Curling up with a cozy mystery on a crispy, mystical autumn day is the best! I can just smell the pumpkin spice candle burning, hear the leaves falling gently to the ground and see the magical glow of the setting sun casting rays on the garden.
Personally, I like reading very easy, light reads this time of year. Something that requires very little brain power, but is fun too! I shared a fun reading list during the summer, so I wanted to share another one for fall. These are some books I have read over the last few falls that really encapsulates the spirit of this time of year. Reading books about the season I am in at the time is my favorite way to read.
6 Cozy Mysteries For A Crisp Autumn Day
- Witches’ Bane by Susan Wittig Albert
“The second China Bayles mystery. Herb shop owner China is shocked when Halloween hijinks take a gruesome turn in Pecan Springs, ending in a brutal murder.”
This book is fun and you don’t have to read the first one to enjoy it. Perfect setting for autumn
- Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel by G.M Malliet
“In WICKED AUTUMN, G.M. Malliet serves up an irresistible English village–deliciously skewered–a flawed but likeable protagonist, and a brilliantly modern version of the traditional drawing room mystery.One of The Boston Globe‘s Best Mysteries of 2011″
- The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice (Classic Reprint) – by Wilkie Collins
If you love old English classics, this is worth the read! The story begins in London, but later moves to the modern Venice of 1860. The dark, wet waterways and aging palaces provide an ideal setting for a mysterious death and a possibly related disappearance…
- Trick Or Treat Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery) by Leslie Meier
“It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre-teen rebellion, and breast-feeding her brand-new bay, an arsonist is loose in Tinker’s Cove. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of the town’s oldest house, arson turns into murder. . .”
This is such an easy read, but a fun murder mystery too. I have read many Lucy Stone mysteries, and they are always entertaining!
- The Pumpkin Muffin Murder by Livia J. Washburn
“It’s Thanksgiving in Weatherford, Texas, and Phyllis is taking her grandson, Bobby, to the first annual Harvest Festival with hopes of winning the baking contest now that her friendly competitor, Carolyn, is judging and not competing. But when a decorative scarecrow turns out to be a dead body in disguise, Phyllis must dish out some justice…”
I read this book initially because it is from a local author and I was pleasantly surprised how much fun it was to read! It is perfect for a fun, light autumn read.
- Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery) by Victoria Thompson
“As a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York, Sarah Brandt has seen pain and joy. Now she will work for something more–a search for justice–in a case of murder involving one of New York’s richest families.”
I am a total sucker for anything in the Victorian Era and this was a great mix of mystery and turn-of-the-century elegance!
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