The "R" list of cozy mystery book authors also includes an author who writes true crime books. I have been a fan of
for many years,
sometimes I simply crave a true crime book... and I don't think that anybody does true crime as consistently well as she does. Her books are gritty, though, so reader, beware!
Also, the wonderful
Ruth Rendell is found
on this "R" page. Her books aren't technically Cozy Mysteries, but she is a
phenomenal story teller. She writes the very British Inspector Wexford
Mystery Series, as well as many Stand Alone mystery books. (She is also
known as Barbara Vine - in her non mystery mode.)
Radley writes the British Inspector Quantrill Mystery Series. Inspector
Quantrill is a country policeman, not totally up to date with the modern
R. T. Raichev
(aka Raiko Raichev) Raichev's dissertation was on English detectives
(between the wars.) The Country House Mystery series is set in English
country houses. The two amateur sleuths are a recently divorced grandmother
and a retired widower.
Raybourn writes a historical mystery series that is set in Victorian England
and features Lady Julia Grey as the sleuth...
Rayne wrote under various pseudonyms (gothic fantasies and horror) for
almost two decades before deciding to write psychological thrillers. She
says that the history of very old buildings inspires her plots and also
helps to provide the settings for her novels.
(aka Deb Baker)
Reed writes the Queen Bee Mystery Series, which features a beekeeper who is
the owner of The Wild Clover Market. As Baker, she
writes two series... the Dolls to Die For and the Yooper Mystery series, which
features a 60s-something sleuth.
Not Cozy... If you are a fan of the
Fox show "Bones," then you might be interested in knowing that it is based on
the life of Kathy Reichs. She is a forensic anthropologist who writes about a
Ruth Rendell aka
The wonderful Inspector Wexford series (which is set in England) and many
(again!) wonderful stand-alone books. (On
Crime Writers' Association Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time) (On the
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Craig Rice aka Georgiana Ann Randolph Craig, Daphne Sanders, & Michael Venning...
She was the first author of mysteries to ever appear on Time Magazine's
cover, and at one time, it is said that she "was equal" to Agatha Christie,
but, sadly, she died at a young age in the 1950s.
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
Eugenia Potter series featuring a chef/rancher/widow...
T. Dawn Richard
Richard writes the May List Mystery Series which features a woman who leaves
her philandering husband after 35 years of marriage and moves to a
retirement community... to begin a new life as a sleuth...
Richards has her Master's in Family Counseling and is married to a minister,
thus her Ministry is Murder mystery series. She is also a quilter... which
explains her non-mystery Shenandoah Album series. Richards' quilting has
enabled her to actually write four Shenandoah Album series quilting
companion books for Leisure Arts! (If you are a crafter of any sort... you
know that Leisure Arts publishes the best of the best books!)
Restaurant critic in Washington, D.C....
Rickman writes the Merrily Watkins Mystery Series which features a single
mother who is also a Church of England parish priest. Merrily is an...
exorcist, of sorts. (Not Cozy...)
Martha's Vineyard series with an older sleuth...
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I remember these classic mystery novels from years ago.
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
An ex-teacher who now writes books full time... the Tres Navarre series...
Ann Ripley A series
about a TV hostess who is also an organic gardener in Virginia.....
Risner writes the Amazing Gracie Mystery Series which features a
retired Iowa farmer during the very early 1900s.
Gracie may live in a retirement home, but she is all but retiring!
Rizer, a retired school teacher, writes the Callie Parrish Mystery Series.
This sleuth in this series has got to have the most original occupation I
have run across since starting this site: mortuary cosmetologist!
Candace Robb Robb has used her graduate work in Medieval Studies, and her
previous job as an editor, to write both the Owen Archer Mystery Series and
the Margaret Kerr Mystery Series. Both are set in the Great Britain of many
J. D. Robb (aka
Nora Roberts) (Not Cozy) Her Eve Dallas In
Death series is set
in the future, in New York, and features Eve, a lieutenant in
the Homicide Division.
A series about a 1930s London aristocrat & a journalist.....
The very popular Amanda Pepper, high school teacher series.....
Roberts is a twenty year transplant in Palo Alto, California
and uses that city as the backdrop for her Liz Sullivan Mystery Series as
well as her Bridget Montrose Mystery Series. Her third mystery series is
quite different... Her Mystery with Sherlock Holmes Mystery Series takes
place in England and features Charlotte Dodson, a widowed housekeeper...
and, of course, Sherlock Holmes!
Natalie M. Roberts
Roberts writes the Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mystery Series.
As a mother of a daughter who only took one year of dance... when she was
four years old... and only because her best friend wanted to take the class,
I can say that I never experienced any dance mothers' anxieties, jealousies,
or backstabbing. But, let's face it, there are a lot of other places where
mothers congregate.... that lend towards the same type of mysterious
(aka J. D. Robb) As Roberts she writes
Roberts writes the Ghost Dusters Mystery Series which features
an ex-teacher who runs the Scene-2-Clean cleaning service which specializes
in cleaning death scenes... and, she happens to see some of her ... should
we say "former home owners"?!? Roberts also writes the Latte,
Espresso, Cappuccino & Murder Mystery Series which has, as its sleuth, a
barista at a café.
Robinson has taught creative writing and is now putting her MFA to even
better use (for us!), writing the Max Bravo Mystery Series. Her first
mystery in the series takes her opera singer sleuth to a dog park, where he
befriends fellow dog walkers...
Lynda S. Robinson (aka Suzanne Robinson) Robinson
has her PhD in
Anthropology and was highly recommended by
several people. She writes the Lord Meren Series,
which is set during ancient Egypt's reign of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Lord Meren
is the main investigator in the kingdom. (She writes ancient Egyptian,
Elizabethan, Victorian, and Civil War historical romance novels as Suzanne
Robinson.) Because of her studies and field work, her historical novels
(both her mysteries and her romances) are said to be very accurate
portrayals of the given eras.
