Paranormal cozy mysteries


Okay, well, I do like cozy mysteries, and I’m not opposed to paranormals, so let’s take a look . . .

This one sounds like fun:

Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon

Gethsemane Brown is a struggling musician, so when a paying job finally opens up to her, she needs to take it. And with this job comes a place to live—she’ll also be housesitting an Irish cliffside cottage. But nothing is ever that simple; the house is haunted by the cottage’s murdered owner. Gethsemane sets out to discover his true killer so he can finally rest in peace. This ghost cozy mystery series is a fun paranormal read and an armchair travel series all in one!

Oh, I see that the author is using this one as a loss leader — the first book is only 99c. Well, sure, I’ll be happy to take a look at it for that.

Let me see, what else do we have here . . . a couple of these sound too cutesy for me . . . oh ho, look at this one:

The Vampire’s Mail-Order Bride by Kristen Painter

In Nocturne Falls, Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. Tourists think it’s just for fun, but the supernatural creatures populating the town keep up pretenses so no one figures out they’re actually vampires, werewolves, witches, and more. In the first book in this paranormal mystery series, Delaney James changes her identity to save herself from her mobster boss, pretending to be a mail-order bride. But what she doesn’t know is that her new groom is a 400-year-old vampire...

Now that is just a fantastic hook. Silly, and yet appealing. The description at Amazon is even better:

The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged setup to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In 30 days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.

Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets….

Also a loss leader, I presume: this one is free.

That was a significantly more productive Book Riot post than I expected, and if you are also in the mood for paranormal cozy mysteries, click over and take a look. Both of the ones I pulled out for this post have good reviews, and it’s hard to go too wrong at those prices.

I’ll just end by reminding you of one mystery series I like that’s on the cozy side of the spectrum, not cutesy, and in fact does feature a ghost: The Wisteria Tearoom series by Patrice Greenwood.

Cops drink coffee.

They don’t belong in Ellen Rosings’s Victorian tearoom. But when her opening day thank-you tea ends in the murder of the president of the Santa Fe Preservation Trust, the police invade her haven. Enter Detective Tony Aragon: attractive and unsympathetic, with a chip on his shoulder that goes beyond the murder investigation, and Ellen’s delicate bone china cup is full. Is the murderer one of her honored guests, or the ghost rumored to haunt the building? Will Ellen solve the mystery, or will the Wisteria Tearoom’s premiere turn out to be its—and Ellen’s—finale?

Of course Ellen is fine, and in fact I see the 7th book is out now, so it’s good I had a reminder to check in on this series.

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6 thoughts on “Paranormal cozy mysteries”

  1. I like the Nocturne Falls paranormal romance series by Kristen Painter; it’s very light fluff but fun to read.
    I don’t enjoy all the other writers in that Nocturne Falls world as much as ms.Painter, she has a nice light hand with the writing and not all the guest writers are as deft.
    The Jayne Frost series (a subset within the Nocture Falls series) have more of a mystery component, quite enjoyable; others are more focused on the romance.

  2. Thanks, Hanneke, I’ll look forward to trying this series when I’m in the right mood — and I appreciate the head’s up about the guest writers.

  3. Did they include the Aunt Dimity series? Aunt Dimity is a ghost who pushes our narrator to poke at things. I liked the first couple installments way back when. First one:
    Aunt Dimity’s Death.

    How does one paste in a link here without it all going on forever?

    I had an unusual problem with the Wisteria series – I’d lived 4-5 years in Santa Fe. What she wrote wasn’t my Santa Fe. I just couldn’t believe in the setting and that lack of suspension of disbelief colored everything else in the book.

  4. Elaine: If you want to add a friendly link to your comment, type it like this:

    [a href=””>]friendly text[/a]

    But replace the square brackets with angle brackets (less-than and greater-than signs). I couldn’t use them in the example, or it would have shown the whole thing as a link.

  5. Thanks, Robert. I should have thought of putting it like that, but it didn’t occur to me to replace the less-than-greater-than signs with brackets in order to show the format without actually putting in a link.

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