Sure we have our network police procedurals and gritty HBO serials, but are there any cozy comfort mysteries made in the U.S. anymore? We did some digging and it turns out that there is an entire cable channel devoted to cozy comfort mysteries!
The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel shows oldies but goodies like Monk, Matlock, Columbo, and Diagnosis Murder and also shows new series that often have a splash of romance and star old sitcom actors and pop singers. While the acting and storylines are a bit cheesy and aren’t as good as British cozy comforts, we’re happy that at least someone is making new American cozy comfort mysteries. Here are a few to get you started:
The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries
Candice Cameron Bure leaves her Full House past behind and stars as Aurora Teagarden, a librarian whose membership in a crime buff group called the Real Murders Club leads her to investigating real murders. The satisfying series of TV movies are based on the novels written by Charlaine Harris.
|Real Murders||Amazon | iTunes | Amazon DVD||Amazon | iBook|
|A Bone to Pick||Amazon | iTunes | Amazon DVD||Amazon | iBook|
|Three Bedrooms, One Corpse||Amazon DVD||Amazon | iBook|
|The Julius House||Amazon | iBook|
|Dead Over Heels||Amazon | iBook|
|A Bundle of Trouble|
|Last Scene Alive||Amazon | iBook|
|Reap What You Sew|
Fixer Upper Mysteries
Pop star Jewel plays Shannon Hughes, a residential contractor who investigates the suspicious deaths that come with flipping real estate. Craig Ferguson stars as Mac Sullivan, an investigative journalist who crosses paths with Shannon and helps her hammer out the killer. The series is based on the books by Kate Carlisle.
|Framed for Murder||Amazon | iTunes | Amazon DVD|
Former soap star Dylan Neal takes the lead in this culinary-themed murder mystery series as the charming chef-turned-sleuth Dylan Ross. Brooke Burns turns up the heat as Maggie Price, the San Francisco police detective who works the cases with Ross. The series is based on the books by Peter King.
|A Gourmet Detective||Amazon DVD | iBook|
|Eat, Drink & Be Buried||Amazon DVD | iBook|
|Death Al Dente||Amazon DVD | iBook|
|A Healthy Place to Die||Amazon DVD | iBook|
Murder, She Baked
Soap star Alison Sweeney is Hanna Swensen, a bubbly baker who solves tasteless murders in her small town alongside local detective Mike Kinsgston, played by fellow soap star Cameron Mathison. The show is based on the books by prolific crime writer Joanne Fluke.
|A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery||Amazon | Amazon DVD||Amazon | iBook|
|A Plum Pudding Mystery||Amazon||Amazon | iBook|
|A Peach Cobbler Mystery||Amazon||Amazon | iBook|
|A Deadly Recipe||Amazon|
The Garage Sale Mysteries
Full House alum Lori Loughlin finds her second wind as antique shop owner Jenn Shannon who discovers bodies while treasure hunting for good deals. Nicknamed “Momlock Holmes” by her son, Jenn is assisted by local detectives in this thrilling series based on the novels by Suzi Weinert.
|Garage Sale Mystery||Amazon | iTunes | Amazon DVD|
|All That Glitters||Amazon | iTunes | Amazon DVD|
|The Deadly Room||Amazon DVD|
|The Wedding Dress||Amazon DVD|
|Guilty Until Proven Innocent|
|The Novel Murders|
|The Art of Murder|
|The Beach Murder|
|Murder by Text|
|Murder Most Medieval|
|A Case of Murder|
|The Mask Murder|
What are your favorite American cozy comfort mysteries?