Head to the Deep South with these fun cozy mysteries set in Alabama
One of my favorite things about reading mystery books (in particular cozy mysteries) are the setting. It always plays such a big part in the story. That’s why I’ve been seeking out mysteries set in each of the United States. So, on our 50 States of Mysteries tour, our next stop is in the southern US with these mysteries set in Alabama.
These series are some of the coziest of the cozy book series. You’ll find quirky characters, magic, good food, and most of all good fun.
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Fun Mysteries set in Alabama
I’ve gathered this list of cozy mysteries from ones I’ve read, ones that are recommended to me, and ones that are highly rated. If I haven’t read it yet, just know that it’s currently sitting on my TBR list!
So, let’s head down to the South and explore Alabama with all of these fun mystery series.
An Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery Series by Erika Chase
The Ashton Corners Books Club mysteries are about Lizzie Turner, an elementary reading specialist in a small Alabama town, and her group of friends in the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society. (I don’t know about you, but I’d love to join this group!) While they formed the group because of their love of mystery novels, they soon become involved in solving real-life mysteries.
The cast of characters is fun and they use their collective brains to solve each mystery as they encounter it. They complement each other as they crack each case.
In the first book, A Killer Read, their book club becomes the scene of a murder when a mysterious stranger is found dead. Can they figure out who he is and why he was killed? Plus, do the mysterious manuscript chapters that Lizzie keeps finding in her mailbox have anything to do with the murder?
This series is perfect for mystery lovers who love a small town setting and are looking for a quick light read.
Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mysteries by J.J. Cook
In order to fund her restaurant renovations, Zoe Chase decides to open up a food truck serving classic Southern food and her specialty, deep-fried biscuit bowls. Yum!
The Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery Series follows Zoe as her specialty food truck takes off and along the way she stumbles into mysteries that need solving.
In the first book of the series, Death on Eat Street, Zoe finds the owner of a competing food truck dead inside of her own business. Zoe’s got to clear her name and find the real killer.
This is a short series (only 3 books), but it’s fun for anyone who loves cozy mysteries about food.
Cleo Mack Mysteries by G. P. Gardner
After a long career as a professor, Cleo Mack decides to retire early and move to Harbor Village, a retirement community on the Alabama Coast. It’s got everything, fun classes, new friends, and (unfortunately) dead bodies.
In the first book, Murder at Harbor Village, the body of the (very unpopular) Director of Senior Living is found in the pool. Cleo not only becomes the new acting director, but she also finds herself looking for a killer.
This is a new-to-me series that I can’t wait to dive into. It’s great for anyone that loves a mystery with an older protagonist or anyone that loves a good cozy mystery.
The Darling Dahlias Mystery Series by Susan Wittig Albert
The Darling Dahlias is the only series in this post that is also considered a historical mystery series. It is set in small town Darling, Alabama during the Great Depression and features the ladies of the local garden club.
In the first book, The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree, a local woman is found dead after a suspicious car wreck. Once the Dahlias start looking into it, they find hidden secrets, rumors, and ghost stories. Can they weed through it all to find the killer?
This series is great for anyone that love cozy mysteries set in the South or for readers who love a good historical mystery.
A Magic Potion Mystery Series by Heather Blake
I love a good cozy series that has an element of magic, and this fun series does just that. In this series, the protagonist, Carly Bell Hartwell owns a magic potions shop that specializes in love potions.
Both the fun shop and the quirky cast of characters combine to create some fun mysteries that Carly needs to solve. I loved everything about this series!
In the first book, A Potion to Die For, a dead man is found in her shop clutching one of her potion bottles. Carly’s got to clear her name and find the real killer in order to save her reputation and her shop.
This series is perfect for anyone that loves magical mysteries and quirky small town settings.
Sarah Blair Mysteries by Debra H. Goldstein
In this series, you’ll meet Sarah Blair, a woman who finds herself starting over in her small Alabama hometown after a divorce. Life has suddenly gotten very messy!
In the first book, One Taste Too Many, life gets even messier when Sarah’s ex drops dead and it looks like he may have been poisoned by Sarah’s twin sister Emily’s famous rhubarb crisp. Now Sarah needs to help her sister and find the real murderer.
I’ve got this book sitting on my Kindle and look forward to dig in. It looks to be another series that cozy mystery readers will love.
Southern Sisters Mysteries by Anne George
The Southern Sisters Mystery series is an older series, but it’s one that still popular and enjoyed today. You’ll meet Patricia Anne “Mouse” and Mary Alice “Sister”. The two are completely opposites but as close as can be. Their hijinks add a lot of humor to these books.
In the first book, Murder on a Girls’ Night Out, Mary Alice buys a popular country western bar on impulse. This decision turns bad very fast when a man is found dead inside the bar. Suddenly they’re thrust into a murder investigation because the sisters were the last ones to see the man alive. Can they find the killer before they become the next victims?
This is a fun series for readers who are looking for a light read with a lot of laughs. You’ll love Mary Alice and Patricia Anne! FIND ALL THE BOOKS IN THE SERIES HERE.
Have you read any of these great mysteries set in Alabama? Do you know of any that I should add to this list?