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A 1920s Cosy Mystery Collection – An exciting summer reading list

So, yes! It is that time of year when you start thinking ‘holidays’, and if you are a bookworm like me, you also start thinking ‘Summer reading list’!

What to read this summer as we finally get some me-time? Some time to relax, at last, after a year of toiling.
It would never do to get to the summer holidays and waste some of that precious time trying to decide what to read, so get those reading TBR lists nicely staked with books to read this summer and get ready for the fun!
I have some book recommendations for you in this post. Of course, 1920s style!

‘ll admit that I have read only a few of these books, but these are all titles that – for some reason – have caught my attention, and I definitely want to give them a go.

Let’s dive in!

Lili Meads Historical Mystery Series
by Lisa Zumpano

Cover of the cosy mystery book "An Unfortunate End" by Lisa Zumpano
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Willful Grievance" by Lisa Zumpano
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Fine Duplicity" by Lisa Zumpano
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Secret Agenda" by Lisa Zumpano
Cover of the cosy mystery book "All the Places" by Lisa Zumpano
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Dark Demise" by Lisa Zumpano

Lottie Sprigg 1920s Cozy Mystery Series
by Martha Bond

Lottie is the companion of a wealthy woman whose main occupation is travelling the world. This gives Lottie the opportunity to solve mysteries in a number of exotic, beautiful places. This sounds like a very classic, light-hearted cosy mystery, complete with a dog! Certainly a good choice for a summer read. There’s also a ‘spin-off’.

Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder in Venice" by Martha Bond
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder in Paris" by Martha Bond
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder in Cairo" by Martha Bond
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder in Monaco" by Martha Bond
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder in Vienna" by Martha Bond

Lottie Sprigg Country House 1920s Cozy Mystery Series

Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder in the Library" by Martha Bond
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder in the Grotto" by Martha Bond
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder in the Maze" by Martha Bond
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Lord Edgington Investigates
by Benedict Brown

This is a delightful series with an unlikely couple of sleuths. Former detective Lord Edgington of Cranley Hall is in his mid-seventies and thinks his days as a useful man are over. He has retired to his estate and seldom comes out. Yet, when trouble arises, his awkward teenage nephew Christopher brings him into the fray – a sleuthing team is born!

It’s a series full of wit and amusing situations, with solid mysteries and a definitely clever detective.

I’ve read the introductory novella, Death from High Places, and I really enjoyed it.

Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder at the Spring Ball" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Body at the Boarding School" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Death on a Summer Day" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "The Mystery of Mistletoe Hall" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Death from High Places" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "The Tangled Treasure Trail" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "The Curious Case of the Templeton-Swifts" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "The Crimes of Clearwell Castle" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Novel Way to Kill" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "The Snows of Weston Moor" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "What the Vicar Saw" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Blood on the Banisters" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Killer in the Wings" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "The Puzzle of Parham House" by Benedict Brown
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Death at Silent Pool" by Benedict Brown

Silver Screen Historical Mystery Series
by Barbara Hambly

Last year, when I picked up One Extra Corpse by Barbara Hambly, I thought, ‘Wait, what? Barbara Hambly, the fantasy writer?’

I remember her from my teenage years when I devoured fantasy books. I thought it must be a case of homonymy—but no! That’s the author!

And I was pleasantly surprised because I really liked the book, and I found it quite different from the many cosy mysteries set in Hollywood I’ve read so far (book reviews later this month). It’s grittier, and it sounds a lot more authentic and less romanticised. I was sorry I didn’t pick up the first book of the series when it was available on NetGalley, but really, the blurb didn’t do justice to the plot.

Cover of the novel "Scandal in Babylon" by Barbara Hambly. The cover shows a closeup of a girl in 1920s outfit. We see her profile, her head tilted backword, as if she were looking up at the sky.
Cover of the novel "One Extra Corpse" by Barbara Hambly. The cover shows a closeup of a dreaming 1920s girl (probably a film starlet) with her gaze set in the distance.
Cover of the novel "Saving Susie Sweetchild" by Barbara Hambly. The cover shows the back of a young woman wearing a deco evening gown silhouetted against a background of fireworks.

Moonshiner Mysteries
by Sharilyn Decter

I read the first novel in this series, Big Sky Murder, and I loved it for the unusual setting: a small rural community in Montana. 1920s stories are often set among gangsters and nightclubs or high society in the big cities, and while there are indeed gangsters here, the story is more focused on common people going about their everyday lives. I love this!

The main protagonists are a moonshiner and a school teacher, two women with a strong will and sense of justice. Feminine themes are very much at the forefront.

