch City Mystery Series – Lee Barrett, a reporter in Salem, Massachusetts inherits O’Ryan, a cat with magical powers.
Linda Reilly writes the Cat Lady Mystery Series.
Sofie Ryan (aka Sofie Kelly & Darlene Ryan for Young Adults) writes the Second Chance Cat Mystery Series, which features the owner of a second-hand shop and her cat, Elvis.
Clea Simon writes the Theda Krakow Mystery Series which features Musetta, Theda’s (and Clea’s real life!) cat… Simon also pens the Dulcie Schwartz Mystery Series. Clea also writes the Witch Cats of Cambridge – which features Becca, a single unemployed woman who studies to become a witch – but who also gets a lot of help from Harriet, Laurel, & Clara – her three cats .
Rosemary Stevens (aka Rosemary Martin): Beau Brummell Mystery Series features the very first Siamese cat in England, Chakkri.
Fran Stewart writes the Biscuit McKee and Marmalade Mystery Series.
Diane A. S. Stuckart (aka Ali Brandon): Tarot Cats Mystery Series – Ruby Sparks is a tarot card reader who gets help from Aphelia & Brandon >>> tarot-reading black cats in Florida.
Leann Sweeney writes the Cats in Trouble Mystery Series.
And, last but not least… Karen Ann Wilson writes the Samantha Holt Mystery series, which features Samantha, a veterinary technician.
Martin H. Greenberg is the editor of several mystery anthologies featuring cats:
Cat Crimes 2
Cat Crimes 3
Cat Crimes through Times
Cat Crimes takes a Vacation
Cat Crimes for the Holidays
Black Cats and Broken Mirrors
Danger in D. C. : Cat Crimes in the Nation’s Capital
Murder Most Feline: Cunning Tales of Cats and Crimes
A Treasury of Cat Mysteries
Feline and Famous: Cat Crimes Goes Hollywood
Crafty Cat Crimes: 100 Tiny Cat Tale Mysteries
Miscellaneous Cats Caught in Cozies and Other Mysteries:
Kittens, Cats and Crimes Anthology, edited by Ed Gorman
Feline Felonies: 43 Cat Crime Stories from the World’s Best Mystery Writers, edited by Abigail Browning
Mystery Cat Tales of Felonies and Felines Patricia Highsmith et al Ruth Rendell
Mystery Cats..Lillian Jackson Braun, and others
More Mystery Cats… Lillian Jackson Braun, and others
Mystery Cats 3: More Feline Felonies… Lillian Jackson Braun, and other
Not a Mystery, but Sure Does Look Interesting for Cat Lovers:
Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?: 101 of the Most Perplexing Questions Answered about Feline Unfathomables, Medical Mysteries and Befuddling Behaviors by Marty Becker & Gina Spadafori.
Here’s a list of Favorite Cats in Cozy Mysteries, recommended by Cozy Mystery readers!
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