Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2023 - Sign Up


Welcome to the 13th annual Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge! Can you believe it's been 13 years?  I can't!  Once again, I'm giving challengers two options - one is to read only sub-genres and the other is to read cozy mysteries of your choice.

To find out exactly what a cozy mystery is, check out This site is dedicated to cozy mysteries and does a great job of defining them as well as giving a list of cozy mysteries. This challenge is NOT restricted to what is on their list, it's just to be used as a guideline in case you need some hints on what to read.

This year's cozy mystery reading challenge has two ways to participate and you can choose whichever suits you the best:

A) Read only cozy mysteries of your choice.


B) Read one book from these sub-genres:

- One from culinary (anything dealing with food: restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
- One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
- One from craft related (any kind of hobbies - knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
- One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
- One from cozy mysteries based outside the US (example: Belinda Lawrence series (British))
- One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
- One holiday based (set during any holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
- One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)
- One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present)
- One is your choice! (freebie!)

Here are the levels you can join for either A or B…

Level one (Snoop) -
A) Read 10 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read one book in each of the above cozy sub-genres (total of 10 books)

Level two (Investigator) -
A) Read 20 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read all the books in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 20)

Level three (Super Sleuth) -
A) Read 30 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 30 books)

Level four (Sleuth Extraordinaire) -
A)Read 40 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B)Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 20 cozy books of your choice (total of 40 books)

Here are the rules...

1. The challenge runs from January 1, 2023 and ends December 31, 2023.

2. You don't have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

3. Books can be in any format - paper, audio, all counts!

4. You don't have to post a review, but I'm sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.

NOTE: If you don't have a blog and want to participate, that's fine. You don't have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that's fine too. Just leave us the link. I also have a group for this challenge on Goodreads and you can sign up here.

5. If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. Then add your name to Mr. Linky below. Please use the link of your challenge post, not the link to your home page.

6. I'm going to have one link for signing up, one link for completed reviews and one link for your wrap up posts. I won't be having a monthly link, just one for all reviews read for this challenge.

I'm, once again, going with Level two (Investigator) and going back to level A this year.

A) Read only cozy mysteries of your choice.

I'll be listing my books as I read them here...

1.  Against the Currant by Olivia Matthews (Click here to read my review.)

2.  Dial M for Meow by Ruth J. Hartman (Click here to read my review.)

3.  Cat Scratch Murder by Karen McSpade (Click here to read my review.)

4.  Bakeries & Buffoonery by Elizabeth Pantley (Click here to read my review.)

5.  The Valentine Voyage by Lizzie Josephson (Click here to read my review.)

6.  Wined and Died in New Orleans by Ellen Byron (Click here to read my review.)

7.  Murder Served Neat by Michelle Hillen Klump (Click here to read my review.)

8.  A Purr Before Dying by T.C. LoTempio (Click here to read my review.)

9.  Beguiled by Bourbon by Lucy Lakestone (Click here to read my review.)

10.  Star Tangled Murder by Nancy J. Cohen (Click here to read my review.)

11.  A Midsummer Night's Scheme by Harper Kincaid (Click here to read my review.)

12.  Steeped to Death by Gretchen Rue (Click here to read my review.) 

13.  Fiddling with Fate by Diane Kelly (Click here to read my review.)

14.  Twisted Wedding by Hazel Smith, UK (Click here to read my review.)

15.  The Glass House by Nancy Lynn Jarvis (Click here to read my review.)

16.  Hard Dough Homicide by Olivia Matthews (Click here to read my review.)

17.  Agatha Raisin & the Witch of Wyckhadden (Click here to read my review.)

18.  The Double Cheeseburger Murder by Rosie A. Point (Click here to read my review.)

19.  How the Murder Crumbles by Debra Sennefelder (Click here to read my review.)

20.  Hiss Me Deadly by Miranda James (Click here to read my review.)

Line #1: Your name (blog if you have one)
Line #2: Link to your sign up post (please post the direct link to your sign up post, not to your blog's homepage).


  1. Excited for this challenge again. Thank you

  2. excited for another fun year of cozy mysteries. going to try to be more active and engaged with group

  3. I'm looking forward to doing this one this year.

  4. I'm in and looking forward to this challenge, I have chosen Snoop level but hope to make it to investigator. Thanks for hosting.

  5. Count me in this year! I am excited to join in this year. Thank you for hosting, Yvonne!

  6. This looks like a fabulous challenge - as I'm still battling to recover from Long Covid, I won't be taking part this year. But I've become a real fan of the genre over the last couple of years, so I'll make a note to take another look next year:). Fingers crossed I'll be well enough to participate!

    1. I hope you'll be able to join us next year too! Feel better!

  7. Hello! I have a book blog and love to participate in challenges. I read a lot of cozy mysteries so this looks fun. I only discovered it now in August. Is it too late to join or do I need to wait a few months for the next one? If yes, I can join now I will create a page on my site and start linking the reviews I've already done this year so far. Thanks!

    1. Hi! Welcome! As long as books are read between January 1st and December 31st, you can sign up at any time. Feel free to set up your challenge. I look forward to seeing what books you read!


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