TOP 10 HOLIDAY MYSTERIES

For fans of holiday mysteries, here’s my own personal list of favorites collected over the years.

If you want zany humor with your mysteries, no one does it better than Laura Levine in Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge.  Fans of Kaitlyn Dunnett will savor her Ho Ho Homicide even more than a steaming cup of eggnog!

Speaking of eggnog — Eggnog Murder features a trilogy of tales from a trilogy of triathlon authors, Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross.  And who can resist anything penned or edited by Vicki Delany, Elizabeth Duncan, Jane K. Cleland or Otto Penzler?

For fans of Victorian times, Kate Kingsbury’s Ringing in Murder and Emily Brightwell’s, Mrs. Jeffries and the Feast of St. Stephen, take us back in time for a look at how the holidays were celebrated in that era  – and, how murders were solved (without modern technology).

No hard-core mystery fan should be without the gigantic 600+ page Big Book of Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler.  It’s a full blown collection of “vintage” yuletide mysteries.  Too many authors to list, but a sampling would be:  Peter Lovesey, Ellery Queen, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Mary Higgins Clark, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ed McBain, Isaac Asimov, etc., etc. and I DO mean “etc., etc…”   WOW!

To complete my favorite holiday reading list, I call upon the beloved and immortal Charles Dickens. His Stories for Christmas has a beautiful hardbound green and gold cover and red ribbon marker.  Almost 500 pages of pure classic enjoyment!

In no particular order, my hand-picked choices:

  1. Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge, A Jaine Austen Mystery  – Laura Levine
  2. Ho Ho Homicide, A Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery – Kaitlyn Dunnett
  3. Eggnog Murder – Leslie Meir, Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross (3 holiday tales)
  4. Mrs. Jeffries and the Feast of St. Stephen – Emily Brightwell (Victorian setting)
  5. We Wish You a Murderous Christmas, a year-round Christmas mystery – Vicki Delany
  6. A Killer Christmas in Wales – A Penny Brannigan Mystery by Elizabeth Duncan
  7. Ringing in Murder – A Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery by Kate Kingsbury
  8. Ornaments of Death – Jane K. Cleland (read my FULL review under the “mystery category”)
  9. The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries edited and intro by Otto Penzler (A Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original)
  10. Stories for Christmas by Charles Dickens (green/gold cover, red ribbon marker)

So go ahead, get out the popcorn and settle in.  Treat yourself to some of the best in holiday cozies for yourself or give as a gift to a mystery fan!  Last time I checked all were still available, but I have noticed holiday books, including mysteries, seem to be going fast – so don’t wait too long to grab yours!

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