As the carnival season ends and our minds turn to contemplate more serious subjects, it's the perfect time to pick up a cozy mystery with a religious theme. While all of the books in the list feature a sleuth tied to a major religion, from medieval nuns to the widow of a rabbi in a small Texas town, some are a little less cozy than others.
One of the most well-known series in this genre is the Father Dowling Mysteries, opens a new window. These mysteries are set in Fox River, Illinois, and the books inspired the popular television series from the late 1980s featuring Tom Bosley.
One of my favorite series, the Dame Frevisse Mysteries, opens a new window (starting with The Servant's Tale) features the nuns at St. Frideswide's. Set in 15th century Oxfordshire, these mysteries feature Dame Frevisse, who is related to Geoffrey Chaucer, opens a new window, author of The Canterbury Tales, opens a new window, by her aunt's marriage to Geoffrey's son, Thomas Chaucer. Each book in the series takes the name of one of the famous tales. Read them in order as these mysteries also read as historical fiction with Dame Frevisse observing numerous important events leading up to the War of the Roses, opens a new window.
Check out one of these religious-themed mysteries below. Make sure you click on the link to see the full list. You can also view the Getting Cozy display each month at the Mandeville Branch.
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