If you like Holiday Mysteries

If you like Holiday Mysteries

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Looking for some chills and thrills this holiday season? Check out these holiday mystery titles.

12 Days at Bleakly Manor: Book 1 in Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep
England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds. But is she walking into danger? (catalog summary)


A Christmas Return by Anne Perry
A Christmas Return
by Anne Perry

As Charlotte Pitt's grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family. A festive Christmas package left on Mariah's doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim's widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart. On arrival, Mariah joins forces with the murdered man's grandson, a sleuth in his own right who's discovered promising evidence as well as a suspect. But Surrey's picturesque hills conceal dark doings and shocking revelations that could make the holiday anything but calm and bright. (catalog summary)
 



Crimson Snow: Winter MysteriesCrimson Snow: Winter Mysteries
Crimson Snow brings together a dozen vintage crime stories set in winter. Welcome to a world of Father Christmases behaving oddly, a famous fictional detective in a Yuletide drama, mysterious tracks in the snow, and some very unpleasant carol singers. There's no denying that the supposed season of goodwill is a time of year that lends itself to detective fiction. On a cold night, it's tempting to curl up by the fireside with a good mystery. And more than that, claustrophobic house parties, with people cooped up with long-estranged relatives, can provide plenty of motives for murder. Including forgotten stories by major writers such as Margery Allingham, as well as classic tales by less familiar crime novelists, each story in this selection is introduced by the leading expert on classic crime, Martin Edwards. The resulting volume is an entertaining and atmospheric compendium of wintry delights. (catalog summary)
 



Festival of Deaths by Jane Haddam


Festival of Deaths
by Jane Haddam

During Hanukkah, a killer stalks an outrageous talk show host and Gregor Demarkian agrees to appear on the show, but soon finds himself drawn into backstage politics and off-camera malice as he struggles to outbluff a murderer. (catalog summary)




 



The Ghost of Christmas Past: A Molly Murphy Sullivan Mystery by Rhys Bowen
The Ghost of Christmas Past: A Molly Murphy Sullivan Mystery
by Rhys Bowen

Semi-retired private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan is suffering from depression after a miscarriage following her adventure in San Francisco during the earthquake of 1906. She and her husband, Daniel, are invited for Christmas at a mansion on the Hudson, and they gratefully accept, expecting a peaceful and relaxing holiday season. Not long after they arrive, however, they start to feel the tension in the house's atmosphere. Then they learn that the host couple's young daughter wandered out into the snow ten years ago and was never seen again. Molly can identify with the mother's pain at never knowing what happened to her child and wants to help, but there is so little to go on. No ransom note. No body ever found. But Molly slowly begins to suspect that the occupants of the house know more than they are letting on. Then, on Christmas Eve, there is a knock at the door and a young girl stands there. 'I'm Charlotte,' she says. 'I've come home.'" (catalog summary)
 



Holiday Murder by Leslie Meier (2 Lucy Stone Mysteries)Holiday Murder by Leslie Meier (2 Lucy Stone Mysteries)
Mistletoe Murder (The First Lucy Stone Mystery!) 
As if Lucy Stone's Christmas schedule wasn't busy enough, she's also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers its very wealthy founder, Sam Miller, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, Lucy's gift for suspecting murder shines brightly. Now she must track down an elusive killer—one who won't be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself.
Christmas Cookie Murder 
One of the best things about Christmas in Tinker's Cove has always been the annual Cookie Exchange. But when long-simmering petty rivalries and feuds finally come to a boil, accusations of recipe theft lead to an act of murder. Despite all of the ingredients for danger, Lucy sets out on the trail of a killer and soon uncovers a shocking Christmas secret best left unopened. (catalog summary)
 



Homicide for the Holidays
Homicide for the Holidays

A hidden key that opens a drawer locked for the past eight years, a mysterious envelope filled with cash, and a threatening note ... none of this is what rising radio star Vivian Witchell expects to find in her late father's office. But when Vivian stumbles into trouble, she hardly knows how to steer herself back to safety. With the handsome and maddeningly practical private detective Charlie Haverman at her side, Vivian spends the holiday season uncovering the details of the last weeks of her father's life, following a sinister trail of clues that leads her directly to one of the most notorious mob bosses of all time, Al Capone. (catalog summary)

 



How the Finch Stole Christmas: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews

How the Finch Stole Christmas: A Meg Langslow Mystery 
by Donna Andrews

Meg's husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of Dickens' A Christmas Carol into a full-scale production with a large cast including their sons Jamie and Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge. Meg helping as stage manager. The show must go on, even if the famous—though slightly over-the-hill—actor who's come to town to play the starring role of Scrooge has brought a sleigh-load of baggage and enemies with him. And why is Caerphilly suddenly overrun with a surplus of beautiful caged finches? (catalog summary)

 



Mystery in White: A Christmas Crime Story by J. Jefferson Farjeon

Mystery in White: A Christmas Crime Story
by J. Jefferson Farjeon

On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea—but no one is at home. Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst. (catalog summary)


 



Not A Creature Was Purring by Krista Davis
Not A Creature Was Purring
by Krista Davis

Inn owner Holly Miller finds it ruff staying cheerful over the holidays when the dead body of a beloved businessman turns up in the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia. Inspired by her German heritage, Holly's grandmother has arranged for Wagtail to have a Christkindl Market packed with goodies and decorations for the howliday tourists. But Holly's mood takes an unseasonable turn when she learns that her old flame and childhood friend Holmes Richardson has brought his fiance home—and she'll be staying at the Sugar Maple Inn. A love triangle becomes the last thing on Holly's mind when her Jack Russell Trixie's nose for trouble leads her to the corpse of a pet clothing tycoon. Now Holly and her dedicated detectives—Trixie and Twinkletoes—must sniff out the killer to keep Christmas from going to the dogs. Delicious recipes for owners and pets included! (catalog summary)
 



Silent Night: A Lady Julia Christmas Novella by Deanna Raybourn

Silent Night: A Lady Julia Christmas Novella
by Deanna Raybourn

After a year of marriage—and numerous adventures—Lady Julia and Brisbane hope for a quiet, intimate Christmas together, until they find themselves at her father's ancestral estate, Bellmont Abbey, with her eccentric family and a menagerie of animals. Nevertheless, Julia looks forward to a lively family gathering, but amongst the celebrations, a mystery stirs. There are missing jewels, new faces at the Abbey, and a prowling ghost that brings back unwelcome memories from a previous holiday—one that turned deadly. Is a new culprit recreating crimes of the past? And will Brisbane let Julia investigate? (catalog summary)

 



Wagging Through the Snow: A Melanie Travis Mystery by Laurien Berenson
With a demanding teaching job at Connecticut's elite Howard Academy and five poodles scampering around the house, Melanie barely has the energy for the upcoming Christmas rush. But she unwraps an unexpected challenge when her brother and ex-husband, elated by the recent success of their country café, make a spontaneous bid on a dilapidated pine tree farm. Although the ten-acre lot had been a popular seasonal destination while the original owner was still alive, it'll take some sprucing up—and a small miracle or two—before the neglected place is in shape for December. Unfortunately, the impromptu business venture goes cold when the group discovers a purebred Maltese whimpering in the snow-covered—grove right beside a dead body. But as Melanie and Aunt Peg investigate the man's troubling history and the terrible habit that cost him everything, it's clear his death was no accident. Now, Melanie must run through a flurry of likely suspects and muzzle a dogged murderer in—time or she'll be next on someone's deadly list. (catalog summary)