Amateur Sleuth Themed Cozy Mystery Series

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Below you'll find cozy mystery series that have an Amateur Sleuth theme. Please feel free to suggest a series that we may have missed.
Dead-End Job Mystery Series by Elaine Viets

This series started in 2003 and is set in Florida. It features Helen Hawthorne who left the fast track-- on the run from the court, she works dead-end jobs for cash under the table. She works a different low-paying job each novel. Helen finds herself solving murders with each turn she takes.

Debutante Dropout Mystery Series by Susan McBride

Susan McBride writes the award-winning Debutante Dropout Mysteries which is set in Texas. It features Andy (Andrea) Kendricks who is an upper-crust Texas society girl, who decides that charity events, fund-raising, and hunt balls are not her thing, and declines to "come out" despite her mother's...

Desert Cities Mystery Series by Anna Celeste Burke

Anna Celeste Burke writes the Desert Cities Mystery series which started in December 2013 and is set in Palm Springs, California. It features recently divorced Jessica Huntington. Jessica is hiding out from her own well-planned life, now in shambles. Her law career tanked by the Great...

Divorced Divas Mystery by Tonya Kappes

Tonya Kappes writes the Divorced Diva Mystery series which started in 2012. The series takes place in a small town named Swanee. I don't know for sure but I'm guessing it's located in Tennessee. It features 40 something Holly Harper. Holly is recently divorced and she is getting her life back...

Dying to Live by Jane Grossman

Jane Grossman writes the Dying to Live Mystery series which started in 2013 and is set in Palm Beach, Florida. It features a group of eight close-knit widows living in Palm Beach who all agree life is for celebrating. The spend their time on lavish shopping trips, playing bridge, and exchanging...

Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery Series Carol Verburg

Carol Verburg writes the Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery Series which is set in Yarmouth MA on Cape Cod. It features reclusive artist Edgar Rowdey. In the first book you'll question whether the charming seaside town of Quansett a sanctuary or a death trap? It takes a village to find out — led by...

Elizabeth Parker Mystery Series by Tracy Kiely

This series started in 2009 and is set in Virginia. It features young, amateur sleuth Elizabeth Parker who has just broken up with her cheating boyfriend. Elizabeth also loves Jane Austen novels. This series intertwines Jane Austen and Agatha Christie style characteristics. Even though the main...

Ellen Sparks Mystery by Karen Fields

Karen Fields writes the Ellen Sparks Mystery series which started in 2014 and is set in California. It features thirty-five year Ellen Sparks. She is the Director of Employee Relations at a Carlsbad, California bio-genetics firm, and is passionately devoted to her career in Human Resources....

Ellie Avery (Mom Zone Series) by Sara Rosett

The Mom Zone Series started in 2006 and is set in different cities. It features Ellie, an air-force wife and professional organizer.

The series is now called the Ellie Avery Mystery series. So it's confusing when you see the first 7 books in the series named 'Mom Zone'.... but it's all...

Elliott Lisbon Mystery  Kendel Lynn

Kendel Lynn writes the Elliott Lisbon Mystery series which is set on an island in South Carolina and started in 2013. It features Elliott Lisbon, who balances life as the director of a charity with the quirky antics of the eccentric board members. She is working on getting her P.I. license--...

Garden Girls Cozy Mysteries Series Hope Callaghan

Hope Callaghan writes the The Garden Girls Cozy Mysteries Series which is set in Michigan. It features “Garden Girl” Gloria Rutherford, a small town amateur sleuth who gets into all sorts of misadventures with a little help from her friends …the Garden Girl characters who, are well…characters to...

Gilded Newport Mystery Series Alyssa Maxwell

Alyssa Maxwell writes the the Gilded Newport Mystery series which started in March 2014 and is set in late 1800's Newport, Rhode Island. It features amateur sleuth Emmaline Cross. As both a Vanderbilt cousin and a Newporter born and raised, Emma's as strong as the steel rails that built her...

Goose Pimple Junction Mystery Series by Amy Metz

Amy Metz writes the Goose Pimple Junction Mystery Series which is set in Tennessee. It features recently divorced Tess Tremaine who moves to a small southern town to start a new life.

Grad School Can Be Murder Series by Chris Hunter

Chris Hunter writes the Grad School Can Be Murder series which is set in Louisiana. James Ellis, a twenty-two year old graduate student returns to his hometown of Carrington, Louisiana, to pursue his masters degree in business administration at the local university months after receiving his...

