Christmas And Holiday Themed Books

 

 

Today on my blog I have a list of some Christmas and Holiday themed books for your reading pleasure.  Check them out and hope you find some to enjoy.  Happy reading.

 

In this “intelligently plotted and deliciously descriptive tale” (Publishers Weekly), national bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert tells the story of a woman’s search for justiceand of her struggle to reconcile the demands of her business with the desires of her heart…

Former big-city lawyer China Bayles worked hard to make her Texas herb shop, Thyme and Seasons, a success. Now business is booming at her charming new tea room, Thyme for Teabut China is too distracted to revel in her latest entrepreneurial triumph. When she’s not trying to spend more time with her new husband and stepson, she’s worrying about her best friend, Ruby, who just hasn’t been herself lately. To further complicate matters, China has to round up a supply of mistletoe, the season’s most popular herb. It seems an easy enough taskuntil her chief supplier turns up dead… (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder, Wrapped Up (Pine Lake Inn Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Emrick, K.J.]Christmas is coming to the Pine Lake Inn. After the harrowing year she has had Dell Powers is soaking in the peace of the season. Feeling festive, she is spending her time decorating the inn and whistling Christmas Carols. All seems to be well in her life at last.

Until, that is, she meets a stranger in the pub who turns out to be a Federal Police officer. He wants her to become a witness for the Federal Government and to spill the beans on the organized crime syndicate that has recently infiltrated her life.

Not going to happen!

When the officer turns up dead Dell is arrested for his murder. Will she be able to clear her name and be free to enjoy Christmas?

And if that isn’t enough just who does the deep and soft man’s voice on the other end of the telephone belong to? Just another mystery for Dell to solve.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery) by [Delany, Vicki]In Rudolph, New York, it’s Christmastime all year long. But this December, while the snow-lined streets seem merry and bright, a murder is about to ruin everyone’s holiday cheer in the first Year-Round Christmas mystery.

As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays. That’s why she thinks her float in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade is a shoe-in for best in show. But when the tractor pulling Merry’s float is sabotaged, she has to face facts: there’s a Scrooge in Christmas Town.

Merry isn’t ready to point fingers, especially with a journalist in town writing a puff piece about Rudolph’s Christmas spirit. But when she stumbles upon the reporter’s body on a late night dog walk—and police suspect he was poisoned by a gingerbread cookie crafted by her best friend, Vicky—Merry will have to put down the jingle bells and figure out who’s really been grinching about town, before Vicky ends up on Santa’s naughty list… (Amazon)

Editions Available:  kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's a Wonderful Knife (Comfort Food) by [Wenger, Christine]Comfort food and murder are on the holiday menu in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Macaroni and Freeze . . .

All Trixie Matkowski wants for Christmas is a break—just not the broken leg she got after slipping on some ice. With Sandy Harbor alive in the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s the busiest time of the year at Trixie’s Silver Bullet Diner. There are millions of things to do, including cater the town’s annual Christmas pageant and community dinner with some delicious holiday comfort food.

But the festivities turn into a bit of a turkey after Liz Fellows, the director of the pageant, is found with Trixie’s butcher knife in her back. Now Trixie must help the police arrest the scary gentleman—or lady—guilty of the crime if she hopes to get herself off the naughty list.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claus of Death: A Myrtle Crumb Mystery (Myrtle Crumb Series Book 3) by [Trent, Gayle]Myrtle Crumb, the sassy, sixty-something sleuth from BETWEEN A CLUTCH AND A HARD PLACE and WHEN GOOD BRAS GO BAD, is suspicious when the mall Santa is found dead “on the throne”–the Santa Land throne, that is. The police are saying it was suicide, but Myrtle knows no self-respecting Santa Claus would let himself die in front of the children! She goes undercover to investigate the suicide and uncovers more than she bargained for!

