Good cozies for Christmas?

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Good cozies for Christmas?

1gmathis
nov 20, 2008, 8:54 am

I prefer to read my seasonal mysteries during the season instead of year-round; wondered if anyone had suggestions for a good holiday cozy mystery--I have Daniel Plainway: or the Holiday Haunting of the Moosepath League set aside; this'll be the first one in the series I've tried.

2alcottacre
Redigerat: nov 23, 2008, 7:50 am

How about Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer? It's an oldie, but a goodie.

There are also a couple of Christmas mysteries from several years ago that Leslie Meier wrote entitled Mistletoe Murder (Also published as Mail-Order Murder) and Christmas Cookie Murder.

These are the ones that spring to mind right off the bat.

3ToReadToNap
nov 23, 2008, 7:36 am

MC Beaton has a couple: Kissing Christmas Goodbye with Agatha Raisin (funny), and A Highland Christmas with Hamish. I know I read it but I don't remember it. Agatha Christie must have some that take place at Christmas, but I can't think of which ones. Also, I think there must be a collection of mystery short stories with a holiday theme. Maybe I'll go google that.

4gmathis
nov 23, 2008, 9:00 am

Advent of Dying by Carol Ann O'Marie is one I remember enjoying this time of year ... one of a series of Sister Mary Helen (I think that's the name) mysteries set in San Francisco and thereabouts. Enjoyed the ones I've read; not sure if they're now out of print.

(Never fails...I always discover "new" authors just at the time they're getting hard to find!)

5cyderry
dec 16, 2008, 9:04 pm

Visions of Sugar Plums if you've read any of the Stephanie Plum series

7LA12Hernandez
dec 16, 2008, 9:39 pm

I just got Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier.

9ToReadToNap
jan 4, 2009, 8:04 am

I will also add a new one I read over the holidays called, appropriately, Christmas is Murder by C.S. Challinor. It's a new book, but has a very old-fashioned feel to it. Enjoyable.

10alcottacre
jan 4, 2009, 8:08 am

I am already adding to my list for next Christmas . . . thanks for some great recommendations!

11Porua
nov 21, 2009, 5:10 am

I have already posted this on another thread but I would like to recommend Agatha Christie's Poirot mystery, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding. It is my favorite among all of the Christmas mysteries that I've read.

12TracyK1
nov 26, 2009, 6:07 am

I would add Kate Kingsbury to the list. She wrote some fun cozy mysteries about the Pennyfoot Hotel. There are some ones that take place at christmas time, likeSlay Bells and some other ones. Happy Reading!

13LibrarianBarb
jul 1, 2010, 8:53 am


I would add Jane Rubino's 'Fruitcake' to the list - the 2nd in her Cat Austen series.
I came up with this link of a list of Christmas-themed mysteries
http://www.myshelf.com/holiday/pages/xmasmystery.htm

14sandyg210
jul 1, 2010, 9:23 am

Also Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

15rhinemaiden
nov 12, 2019, 12:46 pm

I am re-reading Jane Langton The Shortest Day a set in December cozy mystery. (nex in my TBR pile, also by Jane Langton The Face on the Wall, God in Concord and Natural Enemy. I love her writing and her wonderful pen/ink illustrations.

16Crypto-Willobie
dec 2, 2020, 4:02 pm

Christmas again...

18gmathis
dec 4, 2020, 12:26 pm

Haven't started it yet, but I stumbled on a 25-cent thrift store clearance copy of The Late Clara Beame by Taylor Caldwell. I never associated this with mysteries, but it appears to be a Christmas-season house party mystery. We shall see.

19Jim53
jul 12, 2021, 7:45 pm

Donna Andrews has a long list of cozies featuring puns on bird names in the titles. At least a half dozen of them are Christmas books. I recently enjoyed The Gift of the Magpie.