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Read-a-Likes: Agatha Christie

If you love the grand dame of mystery, and want more whodunits with a cozy feel and clever plots, try these authors:

Margery Allingham
M.C. Beaton
Lilian Jackson Braun
Carola Dunn
Dorothy Gilman
Jane Haddam
Carolyn Hart
P.D. James
Jane Langton
Charlotte MacLeod
Ngaio Marsh
Ellis Peters
Ruth Rendell
Dorothy L. Sayers

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Make Mine…Cozy Mystery

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A subgenre of crime fiction and mystery, cozy mysteries are for those readers who like the puzzle deciphering aspect of solving a crime, but not necessarily violence, profanity, or sex, which can be present in grittier mysteries and thrillers.

This genre is extremely popular in series, with readers being able to follow one amateur sleuth’s adventures over a long period of time.  The sleuth themselves is often an educated woman, and they tend to solve crimes in small, close-knit communities.

If cozies appeal to you, the following authors tend to write in this popular genre:

Catherine Aird
Susan Wittig Albert
Nancy Atherton
Robert Barnard
Stephanie Barron
M.C. Beaton
Laurien Berenson
Rhys Bowen
Lillian Jackson Braun
Simon Brett
Emily Brightwell
Rita Mae Brown
Laura Childs
Jill Churchill
Mary Daheim
Diane Mott Davidson
Aaron Elkins
Joanne Fluke
Anthea Fraser
Dorothy Gilman
Carolyn Hart
Joan Hess
Georgette Heyer
Sharon Kahn
Laurie R. King
Kate Kingsbury
Alexander McCall Smith
Sharyn McCrumb
Charlotte MacLeod
Tamar Myers
Katherine Hall Page
Elizabeth Peters
Ellis Peters
Nancy Pickard
Dorothy Sayers
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Make Mine…Crime Fiction

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Crime fiction can exist in several different genres, as well as having subgenres, but the common thread is that the book must have a crime as its driving force.  Whether the reader likes mystery, suspense, or thriller, crime fiction has a case to solve.

If crime fiction interests you, these authors tend to write in this genre:

James M. Cain
Raymond Chandler
Robert Crais
Chris Culver
Harlan Coben
Patricia Cornwell
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Tana French
Sue Grafton
Dashiell Hammett
James Hankins
John Harvey
P.D. James
Stieg Larsson
John Le Carre
Elmore Leonard
Henning Mankell
Jo Nesbø
Louise Penny
Ian Rankin
Kathy Reichs
Ruth Rendell
Michael Robotham
Dorothy Sayers
Mickey Spillane
Scott Turow
Barbara Vine