As I mentioned in my last entry, this is a great time of the year for Cozy Mystery lovers since there are so many holiday-themed Cozy Mysteries coming out! Here are six Christmas themed books/stories that will be released:
First up will be Donna Andrews‘s The Two Deadly Doves, part of the Meg Langslow Mystery Series. This is going to be a Christmas omnibus containing both book #10 (Six Geese A- Slaying) and book #16 (Duck the Halls), two Christmas-themed mysteries in this series. In the first story, Meg Langslow is hosting a Twelve Days of Christmas party when the hired Santa turns up dead. In the second, a series of what seem to be disruptive but not dangerous pranks escalates quickly to the death of a local cranky old man. In both, Meg will need to solve the case before the holidays are ruined! Donna Andrews also writes the Turing Hopper Mystery Series, a sci-fi themed mystery series starring an artificial intelligence as the sleuth.
The second Christmas-themed mystery coming up is Laurien Berenson‘s A Christmas Howl, a Chistmas story in the Melanie Travis Mystery Series. In this prequel to the main Melanie Travis series, Melanie and her Aunt Peg haven’t yet gotten particularly close, and the two will be meeting for the first time in years when Peg and her husband Max are invited to Christmas by Max’s estranged brother Michael, Melanie’s father. But black-sheep and supposedly penniless Michael is throwing quite an elaborate party, and Peg thinks something seems suspicious >>> a mystery she’s determined to get to the bottom of before the end of the holidays.
The third of our upcoming Christmas themed books is Dashing Through the Snow: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber, a stand-alone Christmas novel. (Though this Christmas novel is not a mystery novel, I’m listing it because Debbie Macomber was recommended as an author who belongs on this site. She may not write mysteries, but her books certainly are Cozy!) The book follows graduate student Ashley and former intelligence officer Dashiell, each eager to reach their homes in time for the holidays, as they are forced to share a rental car when all the flights are booked. This unlikely connection spins into a series of interesting events, leading the two closer and closer together as they continue their journeys home.
Next up will be Jingle Bones, a story in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery Series by Carolyn Haines. In this short story, Sarah is trying to have the perfect holiday season despite the end of her engagement. Still, she isn’t too absorbed in her holiday plans to stop working, and when a former classmate asks her to look into the ruining of a previous Christmas pageant – and to stop it from happening again – she’s more than willing to help out. Haines also writes the Dixon Sinclair series, as well as stand alone novels.
Kathi Daley‘s The Conspiracy is the 4th in the Seacliff High Mystery Series for young adults. Strange things are happening at the annual Christmas Carnival, and it might have something to do with the dead body discovered in the cemetery less than a month ago. When Alyson becomes involved in a potentially dangerous accident, she and her friends will need to hunt down the source of the accidents, and the origin of the corpse in the cemetery.
Finally will be Carla Neggers‘s A Knights Bridge Christmas, the 5th in the Swift River Valley Series. Though this series is romance and not mystery, I’m still including it in this list since I know we have some Carla Neggers mystery fans here. In this entry to the series, young mother Clare Morgan is moving to Knights Bridge, where she will have a chance to start over when she meets Logan Farrell, a Boston doctor in town to help out his grandmother settle into her retirement community. Neggers also writes the Sharpe & Donovan Mystery Series, the Ireland Mystery Series, the Black Falls Mystery Series, the U. S. Marshals Mystery Series, and the Texas Rangers Mystery Series.
You can find these (and a whole lot more!! Christmas mystery novels on the this page on my site:
(There are so many Christmas themed mysteries that I divided them into six pages!)