As I said a few days ago, there are going to be a lot of holiday-themed releases in October! I’ve decided to split the additional Christmas-themed Cozies into two separate posts.
First, Susan Wittig Albert will be releasing The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle, the 8th in her Darling Dahlias Mystery Series. Christmas of 1934 will be a season for puzzles in Darling, Alabama, and members of the Dahlias Garden Club, investigative reporter Charlie Dickens, and Sheriff Norris will all face stumpers of one kind or another over this holiday season. Susan Wittig Albert also writes the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries Series, located halfway between Austin and San Antonio, Texas, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series, and (with her husband Bill Albert writing under the name Robin Paige) the Kate Ardleigh Sheridan & Sir Charles Sheridan Series set in Victorian England.
Next up will be a short story in Tasha Alexander‘s Lady Emily Mystery Series, “Amid the Winter’s Snow“. Lady Emily and her husband Colin are looking forward to Christmas in their country estate, Anglemore Park, but this picturesque setting is interrupted by rumors of a barghest (a mythical dog-like creature) threaten the holiday season.
Donna Andrews will be releasing Lark! The Herald Angels Sing, the 24th in her Meg Langslow Mystery Series. The manger in Caerphilly’s nativity has an extra surprise in store this year – a live baby. Attached is a note indicating that Meg’s brother Rob is the likely father, but this might cause issues for his plans to propose to the woman he loves. Meg agrees to look into the matter to help her brother. Donna Andrews also writes the Turing Hopper Mystery Series, starring an artificial intelligence.
Finally (for this post at least), Barbara Early will be releasing Death of a Russian Doll, the third in her Vintage Toy Shop Mystery Series. Liz McCall isn’t exactly crazy about meeting her boyfriend Police Chief Ken Young’s estranged wife, but she won’t need to get to know her for long, as the other woman is quickly found dead in her barber shop. Since Ken is the prime suspect, Liz’s dad (a retired police officer himself) is asked to investigate… and Liz will no doubt need to get involved in the investigation as well. Barbara Early also writes as Beverly Allen, the name she uses when releasing the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery Series, which stars a flower shop owner in Virginia.
If you’re interested in looking for more Christmas themed Cozies, be sure to visit the theme page on my site: Christmas Themed Cozies