If you have been fortunate enough to have seen any Dalziel and Pascoe mystery TV shows, then you will be familiar with Reginald Hill's series featuring both of these British police
detectives. Unfortunately, the show is not aired on a regular basis in the United States. With that said, check out
Reginald Hill's books. While they are not cozies, you might find yourself enjoying Hill's
terrific writing style as well as his books' plots.
is an author who writes two series featuring strong women. In one of her series, Arly Hanks is the police chief of a one-stoplight sleepy town (Maggody, Arkansas) with enough eccentric characters walking around to fill a high school football stadium.
Claire Malloy is the main character in the other Hess series. If you haven't read many cozy mysteries, you may find it difficult to imagine a bookstore owner as the sleuth who solves cases before the police can find the solutions. The amateur sleuth is one of the recurring characters in cozies. Of course, Miss Marple is a prime example of a stellar amateur sleuth... an elderly spinster who travels to different locales
and solves the murder mystery before she sits down to dine with her nephew!
aka Orania Papazoglou... Her series is about an FBI agent and a
writer, and is very holiday-themed.
Jean Hager Iris House Bed & Breakfast
(set in Missouri) is one of her series. Her other two series take place in
Oklahoma, one revolving around an advocate for the Cherokee Nation and the
other stars a Cherokee police chief.
Carolyn Haines With names
like Sarah Booth Delaney and Tinkie, what else could these two characters be---
than crime-solving Southern
Kathryn Miller Haines
Haines has her Master's in English, and writes the Rosie Winter
Mystery Series which takes place in New York City, during the WW II time
Rebecca M. Hale
Hale, a patent attorney and New York Times bestselling author, writes the
Cats and Curios Mystery Series which features the new owner of an antique
shop and two pets (cats)... Hale also writes the Mystery In the Islands
Mystery Series which has, as its sleuth, the manager of the tropical
Linda Hall Hall writes several mystery series. She was awarded the American
Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award in 2008, as well as the The
Word Guild Award for best Christian mystery in Canada...
aka J. P. Hailey... Puzzle Lady Mystery Series...
Hall, a journalist, writes the Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator Mystery
Series. Vish (or "Chubby" as he is known to his family and close friends) is
one of the most interesting, as well as entertaining, private investigators.
He searches out criminals and is determined to put a stop to their
activities. He misses the days of long ago and rights wrongs, while managing to
find time to grow his beloved hot peppers and enjoy his (off-limits) fried
Halliday mixes mystery with romance and comes out with the High
Heels Mystery Series, which was recommended to me by a site reader...
Halliday also writes the Hollywood Headlines Mystery Series and the Anna
Smith & Nick Dade Mystery Series...
Barbara Hamilton Hamilton writes the Abigail Adams Mystery Series which is set
in the late 1770s, in colonial Boston.
Archaeological series featuring Lara McClintoch, an antiques
Hamilton writes the Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series. This series is set in
Michigan, and features a vintage cookbook and cookware collector AND her
three-legged Yorkie Poo, Hoppy. (Some of you may recognize her as romance
author Donna Lea Simpson.)
Janice Hamrick Hamrick has her Bachelor's degree in English, and at one time
worked as a technical writer for a "high tech"
company. She now writes the Jocelyn Shore Mystery Series which features an
Austin, Texas high school teacher/sleuth.
David Handler (aka 1/2 of Russell Andrews w/Peter Gethers) Handler started
his career as a New York journalist and writes two series: one about a film
critic and the other about a celebrity ghostwriter and, for all of you dog
lovers, his neurotic Basset Hound.
Cyril Hare Hare writes both the Inspector Mallet Mystery Series and the Francis
Pettigrew Mystery Series. Hare is also the author of one of my favorite
Christmas theme mystery books: An English Murder (aka The Christmas Murder.) (On
Crime Writers' Association Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
An Elizabeth I series and an Amish trilogy...
Harrington, an ex-teacher, writes two mystery series: The Bridg O'Hern
Mystery Series and the Aunt Amelia Winthrope Mystery Series.
(Not Cozy) Harris has two series that I follow...
Lily Bard's Shakespeare series and the Aurora Teagarden series. In '01,
Harris started an entirely new series about Sookie Stackhouse known as the
Southern Vampire series, which is slated to be a series on HBO starting in
'07, with the pilot airing in '06. She also started another mystery series
featuring Harper Connelly in '05, which is about a sleuth who, because she
was hit by lightning, can find corpses.
Ellen Harris True crime.....
Harris has two series: a holiday series featuring Christine Bennett,
an ex-nun and a series featuring Detective Jane Bauer who decides she needs
a career change, goes to work for an insurance company and then is assigned
to more police-type cases!
Harris gave up her high pressure jobs to enjoy (what seem to be) her two
greatest passions.... writing and gardening. So, of course, could her Dirty
Business Mystery series center around a character who does anything but
Thomas Harris Thrillers!
Who hasn't heard about Hannibal Lecter? The movies are good, but the
books are even better!
