Wintery Cozy Mysteries

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Wintery Cozy Mysteries

Curl up at the Fireplace with These Frosty Capers

Have you been pining for snowy drifts with all the warmer weather reports coming our way lately? The only thing to do is turn for a book. So, I’ve assembled a list of snowy, cozy mysteries to keep you company by the fire, even if the weather outside refuses to cooperate. Set in a variety of different places, these mysteries will take you to Cleveland, Ireland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and England—all during crisp winter weather.

Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke-
Winter drags on in the end of February in Minnesota where Hannah lives and owns a bakery. So, the town mayor has created a Winter Festival to cheer everyone up until spring arrives. Hannah is excited to help out but irritated when celeb baker, Connie Mac snags the coveted role of making the official Winter Festival cake. Things get worse when Connie Mac is found dead in Hannah’s bakery, clutching one of Hannah’s famous blueberry muffins. With her livelihood and her freedom at stake, Hannah decides she must find the killer before all her business freezes over. A cozy winter read with small-town politics against the backdrop of the icy Minnesota.

Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien
Lana’s life has been stagnating for a long time as she works at her family’s restaurant, a Noodle House on the east side of Cleveland. But just when she’s on the verge of being offered a new and exciting office job: her parents announce a trip to Taiwan to visit her ailing grandmother. And Lana has been appointed to run the family restaurant while they’re gone. Even worse, the young couple running the shop next door turn up dead and Lana’s convinced they were murdered. Can she unravel the mystery while avoiding complications with her police detective boyfriend? A fun restaurant themed caper in a snowy winter Cleveland.

Cruel Winter: A Cork County Mystery by Sheila Connolly
Maura hadn’t expected to stay in Ireland. But when a distant relative left her a pub, she decided to give running it a try instead of going back to dead end jobs in Boston. Now, in the thick of winter, she didn’t bring a coat and there’s a massive snow storm on the way. As she gets snowed in with a suspected killer and a host of other locals, they decide to pass the time by giving the alleged killer a chance she never had in court: the opportunity to tell her side of the story. A unique twist on the locked room mystery, set in a pub in Ireland.

Aunt Dimity: Snowbound by Nancy Atherton
Exhausted from the holidays, Lori’s loved ones suggest she take a soothing hike on a trail in Cotswold to recuperate. And it works wonders until she gets lost and the blizzard of the century strikes. Taking shelter from the storm in Ladythorne Abbey, the former home of Lucasta DeClerke, Lori uncovers a plot to steal a priceless Declerke family heirloom. Traditional English mystery with family politics in a stormy setting.

A Fatal Winter by G.M. Malliet-
Max Tudor used to be a spy, but now he performs sermons from a pulpit. As a country priest, the most delicate operation he has is settling flower arrangement disputes in his parish. That is—until two deaths occur at local Chedrow Castle. The priest shows up under the guise of funeral arrangements and tries to sort through all the motives of the recent influx of long-lost money-hungry relatives and find the killer. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie with the necessary trappings of a cozy English country village mystery.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie-
The famed detective Hercule Poirot has just finished a case of great importance and is headed home on the Orient Express to England. Imagine his annoyance when they are stalled not only by a snowstorm, but a murder as well. The director of the railway pleads for Poirot to solve the murder before a foreign government gets involved. Poirot obliges not only to help a friend, but also because he is intrigued by this murder with its confusing clues that point in several different directions. The queen of mystery with a Belgian detective at his best.

The Skeleton Paints a Picture: A Family Skeleton Mystery by Leigh Perry
As an adjunct English Professor, Georgia is used to small towns and being tucked away from civilization. Her most recent post puts her in snowy Massachusetts during a particularly stormy winter. She battles loneliness until her best friend, Sid, an animated skeleton, mails himself in a package to her. The winter is looking up, until late one snowy night, Georgia and her femur companion find a dead body in a wrecked car. But when the victim turns out to be one of Georgia’s coworkers at the local Arts College, the police become more suspicious about her involvement. Georgia must find the culprit before the police discover the living skeleton staying with her. Set in a collegiate atmosphere in snowy Massachusetts with a fantastical element.