With the snow and ice swirling outside, curl up with one of these cozy holiday mysteries.
Meg Langslow struggles to organize the holiday Christmas parade in Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews. When Santa turns up murdered, amateur sleuth Meg investigates in this humorous mystery.
Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown features Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, along with her two cats and corgi. After Harry finds a dead body under the Christmas tree she picks out at a tree farm and more men are murdered, Harry and her animal friends look for the murderer.
Popular mystery writer Anne Perry combines historical fiction with suspense in A Christmas Secret. Set in 19th century England, Clarice and her husband Dominic, a substitute vicar, temporarily move to a small village after the Reverend Wynter goes on holiday at Christmastime. Things start to go wrong, though, when Clarice finds Wynter – dead – in the cellar.
It’s four days before Christmas and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is after bail-jumper Sandy Claws while stressing about the upcoming holidays. A mysterious and handsome stranger joins her, elves make an appearance, and quirky family members play their part in Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich.
Invited to appear in a contest on the Hortense Calabash Cooking Show, caterers Bernie and Libby face off against other celebrity chefs. An exploding oven kills the show’s host, Hortense, and Bernie and Libby investigate the chefs – each with a motive – in Isis Crawford’s A Catered Christmas: A Mystery with Recipes.
Another culinary cozy with lots of recipes, Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanna Fluke features Hannah Swensen, owner of a cookie bakery and amateur sleuth. Hannah finds her missing cake knife in someone’s body after a holiday party and works to solve the mystery.
Author Karen Harper sets The Queene's Christmas: An Elizabeth I Mystery in 16th century England. The young queen acts as detective after one of the kitchen staff is found dead during preparations for the holiday feast. Authentic recipes included.
More recipes (and knitting patterns!) appear in Fleece Navidad, part of Maggie Sefton’s knitting mysteries series. A librarian and knitter in Fort Collins, Colorado turns up dead and the knitting group must find the murderer after suspicion is cast on one of their own.
Finally, author Laurien Berenson provides a peek at the dog show world in Jingle Bell Bark: A Melanie Travis Mystery. It’s Christmastime and dog trainer Melanie Travis must investigate the suspicious death of her son’s bus driver while preparing for an upcoming dog show and frantically getting ready for the holidays.