Mysteries and the holidays are like snow and winter, or caroling and cocoa, or shopping and wrapping, or—well you get the picture!
In the midst of this season, be sure to check out the many holiday themed mysteries to enjoy during your down time. Even the most harried readers should have some luck finding satisfying books to wind down with. Even better if you are busy–we have short stories, and audio books to take on your travels, too.
A Rumpole Christmas by John Mortimer
This collection of 5 short stories was released after the author’s passing in 2009. A special treat for established Rumpole fans, it’s also a way for readers new to Morton’s colorful Horace Rumpole character to get acquainted. Though he is not a big fan of the season, Rumpole is almost sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
Silent Night by Robert Parker, with Helen Brann
Here’s a holiday gift for Spenser fans and crime readers needing a Spenser fix. Parker’s longtime literary agent, Brann, completed this novel that was left unfinished when Parker died in 2010.
It’s December in Boston, and Spenser finds himself pulled into a situation that threatens a group of homeless boys who are trying to get a break. Christmas is just days away as Spenser prepares for a showdown.
Veiled Threat by Alice Loweecy
It’s private investigator Giulia Falcone’s second Christmas since leaving the convent, and she is content. But Giulia’s holiday is darkened with disturbing news from her friends Anya and Laurel–their adopted baby girl has been kidnapped. When she discovers that two kidnappings in nearby communities, both involving same-sex couples, ended fatally, Giulia goes undercover to snare the kidnappers before they can kill again.
Duck the Halls by Donna Andrews ( A Meg Langslow Mystery)
When Christmas preparations are disrupted by a series of pranks being pulled on the town’s churches, Meg Langslow is called in to restore order and discover who is behind it. Suddenly things escalate beyond skunks, boas constrictors and ducks, and an elderly vestryman from Trinity Episcopal winds up dead. This series is as much about the town and Meg’s crazy extended family than it is about mysteries. Listen on CD to this latest, light hearted Christmas installment guaranteed to enhance the holiday mood.
A Christmas Grace by Anne Perry
This is the sixth Victorian Christmas offering by best-selling author Perry. Emily Radley is drawn to a remote Irish village to care for her dying aunt. A violent storm looms on the horizon, and a terrible secret haunts the villagers. Will Emily solve the mystery and weather the storm? A slight tale that will appeal to Perry’s fans, and complement her other Christmas books.
Jane and the 12 Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
Denver’s own Stephanie Barron, aka novelist Francine Matthews, here serves up a satisfying holiday plot which combines Barron’s courtly language with an engaging group of characters from her popular series about English author, Jane Austen.
Jane and her family are invited to spend Christmas at an English country home, The Tyne. The festive holiday crowd includes other genteel country dwellers, but when one of their snow-bound party dies in a tragic accident, Jane’s suspicions are piqued. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of Jane’s fellow guests. Jane works to discover the truth even as she grapples with discerning just who among their party she can really trust. Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas is number 12 in this charming series.