Book List: Diverse Cosy Mysteries

Have you ever been intrigued by cosy mysteries, because they are all the rage right now? But been a bit disappointed that this genre isn’t very diverse (shocker)? Do you love cosy mysteries, but find yourself having to turn a blind eye to how exclusive it is? There really is not enough diversity in this genre (again, shocker)!

I’ve tried to compile a list of diverse cosy mysteries for you, but there is a bit of a lack. Here are a bunch that I found. Feel free to let me know if there are any more that you recommend and I can add it to the list!

Be sure to check out my bookshop list for this post for even more diverse cosies!
Keep an eye on this page, because I will work on updating it with more recommendations!

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

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After a brutal break up, Lana moves back to work at her family’s restaurant. Not long after, their property manager ends up dead after getting takeout from the restaurant, now Lara must find the murderer before he finds her!

  • Culinary mystery
  • Engaging
  • Chinese cast
  • Cross-cultural

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Why pick up this book?

Vivien Chien grew up in a mixed-race household, which helped her navigate writing this cross cultural story. She’s been in love with books and writing since she was in elementary school, writing short stories about her classmates. She lives in Cleveland where this series takes place, which offers the book a very realistic setting.

A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette

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Recent grad Bronwyn has taken over her family’s ice cream shop, but due to construction delays she is forced to open during the first snow of the season. To make things worse, in the snow, she finds the body of a man who has an old feud with her family.

  • Culinary mystery
  • Quirky characters
  • Charming
  • Includes recipes!

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Why pick up this book?

Abby Collette is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal best selling author. She likes to incorporate a little mystery in everything that she writes, because she loves mysteries so much. She is a member of Crime Writers of Color, “an association of authors seeking to present a strong and united voice for members who self-identify as crime/mystery writers from traditionally underrepresented racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds” (source), and Sisters in Crime, an organization whos mission is to “promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.” (source).

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Quick Take

On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries: the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved and a baby elephant.

  • Indian culture
  • Heartwarming
  • Page-turner
  • Engaging

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Why pick up this book?

Vaseem Khan has written two crime series set in India. This book was a Times best seller and an Amazon Best Debut. Since it’s release in 2015 it has been translated into 15 different languages. The second in the series, The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown won the 2017 Shamus Award for Best Original Private Investigator Paperback (Amazon author page).

Hummus and Homicide by Tina Kashian

Quick Take

When Lucy Berbarian quits her job and moves back home to her work at her family restaurant, she definitely wasn’t expecting the health inspector to drop dead after eating a kebab…

  • Culinary Mystery
  • Armenian culture
  • Relatable characters
  • Unexpected twists

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Why pick up this book?

Tina Kashain grew up working at her parent’s restaurant and grew up to be a NJ Deputy Attorney General and a patent attorney, so writing culinary cosies comes from a lot of personal experience. She also is an Amazon best selling romance author, where she writes under the pseudonym Tina Gabrielle.

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

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When a blind date that turns into an accidental murder, a young woman can rely on her meddling mother and aunties to help cover up the crime and hide the body.

  • Wedding murder
  • Mother-daughter-auntie relationships
  • Chinese-Indonesian culture
  • Debut

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Why pick up this book?

Jesse Q. Sutanto actually lives on the same street at her mother and seven hundred meddlesome aunties, so she knows what she’s talking about in this one. In 2019 she was at Pitch Wars mentor, which is a program where agented and published authors pair up with newer writers to help mentor them and help with their writing. Jesse is especially interested in helping marginalized writers get their voices heard.

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett

Quick Take

When Hollywood actress Dayna witnesses a deadly hit-and-run, she figures that going after the reward isn’t a terrible idea… Until it turns into a full blown investigation.

  • Black female sleuth
  • Debut
  • Hilarious
  • Actress turned detective

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Why pick up this book?

Kallye Garrett’s debut novel was named one of BookBub’s Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time. Hollywood Homicide has also been given starred reviews by Publishers Weekly and Literary Journal and has won multiple awards, including the Agatha, Anthony, Lefty and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for best first novel.

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

Quick Take

Lila’s life seems to be the perfect blend of rom-com tropes, until she moves back home after a terrible break up and a nasty food critic (her ex boyfriend) drops dead right after eating her new dish.

  • Culinary mystery
  • Filipino culture
  • Richly diverse cast
  • Includes recipes!

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Why pick up this book?

Mia P. Manansala is the winner of the 2018 Hugh Holton Award, the 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, the 2017 William F. Deeck – Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship. She’s also a 2017 Pitch Wars alum and 2018-2020 mentor.

Bonus:

I’m reading this book right now in anticipation for a blog tour coming up. Get ready and excited for my review to come next week!

Raining Men and Corpses by Anne R. Tan

Quick Take

After a series of unlucky losses of money, her quest to get her money back goes spiraling out of control after she finds her ex-lover’s body and becomes the prime suspect to his murder.

  • Chinese-American
  • Grad student struggles
  • Grandma relationships
  • Witty

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Why pick up this book?

Anne R. Tan writes books as a legacy to her children. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area surrounded by a cultural hub that helped her appreciate her culture. She no longer lives in the Bay Area, but writes these books to help her children visit the rich culture through reading, just like us as readers. Enjoy Raina Sun’s large and dynamic family and visit the cultural hub with her!

Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon

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Gethsemane Brown has six weeks to turn a group of rowdy school boys into an award winning orchestra and solve a decade old murder with her new ghost friend all at the same time.

  • Irish culture
  • Ghost friendship
  • Musical mystery
  • Cold case murder

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Why pick up this book?

Murder in G Major was the winner of the lefty Award for Best Debut Novel, a nominee for the Agatha award for Best First Novel, and chosen one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Debut Novels in 2016. Alexia Gordon has a medical degree, but her passion is writing, so she spends her time writing fantastic novels. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Crime Writers of Color.

The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian

Quick Take

Zoe Faust recently moved to Oregon, and while unpacking she finds a real gargoyle in her bags. Not just that, but he needs her help to decipher a century’s old text to explain exactly what he is.

  • Modern & ancient intrigue
  • Urban fantasy
  • A hint of romance
  • Includes recipes!

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Why pick up this book?

Gigi Pandian is a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, breast cancer survivor, and accidental almost-vegan. Her books have been described as a cross between Agatha Cristie and Indiana Jones, and her mysteries have also been awarded the Agatha, Rose, Lefty, and Derringer awards.


Craving a Little More?

Here are the additions to this post, thank you so much for your recommendations. All of the books below were recommended to me for this list by others. Please enjoy!

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Iced in Paradise by Naomi Hirahara

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Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirahara

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Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by
Jennifer J. Chow

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Seniors Sleuth by
J. J. Chow

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A Hex for Danger: An Enchanted Bay Mystery by
Esme Addison

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The Plot Is Murder by
V. M. Burns

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In the Dog House by
V. M. Burns

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Mango, Mambo, and Murder by
Raquel V. Reyes

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Hidden Treasures: A Pinx Video Mystery by
Marshall Thornton

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The Less Than Spectacular Times of Henry Milch by
Marshall Thornton

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Death Before Dessert by AE Radley

Did you find a new cosy mystery to add to your to-read pile!? Are there any diverse cosy mysteries that you love that I should add to this list? Are you a cosies fan? Let me know!


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