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Is it any wonder that Harrison, who owns a greenhouse, would write a series
that features a gardener/florist?
Harrod-Eagles writes the Bill Slider Mystery Series. Very British... (Not
Death on Demand series featuring a mystery bookstore owner and
the very popular Henrie O series...
Both of Hart's series are set in Minneapolis...
Erin Hart Hart's first novel in her Nora Gavin/Cormac Maguire Mystery Series was
nominated for both the Anthony Award and the
Agatha Award for Best First novel. This series features an American
anthropologist and an Irish archaeologist.
(aka Jimmie Ruth Evans,
James/Hartman/Evans/James has his PhD in Medieval History and his Master's
in Library Science. Between Evans, Hartman, James, and James there are four mystery series:
the Trailer Park Mystery Series includes Kountry Kitchen recipes, the
Bridge Club Mystery Series includes bridge tips, the Simon Kirby-Jones
Mystery Series, and the Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series.
Patricia Harwin Harwin's series features a divorcee in her 60s who moves to England so that
she can join her married daughter, who has relocated there to raise her
family. Of course, there is a lot of sleuthing involved in her new chosen
Hathaway has her B.A. in English and writes two series which both have a
physician as the main character. The Dr. Fenimore series is about a
cardiologist who still makes house calls. He is very traditional, which
Hathaway's other series' doctor is not... she is a young motorcycle-riding
doctor who works as a motel on-call physician.
L. C. Hayden An ex-high school
English teacher, Hayden holds a master's degree in Creative Writing. With
credentials like that, it is no surprise that she has published fiction,
non-fiction, novels, articles.... even poetry. She can be found on the
Agatha Awards page.
S. T. Haymon
Series from England featuring a Detective Inspector....
B. B. Haywood Haywood,
a pseudonym for husband and wife (Robert & Beth Feeman), pens the Candy Holliday Mystery Series which is set in
Maine and has, as its sleuth, a woman who returns home to help her father manage
Blueberry Acres Farm... The mystery novels include recipes which have
blueberries in them...
Gar Anthony Haywood
One series about a private investigator in Los Angeles, and another series
about a retired couple who travel in their RV.
Presents Mysteries This is a group of (Christian)
authors who each have their own series of mystery books.
Betty Hechtman Hechtman writes the Crochet Mystery Series, and is herself hooked
on crocheting. And, for those crocheters out there... She even includes a
crochet pattern in each of her mysteries! Hechtman also writes the Yarn Retreat
Mystery Series which has, as its sleuth, Casey, a dessert chef who has just
inherited a yarn retreat business in California.
Veronica Heley Heley writes two mystery series:
the Ellie Quicke Mystery Series and the Abbot Agency Mystery Series, both of which feature
widows who live in/around London. Heley has also written historical fiction,
romance/suspense novels, and Christian books for children.
April Henry The
first mystery of Henry's Claire Montrose Mystery Series was nominated for
the prestigious Agatha Award. She has since then added several Young Adult
mysteries to her list of books. She co writes the Triple Threat Club Mystery
Series with Lis Wiehl.
Sue Henry Henry's
first mystery series is set in Alaska and she has a new series that features
a woman in her 60s who lives and travels in her RV, with her beloved
Beverly Taylor Herald
Herald and her twin sister, Barbara Taylor McCafferty, write the Tatum Twin
While attending law school, Herkert became aware of a case
which involved a
woman whose will benefited her cat. (Hmmm....) The cat became the recipient of
a fortune and Herkert
(years later) used this as the basis of her first Animal Instinct Mystery Series
Julie Wray Herman
Herman writes a gardening mystery series called Three Dirty Women
Nancy Herndon aka
Nancy Fairbanks... Has MA from Rice...
As Herndon she writes a series about a female police detective in Texas. As
Fairbanks, she writes a culinary mystery series.
aka Joan Hadley... Arly Hanks/Maggody series is a definite must-read... as is
her Claire Malloy series.....
Heyer is yet another (British) author from years-gone-by who
I missed! Thanks to Cozy Mystery Site Readers, I am finding out about
new/old authors all of the time.
Carl Hiaasen I just found this author, and haven't read any of his books yet,
but I have read that he is supposed to be very funny...not cozy.
Kaye C Hill Hill writes the Lexy Lomax
Mystery Series which features Lexy, a
woman escaping her husband and
finding herself mistaken for a private investigator...
Marion Moore Hill
Hill, an ex-reporter and an ex-English & Journalism college
teacher, writes two mystery series. Hill's Scrappy Librarian Mystery Series
features an Oklahoma librarian with her dog, Rip. Her Deadly Past Mystery
Series features a young, single mother sleuth who is an history buff.
Reginald Hill aka
The very wonderful British Police Procedural: Dalziel & Pascoe series.
Crime Writers' Association Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Sasscer Hill Hill writes the Nikki Latrelle Racing Mystery Series. This series
has, as its sleuth, a young horse jockey, and takes place in the fast world of
equine racing tracks.