Cover of the cosy mystery book "Big Sky Murder" by Sharilyn Decter
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Stamp Mill Murder" by Sharilyn Decter
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Soiled Dove Murder" by Sharilyn Decter
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Whiskey Wars" by Sharilyn Decter

Genie and Adriana Darling Series
By Carmen Radtke

This is a spanky new series by author Carmen Radtke. I’ll admit I haven’t read any of this series’s books, but I did read a novelette from her 1920s series, Jack and Frances 1920s Mysteries, The Case of the Christmas Angel, and loved it. It’s a series full of wit and heart. And actually, I expect this to be the same.

This series is different from all the others I’m presenting here because it is set in our time—but there’s a twist! Genie is a food entrepreneur (she runs a gelato business) using recipes from her great-great-aunt, who lived in the 1920s—and now helps her out as a ghost!

With food, animals, a small community, and a touch of the supernatural, this sounds like the perfect treat for cosy mystery readers.

Cover of the cosy mystery book "Ginie and the Ghost" by Carmen Radtke
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Ghost Takes a Vacation" by Carmen Radtke
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Ghost Stirs the Pot" by Carmen Radtke
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1920s Cosy Mystery series
by Blythe Baker

Blythe Baker is an extremely prolific cosy mystery author who writes in different historical eras, and she has several series set in the 1920s. I really like the variety of her series, as well as the fact that each comprises several books. Also, most of them seem to have an overarching mystery to solve and its own personality.

Rose Beckingham Murder Mystery Series

This series revolves around Rose Beckingham and the secrets she brings back to England from India. It sounds very much like a classic, almost Sherlockian mystery series, with international plots and an archvillain on the main character’s path. But there is also the overarching mystery of Rose’s past. I’m quite intrigued!

Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Subtle Murder" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Grave Welcome" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Cunning Death" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Grim Game" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Fatal Journey" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Sudden Passin" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "A Final Rest" by Blythe Baker

Miss Alice Murder Mystery Series

Alice Beckingham is Rose Beckingham’s cousin, and their adventures share a sense of family and past mystery. Yet, this series seems more Golden Age sleuthing in a high-society setting than an international affair, as the other series suggests.

Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder at Midnight" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder in the Evening" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder by Candlelight" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder in the Early Hours" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder by Twilight" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder in the Daylight" by Blythe Baker

Lillian Crawford Murder Mystery Series

So, I will admit it: what drew me to this series were the gorgeous covers (There! Once again!). I’m quite intrigued by the couple of twins, which is a trope that doesn’t seem to be very common. As for the rest, this sounds like a very classic cosy mystery series with less of an overarching plot (like the other two have) and more of a one-by-one mystery.

Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder Above the Silver Waves" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder Within the Uneasy Crowd" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder Across the Shadowed Room" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder Behind the Closed Door" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder During the Bitter Night" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder Among the Silent Dead" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder Beside the Swift Waters" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder Over the Cold Grave" by Blythe Baker

Anna Fairweather Murder Mystery Series

This is certainly not the only series on the market where the protagonist of a cosy mystery is a maid, and honestly, I love the concept. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that the employees of a great mention (maids, butlers, cooks, ect.) have a very different perspective from the socialites that are normally the protagonists of cosy mystery series. I love the concept that they see much but are often unseen. More than willing to give this series a chance.

Cover of the cosy mystery book "An Untimely Death" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "An Unfortunate Demise" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Am Uninvited Corpse" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "An Unexpected Misfortune" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "An Unhappy Murder" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "An Untidy End" by Blythe Baker

Sylvia Shipman Murder Mysteries

This seems more of a gangster/Prohibition-oriented series, which may be a lot of fun. The usual ingredients of a mysterious past, family tights and a lot of adventure are also present. This sounds like fun.

Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder with Motive" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder with Means" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder with Method" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder with Manners" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder with Money" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder with Madness" by Blythe Baker
Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder with Mirth" by Blythe Baker
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Cover of the cosy mystery book "Murder with Mayhem" by Blythe Baker

And so, these are my recommendations for next summer’s reads!

I know—almost all of them are mysteries. I suppose I can’t hide what I prefer to read when it comes to the 1920s. But if you are more of a romance reader, I did compile a collection of 1920s romantinc stories last February. Go have a look!

I hope you’ll try some of these. And if you do, I’d love to hear your thoughts, either here or on my social media.

Don’t forget to leave a review on your preferred platform. Reviews help authors immensely, and since these are almost all self-published authors, I’m sure they will appreciate your effort and support.

Enjoy!


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