Multcolib Picks: Christmas Mysteries

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY BIG 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories.

Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop
Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop 'tis the Season to Be Deadly : Stories of Mistletoe and Mayhem From 17 Masters of Suspense (Book - 2010 ) MYSTERY CHRISTMAS 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:More holiday short stories commissioned by Otto Penzler, owner of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.

The Christmas Carol Murders
The Christmas Carol Murders Being the First Dickens Junction Mystery By Lord, Christopher (Book - 2012 ) MYSTERY LORD 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:It's the holiday season in Dickens Junction, Oregon. Local bookstore owner Simon Alastair is getting ready for the community's annual celebration of Charles Dickens's well-known story. But when a mysterious stranger shows up in the Junction and is murdered hours later, Simon begins to suspect that his little community has been targeted for destruction by a shadowy organization.

Christmas Stalkings
Christmas Stalkings Tales of Yuletide Murder (Book - 1991 ) MYSTERY CHRISTMAS 1991 Available in some locations

Annotation:Holiday crime stories selected by mystery writer Charlotte McLeod.

Gingerbread Cookie Murder
Gingerbread Cookie Murder By Fluke, Joanne (Book - 2010 ) MYSTERY FLUKE 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Three holiday mystery novellas.

Hercule Poirot's Christmas
Hercule Poirot's Christmas By Christie, Agatha (Book - 2007 ) MYSTERY CHRISTIE Available in some locations

Annotation: Poirot is called to the family estate of Simeon Lee, after he is found lying in a pool of blood on Christmas Eve.

Holiday Grind
Holiday Grind By Coyle, Cleo (Book - 2009 ) MYSTERY COYLE 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation: Coffeehouse manager and head barista Clare Cosi and her NYPD detective boyfriend discover the snowy body of a man dressed up in a Santa suit, and become convinced the death was more than a mugging gone awry.

A Killer's Christmas in Wales
A Killer's Christmas in Wales A Penny Brannigan Mystery By Duncan, Elizabeth J. (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY DUNCAN 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:An American stranger, Harry Saunders, arrives in town and sweeps widow Evelyn Lloyd off her feet. Some suspect Saunders is taking advantage of Evelyn, so it's no surprise when he goes missing with a healthy chunk of Evelyn's money and is eventually found dead outside Conwy Castle.

No Clue at the Inn
No Clue at the Inn By Kingsbury, Kate (Book - 2003 ) MYSTERY KINGSBURY All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Cecily Baxter and her husband, Hugh, haven't been back to Badgers End in two years-not since they sold the Pennyfoot Hotel and the new owner turned it into a country club. But when Cecily receives a letter asking her to manage the place during the Christmas season, she's delighted to accept. Hugh, however, is not quite so enthusiastic-especially when he discovers that the previous manager met a mysterious end.

The Queene's Christmas
The Queene's Christmas An Elizabeth I Mystery By Harper, Karen (Book - 2003 ) MYSTERY HARPER Available in some locations

Annotation:An old English Yule has never been merrier or more mysterious. When the Thames freezes over and Londoners take to the ice for an elaborate Frost Fair. Elizabeth of England must outfox the diabolical demon who would kill not only the spirit of Christmas but the queen.

A Rumpole Christmas
A Rumpole Christmas By Mortimer, John (Book - 2009 ) MYSTERY MORTIMER 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation: Five holiday tales feature the curmudgeon barrister Rumpole.

Santa Clawed
Santa Clawed By Brown, Rita Mae (Book - 2008 ) MYSTERY BROWN 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation: Harry and her husband, Fair, have gone to fetch a Christmas tree at the tree farm run by The Brothers of Love, a semimonastic organization that tends to AIDS patients, when they find the tree they've chosen grimly decorated with a dead body.

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