DIY Diva Cozy Mystery Series

Books in the DIY Diva Mystery Series

Crafty DIY Diva Laurel McMillan turns DIY detective when a murder happens in her "safe" guard-gated community. 

DIY Diva Laurel McMillan learns just how deadly a design can be when her student's husband is smothered with a prize-winning pillow.

Death by Proxy

With her wedding to handsome Center City Police detective Wes Wesson only days away, will Laurel be too distracted by wedding plans to unmask a killer?

The DIY Diva Mystery Series is published by Cozy Cat Press.

Cozy Mystery Series for Cat Lovers

What could be cozier than a story featuring a cat? Whether the cat solves the mystery or is a furry feline companion to an amateur sleuth, cozy mystery readers who also love cats may find some undiscovered series among those listed here.

Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series
Book 1 - Lending a Paw
Author - Laurie Cass
The Cat - Eddie

Accompanied by her cat recue cat Eddy, Librarian Minnie Hamilton drives a bookmobile and solves mysteries.


Cat Cafe Mystery Series
Book 1 - Cat About Town
Author - Cate Conte
The Cat - JJ and pals

Mystery, romance, and a new business venture - the Cat Cafe - keep the action going in this four-book series.


Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series
Book 1 - Murder Past Due
Author - Miranda James
The Cat - Diesel

From a New York Times Bestselling author, this thirteen-book series features a librarian and his cat.


Mrs. Murphy Mystery Series
Book 1 - Wish You Were Here
Author - Rita Mae Brown
The Cats - Mrs. Murphy and Pewter

This series ostensibly co-authored by a cat named Sneaky Pie Brown, is probably the best known of the cat cozies, and with twenty-nine books so far, it's the longest series.


Nick and Nora Mystery Series
Book 1- Meow If It's Murder
Author - T.C. LoTempio
The Cat - Nick

Nick, the cat, spells out clue with Scrabble tiles.


Cozy Mystery Series for Dog Lovers

Here are five cozy mystery series for dog lovers along with the series starter for each one. The dog may not solve the mystery, but each canine companion is sure to add some barkingly good fun to each and every tale. 

Andy Carpenter Book Series
Book 1 - Open and Shut 
Author - David Rosenfelt
The Dog - Tara, a Golden Retriever

From an Edgar-award nominated author, this series has more than 20 books in it.



Avery Barks Cozy Dog Mysteries
Book 1 - Butterfly Boy
Author - Mary Hiker
The Dog - Chevy, a Golden Retriever

". . . fun characters, lots of twists and turns and a lovable dog." 


Chet and Bernie Mystery Series
Book 1 - Dog on It
Author - Spencer Quinn
The Dog - Chet, a Mixed Breed Large Dog

The narrator of this series is the dog!


Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mysteries
Book 1 - Murder in Cottonwood Springs
Author - Dianne Harman
The Dog - Kett, a Newfoundland

From a USA Today bestselling author, this series has eleven books in it.


DIY Diva Mystery Series
Book 1 - Death by Association
Author - Paula Darnell
The Dog - Bear, a Labrador Retriever 

From award-winning author Paula Darnell,  this series features a lovable Lab, based on her own dogs.


Ten Cozy Mysteries with a Fourth of July Theme

Looking for a cozy mystery with fireworks? One of these cozy mysteries with a Fourth of July theme may fit the bill:

A Catered Fourth of July by Isis Crawford
A Mystery with Recipes
Book 10 
"It’s murder by musket at a Revolutionary War re-enactment..."



A Medium's 4th of July by Chariss K. Walker 
A North Carolina Medium's Mystery
Book 10
New - Available on July 4, 2020


A Star-Spangled Mayfair by Kassandra Lamb
A Marcia Banks and Buddy Mystery
Book 8
"A flamboyant fiancĂ©, a “Mob Killer” Roman candle, a yappy rescue dog..."


Dead, White, and Blue by Amy M Reade
A Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery
Book 2
"Summer is getting hotter in Juniper Junction, Colorado.There’s a firebug on the loose..."


Flag Cake Felonies by Addison Moore
A Murder in the Mix Mystery
Book 23
"It’s the Fourth of July and my friend Bizzy Baker and her family have come to Honey Hollow to celebrate..."


Independence Day Murder
A Small Town Minnesota Cozy Mystery

"No one will be able to hear gunshots on the Fourth of July."


Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton
A Deputy Donut Mystery
Book 3
 "When a firecracker becomes a murder weapon, Emily Westhill pursues a killer with a short fuse …"


 Murder on the 4th of July by P. Creeden
A Ridgeway Rescue Mystery
Book 6
"Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours...a fast read..."


Rockets' Dead Glare by Lynn Cahoon
A Tourist Trap Mystery

"As sunny South Cove, California, gears up for their annual Fourth of July celebrations, a local murder threatens to kill the fireworks . . ."


Star Spangled Murder by Leslie Meier
A Lucy Stone Mystery
Book 11
"A peaceful Maine town erupts in fireworks over nudists, lobster poachers, and a fatal hit-and-run…"


Tie Dye Silk Scarf

If you want to make a fun fashion accessory, consider tie dying a silk scarf.
I started with a 35" x 35" silk crepe de Chine scarf that I purchased from Thai Silks years ago. I used Jacquard silk colors (green label) - magenta 715 and cyan 725. These are both primaries in this line. I bought my dyes from Dharma Trading, and they're also available at Dick Blick and Amazon. These are dyes that you can use right out of the bottle, and they can be thinned with water for lighter hues. 

Here's what the scarf looked like after I dyed it. I accordian folded it, wet it, and tied it with four rubber bands before applying dye with a sponge paint brush to both sides. Then I let it dry for 24 hours.
Most silk dyes require steam setting, a messy process that I wanted to avoid. Instead, I set the dye with Jacquard Permanent Dyeset Concentrate. I diluted it in water, following the formula instructions, and swirled my scarf in the dyeset bath for five minutes. Then I rinsed it, let it dry, and ironed it. The dyeset makes the colors washfast and dry cleanable.

Every scarf made with a tie-dye technique will turn out differently, so it's a lot of fun to experiment with different ways of folding and color combinations.  

10 New Cozy Mysteries in May 2020

So many cozies, so little time. Here are ten cozy mysteries that were published in May 2020.

A Call for Kelp by Bree Baker

Seaside Cafe Mysteries, Book 4

It's sink or swim for Everly with her most bizarre case yet!

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A Fatal New Year by J.A. Whiting

Tipperary Carriage Company Mystery, 
Book 1

Mae Monahan owns a horse-drawn carriage service and on New Year’s Eve, she’s out for her very first night of business.



Death by Auction by Alexis Morgan

An Abby McCree Mystery, Book 3

Not only did Abby McCree inherit her aunt's house in Snowberry Creek, Washington, she inherited a handsome tenant and a whole lot of trouble . . .

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 Furmidable Foes by Rita Mae Brown

A Mrs. Murphy Mystery, Book 29

Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen is on the hunt for a killer with a deadly green thumb when a day in the garden turns fatal.

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A Mew Beginning by Kathi Daley

A Whales and Tales Mystery, Book 20

With all the changes in her life, Cait is left with a feeling of dread she can't quite define.


Milkshake Up by Christy Barritt

Crime a La Mode Mysteries, Book 2

When ice cream lady Serena Lavinia’s best customer doesn’t show up to buy his daily treats, she has no choice but to find out if he’s okay.


Murder at Rover Meadows by Cindy Bell

Wagging Tail Cozy Mystery, Book 9

A dog-loving sleuth. A shocking murder. Will the murderer be found before Sonia lands up behind bars?


Murder She Wrote: The Murder of Twelve 
by Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land

Murder She Wrote, Book 51

She's back . . . Jessica finds herself stranded in a hotel during a blizzard with twelve strangers and a killer in their midst.

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Murder with Clotted Cream 
by Karen Rose Smith

A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery, Book 5

A catering job has come in for Daisy’s Tea Garden in Pennsylvania’s Amish country—but death will be served before dessert.

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Secrets of the Past by Shelly West

A Whodunit Antiques Cozy Mystery, 
Book 5

Abigail and Grandma have cracked many tough cases, but they still haven’t solved their biggest personal mystery yet: Who is Abigail’s father?


10 Free Cozy Mystery Books

Are you a cozy mystery reader who's looking for a free read? Or maybe an introduction to a series you haven't read before? 

Here are ten cozy mysteries, all first in a series, that are free (in ebook format). All are available from several online retailers, too, including Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble (Nook), and Apple Books.

 A Devilish Punishment by Jennifer Bramseth

Prosecuting a pervert. A dead mentor. A new boss. What else could go wrong?

A Devilish Punishment is the first book in the Devil Springs Cozy Mysteries series. 

