Minotaur is an imprint of St, Martin’s Press, and it could arguably be placed into the powerhouse sections of this post. However, I didn’t place it there because, though it is most certainly one of the most respected and known about publishers, it’s number of cozy mysteries being published per month is only marginally bigger than Henery Press.
Minotaur is responsible for Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy series, Donna Andrew’s Meg Langslow series, Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series, and both of M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth series. Minotaur is also bringing back three very popular series this year by publishing a book after each series has had a hiatus. The Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris and the Wine Country mystery series by Ellen Crosby will be making a reappearance in 2016!
Minotaur’s main drawback, however, is their prices. Most of their books are first published in hardcover, making them more expensive, and it’s usually a year before the book comes out in paperback, if then. Overall, Minotaur is a publisher that is going extremely strong
Henery Press is the second newest on this list, but it’s quickly earned it’s place on this list of cozy publishers. Publishing Susan Boyer’s Liz Talbot mystery series,. Gretchen Archer’s Davis Way Crime Caper series, LynDee Walker’s Headlines in High Heels series, and Julie Mulhern’s Country Club Murders, among many others.
They have recently started picking up more authors and publishing more books, and now they are one of the top cozy mystery publishers. Honestly, I’ve never seen their paperbacks in stores; you have to either order them online or get the ebooks. However, their ebooks almost always have low prices under $5.
Midnight Ink is very similar to Henery Press in the way their books are sized, shaped, and distributed. They publish longtime cozy favorites such as Karen MacInerney’s Gray Whale Inn mystery series, Deborah Sharp’s Mace Bauer mystery series, Cricket McRae’s Home Crafting mystery series, and Jess Lourey’s Murder-by-Month mystery series. Just like Henery Press, I’ve never seen their books in a chain bookstore (ie Barnes & Noble, etc). However, they have solidified their place in the cozy world through the authors and series they’ve published.
These three are numbers 4, 5, and 6 (in my opinion) of the major publishers of cozy mysteries. They might not be as big as Berkley or Kensington, but they are all growing strengths in the cozy mystery world.