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Christmas Mysteries


Christmas Mysteries


sixSix Geese A Slaying, by Donna Andrews

The local curmudgeon, whose beard and belly made him a natural for the role of Santa Claus, has been murdered. Now Meg and Chief Burke, who is playing one of the wise men in the annual Caerphilly Christmas parade, are faced with the two-fold mission of solving the murder and saving Christmas!

blueBlue Christmas, by Mary Kay Andrews

It’s the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to garnish her shop for the Savannah historical district decorating contest, which she intends to win. She’s certainly one-upped the owners of the trendy shop around the corner, but suddenly things start to go missing from her display, and there seems to be a mysterious midnight visitor to her shop. Still, Weezie has high hopes for the holiday–maybe in the form of an engagement ring from her chef boyfriend.

harkHark! The Herald Angel Screamed, by Mignon Ballard

It’s Christmastime in the seemingly tranquil town of Stone’s Throw, South Carolina, but amid all the caroling, cookies, and cheer, a murderer casts a not-so-jolly pall on the holiday season. Augusta Goodnight, guardian angel, sometime sleuth, and welcome boarder with longtime resident Lucy Nan Pilgrim, comes to the aid of her friends. Mysterious events are soon heating up faster than spiced punch left on the burner, and it will take Augusta’s help, not to mention some celestial Southern cooking, for peace to be restored and Christmas lights to shine once again in the little town of Stone’s Throw.

highlandA Highland Christmas, by M.C. Beaton

A mystery without a murder, featuring the series hero, Scottish constable Hamish MacBeth. The Christmas season brings him two cases, in one a woman reports her cat stolen, in another someone has stolen the village Christmas tree.

cluesTwelve Clues of Christmas, by Rhys Bowen

On the first day of Christmas, Lady Georgianna Rannoch’s true love is tramping around South America. Mummy is holed up in Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward, while Georgie is snowed in at Castle Rannoch with her bumbling brother and sourpuss sister-in-law. So she contrives to hostess a posh holiday party in Tiddleton — a village right out of A Christmas Carol. But soon after she arrives a fellow falls out of a tree, dead.. Dickensian, indeed.

dashingDashing Through the Snow, by Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark

In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are all pitching in to prepare for the first (and many hope annual) Festival of Joy. The night before the festival begins, a group of employees at the local market learn that they have won $160 million in the lottery. One of their co-workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he goes missing. This fast-paced holiday caper will keep you dashing through the pages!

buzzHoliday Buzz, by Cleo Coyle

Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice. Her high spirits come crashing down to earth, when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker’s assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as “The Christmas Stalkings.” Now Clare is spending the holiday season pouring over clues, and she’s not going to rest until justice is served. Includes holiday and cookie recipes!

candyCandy Cane Murder, by Joanne Fluke

A collection of three holiday mysteries includes stories by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meyer, and features fourteen Christmas recipes.

last noelThe Last Noel, by Heather Graham

When two escaped killers take refuge in their home during a storm on Christmas Eve, Skyler O’Boyle plays a daring psychological game to throw the criminals off guard, while her daughter, Kat, escapes and meets a third felon, who is hiding a secret that could save them all.

queenQueene’s Christmas, by Karen Harper

An old English Yule has never been merrier or more mysterious. A New Year’s celebration has never looked more joyous but been so potentially deadly. Fearing the Twelve Days of Christmas of 1564 may be the last for her ailing, elderly friend, Lady Kat Ashley, Queen Elizabeth decrees a nostalgic, old-fashioned holiday. But one of the queen’s kitchen staff is found as dead as the ornate peacock he was preparing for the feast. As more murders threaten customs, kingdom, and Christmas, Elizabeth of England must outfox the diabolical demon who would kill not only the spirit of Christmas but also the queen.

shakespeareShakespeare’s Christmas, by Charlaine Harris

While attending her sister’s wedding the cleaning lady and karate expert, Lily Bard of Arkansas, investigates an unsolved kidnapping which occurred eight years earlier. It seems both the child and the kidnapper are in town.

mourningChristmas Mourning, by Margaret Maron

North Carolina judge Deborah Knott and her husband Deputy Dwight Bryant are looking forward to Christmas until a traffic fatality turns out not to be an accident.

restRest You Merry, by Charlotte MacLeod

From New England, a murder-in-academia charmer–featuring Balaclava Agricultural College’s aging bachelor prof Peter Shandy (famous for his rutabaga cultivation). Peter has fled from his Balaclava Crescent home during the frenetic yuletide festivities and returns to find his best friend’s wife, bossy Jemima Ames, dead on his living-room floor. Another death follows (the comptroller, by taxine poisoning), and the sneaky, bookish solution–also involving sleds, masks, and echoes of Ngaio Marsh–comes hand in hand with the fruition of a romance.

cookieChristmas Cookie Murder, by Leslie Meier

For Lucy Stone, the best thing about Christmas in Tinker’s Cove has always been the annual Cookie Exchange. A time honored holiday tradition in the little Maine village.

redeemerThe Redeemer, by Jo Nesbo

Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. A gunshot cuts through the music and the bitter cold: one of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole–the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant–has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry’s troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry’s chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia.

bodyThe Body in the Sleigh, by Kathryn Hall Page

It’s Christmastime, and the Fairchild family is spending the holidays on idyllic Sanpere Island in Maine while the Reverend Thomas Fairchild recuperates from surgery. His caterer wife, Faith, is rejoicing in the rare, holiday family-time together–but Faith’s high spirits are dampened when she discovers the body of a young woman that is somehow connected to an abandoned, newborn baby boy.

redNYPD Red, by James Patterson

Detective Zach Jordan investigates a series of brutal, public crimes that coincide with the arrival of dozens of glamorous celebrities in town for parties and premieres. NYPD Red is a special task force charged with protecting the interests of Manhattan’s wealthiest and most powerful citizens. When a world-famous movie producer is poisoned on the first day of a Manhattan film festival called Hollywood on the Hudson, they are the first ones called.


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