Top 12 Cozy Books of 2017

I can’t believe our wonderful 2017 year is going to soon come to an end. I have been lucky to read tons of cozy mysteries this past year, meet new readers and support new authors. I have truly enjoyed my blog this past year. Coming to a close for the year, I wanted to share with readers and authors some of the cozies I felt were 5 stars and beyond. I even have a bonus cozy, that was an overall delight and just couldn’t pass the year without!

There is of course my cozy year giveaway, one lucky reader will receive 3 of the cozies from the list, 2 lucky readers will receive 1 from the list. So that is three different prizes! Comment to enter, winner will be chosen on Christmas!

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
–Vera Nazarian

First in a New Series

Booked 4 Murder

I have held this review back because I knew I wanted to give it a place of honor in one of two 2017 collection post for my cozy reads! I loved this book, a new series and new authors for all of us to enjoy. Booked 4 Murder was an instant hit on my shelf. Phee is in a new place in life, literally. She goes down to Arizona to visit her mom, and winds up solving one of the coolest mysteries I have ever read. It was slightly classic idea of a book killing readers but it was modern in every other way.

I truly read this book three times, just because each time I visited Phee and her mom’s friends I couldn’t help but feel happy and smile. It is always a great book, when a reader feels good reading it, even if death is involved! I highly recommend this book to readers.

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Booked 4 Murder
The Perisan Always Meows Twice

The Perisan Always Meows Twice

This book was a unique idea for a series, and I really loved reviewing this book (check out my thoughts) it was fun and a mysterious. I really loved the cat groomer idea for the series. Cassie is this character that starts off soft and grows in her strength through the story line. I couldn’t get enough.

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Dead in the Water

Though the characters and setting are not new to us readers, this is a fresh start for our beloved Scumble River series. I was delighted to review the first in the Welcome Back to Scumble River series, it was truly revisiting dear friends. I know that readers will delight in getting back to the setting and characters, they will rave about the new series.

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Dead in the Water

Culinary Cozy Mysteries

A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery

A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery

This author is the star of the culinary cozy world. Truly, she writes magic in to her foodie inspired books, and this french food inspired book was nothing but the yummiest book I have read in a long while. I adore french food, and couldn’t get enough of that in this book, but I also loved the bistro and inn idea for Mimi. And isn’t that a delightful name, Mimi just has this great mental ring to it. Check out this book and my thoughts here.

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A Room With a Brew

I think it is a testament to a series, when it is one that I can’t stop loving each year. I adore this series and this time the food in this book along with the brews was fantastic. I seriously was starving for the food mentioned when I finished the book. The food isn’t what makes this a hit to me though it is how the author has continued to build a series and the characters around a Brewery setting and have made readers committed to the series and to Max. I love Max, she is one of this diamonds in the cozy world of characters.Check out my latest thoughts on the book!

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A Room With a Brew
Treble at the Jam Fest (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery)

Treble at the Jam Fest

This series and this book literally take me home. I am a Montana gal, and being able to imagine locations (fictional yes, but based on  true towns). As I said in my review, it is very important that a reader can be transported to a location and setting in the book. Not only though does the book take you to a location but it will make you want to go to the kitchen as well, I love the foodie points of the book. I hope readers that love a good culinary themed mystery will pick this read up!

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Animal Mysteries

Bones to Pick

Okay, I have this under animals but really it could go to all the categories.  I chose to place it here this year because well without the lovely pigs, and goats. I also chose to place it here because it is a vegan sleuth, an animal person and a delightful addition to the cozy world. I really enjoyed reviewing this book, and can’t wait to see what Brie gets into next.

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Bones to Pick
Murder at the Puppy Fest

Murder at the Puppy Fest

Who doesn’t love puppies? I adore this author for her dog loving mysteries. Melanie is one of those sleuths that creates the story around herself and the plot. She seems to write her own story and I can’t get enough of the dogs in each book in the series. Check out my thoughts on this summer feeling book, to warm you up!

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Cat About Town

Want to know a deep secret of mine? I know, it won’t be a secret any longer but I have actually dreamed of having a cat cafe that would be able to host shelter kitties for adoption. So there was no doubt that I would love this book, and truly it was excellent. Maddie is a fun sleuthing character and the setting is as charming as any small village.

