The list of cozy mystery authors I have whose last names begin with “E” used to be rather short. It has grown a lot since I first started the site.
Janet Evanovich is a favorite of many mystery readers. She is one of those authors whose books can readily be found at the grocery store check-out, along with Jeffery Deaver, John Grisham, and other authors who have been lucky enough to become easily recognizable by most of the reading public. I have included the list of her most famous heroine… Stephanie Plum. Evanovich also has another mystery series featuring Alexandra Barnaby (the Barney Barnaby Metro Series), the Lizzie and Diesel Mystery Series, romance books (“Loveswept”) which she wrote before Stephanie Plum arrived on the scene, and another series which is touted as a romance called the Full Series (which she co-authored with Charlotte Hughes.) I think that most mystery reading groups have probably picked an Evanovich novel at least one time.
Elizabeth Eagan-Cox Eagan-Cox writes the Shannon Delaney Mystery Series which features a writer in San Diego with ghostly encounters.
Barbara Early (aka Beverly Allen) Barbara Early writes the Vintage Toy Shop Mystery Series, which takes place in New York and features Liz McCall, the manager of her father’s toy shop. As Beverly Allen, she writes the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery Series. The series features Audry Bloom, the co-owner of a flower shop in Virginia.
Dawn Eastman Eastman writes the Family Fortune Mystery Series. The series features Clyde Fortune, an ex-policewoman who comes home to Michigan to be with her family. Her family owns the Crystal Haven, a great place for people who are looking for psychic help. Clyde’s mom is a tarot card reader and her aunt is a pet psychic.
J.C. Eaton Eaton is the penname for Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp. Ann is the author of a number of young adult mysteries, while James is a former winery tasting room manager. They live in Arizona. They are the authors of the Sophie Kimball Mystery Series, and the Wine Trail Mystery Series.
Wendy Sand Eckel Eckel is the author of the Rosalie Hart Mystery Series.
Grace F. Edwards Her main character, Mali Anderson, is a former policewoman in New York City who then goes on to solve cases in Harlem.
Ruth Dudley Edwards After graduate school at Cambridge, Edwards became a civil servant in London, as well as a freelance writer. Edwards writes the Robert Amiss Mystery Series which features a retired civil servant in England.
Anthony Eglin Eglin writes the English Garden Mystery Series. I have yet to read any of his books… as he was just recommended by a site reader.
Peggy Ehrhart A former English professor who plays blues guitar, Erhhart holds a doctorate in Medieval Literature, and has published non-fiction work on that subject. She writes the Maxx Maxwell Mystery Series, starring a blues-singer sleuth, as well as the Knit & Nibble Mystery Series, starring the associate editor of a crafting magazine.
Selma Eichler Her Desiree Shapiro (main character) is a sassy, 5’2″ queen-sized red-head. It is refreshing to find a heroine who enjoys food!
Aaron Elkins As a former anthropologist himself, it is no wonder that the main characters of two of his series are: a professor of Anthropology and a curator of an art museum. Aaron and his wife, Charlotte Elkins also co-write two mystery series: the Lee Ofsted Mystery Series and the Alix London Mystery Series.
Jessica Ellicott (aka Jessie Crockett & Jessica Estevao) Jessica Ellicott writes the Beryl and Edwina Mystery Series. This series features a rather loud American and a very proper Brit who are roommates in England during the 1920s. As Jessie Crockett she writes the Sugar Grove Mystery Series, which takes place in her home state, New Hampshire. The main sleuth (Dani Greene) is a member of a family that owns a maple sugar farm. As Crockett she also writes the Granite State Mystery Series which features Gwen Fifield as its sleuth. When writing as Estevao, she writes the Change of Fortune Mystery Series. This series features Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a dubious past who lives in a resort town in Maine, during the late 1890s.
Lauren Elliott Elliott is a former journalist with a background in professional theater. She is the author of the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery Series, starring a woman returning to her small New England hometown to start a bookstore, and the Crystals and CuioriTEAS Mystery Series, starring the new owner of a tea and psychic shop.
Kate Ellis Ellis combines archaeology, medieval history, and mystery when writing her novels. Ellis likes to include a crime that was committed in the past with another crime, which is set in the present. A Cozy Mystery reader described her mysteries as: “Police procedural but still a cozy.”
