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.

Halloween-Themed Cozy Mysteries

Ten Halloween-Themed Cozy Mysteries

There are lots of Halloween-themed cozy mystery books available. Here are ten that have come out in the last three years. The first five have been published in 2020. Just click each title to learn more about each book.

by Christin Brecher

by Addison Moore and Bellamy Bloom

by Laurien Berenson

by Kirsten Weiss

by Kathi Daley

The Inn at Holiday Bay: Haunting in the Hallway 

by Kathi Daley


Swamp Spook (A Miss Fortune Mystery Book 13)

by Jana DeLeon  





Haunted House Ghost: Death At The Fall Festival (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 5)  

by James J. Cudney



The Halloween House: A Cozy Mystery (A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery Book 4)

by Kathi Daley




Sugared Demise: A Pumpkin Hollow Mystery, Book 5

by Kathleen Suzette


Ten Cozy Mystery Series Featuring Teachers

 School days, school days . . . for students much of the year involves time spent in the classroom, and who do they spend it with? Their teachers, of course! Mystery writers have found that teachers are curious (or just plain nosy) people who make great amateur sleuths. Whether they're active or retired, teaching kindergarten or college classes, these mystery buffs just can't resist solving the latest crime, on or off campus.

Here are ten cozy mystery series, listed in alphabetical order by series title, featuring mystery-solving teachers:

DIY Diva Cozy Mystery Series by Paula Darnell

Protagonist DIY Diva Laurel McMillan not only writes books about craft and sewing projects, but she also teaches craft and sewing classes at her local Hawkeye Haven Community Center, where she often picks up tidbits about Hawkeye Haven residents, both victims and suspects.

Bonus: recipes and project instructions.


Downward Dog Mystery Series by Tracy Weber

Seattle yoga instructor is on the case with Bella, her German shepherd canine companion.

Available in paperback format.

Ellie Kent Mystery Series by Alice K. Boatwright

Life brings the skeptical Ellie Kent from her academic job in California to a village in the Cotswolds as the vicar’s new wife; but death keeps her guessing how long she will be there.

The third book, In the Life Ever After, is due to be published in late 2020.


Family Skeleton Mystery Series by Leigh Perry 

English professor
Georgia Thackery gets more than she bargained for with she moves back into her parents' house with her teenaged daughter. Sid, the family skeleton, provides a paranormal element to this cozy mystery series.


Joanne Kilbourne Mystery Series by Gail Bowen 

Joanne Kilbourne, amateur sleuth and widow of a politician, takes the stage in this eighteen-book series. Joanne is a politican science professor, and the action takes place in Canada.

Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series by Cynthia Kuhn

English professor Lila Maclean is thrilled about her new job at prestigious Stonedale University, until she finds one of her colleagues dead in the series starter to this five-book series.

Melanie Travis Mystery Series by Laurien Berenson 

Melanie Travis teaches in a private school, but everything's gone to the dogs in this twenty-five-book series, which focuses on the world of dog shows. Great for cozy mystery fans who love dogs, especially poodles.


Murder 101 Mystery Series by Maggie Barbieri

An English professor at a small college in the Bronx plays amateur detective when campus life and life outside the classroom turn out to be less than tranquil.


Murder She Wrote by Donald Bain (and later others)

Based on the popular Murder She Wrote television series starring Angela Lansbury, the Murder She Wrote book series now boasts fifty-three books. Jessica Fletcher, writer and retired high school English teaches finds murder and mayhem in her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine, and around the world. The TV show helped make the cozy mystery genre popular in the 1990s.

TJ Jansen Paradise Lake Mystery Series by Kathi Daley

High school teacher TJ Jansen becomes embroiled in mysteries and investigates to solve the cases in this series, which often features a holiday theme as well.




 I am honored to have won two book awards in 2020 for two of my mystery novels.

The first is from the National Federation of Press Women for a novel over 40,000 words awarded in March 2020 in NFPW's annual at-large communications contest. This is for my cozy mystery Death by Association. According to NFPW contest director Teri Ehresman: "This is a huge accomplishment."  

Thank you, NFPW!


 In July 2020, I received an award from the Public Safety Writers Association for second place in the published fiction book category of the organization's annual writing competition. This award is for my historical mystery The Six-Week Solution. According to Barbara M. Hodges, PSWA board member and competition coordinator, there was "stiff competition" in the published fiction book category, so I am especially pleased.

Thank you, PSWA!

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!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo 

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?