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Don't Judge a Book by its Murder

With this list, I've paired a cosy mystery theme, with a television cosy mystery of the same theme!

Rosemary & Thyme

Season One

Two lovely lady gardeners revive gardens and solve mysteries in this British cosy mystery television series. 

An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries

Susan Wittig Albert (2003)

The Herbal Mystery Series features Gardner China Bayles, an ex-attorney from Texas with a panache for solving murders. 


Season One

Roguish antiques dealer, Lovejoy, solves crimes and sells antiques in this British comedy-mystery series. 

Consigned to Death

Jane K. Cleland (2007)

When her client is found dead, and her fingerprints are all over her clients house, and the murder weapon, antiques dealer Josie Prescott needs to find the killer to prove her innocence.

Death in Paradise

Season One

English detective Ben Miller flies from England to the French Caribbean island of Saint Marie to solve the murder of his predecessor. 

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

Dorothy Gilman (1989)

There are lots of travel mysteries, but Mrs. Pollifax is a little different, but just as jet setting. A case of mistaken identity leads widowed retiree Mrs. Pollifax to become a spy, for the CIA. 

Father Brown

Season One

If a crime solving priest is your cup of tea (or you appreciate a charming 1950s English village) then Father Brown is absolutely the murder mystery series for you. Is based on the stories of G.K. Chesterton.  

A Morbid Taste for Bones

Ellis Peters (2014)

Set in Shrewsbury Abbey in 1137, Brother Cadfael  has a keen eye, an inquiring mind, and thirst for the truth. Also a television series staring Derek Jacobi. 

Pie in the Sky

Season One

Though still technically a police officer, half-retired Henry Crabbe is also the Head Chef of Pie in the Sky, his restaurant and pride and joy serving the best of English fair. 

Peaches and Scream

Susan Furlong (2015)

Cosy mysteries that include recipes are not only wickedly popular, but are also delectably delightful. There are many of this type of food mystery to choose from, this is just one!

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Season One

If nosy ladies with robust personalities who go from amateur to semi-professional are your cup of bush tea, the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a lovely bit of cosy! Not necessarily murders, Mma Ramotswe and her highly skilled  secretary Grace Makutsi investigate all sorts of odd and suspicious activities. Also a great book by Alexander McCall Smith. 

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

M. C. Beaton (2012)

Continuing on the theme of nosy ladies with robust personalities being paid to be sleuthing, Agatha Raisin tops the charts! Agatha Raisin is now also a television series!

The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries

Season One

If you are looking for a stylish lady sleuth, Mrs. Bradley art deco 1920s might be for you! Based on the character by Gladys Mitchell, Mrs. Bradley is also a book!

Cocaine Blues

Kerry Greenwood (2007)

The Honourable Phryne Fisher, also a television series, is a 1920s Australian socialite with a panache for trouble, tango, and all things in between.  

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook

100 recipes from some of America's best mystery writers. 

Final Sentence

Daryl Wood Gerber (2013)

A cosy mystery about cookbooks, with recipes!   


Agatha Christie, Marple

Season One

Because I can, I'm rounding off this list with some library themed cosy mysteries. Agatha Christie's Body in the Library is also a book. 

Real Murders

Charlaine Harris (2011)

Librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden is a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once per month to analyse famous cases. 

Homicide in Hardcover

Kate Carlisle (2009)

Darling is the name of the small Alabama town the Dahlia Gardening Club ladies live and work in in the 1930s. The ladies are an eclectic group of interesting women. Dig in to any or all of the mysterious story lines to follow in this garden mystery!


B.B. Cartwell 

Some maniac backs his SUV into the front of the flower shop owner's Corvette and drives off. Then she learns of a murder in a nearby apartment building just before her car was hit. Could the killer be the person who hit her car? Can Abby and her car live long enough to find out?

Midsomer Murders

Season One

Just because you have a professional detective doesn't make it any less of a cosy mystery! You just need an idyllic town, a rash of murders, and a winning formula! 

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