Kathy Lynn Emerson (aka Kaitlyn Dunnett) Emerson has two series from which you can choose…. Lady Susanna Appleton is a 1600s herbalist, and Diana Spaulding is an1800s reporter, and descendant of Lady Appleton. As Emerson, she also writes the Mistress Jaffrey (Elizabethan) Mystery Series. As Dunnett, she writes the Liss MacCrimmon Mystery Series which, although it involves a Scottish Troupe Dancer, is set in Maine.
K.J. Emrick K.J. Emrick became an author later in life, and she brings a wealth of experience to her writings as a result. She is the author of the Darcy Sweet Mystery Series, the Smudge the Cat Mysteries, the Pine Lake Inn Mystery Series, the Spirit of the Soul Wine Shop Mystery Series, and the Tempest Beach Romantic Suspense series (this last series is written as Kathrine Emrick). The Darcy Sweet Mystery Series stars the owner of a bookstore, her cat (Smudge), and her great aunt Millie – in ghost form!
J.F. Englert Englert writes the Bull Moose Dog Run Mystery Series which features a Black Labrador Retriever and his often-confused owner…
H. Ephron Not cozy….. G. H. Ephron is the writing duo Hallie Ephron and Donald A. Davidoff. Ephron has her PhD in Education, while Davidoff is a psychologist who heads up one of the units at Harvard’s psychiatric hospital and also teaches at the Harvard Medical School. Each novel deals with a different part of the human psyche.
Kathleen Ernst Ernst spent twelve years working at a living history museum, which she used as the inspiration for her Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series >>> which features a sleuth who is a curator of a living history museum in Wisconsin. The series takes place during the 1980s, which is when Ernst started working at her living museum in Wisconsin! Kathleen has also written many American Girl mysteries, which have garnered several Agatha Award nominations for Best Children’s/Young Adult mysteries as well as a nomination for the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile mystery.
Margaret Erskine Erskine writes the Septimus Finch Mystery Series, which features a Scotland Yard Inspector…
Jessica Estevao (aka Jessica Ellicott & Jessie Crockett) Estevao writes the Change of Fortune Mystery Series. This series features Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a dubious past who lives in a resort town in Maine, during the late 1890s. As Jessie Crockett she writes the Sugar Grove Mystery Series, which takes place in her home state, New Hampshire. The main sleuth (Dani Greene) is a member of a family that owns a maple sugar farm. As Crockett she also writes the Granite State Mystery Series which features Gwen Fifield as its sleuth. As Jessica Ellicott she writes the Beryl and Edwina Mystery Series. This series features a rather loud American and a very proper Brit who are roommates in England during the 1920s.
Olive Etchells Etchells writes the DCI Channon Mystery Series which is set in Cornwall, England. This series features the detective chief inspector and his sergeant – who have totally different approaches for finding criminals.
Janet Evanovich Evanovich writes the very popular Stephanie Plum Mystery Series, as well as several other mystery series: Barney Barnaby Mystery Series and the Unmentionable/Diesel Mystery Series. She is also the author of several romance novels, and the Full Series, which she co-wrote with Charlotte Hughes. Evanovich also co-authors the FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare Mystery Series (with Lee Goldberg) which features Kate, an ex-Navy Seal who is currently an FBI agent partnered with an FBI agent who is an ex-conman.
Christy Evans (aka Christy Fifield) Evans writes the Georgiana Neverall Mystery Series. Georgiana is an ex-executive who moves back home to Oregon and becomes an apprentice plumber… and sleuth! As Fifield, she writes the Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery Series, which features a Florida souvenir shop owner.
Jimmie Ruth Evans (aka Honor Hartman, Dean James, & Miranda James) James has his PhD in Medieval History with a Master’s in Library Science. As Jimmie Ruth Evans, he writes the Trailer Park Mystery Series, which takes place in Mississippi and features a single mother sleuth. As Miranda James we get the Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series which features a librarian (Charlie Harris) and his cat, Diesel. Also, the Southern Sisters is written under this name. The Southern Ladies are two snoopy sisters (Miss An’gel & Miss Dickce Ducote) who live in Mississippi. Honor Hartman writes the Houston-based Bridge Club Mystery Series. And Dean James writes the Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery Series.
Mary Anna Evans Evans, with degrees in physics and engineering, writes the Faye Longchamp Mystery Series which features a young archaelogist .