Monday, December 9, 2013

Reading Lists - Twelve Days of Christmas - Mystery 2
The Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle
Coffeehouse manager and head barista Clare Cosi and her NYPD detective boyfriend discover the snowy body of a man dressed up in a Santa suit, and become convinced the death was more than a mugging gone awry.

Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb
No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours.

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
Colonel de Luce rents his beloved estate of Buckshaw to a film company, which will be shooting a movie over the Christmas holidays. The star is widely despised, so it is to no one's surprise when she turns up murdered, strangled by a length of film from one of her own movies! With a blizzard raging outside, the house is full of suspects. Flavia de Luce is more than ready to put aside her investigations into the existence of Father Christmas to solve this yuletide country-house murder.

Indigo Christmas by Jeanne M. Dams
Once a housemaid, Hilda Johansson is now living a well-to-do life with her new husband. She's having trouble finding friends, since she no longer fits into her old world and isn't accepted in the new one. Just before Christmas 1904, when the husband of her sole remaining friend is accused of theft, arson, and murder, Hilda has to find new ways of investigating a crime that seems to make no sense.

Kissing Christmas Goodbye by M.C. Beaton
Bored with the routine cases coming her way, Agatha Raisin finally gets an intriguing case after the poisoning death of a wealthy widow, Mrs. Tamworthy, who had sent Agatha a letter warning that she believed that someone in her family intended to kill her.

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
It's Christmas Eve, and Detective Alex Cross is called away from his family to resolve a horrific hostage situation that is spiraling out of control.

Merry, Merry Ghost by Carolyn Hart
When a determined heir moves to block a wealthy woman's attempt to include her newly discovered grandson in her will, it is up to good-intentioned ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn to protect a little boy, foil a murderer, and save Christmas.

Mistletoe and Murder by Carola Dunn
Traveling with her family to an old Cornish estate at Christmastime, writer Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher learns of the estate's lore, ghost stories, and resentments before discovering that a murderer is among her party.

A Rumpole Christmas by John Mortimer
This collection contains five holiday tales featuring the curmudgeonly barrister—"Rumpole and Father Christmas," "Rumpole's Slimmed Down Christmas," "Rumpole and the Boy," "Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces," and "Rumpole and the Christmas Break.”

Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown
Harry and her husband have gone to fetch a Christmas tree at the tree farm run by The Brothers of Love, a semimonastic organization that tends to AIDS patients, when they find the tree they've chosen grimly decorated with a dead body. Can Harry, the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and corgi Tee Tucker save the season from a killjoy who's decided to gift the festive little town of Crozet, Virginia, with murder?

Scarpetta’s Winter Table by Patricia Cornwell
Virginia's chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her friends and family come together for the holidays to cook and celebrate in a special novella that includes Christmas recipes and photographs.

Season’s Revenge by Henry Kisor
Tis the weeks before Christmas in Upper Peninsula, Michigan, but the normally sleepy woodland town is uncharacteristically alive with activity. When one of his small town's leading citizens is killed in an apparent bear attack, Lakota Deputy Sheriff Steve Martinez becomes suspicious and launches an unofficial investigation

Looking for even more holiday whodunnits? More to come on December 16!

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