Christmas Mysteries: The Best Cozy Seasonal Books
Top Ten Christmas Mysteries
Do you love a little murder set in the holiday season? I do. Try one of these mysteries to round out your holiday experience. Or tuck one into the stocking of a mystery fan. Fans of the cozy mystery can find seasonal novels from favorite mystery authors ranging from Nancy Atherton to Valerie Wolzien (with a little Mary Higgins Clark thrown in for good measure). Check out these seasonal murder mysteries for some holiday reading. Maybe you've never thought of murder and mistletoe as natural companions, but to the true mystery lover, a good cozy murder just adds some holiday spice to the season!
Top 10 Favorite Christmas Mysteries - Featuring Series Characters
Honestly there are twelve here, but I couldn't decide on just ten. And even so I've left out many other great Christmas mysteries. All feature characters in series books that I love anyway, but have the added bonus of seasonal mayhem thrown in. The books that follow are in no particular order, but there are a couple there that are fairly recent (try Margaret Maron's "Christmas Mourning" to see what Deborah Knott is up to lately). I also highly recommend Valerie Wolzien's books. Her books don't seem to be as well known as some of the other mystery series, but I love her characters. She actually has several books (from two different series) that are set in the Christmas season, but, alas, there wasn't room to include them all here. Any of these are great for the fan of the cozy mystery.
- Merry, Merry Ghost by Carolyn Hart
The Body in the Sleigh by Katherine Hall Page
Aunt Dimity's Christmas by Nancy Atherton
Hark! The Herald Angel Screamed by Mignon F. Ballard
A Highland Christmas by M. C. Beaton
Jingle Bell Bark by Laurien Berenson
Rituals of the Season by Margaret Maron
Christmas Mourning by Margaret Maron
Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod
Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier
Mail Order Murder by Leslie Meier
'Tis the Season to Be Murdered by: Valerie Wolzien
Merry Little Christmas Murders
These are Christmas volumes of some of my favorite series characters.
Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clarks
Mary Higgins Clark is a best-selling suspense novelist. She has written (or co-written) a total of 7 Christmas themed books. With daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, she co-writes the Regan Reilly series and has successfully collaborated on several Christmas offerings. The following are all suspenseful Christmas themed novels that feature the combination of heartwarming characters with engaging plots and endings suitable for the Christmas season. I have read and enjoyed each of these.
- Silent Night
All Through the Night
The following were collaboratively written with daughter Mary Higgins Clark:
Deck the Halls (2000)
He Sees You When You're Sleeping (2001)
The Christmas Thief (2005)
Santa Cruise (2006)
Dashing Through the Snow (2008)
Clark Mysteries on Amazon
Joanne Fluke--Candy Cane Murder - A Favorite Christmas Mystery Collection
I've recently become a Joanne Fluke fan. If you haven't tried her Hannah Swensen mysteries you are missing a treat in more ways than one. Her heroine is the proprietor of a cookie shop, so not only do you get great mysteries, but a fabulous collection of recipes in every book. Also, unlike many of the recipes I find in mysteries, these are practical and delicious. (I've probably gained five pounds trying out my favorites). I think you'll love Joanne Fluke and her character, Hannah Swensen. This collection actually combines Fluke's Candy Cane Murder with two over novellas, one by Laura Levine and one by Leslie Meier. I particularly liked Meier's book which gives the reader a look back at her character Lucy Stone's early days in Tinker's Cove. Fans of Leslie Meier will, I think, appreciate this. But it certainly would be a good introduction for anyone not familiar with Meier's books as well. Fans of cozy mysteries won't be disappointed with this three-in-one treat for Christmas.
This is a great book because it's actually a holiday collection with three candy cane themed books included in one. I couldn't put it down. This would make a great stocking stuffer (or a little treat for yourself).
More Christmas Mysteries - Try these links
Here are some fabulous sources to help you find new authors or old favorites who write Christmas mysteries.
Christmas Mysteries--Love them or hate them?
How often do you read Christmas mysteries?
Do you have any favorite Christmas mysteries? I'd love to hear from you.