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Cat About Town: A Cat Cafe Mystery

Holiday Mysteries

A Late Frost

A Late Frost

This is a lovely winter novel to read. I enjoyed that it was more of a winter theme than just holiday. I have been a big fan of this series since the start, and adore the beautiful covers. Meg is married now, and I can’t love this idea more. It just works with the series perfectly.

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Not a Creature Was Purring

I can almost count on Krista Davis to annually give us a wonderful holiday themed book. But this one was purr-fect. It was and is probably my favorite holiday themed cozy of this year. I adore Trixie and Twinkletoes. Now Holly is seeing Wagtail in a new delightful way with a holiday festivity to not forget!

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Not a Creature Was Purring (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
Seeds of Revenge

Seeds of Revenge

This is another book in a series that I have loved from the start. Wendy delights readers with her setting and plots. She has created a mystery surrounding a family’s past, and present. It is a cold Christmas time in this book but a light of warmth is in the ending (though I never wanted it to end). Here were my thoughts on the story.

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Holiday Bonus!

A Cajun Christmas Killing

SURPRISE! I am sharing an exclusive review of this book here!

My thoughts: I adore the Cajun mystery setting that this author provides. I was taken to the bayou with Maggie. Maggie is a character that a reader can’t help but love. She is fun, smart, and ambitious. As the first holiday themed book in the series, I was eager to read what traditions were being held in the book. It was amazing to read the culture and diversity of traditions in this story. How they celebrate Christmas is very cool to me.

Sitting in cold Wyoming it was nice to have a warm holiday with Maggie in the bayou. And the mystery was icing on the cake! If you are looking for a great holiday read, this is the book for you!

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A Cajun Christmas Killing: A Cajun Country Mystery

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15 Comments

  1. Kay Garrett

    I would love to read each and every one of these books. 🙂

    I want to express my deepest thanks for your reviews and bringing great books and authors to our attention all year long. It is greatly appreciated on my part!

    As always, what a very generous cozy year Christmas giveaway! I’m share everywhere but would be thrilled to be one of the very fortunate ones selected.

    May you have a very Merry Christmas and be blessed with love, family, good food and above all remember the best present we have all gotten is the reason for the season!

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  2. Autumn Trapani

    This is a great list! I have read a couple of these, I have a couple more in my TBR pile, and I will probably be adding all of the rest to my list. Thanks for the giveaway and a very Merry Christmas to you!

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  3. Ritter Ames

    Terrific list! I still have several of these on my TBR pile, so they’ll likely be in my 2018 list. Thanks for posting.

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  4. Lucy Reynolds

    I appreciate your reviews so much. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas ????????

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  5. JoAn V

    Thanks for your list and I agree with you about the few that I have read. The others have now caught my attention and I will have to look for them at my library. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Leslie Budewitz

    Simply delighted to make your list, Bree, and to join such great company! Thanks for all you do to share the love of cozy mystery!

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  7. Ellen Byron

    OMG, what an unexpected surprise and thrill!! Thank you so much. What GREAT company to be in!!

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  8. Katrina Powers

    This is a great list! Merry Christmas!

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  9. Kerry Goold

    I just finished Ditched 4 Murder this morning.It was just as funny as the first one. By you doing reviews it gives us readers a look into what cozy’s are out there for us to enjoy:) Thank you for doing this and have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!

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  10. Brittany

    All of these books sound wonderful and I’m sad to say that I have only read Not a Creature was Purring. I look forward to reading the rest of your amazing list. Thank you for always having such great suggested reading in your reviews.

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  11. Amy McKnight

    Cozies yay! Added many of these to my Goodreads list, thanks for the reviews!

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  12. Carolyn Theriot

    Oh I want one of each! I sure hope I get Amazon gift cards for Christmas so I can bring some of these home.

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  13. Lisa Harness

    I have a couple in my TBR stack. This is a grest giveaway & fantastic reviews.

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  14. Kelly Weissman

    What a joy to read any and all of these recommended cozies, especially the new Laurien Berenson mystery! Melanie Travis and I are old friends, having “known” each other for well over a decade. Her family members, both human and canine, are well rounded and loving. If all of these cozies are of the same caliber as Laurien Berenson’s writing, then lay ‘me on me!

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  15. Jennifer

    I have read a couple of these books but will definitely check out some of the others on your list.

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