With his PhD in English, it was just a matter of time before
Robinson would start writing the excellent police procedurals (Detective
Chief Inspector Allan Banks) that he is known for.
Patricia Rockwell Rockwell, an ex-professor, writes the Essie Cobb, Senior
Sleuth Mystery Series which features
Essie and three of her senior citizen friends from her assisted living
residence. Rockwell also writes the Pamela
Barnes, Acoustics Mystery Series. This series features an acoustics expert who
happens to be a psychologist.
Caroline Roe (aka
Medora Sale) Roe holds her PhD in Medieval Studies, so
it is no small wonder that she writes the Isaac from Girona Mystery Series,
which features a blind doctor in Spain during the mid 1300s. As Sale she
writes the John Sanders/Harriet Jeffries Mystery Series which features a
Canadian police detective.
Main character, Rachael Grant, is a
policewoman in San Antonio, Texas...
Roker, the weatherman of a national morning show, writes the Billy Blessing
Mystery Series. Billy is a professional chef who does the cooking segments
on a national morning show. These mysteries are supposed to be very funny...
Kelley Roos Roos
is a pseudonym for husband and wife Audrey Kelley and William Roos. They
wrote a series about amateur sleuths who happened to be married to each
Elliott Roosevelt The Eleanor Roosevelt series,
yes, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt...
Carolyn J. Rose
Rose writes mysteries both with her husband Mike Nettleton, and alone. Her
Casey Brandt Mystery Series features an Albuquerque television news director
who is also a sleuth...
Sharon Rose Rose writes the Parson's Cove Cozy Mystery Series. This series
features two senior citizen ladies with a penchant for finding trouble, and then
Rosen writes the Deadly Deli Mystery Series which features
"Nashville Katz" - a new transplant to Nashville, who inherits her uncle's
David Rosenfelt Rosenfelt has been nominated for four major mystery book awards
- the Edgar, Nero, Shamus, & Barry. One of the Cozy Mystery site readers who
recommended Rosenfelt said that she likes both Janet Evanovich and Shirley
Damsgaard, and thinks that Rosenfelt "fits right in." When Rosenfelt's not
writing, he is no doubt taking care of some of the dogs he has rescued (4,000 at
As an Air Force wife herself, Rosett knows about the nomadic life of
military families. Her Ellie Avery Mystery Series features an Air Force wife
who travels in the world of sleuthing. Rosett also writes the On the Run
Mystery Series, which features a young, divorced, "free-spirit" sleuth.
Ann B. Ross Miss Julia series...
Miss Julia being a very opinionated, southern, older sleuth.....
Barbara Ross Ross writes the Maine Clambake Mystery Series, inspired by the
time she and her husband owned an Inn on Maine's harbor. Ross also edits a
crime/mystery story anthology every November which includes authors from the
New England area.
Kate Ross Ross was a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law
School. She worked as a trial lawyer, and wrote the successful Julian
Kestrel series, set in London during the 1820s.
The Verity "Birdie" Birdwood series, set in Australia...
Rowlands writes two mystery series: the Melissa Craig cozy series and the
Sukey Reynolds police procedural, which has a lighter feeling than a
traditional hard-boiled one. I loved her reasoning for starting her non-cozy
Sukey series... On her site she says that she foresaw a time when she might
have a hard time explaining why her amateur sleuth was always getting
involved with crimes. (That gets back to my feeling about seeing Jessica
Fletcher moving in next door to your house... You would probably want to get
out of town... fearing you might be the next body she stumbled upon!)
S. J. Rozan
Rozan, an ex-architect, writes the Bill Smith-Lydia Chin Mystery series...
Jane Rubino The Cat Austen series,
featuring Cat Austen, a reporter who happens to be a single mother......
aka Reginald Hill.....
The very wonderful Dalziel & Pascoe series...
Ann Rule aka Andy Stack..... True Crime.....
I Love Her Books.... as do many other people!
Jean Ruryk Series set in Montreal,
featuring a furniture restorer/sleuth, who "happened into" robbing a bank......
Patricia H. Rushford
Rushford (a registered nurse with a Master's in counseling) writes
mysteries, romantic/suspense, and non-fiction. She also writes the Max & Me
Mysteries for 8-10 year olds and the Jennie McGrady Mysteries for young
Annelise Ryan (aka
Allyson K. Abbott & Beth Amos) Ryan, an emergency room nurse, writes the Mattie
Winston Mystery Series. Mattie, an ex-nurse, is a deputy coroner in
Wisconsin. As Abbott she writes the Mack's Bar Mystery Series, which
features Mackenzie Dalton, who has ESP (which comes in handy while
sleuthing) and owns a bar in Milwaukee.
Hank Phillippi Ryan Ryan writes the Charlotte McNally Mystery Series, which has
won several major mystery book awards, including the prestigious Agatha and
Anthony Awards. Ryan, a Boston investigative reporter, writes this series about
a Boston television investigative reporter. Ryan's Jane Ryland
Mystery Series features a newspaper reporter who work lives
in Boston and not only reports on crimes, but also solves them.
P. B. Ryan
Ryan's Gilded Age Mystery Series was recommended by a site
reader and has, as its sleuth, a governess from Ireland who finds herself
living in post-Civil War Boston.
(aka Sofie Kelly) Ryan writes the Second Chance Cat
Mystery Series which takes place in Maine. The series features Sarah
Grayson, the owner of the Second Chance second-hand shop, and a stray cat she
adopts, Elvis. As Kelly she writes the Magical Cats Mystery Series. This series, which is
set in Minnesota, features a librarian who adopts two stray cats who happen to be (as the
series titles says) magical cats.
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