My love for the Cozy Mystery genre has grown exponentially in the last couple of years and this is mainly because of the female amateur sleuths that I’ve discovered. When it comes to having a balance between intelligence and charm, I find that Cozy Mystery heroines tend to be the best. They know how to be witty and fun but also tenacious when faced with a crime to solve. It’s this combination that I have fallen in love with. I love being able to kick ass and solve the problems with them but also enjoy the more fun and charming parts of their lives as well. So for this countdown I will be sharing my top five favorite Cozy Mystery Heroines/Amateur Sleuths!
This is kind of cheating because although I consider Angie and Mel as the main heroines of this book, the supporting cast is just as important. These two are two peas on a pod and although they are differences between them, their personalities work very well together and I consider them as one of the better team sleuths out there. It’s also nice that their friendship continues to develop throughout the series as well.
When I read my first book by Lee Hollis, I really fell in love with Hayley’s character. She’s a hard-working woman as a single mother with two kids plus her column keeps her very busy but she still manages to outsmart a lot of people in this series. I love being able to see this intelligent side to her as well as see aspects of her daily life as a mom too. The combination makes her extremely likeable and if this series doesn’t make you laugh, then I don’t know what will!
Brooklyn is the brainiac of this list. I would say on paper, she’s the one with the most experience and the most solid leads. But in addition to that, Brooklyn also has a really kind heart. Often times you’ll encounter heroines who will solve a problem at all costs, but Brooklyn sticks to her moral and figures things out in the most efficient and realistic way.
As the sweetheart of the list, I almost find it laughable that Carmela is a great amateur sleuth because of her more feminine personality but I think that’s what makes her unique. You almost don’t expect her to be that good but she continues to surprise me with every book. Plus, I really enjoy reading about her interactions with her friends and ex-husband. They are as crucial to this series as she is!
My favorite amateur sleuth is definitely Clare Cosi. With her intellect and charm, she really is the best one out there. She is just so knowledgeable in her field and then when she applies that knowledge to the cases, she really becomes unstoppable. She is fierce yet stable when she needs to be, creating the perfect personality for fighting crime. If there’s one girl I would want on my side, it would definitely be Clare.
So those are my top five favorite Cozy Mystery heroines. It was tough to pick only five so I definitely think a part two will be in order soon. But please share your favorite heroines with me. I would love to know who are your favorites!
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