Hill writes the Simon Serrrailler Mystery Series which is a British
Suzette A. Hill Hill, an English graduate
(and ex-teacher of
English Lit.) writes the Francis Oughterard Mystery Series which features a
village vicar, bouncer - his dog, and Maurice - his cat.
Hillerman writes the very popular Navajo
series featuring Joe Leephorn and Jim Chee.
Crime Writers' Association Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time) (On the
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
James Hime Hime, nominated for the Edgar Award (Best First Novel - 2004) writes
the Jeremiah Spur Mystery Series. The series takes place in a small town in
Texas and features a retired Texas Ranger.
Hoag is a New York Times Bestselling author. She writes the Deeper than the
Dead Mystery Series, the Elena Estes Mystery Series, and the Sam Kovac
Mystery Series, as well as stand alone mysteries.
Teri Holbrook Holbrook, who
graduated from the College of William and Mary, is a journalist, author, and
still has time to work on her graduate degree. Some of her works can be
found on the Agatha Awards pages. She writes a series about an American who
moves to England.
Holliday is a trial lawyer who decided that writing novels is better than
Hollis is the pseudonym of a brother and sister writing duo. Rick Copp was a
writer on one of my very favorite television
sitcoms (The Golden Girls). He also wrote for the very popular Wings
television show, as well as movies. His sister, Holly Simason, writes a
newspaper cooking column. Now they are putting both of their talents
together, and are writing the Hayley Powell Food & Cocktails Mystery Series.
Holt writes the Mrs. Malory series. Mrs. Malory is a
literary critic in England. This is one of the Cozy Mystery series
that I can't seem to get enough of!
Victoria Holt aka Philippa Carr and Jean Plaidy...
With titles like Mistress of Mellyn and The Legend of the Seventh
Virgin, could you guess that Holt's novels are classic mysteries with a
little (or a lot!) of romance?
Holtzer's series is set in Michigan and features a computer
Home to Heather Creek
Series This is a series of NON mystery books from
Guideposts. The series feature Charlotte and Bob Stevenson, who live in
Nebraska on Heather Creek Farm, who inherit their three grandchildren.
Series This is a series of mystery books that are put
out by Barbour Publishing. The (Christian) authors write their own mystery
books which are not meant to be read in any particular order.
Kay Hooper I haven't read any of these, but they came highly recommended by my librarian... a lover of mysteries.
Did you know that the Sisters in Crime have a chapter called Guppies? Hoover
is their president! Her first book in her Steve Harlan series was a finalist
in the Malice Domestic St. Martin's Press contest, and that's saying a whole
lot for this new cozy mystery author! If you would like to visit her website
click on... Double Dead,
A Southern Murder
Mystery Novel by Terry Hoover.
Hope Haven Series
This is a series of NON mystery books from Guideposts. Hope Haven is a
series which is set in the fictional Haven Hospital. The series features
four nurses and their patients...
Cornell Woolrich & William Irish…. As
Woolrich, he wrote the novel which was later made into the classic Hitchcock
movie “Rear Window.”
Houston grew up in Wisconsin, so it’s only natural that she would write a
mystery series set in Wisconsin……. And, of course, it features a strong
police chief who happens to be a fly fisherwoman.
Howell has written over twenty novels, which include her Haley Randolph
Mystery Series. If you are are a fan of designer purses, then the Haley
Randolph Mystery Series is a must for you! Haley's loves designer labels on
her purses... even though she can barely afford them. Howell also writes the
Dana Mackenzie Mystery Series.
Hudgins writes the Dotsy Lamb Travel Mystery Series. Dotsy and her friend
Lettie have (so far) traveled to Italy, Scotland, and the Greek Islands...
sleuthing all the way...
Charlotte Hughes Hughes is the author of the Kate Holly Mystery Series, as
well as the author of several romance novels. She collaborates with Janet
Evanovich on the Max Holt Full Series...
Mary Ellen Hughes
Hughes has two series, one of which is the Craft Corner Mystery Series
which includes craft tips.
Ellen Elizabeth Hunter Hunter (a historic house
restorer herself) writes the Magnolia Mystery Series which is set in a North
Carolina historic town and features a preserver of historic houses.
Maddy Hunter The
very popular Passport to Peril series...
Huxley Huxley writes cozy mysteries which are set in Colonial
Africa. She also writes non mysteries set in colonial Africa (The Flame
Trees of Thika, etc.)
Elise Hyatt Hyatt writes the Daring Finds Mystery Series which features Dyce
Dare, owner of a furniture refinishing business. Included in the mysteries are
furniture refinishing tips...
Julie Hyzy Hyzy writes the
very popular White House Chef Mystery Series, obviously set in
Washington, D.C. Her college years equipped her with a degree in Business
Management, but after years "in that world," she decided to launch out as an
author of fiction, and has won great reviews, as well as writing awards. Hyzy
also writes the Manor of Murder Mystery Series which follows amateur sleuth,
Grace Wheaton - the assistant curator of a manor. Hyzy also writes the Alex
St. James Mystery Series.
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