Top 5 Cozy Mystery Heroines/Amatuer Sleuths!

Posted March 29, 2018 by Annie in Top Ten, Under the Covers / 29 Comments

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!

Angie DeLaura and Melanie Cooper from Cupcake Bakery Mysteries by Jenn McKinlay

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.

Hayley Powell from Hayley Powell Food and Cocktail Mysteries by Lee Hollis

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 Wainwright from a Bibliophile Mysteries by Kate Carlisle

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.

Carmela Bertrand from the Scrapbooking Mysteries by Laura Childs

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!

Clare Cosi from the Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

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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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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brooklyn is a favorite, but I also like harlow jane cassidy from a magical dressmaking series, the women of the league of literary ladies, scarlett and vivian from the hat shop mysteries, grace wilde from call of the wilde, the good buy girls, Lady Arianna Hadley from lady arianna regency mysteries…and so many others 🙂

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Thanks for the recs! I’ll check out the others!

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Thank you for these recommendations annie!! Will check them out!! Shared on all my socials!!

Amy R
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I haven’t read many cozy mysteries in a while.

Darynda
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Thank you for this! I definitely want to try a couple!

Elizabeth
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brooklyn is a favorite, but I also like harlow jane cassidy from a magical dressmaking series, the women of the league of literary ladies, scarlett and vivian from the hat shop mysteries, grace wilde from call of the wilde, the good buy girls, Lady Arianna Hadley from lady arianna regency mysteries…and so many others 🙂

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Thanks for the recs! I’ll check out the others!

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Thank you for these recommendations annie!! Will check them out!! Shared on all my socials!!

Amy R
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Amy R

I haven’t read many cozy mysteries in a while.

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

I’ve got a Cleo Coyle on the shelves. I do want to try one of Laura’s. I’ve been enjoying cozies since I picked a couple up the year before last.

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READ THEM! They are soon good!

Darynda
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Thank you for this! I definitely want to try a couple!

Sophia Rose
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I’ve got a Cleo Coyle on the shelves. I do want to try one of Laura’s. I’ve been enjoying cozies since I picked a couple up the year before last.

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READ THEM! They are soon good!

Timitra
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Thanks Annie

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks Annie

E. L. Davis
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I agree with your selections!

Mary
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You missed Lady Georgie from Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness mysteries…. and I’m not sure they are considered cosies, but Ellen Byerrum’s Lacey Smithsonian in her Crimes of Fashion series, Sarah Kelling in Charlotte MacLeod’s series. And soooo many others….

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Thanks, I haven’t read those ones so I’ll check them out and maybe include them in a part two version of this post if I like them!

E. L. Davis
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E. L. Davis

I agree with your selections!

Mary
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Mary

You missed Lady Georgie from Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness mysteries…. and I’m not sure they are considered cosies, but Ellen Byerrum’s Lacey Smithsonian in her Crimes of Fashion series, Sarah Kelling in Charlotte MacLeod’s series. And soooo many others….

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Thanks, I haven’t read those ones so I’ll check them out and maybe include them in a part two version of this post if I like them!

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I also love Fortune Redding of the Miss Fortune series by Jana Deleon if you like more humorous mysteries.

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Thanks I will try it!

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I also love Fortune Redding of the Miss Fortune series by Jana Deleon if you like more humorous mysteries.

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Thanks I will try it!

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Fortune is definitely one of the more unique heroines in cozy mysteries, being a CIA agent hiding out in Louisiana.
Hannah Swensen didn’t make the list?
I understand it’s really hard to narrow a list down to only five.
Thanks for the list. A lot of great choices here.

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Shocked to Know about it, I haven’t heard about it……
Thanks For Sharing!

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Shocked to Know about it, I haven’t heard about it……
Thanks For Sharing!