Charm School by Kate Martin

Amanda Clarke thinks of herself as perfectly ordinary in every way. Just a small-town girl who serves breakfast all day in a little diner. . .

Charm School is the first book in the Witches Three Cozy Mystery series.

Deadly Gamble by Connie Shelton

In this debut almost-cozy mystery series novel, Charlie Parker, accountant and partner in an Albuquerque private investigation firm, is visited by her old school friend. . .

Deadly Gamble is the first book in the Charlie Parker Mystery series.

"I can't get a pulse. Cookie, call for an ambulance."
Definitely not the words you want to hear when a man has just collapsed in the middle of your bakery.

How to Bake a Murder is the first book in the Cookie and Cream Cozy Mystery series.

Last Chance for Murder by Estelle Richards 

One last chance to get things right. Too old for Hollywood at age 29, Lisa Chance leaves her failed acting career and a cheating boyfriend in LA and goes home. . . 

Last Chance for Murder is the first book in the Lisa Chance Cozy Mysteries series.

Murder& Mayhem by K. P. Stafford

Within twenty-four hours, Alexis Danforth's world is shattered. She loses her parents and her job. . .

Murder & Mayhem is the first book in the Cryptic Cove Cozy Mystery series.Murder in Cherry Hills by Paige Sleuth

Murder in Cherry Hills by Paige Sleuth

How do you solve a murder when the only eyewitness can't talk? Kat Harper has barely settled back into small-town life when she spies her neighbor's cat Matty sitting on her doorstep. . .

Murder in Cherry Hills is the first book in the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series.

Murder at the Mayan Temple by Mary Jane Hathaway   

Kitty Swift travels around the sunny Yucatan peninsula assisting luxury cruise ship groups as an interpreter for the deaf. After a disastrous broken engagement, she's perfectly content to spend her days with her service dog, Chica. . .

Murder at the Mayan Temple is the first book in the Starling and Swift series.

Pretty is as Pretty Dies by Elizabeth Spann Craig

Life in this small Southern town just got ugly . . . and exciting! No one in Bradley, North Carolina, is exactly crying into their sweet tea over the murder of Parke Stockard. . .

Pretty is as Pretty Dies is the first book in the Myrtle Clover Cozy Mystery series. 

Starboard Secrets by Hope Callaghan

Millie Sanders’ happily ever after is suddenly destroyed when her husband of 35 years comes home one day and informs her that he is leaving her for another woman. . . 

Starboard Secrets is the first book in the Cruise Ship Mystery series.


Make a No-Sew Mask in a Minute

Here's a quick and easy way to make a no-sew face mask. You will need just three components, and one of them is optional:

20-inch by 20-inch square of cotton fabric
1 coffee filter (optional)
2 rubber bands (or two ribbons)

Step One
Lay out the fabric square, right side down, on a flat surface. If there is a selvage edge place it on the left side.

Step Two
Place the coffee filter on the center of the fabric. Mine had fluted edges, so I ironed it first to flatten it. Note that this step is optional. The coffee filter just adds more filtration, and, unlike fabric, it's a nonwoven product.

Step Three
Fold the fabric up from the bottom to the halfway point.
Step Four
Bring the top half of the fabric down so that it covers the coffee filter and the edge meets the bottom edge that you folded up in Step Three.
Step Five
Fold the bottom up to the center and fold the top over it. After completing this step, you've made a total of four folds since you began.

Step Six
Slide a rubber band over each end.
Step Seven
Fold the ends to meet in the middle. Tuck the right end into the center of the left end. If your fabric originally had a selvage that you placed on the left side, the selvage edge will be on the outside so that no stray threads or raw edges are showing. Pull the rubber bands to the ends.
Step Eight
Put on the mask by pulling the rubber bands over your ears. Adjust the mask on your face.
If you find that you don't like looping the rubber bands around your ears or it's uncomfortable, you can use ties instead. I used two 28-inch lengths of ribbon for an alternative. Place the ribbons on the fabric, and pull them to the fold at each end. The following picture shows the left end folded.
When both ends are folded, tuck in the center.
Center the ribbons so that they are the same length and then tie the top left and right together and tie the bottom left and right together. You can use knots or bows.

With all these layers, it will be difficult to breath if you use a heavy fabric. A quilting-weight cotton should work, or if you don't have any fabric scraps around, you might try fabric cut from an old pillow case or sheet as long as it isn't worn thin.