This is not to say that they are Agatha imitators… by any means! They are just the ones who I would recommend if I really had a love of all things Christie…. I have added a lot of authors to this list because they have been recommended by Cozy Mystery site readers as belonging on this Authors Similar to Agatha Christie list. I have not read several of these recommended authors. Mary Higgins Clark : Stand Alone mysteries.
Pollifax Mystery Series. Hazel Holt : Mrs.
Malory Mystery Series. Bradley Mystery Series. Dorothy L. Please post your recommendations of authors who are similar to Agatha Christie , and I will add them to the list. Yep, yep, yep! Thanks for this! I believe Patricia Wentworth should be added to the list.
She wrote cozy British mysteries during the same era as Christie. Thanks for the list, there are several authors here I need to sample. Julie, Thanks for reminding me about Patricia Wentworth. I am going to go add her right now. Thank you for this topic. Christie-type mysteries are still my favorites. Do add E. Ferrars, Marjorie Eccles, and Deborah Crombie to the list. They will please anyone who loves Christie.
Stunningly good books! I wish she were more prolific. Thank you so much Phoebe! I said I had more. Not all, as you say, Christie clones, but all absorbing, civilized, literate, well-plotted, philosophically insightful English mysteries. She died too soon. Stay tuned. Not a bad one in the bunch. I think you should add Georgette Heyer to your list of authors similar to Agatha Christie. Her mysteries are currently out of print, but easy to find on used book sites.
Mead in tribute to Agatha!! Thank you, Cyndi, for the great suggestions! Have you tried his 44 Scotland Street books? Actually, the 44 Scotland are right up there with the Mma Ramotswe books… very different but also very enjoyable. Ann Purser has written a new Lois Meade mystery due out in Nov. Does anyone know what it is about and if there will be more? Luke Thanet series to be added to the Agatha Christie type list.
I recommend them highly. You will love the world you are drawn into while reading her books. I think you will want to move to the village of Three Pines outside of Quebec after reading these Gamache novels. How about Carolyn Hart? Has anyone mentioned Margaret Yorke? I just discovered her.
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Thanks, Zoe, for telling us about Margaret Yorke. I have just added her to my list of authors to do. I love them and devour them! I am working on a blog that will have some names for you… I will probably have it done by this Wednesday, the 25th. I am of a certain age I have had this legal assistant job for 33 years last Monday, if that tells you anything and I love to read. After a day of listening to whining clients and unhappy coworkers it is nice to sit down with a good murder mystery. At least you can shut the book if you are tired of it. Ha ha.
Married to my childhood sweetheart, Mother of two sons, one in Nebraska and one in California, Grandmother of 5, greatgrandmother of two, love to quilt, read, garden, play cards with my friends, cook and eat. I thought your cozy mystery information was right up to date and you also put in all of my favorite authors.
I will use your guide when I go to the library. Along with the L. Thank you again for your wonderful information and I look forward to any updates. What a series! I am going to be on the lookout for them! For a comical author, Dorothy Cannell is a hoot. Set in England and the heroine is Elly Haskell.
Thanks, Donna. Lawrence Block is the author you are thinking of… the Bernie Rhodenbarr Series…. Hi all, I just stumbled onto this list and am thrilled. I have been a fan of crime novels for years. Most of the authors mentioned are known to me. I discovered them this summer and lost myself in the eleven Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries set just after WW1.
Totally gripping. Also the stand-alone mystery, The Murder Stone—quite unique I think. Thank you for this wonderful website! Welcome to the site, Venise! Re: comic mysteries may I recommend Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben- I am not a sports fan unless you include the lifting of fork to mouth a sport but theses are funny- I think you will enjoy the sarcastic humour.
A good Ms Marple type is Mrs Jeffries. It had all the necessary ingredients and the hidden x-factor so often missing but which Christie always delivered — the quirky policeman, the country house, the dinner party, the huge lot of suspects — just loved it. Have to recommend to all.
I am now buying the next 2 in the series tout suite!! Yes, James Anderson is brilliant- very much like Christie. Unfortunately he died and had only written 3 books. Elizabeth Peters — Amanda Peabody series. These are not cozies but anyone who likes Christie should love these. They are my all time favorites and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny.
I also love her Vickie Bliss series. Clinton-Baddeley, sadly I believe his books are out of print now but easily obtainable and well worth it. I think he only wrote 4 or 5 books. These are not funny but they are definitely in the cozy genre. Michael Bond who wrote the Paddington Bear series also gave us the wonderful Monsieur Pamplemousse series a wonderfully comic mystery series.