If cozy mysteries have less violence, little or no profanity and less sex, then it seems reasonable that there should be cozy mysteries with religious themes. And, there are. Following is a list of cozy mysteries that have religious themes for you to check out.
If you enjoyed the Father Dowling TV show, you will like the series of books by the same name. Ralph McInerney wrote the Father Dowling Series of mysteries and they are indeed cozy.
One of the most popular series with a religious theme has been around since before anyone knew what a cozy was. I am referring to Harry Kemelman’s Rabbi Small Mystery Series. Harry Kemelman died in 1996 but there are about a dozen Rabbi Small books that are great reads.
There is also a series called the Rabbi’s Wife Mystery Series. Sharon Kahn writes this series about the Rabbi’s wife, and all of these mysteries have culinary titles. For instance, the first book in this series is “Fix Me a Bagel”.
The Church Choir mystery series and the Mystery and the Minister’s Wife Mystery Book Series are unique in that each of these series are written by numerous authors. The Church Choir mystery series is about a 62 year old widow who solves murders along with the help of her friends in the choir.
The Minister’s Wife Mystery Book Series is about Kate Hanlon who gets involved in mysteries and uses her friends and her faith to help her solve these puzzles.
In the series by Lee Harris, the sleuth is an ex-nun and all these cozy mysteries happen on holidays. The name of this series is Christine Bennett Holiday Mystery Series. The Good Friday Mystery is the first that Christine Bennett appeared in a cozy mystery.
Father Robert Koesler is a Roman Catholic priest who manages to help the police solve a mystery in each of the cozy mysteries. This series is written by William X. Kienzle who was a priest for 20 years. William Kienzle died in 2001, but there are a couple dozen books featuring Father Koesler.
Sister Carol Anne O’Marie wrote a series called Sister Mary Helen Mystery Series. Sister Carol Anne O’Marie was a Roman Catholic nun and a renowned author. Her series, Sister Mary Helen Mysteries, is about an elderly nun who solves mysteries. Sister Carol Anne O’Marie died this year but there she wrote about a dozen books in this series.
There are also some authors of cozy mysteries whose amateur detectives may not have religious connections, but they use no profanity in their books. One of these is Christy Barritt. Her series about an amateur sleuth who runs a crime scene cleaning service is different and entertaining. This series is called the Squeaky Clean Mystery Series.
Margaret Grace is another of these authors who uses no profanity. She writes a cozy series called the Miniature Mystery Series. The sleuth in this series is a retired woman whose hobby is working with miniatures.
Try reading some of these for good, clean and fun reading.