Halloween Cozy Mysteries

October 16, 2018 | M. Elwood

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It's that time of year again! Leaves are changing, pumpkins are showing up everywhere and people are planning their Halloween costumes. It's a perfect time for horror but what if you don't want total terror? This is a selection of mysteries that will get you into the spirit of the season without gore or excessive violence.

Bad neighbors

Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance

It's autumn in beautiful Naneda, New York. Agnes Blythe and her eccentric aunt are continuing the restoration of their historic inn but a local murder and a stranded group of leaf-peeping senior citizens complicate their efforts.  

Black cat sees his shadow

The Black Cat Sees his Shadow by Kay Finch

Lavender Texas is welcoming tourists and vendors for the annual Pumpkin Festival. In the chaos, mystery writer Sabrina Tate is shocked when a stranger verbally attacks her and is even more surprised when she meets a woman who could be her identical twin. When the unpleasant stranger is murdered, Sabrina's new "twin" is accused of murder.


Blackwork by Monica Ferris

When Ryan McMurphy is found dead in a locked room, a local Wiccan bartender is suspected of putting a spell on him. 

A catered halloween

A Catered Halloween by Isis Crawford

Bernadette and Libby Simmons agree to cater the charity haunted house at the old local school and when a despised socialite is murdered at the site, the sisters decide to solve the crime. 

Death of a neighborhood witch

Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine

Former television star Cryptessa Muldoon is a bitter cranky woman who has made enemies of everyone in the community so when she's murdered there are a lot of suspects including writer and amateur sleuth Jaine Austen. 

Spook in the stacks

The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates

The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library is hosting a lecture about spooky legends when a dead body is discovered in the rare books section. Lucy Richardson and her fellow library staff members have their hands full with spooky things going on. Could the library be haunted?

Vampires bones and treacle

Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones by Kaitlyn Dunnett

Liss MacCrimmon is in charge of the local Halloween fundraiser being held in the town's creepy, possibly haunted mansion. Rumours of a buried treasure and a dead body with mysterious puncture wounds in its neck add to the excitement. 

Wicked witch murder

Wicked Witch Murder by Leslie Meier

Tinker's Cove, Maine has a new resident and she may be a witch. Diana Ravenscroft has opened a quirky shop in town with crystals, candles and psychic readings but the accuracy of her predictions is giving people the creeps. When a murder occurs and it turns out that Diana knew the victim she becomes the prime suspect. Journalist Lucy Stone must juggle a murder investigation with her preparations for the town's big Halloween party. 

If you'd rather have mainstream horror, check out the horror list on our We Recommend page.