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November 26, 2012 | Kelley
Curl up by the fire, sip some eggnog, and read a Christmas mystery novel. We have a variety of Christmas mysteries to help you ring in the holiday season.
Visions of sugar plums by Janet Evanovich — Christmas is right around the corner and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on a mission to track down Sandy Claws, a toymaker in trouble with the law. There is also a strange and handsome man in her kitchen. Can he help her find Sandy Claws and a Christmas tree before Christmas? Fans of the humorous Stephanie Plum series will enjoy this special Christmas treat.
Santa clawed: a Mrs. Murphy mystery by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown — When a body is found under the Christmas tree that Harry Harristeen is about to buy, she and her cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and dog Tucker embark on the case. Those who like a cozy murder puzzle with the clever perspectives of pets will be sure to find this the purr-fect Christmas mystery.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie — The Queen of Crime takes on Christmas with her renowned private investigator Hercule Poirot. A detested man is murdered at a family gathering and everyone seems to have a motive. Follow the intelligent Poirot as he investigates the puzzle.
Aunt Dimity's Christmas by Nancy Atherton — Lori Atheron's Christmas plans are put on hold when a mysterious man collapses in her front yard. The late Aunt Dimity, who communicates from the other side, encourages Lori to find out who the man is. This novel is for readers who enjoy solving a mystery with paranormal elements.
A Christmas journey by Anne Perry — This is the first novel in Perry's Christmas Stories series featuring the vigorous sleuth Vespasia Cumming-Gould. The reader is escorted to the grandiose Christmas parties of aristocrats from the Victorian era with a mystery to solve.
Santa Cruise: a holiday mystery at sea by Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark — Go aboard the Royal Mermaid with influential guests and investigator Alvirah Meehan for a Christmas vacation. The vacation quickly comes to an end when uninvited guests stir up trouble. The unique ocean setting and suspenseful plot make Santa Cruise an intriguing read.
Gingerbread cookie murder by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, Leslie Meier — This short story collection of Christmas mysteries is a convenient way to solve crimes. Pick one story or read all of the stories included. Readers will also stumble upon some Christmas recipes throughout the stories.