Monday, December 16, 2013

Reading Lists - Twelve Days of Christmas - Mystery 3
Shakespeare’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.

Silent Night by Robert B. Parker (new!)
It's December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he's confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide. Homeless and alone, Slide has found refuge with an organization named Street Business, which gives shelter and seeks job opportunities for the homeless and lost. Slide's mentor is being threatened, and Street Business is in danger of losing its tenuous foothold in the community, turning Slide and many others like him back on the street.

The Snow White Christmas Cookie by David Handler
A blizzard-marked first Dorset Christmas for Des Mitry is overshadowed by the drug-related death of Mitch's neighbor, a shoplifting Kylie, and a mail thief whose activities are linked to a prescription drug gang.

Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson (new!)
A holiday entry in the best-selling series finds Sheriff Walt Longmire making the acquaintance of a scarred young woman who raises questions about his predecessor while imparting the story of a tragic car accident during a blizzard that marked Walt's first year as sheriff.

The Spy Who Came for Christmas by David Morrell
As holiday celebrations take place in Santa Fe, Agent Paul Kagan is on the run with a baby the Russian mafia wants to destroy and turns to a mother and her young son for help during a violent night where they all must work together to keep the child safe from harm.

A Stillness in Bethlehem by Jane Haddam
Arriving in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, to witness the town's nativity play, FBI agent Gregor Demarkian and his friend, Father Tibor Kasparian, find their vacation plans postponed by murder most foul.

Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanna Fluke
During the Christmas party at Lake Eden's community center, Hannah Swensen stumbles upon a murder when Martin Dubinski's new wife, a former Las Vegas showgirl, is found dead with Hannah's mother's silver cake knife buried in her cleavage.

The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
While serving as an assistant to the hostess of a large Christmas house party in Tiddleton-under-Lovey, Georgie gets the attention of her retired detective grandfather after dead bodies begin showing up.

Twelve Drummers Drumming by C.C. Benison
Father Tom Christmas—recent widower and now single father—is the new vicar of the English village of Thornford Regis. He soon realizes that the idyllic village is not the refuge he'd hoped for when the 19-year-old daughter of the choir director is murdered and one of his parishioners appears to be the killer. This series first has been followed by Eleven Pipers Piping and Ten Lords A-Leaping, which came out this month.

Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
A holiday adventure finds Stephanie Plum struggling to remove an intruder from her apartment and falling for a mysterious newcomer.

Voices by Arnaldur Indriðason
The Christmas rush is at its peak in a grand Reykjavík hotel when Inspector Erlendur is called in to investigate a murder. The hotel Santa has been stabbed to death, and Erlendur and his fellow detectives find no shortage of suspects between the hotel staff and the international travelers staying for the holidays.

When Elves Attack by Tim Dorsey
Thrill killer and Sunshine State historian Serge A. Storms, the endearing psychopath, delivers his special brand of Christmas cheer. More outrageous than Santa Claus in a Speedo, this book serves up a Yuletide feast of "pure gonzo humor.” For fans of hilarious crime fiction black comedy.

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