Top Halloween Cozy Mystery Picks
Halloween is a time for thrills and chills AND COZY MYSTERIES! A good book is timeless, and that’s the case with some of my all-time favorite Halloween cozies. If you love a good Halloween cozy, make sure these are on your list (they are still available at Amazon or other booksellers).
In case you missed it, these were my top picks from last year, with ONE ADDITION: The Lost Gallows, A London Mystery, part of The British Library Crime Classics. Written by John Dickson Carr and published in 1931, this is one of my favorite mysteries — ever. While it isn’t technically a Halloween theme, the tale envelops us in an eerily quiet and brooding atmosphere. It’s a hypnotic mystery that’s hard to put down. Add the foggy London setting, a foreboding Brimstone Club, a corpse driving a car and so much more, and you’ve got a perfect mystery for the Halloween season! Read my full review of this book (and others) under the BOOKS/MYSTERIES Category on this site.
Two of the authors on this list have incredible longevity when it comes to cozies. Laura Levine and Kaitlyn Dunnett have been giving us superb and downright fabulous cozies for so long, they could probably write them blindfolded while walking a plank! Be sure to check out my BOOK/MYSTERIES category for interviews with these steadfast, creative ladies and reviews on some of their books as well!
I knew from the first few pages of Ellen Byron’s Murder In The Bayou Boneyard that this was going to wind up being one of my favorite Halloween mysteries. Ms. Byron’s Cajun setting is particularly perfect for her intricately woven tale, and she even tosses in a rougarou (cajun werewolf) sighting! See my full review under my BOOK/MYSTERIES category.
Alexis Morgan gives us a well-plotted Halloween mystery that’s also downright sweet and endearing. A feel-good tale for a chilly fall evening. Read her cozy while snuggled under the covers, and when you’ve finished her book, you’ll drift off with sweet dreams instead of a visit from Freddy Kruger!
Fans of the G.A. McKevett will revel in her Savannah Reid series’ spinoff, based on her Granny Reid character. I simply fell in love with this series starring the sassiest southern granny around! In Murder in the Corn Maze, feisty Granny Reid is raising 7 young ‘uns all by herself, including little Savannah Reid. It’s filled with southern slang, warmth and humor – and, of course, a body in the corn maze!
TOP 6 MUST READ HALLOWEEN COZIES (Alphabetically by author):
Murder In the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron, A Cajun Country Mystery
The Lost Gallows by John Dickson Carr, A British Library Crime Classic
Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones by Kaitlyn Dunnett, A Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery
Death of a Neighborhood Witch by funny lady Laura Levine, A Jaine Austen Mystery
Murder in the Corn Maze – G.A. McKevett, A Granny Reid Mystery
Death By Jack-O-Lantern by Alexis Morgan, an Abbey McCree Mystery
And don’t forget to check out my current Halloween cozy review for Halloween Party Murder, a true trio of 3 holiday treats by 3 incredible cozy mystery authors: Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross.