When people speak about the mystery of Christmas, they generally aren't talking about crime novels, but I like to read something holiday-ish in December, and for some reason I gravitate towards mysteries. The following titles range from crimes as simple and relatively innocuous as a stolen Christmas tree to a death at a Victorian holiday party. Make a cup of cocoa, throw another log on the fire, and check 'em out if you'd like to celebrate the holidays with a mystery!
A Highland Christmas by M.C. Beaton
Hamish MacBeth is on the trail of a stolen Christmas tree and lights, as well as trying to solve the mystery of a missing cat.
Jerusalem Inn by Martha Grimes
Two dead bodies make for a not-so-merry holiday for Scotland Yard's Richard Jury and his friend Melrose Plant.
A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry
When a woman dies at a holiday party, the wrong person may have been accused. Claudine Burroughs wants to make sure that the truly guilty party is caught. This is just the latest in Anne Perry's series of Christmas novels.
Past Reason Hated by Peter Robinson
Just three days before Christmas, Inspector Alan Banks must sort out a tangle of relationships to find a killer.
Merry Sleuthing and a Happy Clue Year!