About the Author: Gayle Trent is the author of two popular cozy mystery series–the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating Series published by Simon & Schuster’s Gallery imprint under her own name; and the Embroidery Mystery Series written for NAL/Penguin’s Obsidian imprint under the pseudonym Amanda Lee. Please visit Gayle’s website at http://www.gayletrent.com to find out more about her books, get recipes, print out free cross-stitch patterns, and sign up for her newsletter.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treacherous Tart (PIE IN THE SKY MYSTERIES Book 2) by [Grant, Ellie]In this second charming novel in the Pie Shop cozy mystery series, a modern-day Lothario is shot dead, and it’s up to Maggie to clear her aunt and partner-in-pie from the suspect list.

It’s Christmastime at Pie in the Sky, Aunt Clara’s pie shop, and she has a new beau, Donald Wickerson, who loves her Marvelous Mince Pies.

Unfortunately, it seems that this holiday, Donald might only be interested in Aunt Clara for her money. Ryan and Maggie research his background and find he’s had several wives who met with unfortunate “accidents” that left him wealthier. Now they have to convince Aunt Clara that her boyfriend is after more than just her pie recipes.

When Donald stumbles into Pie in the Sky and dies after being shot, Aunt Clara is devastated—and also a suspect, since everyone in Durham knows about Donald from Ryan’s newspaper article. Now Maggie and Ryan will have to prove that someone else in the long list of people he’d wronged finally got the courage to end his life.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Christmas Caper (An Agnes Barton Holiday Mystery Series Book 2) by [Johns, Madison]When a semi-trailer filled with toys for the children’s party is stolen right before Agnes’ and Eleanor’s eyes, they’re left holding the bag. Agnes convinces the party organizer, Emily Harris, to give them a chance to find the toys before calling in the sheriff. Before long though, it’s apparent that they’ll need the help of Sheriff Peterson.

Will Agnes and Eleanor be able to save Christmas for the needy children of Tawas in time for their Christmas party, or will they be so lost in the twist of turns of the case that they finally admit to themselves they might not be cut out to solve this case?
(Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspector Green explores a web of betrayal and deceit. In the dead of night, the phone rings in the missing persons unit of the Ottawa Police. A brutal blizzard is howling, and a wealthy social activist has not heard from his fiance in over twenty-four hours. Friends, family and police are mobilized to search the snowbound city. He comes to believe that his partner is fleeing for her life, possibly from his own family. When a frozen body is found in the snow, just blocks from the mans home, Green knows that someone is conspiring to keep the truth hidden. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zak and Zoe fly to Alaska after Zoe is asked by her dog trainer friend Peter to fly to Moosehead Alaska to deliver a search and rescue dog to a team who is desperate for some canine help after their own dog is injured during a rescue. Within twelve hours of arriving in the isolated little town, Zoe stumbles onto a murder scene where everything must be questioned because nothing is exactly as it seems. When a second body is found and a five year old cold case is reexamined, things go from complicated to bizarre. Meanwhile Levi and Ellie are home in Ashton Falls dealing with complex emotions as they solve their own thorny mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Paulson is snowed under running her library and caring for her extraordinary felines, Owen and Hercules. But when a holiday fund-raiser turns deadly, she’ll have to add sleuthing to her already full schedule…

Winter in Mayville Heights is busy and not just because of the holidays. Kathleen is hard at work organizing a benefit to raise money for the library’s popular Reading Buddies program. She has her hands full hosting the event. And when a guest at the gala drops dead, her magical cats, Owen and Hercules, will have their paws full helping her solve a murder.

The victim is the ex of town rascal Burtis Chapman, but she hasn’t lived in the area in years. And though everybody is denying knowledge of why she was back in town, as Kathleen and her detective boyfriend, Marcus, begin nosing around, they discover more people are connected to the deceased than claimed to be. Now Marcus, Kathleen, and her uncanny cats have to unravel this midwinter tale before the case gets cold.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better Off Thread (Embroidery Mystery) by [Lee, Amanda]Santa finds himself in a stitch of trouble in the tenth in the series from the national bestselling author of The Stitching Hour

Marcy is busy helping her customers make hand-crafted ornaments at her embroidery shop, the Seven-Year Stitch. But despite the yuletide bustle, when her friend Captain Moe asks for her help, she can’t refuse—especially when the favor is to play the elf to his Santa for sick children at a local hospital. Despite the ridiculous outfit, Marcy finds herself enjoying spreading cheer—until the hospital’s administrator is found murdered.

