Cozy Mysteries I’ve Read in 2017

The other day I was browsing through Reading Challenges for 2017 (a master list can be found here) and I came across this cozy mystery reading challenge. You can read it for yourself at the link, but basically it’s challenging yourself on how many cozy mysteries you can read in one year.

While I’m not participating in this challenge, I wanted to see just how many cozies I’ve read in 2017. And the answer turns out to be quite a few (apparently, I’m yearning, according to the challenge). If there’s one genre I read more than any other, it has to be cozy mysteries (mostly historical). So I wanted to share with you guys all the cozies I’ve read this year, most of which are historical cozies (just because I love history). I’ll be categorizing them according to Dislike (those that I would not recommend) and Like (those that I would).



  • Bubbles Yablonsky by Sarah Strohmeyer: 
    • Bubbles in Trouble (#2)
  • Charlie Mortdecai Series by Kyril Bonfiglioli:
    • The Great Mortdecai Mystery (#4)
  • A Knitting Mystery by Maggie Shefton:
    • Knit One, Kill Two (#1)
    • Needled to Death (#2)
  • Kendra Donovan by Julie McElwain:
    • A Murder in Time (#1) (my full review here)
  • Counterfeit Lady by Victoria Thompson:
    • City of Lies (#1)



  • Gaslight Mysteries by Victorian Thompson:
    • Murder on Lenox Hill (#7)
    • Murder in Little Italy (#8)
    • Murder in Chinatown (#9).
  • Rosalind Thorne Mysteries by Darcie Wilde:
    • A Useful Woman (#1)
  • A Gilded Age Mystery by Rosemary Simpson:
    • What the Dead Leave Behind (#1)
  • Molly Murphy Series by Rhys Bowen:
    • The Amersham Rubies (#0.5) (short story)
    • Through the Window (#12.5) (short story)
    • The Edge of Dreams (#14)
    • Away in a Manger (#15)
    • Time of Fog and Fire (#16)
  • Colin Pendragon Mysteries by Gregoary Harris:
    • The Arnifour Affair (#1)
  • The Athenian Mysteries by Gary Corby:
    • The Pericles Commission (#1)
  • Mary Russell by Laurie R. King:
    • The Marriage of Mary Russell (#13.5) (short story)
    • The Murder of Mary Russell (#14)
  • Her Royal Spyness Mysteries by Rhys Bowen:
    • Masked Ball at Broxley Manor (#0.5) (short story)
    • Her Royal Spyness (#1)
    • A Royal Pain (#2)
    • Royal Flush (#3)
    • Royal Blood (#4)
    • Naughty in Nice (#5)
    • The Twelve Clues of Christmas (#6) (currently reading).
  • Veronica Speedwell by Deanna Raybourn:
    • A Curious Beginning (#1)

So my total comes to 28 cozy mysteries. At least, I think most of these count as cozies. Some of them—like Mary Russell and City of Lies—are more suspense than mystery. And as you might be able to guess, I’m really into anything by Rhys Bowen right now.

If you’re curious to see what other books I’ve read this year, check out my Goodreads page here. Next week I’ll be going through my best and worst books of 2017 so be sure to check out next Saturday’s post. However, in lieu of Christmas (Merry Christmas, by the way), I will not be posting a book review next Wednesday (both because I’m relaxing next week and because I’m recovering from influenza).

How many cozies have you read this past year? If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to know what you think about them. Let me know down in the comments, follow my blog for more posts like this, and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

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