9 Cozy Mystery Series with Cats, for some Fun and Purr-Fect Sleuthing

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Authors enjoy the company of four-legged friends. Agatha Christie owned two Manchester Terriers during her lifetime while Ernest Hemingway had many many cats (apparently, the author once owned over 50 cats while living at his house, the Finca Vigia in Cuba). Mark Twain was also known to adore his cat, Bambino and Virginia Woolf loved cocker spaniels, with her dog Pinka often by her side.

Many writers love pets – and some are not furry or have four legs. And readers, too, love pets. It seems natural then that our life companions invite themselves into books and help their owner/caretaker in their day-to-day lives. Sometimes, it can mean that our furry friend has to solve crimes!

Like the Nine Lives of the Cat, the following is a selection of nine cozy mystery series with cats, purr-fect to settling down with a book in a good chair with your furry companion next to you:

The Cat Who series by Lillian Jackson Braun (also known as the Jim Qwilleran Mysteries)

No list of cozy mystery books would be complete without Lillian Jackson Braun, known as the First Lady of Cat Mysteries. A series of more than 30 mystery novels, The Cat Who… follows Jim Qwilleran, a journalist, and his beloved Siamese cats, Kao K’o-Kung (Koko for short) and Yum Yum who help him solve mysteries.


Magical Cats Mystery Series by Sofie Kelly

Books, libraries, and cats with a hint of magic! This is the writer Sofie Kelly’s (also known as Sofie Ryan & Darlene Ryan) trade secret formula for her Magical Cat Series. The story focuses on Bostonian Kathleen Paulson, a librarian who recently relocated to Mayville Heights, Minnesota. She was unaware of the significance of the two new cats in her life when they first entered it. Tabby Owen and stocky tuxedo Hercules are not your typical felines; they are magical and will help Kathleen in solving murders.


The Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series by Ali Brandon

Coming from Ali Brandon (who also writes under the names Anna Gerard and Diane A.S. Stuckart), the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series starts with Darla Pettistone who leaves Texas behind for Brooklyn, New York as she has just inherited her late aunt’s bookstore, Pettistone’s Fine Books with the store’s mascot—a black cat named Hamlet. She quickly discovers that the cat has quite a personality. They are going to need to learn to work together to resolve some complicated capers.


Mrs Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown are behind this cozy mystery series featuring postmistress Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker the Welsh corgi. This unique team of Southern sleuths has been solving crime in Albemarle County, Virginia since 1990 and in more than 30 books already.


Second Chance Cat Mystery Series by Sofie Ryan

If you like the Magical Cats Mystery Series by Sofie Kelly, chances are you will also like the Second Chance Cat Mystery Series by Sofie Ryan – as Sofie Ryan and Sofie Kelly are the same person!

Sarah Grayson is the owner of Second Chance, a re-purpose shop in the oceanfront town of North Harbor, Maine. With her rescue cat Elvis and a kooky trio of senior sleuths, she finds herself in a quite different life than she has imagined: solving crimes.


Sarah Blair Mystery Series by Debra H. Goldstein

Koko and Yum Yum are not the only two Siameses on the case, there is also RahRah in The Sarah Blair Mystery Series from Debra H. Goldstein who also adds some descriptions of delicious food (and some quick and easy recipes) for all the lovers of culinary cozy mysteries. Sarah Blair is a recently divorcee not fond of housework, with a twin sister working as a chef restaurant, and a sassy Siamese cat, who is a better sleuth than a cook.


A Cat in the Stacks series by Miranda James

For more books, cats and libraries, go no further than the Southern cozy mystery series A Cat in the Stacks by Miranda James. The books feature another dynamic duo with Charlie Harris, a widowed librarian, and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, who likes walks and to paw around for clues when Charlie must catch a killer.


Cattarina Mysteries Series by Monica Shaughnessy

Writers love the company of animals, and some pets are more famous than others. One is even the star of her own cozy mystery series! We’re talking about the tortoiseshell cat named Cattarina, Edgar Allan Poe’s feline muse. This Victorian cozy cat mystery series provides us with a feline take on the behind-the-scenes of some of Poe’s most classic stories.


The Midnight Louie Mysteries by Carole Nelson Douglas

Searching for a more cozy-noir vibe? The Midnight Louie Mysteries series has it in spades! The story is told from the point of view of Feline PI and black cat Midnight Louie and his roommate Temple Barr, a 29-year-old Public Relations freelancer. The sleuthing duo lives in Las Vegas where they track killers, find themselves embroiled in blackmail and extortion, and more!


For more cozy mystery suggestions, see our selection of Culinary Cozy Mysteries for a blend of mystery and culinary delights or 9 Halloween Cozy Mysteries for a Spooky Night In.