You’ll find sunshine and quirky characters in this list of mysteries set in Florida
Florida is not just the land of sunshine and theme parks. It’s also a great setting for some fun cozy mystery series.
Get ready to read about some quirky settings, some fun foodie mysteries, and other great small businesses with these cozy mysteries set in Florida. Your TBR list will thank you!
And, once you’re done with Florida, check out this list of Mysteries From All 50 States to select your next location.
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Fun Mysteries Set in Florida
Whether you’re interesting in a fun tourist location or just want a warm weather location, you’ll love this list of cozy mysteries set in Florida.
Key West Food Critic Mystery Series by Lucy Burdette
Travel down to the southern-most point in the US, Key West, Florida, with this fun foodie mystery series. Hayley Snow leaves New Jersey for Key West and a job as food critic for a local style magazine and finds plenty of mysteries while she’s there.
In the first book of the series, An Appetite for Murder, Hayley finds that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her new boss, Kristen. And, when Kristen is murdered, Hayley is at the top of the suspect list. Hayley has to clear her name fast, and find the actual murderer.
This 12 book series is perfect for anyone who loves food mysteries and tropical locations.
Purchase the first book in the series, An Appetite for Murder, here.
Read ‘Em and Eat Mysteries by Terrie Farley Moran
In this series, you’ll meet Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget who run a lovely bookstore café, Read ‘Em and Eat in Fort Myers, Florida. It’s a lovely place with fun regular customers.
In the first book, Well Read, Then Dead, one of Sassy’s favorite customers is murdered. The ladies and their customers are quite distraught. Sassy vows to do whatever she can to help catch Delia’s killer.
This short 3 book series is perfect for anyone who loves foodie mysteries, great friendships, and books set in fun tourist locations.
Purchase the first book in the series, Well Read, Then Dead, here.
Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery Series by Cheryl Hollon
After Savannah Webb’s father dies, she returns home to St. Petersburg, Florida to settle his affairs and take care of his glass shop. She intends to return back to her life, but things have a way of changing plans.
In the first book of the series, Pane and Suffering, Savannah planns on handing over the shop to her father’s trusted assistant. But, when he also dies unexpectedly and she finds a note from her father warning of danger, Savannah realizes she needs to find a murderer in order to save the shop and her own life.
This is a great series for anyone that loves mysteries based on fun shops and artist protagonists.
Purchase the first book in the series, Pane and Suffering, here.
Cookie House Mystery Series by Eve Calder
After a bad breakup and the loss of her job, Kate McGuire needs a new start. She travels to Coral Cay, Florida with the hopes of finding a new job and a new place to live. Luckily she stumbles right into the Cookie House and finds a place where she can hopefully show off her baking skills.
In the first book of the series, And Then There Were Crumbs, Kate’s new boss Sam is accused of murder and thrown in jail. With the help of friendly neighbors, Kate suddenly needs to run the bakery on her own and help clear Sam’s name. And, along the way, she finds a new place to belong.
This is a fun series for anyone who loves mysteries set in bakeries and small town series.
Purchase the first book in the series, And Then There Were Crumbs, here
Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery Series by Sherry Harris
In this series, Chloe Jackson leaves Chicago to make good on her promise to help run the Sea Glass Saloon with Vivi Slidell in the Florida Panhandle in a town called Emerald Cove. This vibrant tourist town is not what she expected, but it’s definitely a fun place.
In the first book of the series, From Beer to Eternity, a Sea Glass regular is found dead behind the bar and Vivi is the number one suspect. While trying to clear Vivi’s name, Chloe discovers that Emerald Cove is full of secrets and that both her and Vivi’s life is in danger.
This is a great book if you love a beach setting and small town antics.
Purchase the first book in the series, From Beer to Eternity, here.
All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries by Lena Gregory
In this series, you’ll meet Gia Morelli who leaves New York after her failed marriage and settles in a small town in central Florida. Here she decides to open a diner, the All-Day Breakfast Café.
In the first book of the series, Scone Cold Killer, Gia’s dreams come to a screeching halt when she opens up her diner’s dumpster and finds the body of her ex-husband. Of course, Gia becomes the prime suspect. She needs to figure out who killed him and why in order to save her diner and clear her name.
This is a great series to get a taste of Florida and is perfect for anyone who loves a restaurant setting.
Purchase the first book in the series, Scone Cold Killer, here.
By the Sea Mystery Series by kathleen Bridge
In this series, Liz Holt returns home to Melbourne Beach, Florida to help run her family’s historic hotel, the Indialantic by the Sea. She’s very happy working with her family and loves the quirky hotel guests, but what she didn’t bargain on was murder.
In the first book of the series, Death by the Sea, a very rich hotel guest is found dead in her hotel suite. Liz needs to find out what happened in order to save the hotel, protect the other guests, and save herself!
This is a great series for anyone that likes quirky characters, large families, and tourist settings.
Purchase the first book in the series, Death by the Sea, here.
Do you know of any more mysteries set in Florida that I should add to this list?
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