Cozy YA Mysteries!

The latest episode of the Hey YA! podcast, co-hosted by Erica Ezeifedi and Tirzah Price at Epic Reads, is all about cozy mysteries! We featured some great mysteries in an earlier post — 5-Star Book Reviews: Mysteries — and it’s great to see some more titles to add to the mystery TBR pile.

Some are available at CA Library — those are linked below, along with eBook and audiobook copies in Sora if available. Others are available in the OWWL public library system; you can request these titles from CA Library, too — stop by the library front desk to learn more!

Available at CA Library:

A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee — Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan and thief Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls where she is trained to be part of an all-female investigative unit called The Agency and, at age seventeen, she infiltrates a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. “V for vivid Victoriana” (Booklist). Get the eBook

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes — When a Connecticut teenager inherits vast wealth and an eccentric estate from the richest man in Texas, she must also live with his surviving family and solve a series of puzzles to discover how she earned her inheritance. “A well-characterized mystery that’s packed to the brim with twists and tricks” (Booklist). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price — A retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit. When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates. “a clever, twisting murder mystery adaptation that will keep both Austen fans and newcomers on their toes” (School Library Journal). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

Available in the OWWL Public Library system:

The Apothecary Diaries by Natsu Hyuuga and Nekokurage — After breaking a “curse” on the imperial heirs, a palace servant with training in herbal medicine is promoted up the ranks to food taster…and right into the thick of palace intrigue in this lushly illustrated period mystery series!

Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey — In 1800s London, a young heiress and her lawyer are caught up in a kidnapping plot to steal her fortune, but as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder what she truly wants. “A fun love story with a twist of mystery” (School Library Journal).

The Marvelous by Claire Kann — Six teens locked together in a mansion contend for a life-changing cash prize in a competition run by a reclusive heiress in this “mixture of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s The Inheritance Games” (School Library Journal).

Goldie Vance by Hope Larson, illustrated by Brittney Williams — Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and it’s her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. “Larson’s retro mystery weaves car chases, drag races, Cold War espionage, light romance, and brainy deductive reasoning throughout this slick series starter” (Booklist). Get the eBook

Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize by Margot Rabb — Lucy Clark has had it. After being bullied one too many times, Lucy retaliates. But when the fallout is far worse than she meant it to be, she gets sent to Manhattan to serve as a full-time companion to the eccentric Edith Fox — who thinks someone is trying to kill her. “A beguiling, cozy mystery worth sinking into” (Kirkus Reviews).

Also discussed in this episode:

The Secret Key by Lena Jones — Agatha Oddlow has been a detective for as long as she can remember — she’s just been waiting for her first big case. And nothing gets bigger than saving the City of London from some strange goings-on.


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