One of those genres I talked about were cozy mysteries.
Thanks to some of the great book bloggers I follow I found this absolute gem of a genre.
A cozy mystery is pretty much exactly what the name implies: While murder and suspense are at the core of the story, it’s all less threatening and gloomy than in other mystery subgenres and violence is downplayed.
Cozies are also very different from Romantic Suspense since they are much lighter and humorous. You can easily spot a cozy by its cover. They are much cuter and friendlier than other mystery or suspense books. You’ll see what I mean when scrolling through the list!
As usual, literary genres are a bit… fluid. And Goodreads and Amazon actually use different genre names. A lot of these books, that are called cozies on Goodreads, are “Amateur Sleuth” on Amazon. It’s all a bit confusing. This is most certainly not a science. I just went by my personal feeling here and picked mysteries that are funny, light and… cozy 😉
You can listen to all of my favorite cozy mystery audiobooks for free if you have an Unlimited Romance subscription with Audible. And I have also added a bunch of “listen for free” cozies from Kindle Unlimited that I want to read next!
The Ivy Morgan Mysteries by Lily Harper Hart
Ivy Morgan is a free spirit, living in a small town that doesn’t quite understand her witchy ways, but mostly accepts her. When a new police detective comes to town, the two find themselves entangled in a murder investigation and their mutual attraction.
This is a very entertaining series. Ivy and Jack are extremely likable characters and Angel Clark is a fantastic narrator. Part 1, 2 and 4 are in the Romance Package. The series currently has 13 books.
Jed Has to Die by Tara Sivec
Everyone in Payton’s little home town thinks she’s nothing but trouble. She was happy to have left that place. But when her friend calls her to come back and the very beloved mayor is found dead, things look pretty bad for Payton.
This story had it all: Serious feels and lots of funny! From the quirky small-town folk to the serious issues surrounding the murder, this is definitely a must-read. Amy McFadden did the extremely captivating narration.
Sex, Lies and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson
Lucy Rothschild is a successful crime fiction writer. For her next book, she meets men anonymously through an online dating site. She uses them as inspiration for her fictional killer’s victims. Incidentally, there’s also a series of murders. The victims are men who used the online dating site…
I was so intrigued by all the puzzle pieces in this story. This is a bit more on the romance side than the previous two books, because the focus is on Lucy and Quinn and how they work through the rather complex issues of building a relationship with each other. Quinn is an undercover cop and suspects Lucy might be a serial killer, and Lucy notices that Quinn is lying to her a lot but doesn’t understand why, since he seems so nice and she can’t find anything that he would really need to hide.
This one is narrated by Kathleen Early whom I didn’t know before. It’s an absolutely captivating narration!
“Listen for free” Cozy Mysteries in Kindle Unlimited
These are on my to-be-listened-to-soon list:
Alix London Mystery series
Aaron Elkins (Author), Charlotte Elkins (Author), Kate Rudd (Narrator)
The Frame-Up: The Golden Arrow Mysteries Series, Book 1
Meghan Scott Molin (Author), Andrea Emmes (Narrator)
A Dewberry Farm Mystery
Karen MacInerney (Author), Teri Clark Linden (Narrator)
I hope you’ll like my favorite cozy mystery audiobooks from the Romance Package as much as I did. If you try any of my KU picks, please share if you enjoyed them!