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First Volumes of Cozy Series

Most cozy mysteries come in multi-volume series. Here is a list of forty-five cozy mysteries that are the first in a series.

A study of the first chapter of these books will give you an idea of what may catch an editor’s interest.

If all you want to do is look at the first page (which is how most agents and editors do when opening an unsolicited manuscript) you can make use of the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon.


Crocodile on the Sandbank, Eliz Peters

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, Joanne Fluke

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, Dorothy Gilman

Murder at the Vicarage, Agatha Christie

The Quiche of Death, M.C. Beaton

Whose Body? Dorothy L. Sayers

The Secret Adversary, Agatha Christie

Her Royal Spyness, Rhys Bowen

Death on Demand, Carolyn Hart

Murder with Peacocks, Donna Andrews

Aunt Dimity’s Death, Nancy Atherton

Real Murders, Charlaine Harris

Borrower of the Night, Elizabeth Peters

The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

The Thin Woman, Dorothy Cannell

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, Alice Kimberly

Death at Bishop’s Keep, Robin Paige

The Secret of the Mansion, Julie Campbell

Glazed Murder, Jessica Beck

The Novice’s Tale, Margaret Frazer

Eggs in Purgatory, Laura Childs

The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse, Leann Sweeney

The Coroner’s Lunch, Colin Cotterill

Gin and Daggers, Jessica Fletcher

Truly, Madly, Heather Webber

The Body in the Belfry, Katherine Hall

Cloche and Dagger, Jenn McKinlay

Clue for the Puzzle Lady, Parnell Hall

50% Off Murder, Josie Belle

A Potion to Die For, Heather Blake

Catnap, Carole Nelson Douglas

The Case of the Missing Servant, Tarquin Hall

Bubba and the Dead Woman, C.L. Bevill

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, Lilian Jackson Braun

Catering to Nobody, Diane Mott Davidson

Still Life, Louise Penny

The Secret of the Old Clock, Carolyn Keene

A Morbid Taste for Bones, Ellis Peters

Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice,Laurie R. King

On What Grounds, Cleo Coyle

Murder on a Girls’ Night Out, Anne George

Thyme of Death, Susan Wittig Albert