Detective and mystery stories

Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop : 'tis the Season to be Deadly: Stories of Mistletoe and Mayhem from 17 Masters of Suspense

By Otto Penzler, editor

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Each year, for the past seventeen years, Otto Penzler, owner of the legendary Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, has commissioned an original story by a leading mystery writer. The requirements were that it be a mystery/ crime/suspense story, that it be set during the Christmas season, and that at least some of the action must take place in The Mysterious Bookshop. These stories were then produced as pamphlets, 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present.  Now, all of these stories have been collected in one volume: Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop. Some of the tales are humorous, others suspenseful, and still others mystifying.

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Christmas Stalkings: Tales of Yuletide Murder

By Charlotte MacLeod, editor

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Tales of Christmas crime and mystery by such authors as Robert Barnard, Dorothy Cannell, Bill Crider, Charlotte MacLeod, and Margaret Maron.

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A Highland Christmas

By M. C. Beaton

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Left alone in chilly Lochdubh, Scotland, while his family spends Christmas in Florida, Constable Hamish Macbeth copes with a missing cat and the disappearance of a town's holiday tree and decorations, while searching for a way to make a little girl's Christmas dreams come true.
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Funeral in Blue by Anne Perry

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Dr. Kristian Beck is known to be a man selflessly dedicated to the healing arts, so why is he being accused of murdering his very beautiful wife? Granted it was whispered that they lived separate lives, and she was so exquisite that men of all sorts were drawn to her side. To murder one’s wife in the throes of jealousy is considered a crime of passion, and the punishment for that might be less than for a straight-out, cold-blooded killing. As the woman featured in the haunting painting, A Funeral in Blue, Elissa Beck could have excited that kind of emotion.

But then there is the other murder victim to consider. An artist’s model, pretty Sarah Mackeson had been born into a hard life just as Mrs. Beck had enjoyed a privileged one. Yet different as their fortunes were, they shared the murder scene between them—an artist’s studio in the dead of night. Surely one was the intended victim, and the other was a victim of circumstance. For private investigator William Monk and his wife Hester, time is running out to discover who killed both women and why.

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny [Audiobook]

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny [Audiobook]

In Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is in Quebec on leave recovering from an investigation gone wrong. While there, he is recruited to assist in the investigation into the death of an obsessive historian who was searching for the remains of Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec. The historian was murdered in the basement of the Literary and Historical Society, an English establishment, which raises a concern that his death will increase tensions between the English and French communities in the city.

While pursuing the murderer, Gamache reflects on his previous investigation that went horribly wrong. Is it possible that de Champlain was buried in the basement of the library? Will Gamache be able to deal with the ghosts of the prior investigation that continue to haunt him?

Whiskey Sour

By Joe Konrath

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Between avoiding the FBI and its moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth P. I., Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels must find a frightening killer who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man."

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The Old Wine Shades: A Richard Jury Mystery

By Martha Grimes

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A man in a pub, with a shaggy dog at his feet, tells New Scotland Yard Detective Jury about a friend of his whose wife, son, and dog all disappeared nine months previously. The dog came back. Jury gets drawn into investigating the case, which he mostly doubts, until a body turns up.

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Mint Julep Murder

By Carolyn G. Hart

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Mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Annie Darling serves as author liaison for the Dixie Book Festival on Hilton Head. Problems arise when a self-serving, small-time publisher promises to write a scandalous roman a clef featuring Annie's five charges--all quite famous.

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Merlot Murders: A Wine Country Mystery

By Ellen Crosby

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When her father dies under suspicious circumstances, Lucie Montgomery returns from France to Virginia, where she discovers that her greedy brother wants to sell the family vineyard and that her younger sister is sleeping with the man responsible for the car crash that left Lucie permanently disfigured and disabled.

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Love, Lies and Liquor: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

By M.C. Beaton

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When a woman in her hotel is murdered, Agatha's notoriously prickly demeanor soon gets her into trouble as she's pegged as the prime suspect. If she can't solve the murder in time, she'll be meddling in all her future cases from inside a prison cell.

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