I recently updated my Christmas Mystery Book List, and while doing so, I noticed that there are A LOT of Christmas Mystery books (as well as a few Hanukkah Mystery books, and New Year’s Eve Mystery books) available for all of us to enjoy. But with so many books on the list, I started thinking that perhaps there are so many Christmas Mystery books listed that it is difficult to decide which one to read next.
So, it’s time for another question for you all:
If you had to pick just a few of your favorite Christmas Mystery books, which would they be?
This is not an easy question to answer. I will break it down into two parts: a. the mysteries I re-read every year are “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas” and “The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding” by Agatha Christie; b. the mystery I look forward to reading every year is the new Kate Kingsbury special Pennyfoot Hotel mystery (this year it is “Mistletoe and Mayhem”). Now, bring me my slippers and a hot toddy.
Louise Penny’s A Fatal Grace / Dead Cold!
The first two choices will be Kate Kinsbury and Rita Mae Brown. Then it would be Emily Brightwell and Carol Higgins Clark with her mother Mary Higgins Clark. Hope this helps.
Merry Merry Ghost. By Carolyn Hart The whole series is a delight.
Vickie B says
BLUE CHRISTMAS – Mary Kay Andrews
KISSING CHRISTMAS GOODBYE – M C Beaton
A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS – M C Beaton
MERRY, MERRY GHOST – Carolyn G Hart
Getting ready to read THE DIVA COOKS A GOOSE – Krista Davis and listen to CHRISTMAS MOURNING – Margaret Maron
Nutty as a Fruitcake by Mary Daheim is my favourite Christmas mystery. Since Mary Daheim is my favourite author and her Bed-and-Breakfast series is my favourite, I may be a tad biased!
I guess there are several Christmas time mysteries. I enjoyed The Christmas Cookie Killer by Lyvia Washburn awhile back. I guess it is time to check out some more Christmas theme mysteries.
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Thank you, ALL, for your great Christmas theme mystery ideas. I have read several of them, but have to admit to not having read some of them. I am currently reading Candy Cane Murders, which contains three novellas by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier.
I think that the two mysteries that stand out in my mind the most are Patrick Ruell’s Red Christmas and Cyril Hare’s An English Murder. Those are two Christmas mystery books that I know I will revisit in the future… (I rarely re-read books.)
I hope that some of the above recommendations from fellow Cozy Mystery readers help you in making your next seasonal mystery reading book pick.