Although the deceased had plenty of people willing to fill her stocking with coal, evidence pins the crime on Moe. Now it’s up to Marcy, with the help of her police officer boyfriend Ted and her Irish Wolfhound Angus, to stitch together the clues to clear Moe’s name—before someone else winds up crossed off Santa’s list for good… (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder of a Stacked Librarian: A Scumble River Mystery (Scumble River Mysteries Book 16) by [Swanson, Denise]There’s no place like Scumble River at Christmastime, and this year, school psychologist Skye Denison has twice as much to celebrate—and to do. In addition to the usual holiday frenzy, Skye’s wedding to police chief Wally Boyd is less than a week away—that is, if the groom isn’t too busy working to attend. The town’s sexy new librarian, Yvonne Osborn, has just been murdered, and the list of suspects is piling up faster than late fees on an overdue book.

Yvonne’s strict sense of right and wrong annoyed some townspeople and infuriated others. Did her high standards lead to her death? Skye is distracted by worries about what havoc the crazy Dooziers will wreak on her wedding day and whether she’ll fit into her dress. But Skye can’t afford to leave any page unturned because unless she works quickly to expose the scheming killer, her happy ending may be put on permanent hold.… (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let There Be Suspects (Ministry is Murder) by [Richards, Emilie]By the USA Today bestselling author of Blessed Is the Busybody

Now that a chalk outline no longer marks their front porch, Aggie Sloan-Wilcox and her minister husband can turn their attention back to the living . . .

’Tis the season in bucolic Emerald Springs, Ohio. As a gift to her daughters, Aggie’s mom has invited their former foster sister, Ginger, to join their Christmas reunion. A potential candidate for Sociopaths Anonymous, Ginger could make Aggie nostalgic for the chalk line. But when Ginger turns up deader than a drumstick, Aggie’s sister is the logical suspect because she always resented her mother’s attachment to Ginger. Aggie knows her sister is incapable of murder. But that won’t convince the police. Now Aggie has to find the murderer—someone who’s decided there’s a loophole in thou shalt not kill.

Praise for Blessed Is the Busybody

“A delightful cozy.”—Midwest Book Review (five-star review)

“Any new book by this gifted author is cause for celebration.”—The Mystery Reader  

“If you are a fan of Dorothy Bodoin and Jan Karon, or an avid Murder She Wrote viewer, then Blessed Is the Busybody is just the book for you!”—Roundtable Reviews  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2) by [Bernhardt, Susan]“Murder Under the Tree did not disappoint! If anything, it was more intriguing than the first, because i had the killer pegged from the start…then I changed it to another character…then to a third. It is just that kind of book, suspenseful, with clues demanding that you KNOW who the perpertrator is…only to find out you’re wrong!” 5 stars

While Kay attends a Christmas tea at Hawthorne Hills Retirement Home, a beloved caretaker dies from an allergic reaction to peanuts. When the official coroner’s report rules the cause of death to be accidental, a small group of residents suspect foul play and call upon Kay to investigate.

Kay uncovers sinister plots of fraud, revenge, and corruption at the Home. During this season of peace on earth, good will to men, additional murders occur. Despite multiple attempts on her life, and with the support once again of her best friends, Elizabeth and Deirdre, Kay continues her quest for bringing justice for the victims. Kay’s first Christmas in Sudbury Falls is an unforgettable one, with equal amounts of celebration and danger. Tis the season to be sleuthing!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Christmas And Holiday Themed Books

  1. I have read three of them THE MISTLETOE MAN Susan Wittig Albert are always good.
    A MIDWINTER’S TAIL Sofia KelLy, I like this series. Ellie Richards books are excellent LET THEIR BE SUSPECTS is the second in the series. Some of the others sound interesting.

  2. I haven’t really heard about these books before. Lovely post by the way. I am so going to get a couple of these as a christmas gift to myself. Have a great day 🙂

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