Haley Randolph Mystery Series by Dorothy Howell

This series is set in Los Angeles and started in 2008. This series centers around Haley Randolph who is obsessed with designer purses. After losing her accounting job, Haley goes to work part-time in a department store.

Health Nut Mystery Series by Patrice Lyle

Patrice Lyle writes the Health Nut Mystery Series which started in 2015 and is set in Florida. It features Naturopathic doctor Dr. Piper Meadows and her very improper Great Aunt Alfa and their potbelly pig Brownie.

High Heels Mystery Series by Gemma Halliday

Gemma Halliday writes the High Heels Mystery series which started in 2011 and is set in California. It features L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer. Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes...

Hope Street Church Mystery Series by Jennifer Stanley

This series started in 2009 and is set in Virginia. It features Cooper Lee who repairs office machines in Richmond, Virginia. Cooper is looking for life's answers after breaking up with her boyfriend of 5 years. She joins a church bible study group-- a group that solves murders. Note that books...

sle of Man Cozy Mystery  Diana Xarissa

Diana Xarissa writes the Isle of Man Cozy Mystery series which started in 2014 and is set on the Isle of Man. It features Aunt Bessie, a character who first appeared in the Isle of Man Romance Island Inheritance. In that novel, she had just passed away, so the cozy mysteries are set about...

Izzy Greene Mystery Series Sylvia Selfman

Sylvia Selfman writes the Izzy Greene Mystery Series which started in 2014 and is set in Palm Springs, California. It features Izzy Greene, a woman of a certain age fwho inds herself embroiled in one murder after another. Along with her sidekick, Flo, and her adorable cat, Sherlock, she sets to...

Jake and Emma Mystery Series by Linda Crowder

Linda Crowder writes the Jake and Emma Mystery series which is set in Wyoming. It features attorney Jake Rand. He specializes in juvenile justice cases. His wife, Emma, is a therapist in private practice. In the first book, Too Cute to Kill, they become accidental detectives when someone...

Jane Austen Mystery Series

Victoria Grossack writes the Jane Austen Mystery Series which is set in historic England. It features Emma Knightley, a character from the Jane Austen novels and everyone's favorite meddling matchmaker who turns detective in this cozy mystery.

Jocelyn Shore Mystery Series by Janice Hamrick

Janice Hamrick writes the Jocelyn Shore Mystery series which started in 2010 and takes place in Texas. It features Jocelyn Shore a Texas high school teacher and her cousin Kyla. Together they solve murders.

The first book in this series, DEATH ON TOUR, was winner of the Mystery...

Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper Series by Elaine Viets

This series started in 2005 and is set in St. Louis, Missouri. It features Josie Marcus who is a single mom and member of the sandwich generation, mystery shops in St. Louis.

Lexie Starr Mystery Series by Jeanne Glidewell

This series started in 2008 and is set in Kansas but she travels to different states in this series. It features widow, Lexie Starr who is a volunteer librarian. She's an amateur sleuth who solves murders. Lexie is likeable and quick-witted, and has all the personal challenges of the average...

Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Series

Susan boles writes the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Series which is set in Mississippi. It features genealogist Lily Gayle Lambert. In the first book Lily Gayle Lambert finds herself embroiled in investigating the Halloween night murder of a stranger who suffers from 'wolfman syndrome'.

Lotus Bay Mystery Series by Larraine Bartlett

Lorraine Bartlett (aka Lorna Barrett, L.L. Bartlett) writes the Lotus Bay Mystery series which started in January 2015. It features Tori Cannon and her grandfather, Herb. They return from her grandmother’s funeral, and it’s with sadness that she learns the bait shop and small motel they ran...

Love or Money Mystery Series by Diana Orgain

Diana Orgain writes the Love or Money Mystery series which started in March 2015 and is set in California. It features brokenhearted Georgia Thornton who goes on reality TV looking for romance-- she has nothing to lose—apart from a good man, a cash prize, and maybe her life…

Diana also...

Lysi Weston Mystery Series by Nancy Curteman

Nancy Curteman writes the Lysi Weston Mystery series which started in and is set all around the world. Lysi's home base is San Franciso, Lysi is a corporate trainer and solves murders.

Maggie McGill Mystery Series by Sharon Burch Toner

Sharon Burch Toner writes the Maggie McGill Mystery series which is set in California. It features psychotherapist Maggie McGill and her 30-something daughter, Allie. Maggie lives in Florida and Allie lives in California. In the first book in this series Maggie takes a vacation to California...

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