Cozy Mystery Series Set in California

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Below you'll find a list of cozy mystery series that are set in California. There are series that features culinary, organic, quilting, home renovation, crochet themes and more! Please feel free to suggest a cozy mystery series that we may have missed.

A Quilting Mystery Series  by Mary Marks

Mary Marks writes the A Quilting Mystery series which started in January 2014 and is set in San Fernando Valley, California. It features Martha Rose, a sassy, sarcastic woman of a certain age and her two quilting friends Lucy and Birdie. In the first book the trio discovers the corpse of another...

Wine Country Mystery Series

Nancy Parra writes the Wine Country Mystery Series which starts in December 2017 and is set in California. Taylor O’Brian is a new businesswoman, founder of “Taylor’s Off The Beaten Path Wine Tours,” who lives on a small winery with her Aunt Jemma. She plans to take small groups around romantic...

Accessories Mystery Series by Grace Carroll

This series started in 2011 and is set in San Francisco. It features Rita Jewel who works at her dream job of selling fabulous clothes and accessories to the socialites at Dolce's Boutique.

Three Bedrooms, Two Baths, One Very Dead Corpse (Amanda Thorne Mystery Series #1) David James

This series started in 2012 and takes place in Palm Springs, California. It features Amanda Thorne who is recently divorced from her husband and ex business partner. Despite the heat, scorpians and all things desert Amanda is determined to make it in real estate. She finds out her ex-husband is...

Angelina Amalfi Mystery by Joanne Pence

Joanne Pence writes the Angelina Amalfi Mystery series which started in 1993 and is set in San Francisco, CA. It features Angelina Amalfi, a gourmet chef and food writer with enough sass and spunk for two. Angelina always finds a murder or two to solve.

Angie & Friends Food & Spirits Series

Joanne Pence writes the Angie & Friends Food & Spirits Series which is set in San Francisco, CA. It features Angelina Amalfi, a gourmet chef and food writer with enough sass and spunk for two. The books also feature story lines with ghosts. This is a spin off of the original series--...

Art Lover's Mystery Series by Hailey Lind

Art-forger-Gone-good Annie Kincaid is an amateur sleuth in San Francisco CA.

An Azalea March Mystery by Beth Yarnell

Award winning author Beth Yarnall writes the Azalea March Mystery series which started in March 2014 and is set in Southern California. It features Hairstylist Azalea March and amateur sleuth who finds herself mixed up in more than just a murder or two!

Benni Harper Mystery Series by Earlene Fowler

Earlene Fowler writes the series Benni Harper Mystery series which started in 1994 and is set in California. It features museum curator and ex-rancher Albenia (Benni) Harper. Young, recently widowed Benni Harper, the foolhardy heroine leaves her ranch after her husband's accidental death and...

Bibliophile Mystery Series by Kate Carlisle

This series takes place in San Francisco and started in 2009. It features Brooklyn Wainwright who is a San Francisco bookbinder specializing in rare book restoration.

Blossom Valley Mystery Series by Staci McLaughlin

This series started in 2012 and is set in California. It features Dana Lewis who is in charge of marketing at the O'Connell Organic Farm and Spa.

Bread Shop Mystery Series

Winnie Archer (aka Misa Ramirez & Melissa Bourbon) writes the Bread Shop Mystery Series which starts in February 2017 and is set in California. It features struggling photographer Ivy Culpepper. She has lots of soul-searching to do since returning to seaside Santa Linda, California. That is...

Carpenter & Quincannon Mystery Series Marcia Muller

Marcia Muller writes the Carpenter & Quincannon Mystery Series which started in January 2013 and takes place in San Francisco. It is a lighthearted historical mysteries set in 1890s San Francisco. It features former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret...

Cats and Curios Mystery Series by Rebecca Hale

This series takes place in San Francisco and started in 2008. It features Rebecca. Her Uncle Oscar is found dead and she inherits his antique shop. Along with her two cats she solves murders.

Chocolate Whisperer Mystery Series Colette London

Colette London writes the Chocolate Whisperer Mystery series which started in January 2015 and is set in California. It features Chocolate Whisperer Hayden Mundy Moore. Hayden Mundy Moore has bushwhacked through African jungles and haggled in exotic markets to find the finest cacao beans and the...

Cookbook Nook Mystery Series by Daryl Wood Gerber

Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Ames writes the Cookbook Nook Mystery series which started in July 2013 and takes place in California. It features Jenna Hart who is an avid reader, admitted foodie, and owner of a cookbook store in picturesque coastal California.

Crochet Mystery Series by Betty Hechtman

Betty writes the Crochet Mystery started in 2008 and is set in California. It features Molly Pink. Her husband recently died from a heart attack and she is forced to sell her half of the business. She now works as an events coordinator for Shedd & Royal Books. She belongs to a crocheting...

Cypress Cove Mystery Series by Carlene O'Neil

Carlene O'Neil writes the Cypress Cove Mystery series which started in May 2015 and is set in California. It features ex-photojournalist Penny Lively. Penny leaves big city life and returns to her hometown after inheriting the family winery from her late aunt.

Della Cooks Mystery Series by Melinda Wells

This series started in 2008 and is set in California. It features Della Carmichael. She owns a cooking school and is a cable cooking show hostess.

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...

Destination Wedding Mystery Series Marla Cooper

Marla Cooper writes the Destination Wedding Mystery series which is set in California but each book travels to a special destination. This series starts in March 2016. It features wedding planner Kelsey McKenna. In the first book she has planned out every last detail of her client's...

Destiny Bay Mystery Series J.D. Winters

J.D. Winters writes the Destiny Bay Mystery series which started in 2014 and is set in California. It features Hawaiian girl Mele Keahi who moves from Los Angeles to Destiny Bay, CA after she loses her job and her boyfriend. Mele and her aunt can see ghosts who help Mele solve crimes.

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Diega DelValle Mystery Series

Jane DiLucchio writes the Diega DelValle Mystery Series which is set in California. It features fifth-grade school teacher Diega DelValle.

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....

Enchanted Garden Mystery Series by Bailey Cattrell

Bailey Cattrell (aka Bailey Cates and Cricket McRae) writes the Enchanted Garden Mystery series which starts in January 2016 and is set in California. It features custom perfume maker Elliana Allbright... The Enchanted Garden behind Elliana Allbright’s perfume shop draws people of all ages with...

Fixer Upper Mystery Series by Kate Carlisle

Kate Carlisle writes the Fixer Upper Mystery series which started in November 2014 and is set in California. In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman—contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders...

Food Festival Mystery Series by Penny Warner

Penny Pike (aka Penny Warner) writes the Food Festival Mystery series which started in August 2014 and is set in California. It features restaurant reviewer Darcy Burnett who gets served a pink slip from the San Francisco Chronicle. Now she needs to come up with an alternative recipe for success...

French Bistro Mystery Series

Daryl Wood Gerber writes the French Bistro Mystery Series which starts in November 2017 and is set in California. It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s...

Granny Apples Mystery Series by Sue Ann Jaffarian

This series started in 2009 and is set in California. It features Granny Apples, who is a 100-year-old ghost and her great-great-great-granddaughter, modern-day divorced mom Emma Whitecastle. Together, Emma and Granny Apples solve mysteries of the past.

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.

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