Whether set on a farm, in a small town, or on the lake shore, you’ll love these michigan mysteries
Have you ever visited Michigan? It’s a beautiful place whether you hit up the countryside or the shores of the Great Lakes. It also makes the perfect setting for a good mystery series.
You’ll love your trip there through the pages of these fun mysteries set in Michigan. So grab a mug of coffee and a comfy seat and get whisked away!
Once you’re done with Michigan, check out this list of Mysteries From All 50 States to select your next location.
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Fun Cozy Mysteries Set in Michigan
I was thinking about some of my favorite cozy mystery series the other day, and it turns out that several of them are set in Michigan. There are some great ones in this list!
You’ll find all sorts of settings with these Michigan mysteries, from farms to resort towns and from countryside to lakeside. I know you’ll find some great new series to read.
Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series by Laurie Cass
If you were wondering what some of my favorite cozy mystery series were, the Bookmobile Cat series would be on the list. I love this fun series about small-town librarian Minnie, her rescue cat Eddie, and her beloved bookmobile.
In the first book, Lending a Paw, Eddie leads MInnie to a dead body during their very first outing in the bookmobile. Minnie’s curiosity gets the best of her and she sets out to help solve the case.
You’ll love this mystery if you love resort town settings, cat mysteries, and a good series about libraries.
Candy-Coated Mysteries by Nancy CoCo
Mackinac Island is a fun vacation spot and I love the fact there are are two great cozy mystery series set on this island. The first is the Candy-Coated Mysteries by Nancy Coco. They feature Allie McMurphy and her historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop. This series has a fun resort setting, great characters, and lots of yummy fudge (including recipes)!
In the first book of the series, All Fudged Up, Allie finds a corpse while working on renovations at the hotel. It turns out the dead man had had a long-standing feud with Allie’s grandfather which puts her on the suspect list. Can she solve the mystery and clear her name?
You’ll love this book if you love foodie mysteries and resort town settings.
The Cycle Path Mysteries by Duffy Brown
The Cycle Path Mystery Series is the other series on this list set on Mackinac Island. Since cars aren’t allowed on the island, bicycles are extremely popular. This series features Evie Bloomfield and a fun bicycle shop.
In the first book, Geared for the Grave, Evie travels to Mackinac Island to help her boss’s father, Rudy, run his bicycle shop after he breaks his leg (and maybe this will help her get a promotion!). But, soon after she arrives, a wealthy resident is murdered and Rudy is the prime suspect. Now Evie has to help Rudy run his shop and prove his innocence.
This fun choice if you want to do some armchair traveling and a looking for a great escapist mystery.
Cranberry Cove Mystery Series by Peg Cochran
This fun series by Peg Cochran will whisk you away to the small town of Cranberry Cove and life on a cranberry farm along the shores of Lake Michigan. It’s a fun series with some great characters.
In the first book, Berried Secrets, Monica Albertson comes to Cranberry Cover in order to help her half-brother run a cranberry farm. And, during harvest they find the dead body of Sam Culbert who ran the farm while Monica’s half-brother, Jeff, was deployed. Unfortunately Jeff becomes the prime suspect so Monica has to get involved with investigating in order to clear Jeff’s name.
This series is great for anyone who loves a farm setting, fall treats, and a quaint small town.
Mystery BookShop Series by V. M. Burns
When Samantha Washington’s husband died, he made her promise to open the mystery bookshop they’ve always dreamed of in their hometown of North Harbor, Michigan. So, she buys an historic building in order to bring the dream to fruition.
In the first book of the series, The Plot is Murder, the shady realtor who sold her the building turns up dead on her porch. So, of course, the police suspect her. Samantha, her grandmother, and her grandmother’s friends team up to solve the mystery, clear Samantha’s name, and open the bookshop.
In this series, Samantha is also an aspiring mystery writer, so you also get a short version of her historical mystery series that mirrors what is happening in her own life.
This is a great series for anyone who likes a bookstore setting and a team of senior sleuths.
The Goddess of Greene St. Mystery Series by Kate Collins
The Goddess of Greene St. Mystery series is a relatively new series by established mystery writer Kate Collins. Athena Spencer moves back to her coastal Michigan hometown after a divorce. While she’s trying to adjust to life amongst her big Greek family, she’s pulled into some problems with a developer who wants to tear down “Little Greece” and build condos.
In the first book, Statue of Limitations, a mysterious stranger comes to claim a statue that Athena’s grandfather bought at an auction, a wealthy family’s patriarchs death is suspicious, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that there is a murderer in town. Can Athena find the answers?
This is a fun series for anyone who loves the dynamics of a big family and intertwining mysteries.
Farmer’s Daughter Mystery Series by Peg Cochran
This is the second series on this list by author Peg Cochran. In fact, this series takes place in another small town near the setting of her Cranberry Cove series. The Farmer’s Daughter series is about Shelby McDonald who runs her family’s farm and also blogs about it.
In the first book of the series, No Farm, No Foul, Shelby is hosting a big fundraiser for her church at the farm. Everything seems to be going well until Shelby finds the body of the minister’s wife. When Shelby’s best friend becomes the prime suspect, she knows she has to help.
This is a great series for anyone who loves books with a farm setting and small town vibes. And, if you’re already a fan of the Cranberry Cove series, you’ll want to check this one out as well.
Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series by Victoria Hamilton
In the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, you meet Jaymie who is a vintage cookware collector and a collector of vintage recipes. Her hobbies lead her right in the middle of murder mysteries.
In the first book, A Deadly Grind, Jaymie buys a 1920’s Hoosier cabinet at an estate auction. She brings it home, leaves it on her back porch, and the next morning finds the body of a man murdered near it. What is going on? Can Jaymie solve the mystery before her own life is in danger.
This series is fun for people who love antiques and vintage recipes, anyone who enjoys reading about sibling relationships (Jaymie’s sister is prominently featured in the series), and readers who love a small town mystery.
Farm To Table Mysteries by Amanda Flower
The Farm to Table Mystery series is a fun new series of mysteries set in Michigan – the first book was just published in February of 2021. This series features Shiloh Bellamy who returns to her parent’s Michigan farm to help out her Dad who has been having health problems. She’s ready for a change in her life and wants to convert the farm to an organic operation and eventually start a farm-to-table café.
In the first book of the series, Farm to Trouble, Shiloh’s major investor in the farm is found dead. It turns out he was quite shady and had many enemies in town, including Shiloh’s father. Unfortunately, that puts Shiloh’s father at the top of the suspect list. Can she solve the mystery and clear her father’s name?
This is a fun choice for anyone looking to start in on a brand new series from a trusted author and for those who love a rural farm setting.
Do you know of any more mysteries set in Michigan that I should add to this list?