November will have five new Cozy Mystery releases with Holiday themes! That’s plenty for one post so I’m just going to dive right into it!
First will be the only non-Christmas themed mystery coming up, JoAnna Carl‘s Easter themed The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha, which will be the 16th in the Chocoholic Mystery Series.) As the manager of a chocolate shop, Lee McKinney certainly expects to be busy during the Easter season. What she doesn’t necessarily expect is that she’ll be busy with murder, as the relative of a new hire turns up dead at a nearby vacant store nearby. Lee will need to work fast to keep her employee out of trouble in the Easter season. JoAnna Carl also writes under the name Eve K. Sandstrom, and under this name she writes the Down Home Mystery Series and the Matthews/Svenson Series.
Next up will be the first of our Christmas-themed Cozies, Kate Carlisle‘s Deck the Hallways, the 4th in the Fixer-Upper Mystery Series. Shannon Hammer is volunteering some of her time to renovate an old home into cheap housing for homeless families, and she’s brought in many of her neighbors and family, including her father. When the miserly banker who had been backing the project gets into an argument with Shannon’s father, it seems like a minor unpleasantness – until the banker turns up dead. Now Shannon will need to solve the mystery to keep her father out of the suspect lineup! Kate Carlisle also writes the Bibliophile Mystery Series, starring rare book expert and restorer Brooklyn Wainright.
The second of our Christmas-themed Cozies will be Vicki Delany‘s We Wish You a Murderous Christmas, the 2nd in the Year Round Christmas Mystery Series. The small town of Rudolph, New York, revolves around Christmas, maintaining it’s spirit the full year – which is why it is such unpleasant news when one the son of the owner of the Yuletide Inn plans to turn the building into another boring franchise hotel. When he turns up dead, it will be up to Merry Wilkinson to determine who has done this most un-jolly of crimes! Vicky Delany also writes the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series, the Ray Robertson Mystery Series, the Constable Molly Smith Mystery Series, the Klondike Mystery Series, and (as Eva Gates) the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series.
The last of our Christmas-themed Cozies will be Anne Perry‘s A Christmas Message, the 14th in the Christmas Mystery Series. In the newest entry in this long-running Christmas themed mystery series which features cast members from her other regular series, Victor and Vespasia Narraway of the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt Mystery Series will be celebrating the Christmas of 1900 in an unusual but interesting way – touring Jerusalem. When a fellow guest at their Jaffa hotel is killed for a scrap of parchment, Victor and Vespasia will risk their lives – and the rest of their holiday season – trying to learn the truth behind the crime and the parchment. Anne Perry also writes the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt Mystery Series, the William Monk Series, and the Matthew Reavley Series.
Finally, it isn’t a holiday themed Cozy but it is by a site author – Jennifer Chiaverini will be releasing Christmas Bells, a Stand Alone non-mystery. I’m not going to discuss this one in detail because it isn’t a mystery >>> but fans of Chiaverini’s work might still be interested in picking it up!
If you want to see more Christmas or Easter themed Cozies, be sure to check out the pages devoted to them on my site:
Margaret StashEmpress says
Looking forward to the new Chocoholic title!!!
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Margaret StashEmpress, I hope it is worth the wait!
I always love and welcome another Anne Perry Christmas novella each year. I loved it when Victor married Vespasia. A great way to end that latest of her books! I remember when Thomas met Vespasia in Perry’s Thomas and Charlotte Pitt’s Paragon Walk novel. They became fast friends as did Vespasia, Charlotte and Emily. A well crafted series and another from Perry is her William and Hester Monk series. Both very worthwhile reading. A bit darker than a traditional cozy however.
If you want to get in on the bottom floor of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt’s beginnings, The Cater Street Hangman is the first of that series. I’m not totally sure of the first William Monk books but A Dangerous Mourning is one of the first. You can look online at Anne Perry’s William Monk series to get the first title.
Has anyone seen when Miranda James is doing another “Cat in the Stacks” books?
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Rob, thanks for the reading suggestions – trying to summarize the intertwining stories of Anne Perry’s multiple series in a short paragraph on a single book is always a bit difficult!
I believe that Miranda James will be releasing another Cat in the Stacks book in February, titled Twelve Angry Librarians. You can find it’s details on the site’s page on Miranda James.
Hopefully, someone who knows the book and author I am looking for will read this and help me with my quest.
A couple of years ago I read two different books by two different writers and cannot recall eithe the titles or the names of the women who wrote them! BOTH Are Cozy Mysteries!
One was set in Georgetown, during Thanksgiving, whose heroine is a food columnist for a local paper and whose ex husband and his new wife buy a house in her neighborhood! The new wife is also a columnist for the same paper. The house is haunted by a female relative of the heroine’s….aunt or grandmother, I believe! There is a large holiday gathering of relatives and a murder occurs in the neighborhood that the heroine becomes involved in solving.
The second book is about a wedding planner in Washington DC who has a male friend, a caterer, I believe, prone to funny comments and histrionics and a female friend who owns a florist! Murder claims the life of a member of the mother of the bride, I believe!
If anyone recognizes these descriptions in the above synopsis’ please let me know! They were really enjoyable reads that I would like to read again!
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Pam, I think that the first is probably the Domestic Diva series by Krista Davis. The first book in that series is The Diva Runs Out of Thyme.
The second I am not as sure about. If anyone else can help Pam out, please speak up!