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Topic: Which Mysteries are set at Christmastime (both regular and cozies)?

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Subject: Which Mysteries are set at Christmastime (both regular and cozies)?
Date Posted: 2/10/2008 10:22 PM ET
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OK, this might seem a little weird asking this question in February, but I'm a planner - and I like to  read Christmas themed books around the holidays.   So I'm trying to "plan" my mystery series reading this year so that I'll be reading any holiday themed books during the holidays in 2008.  Last year I planned poorly,  I got to December and realized that I was only 3 books away from Holiday in Death, so I read three books in a row from the In Death series and burnt out a little on that series for a while.  Normally I like to space out books in a series.

So I need your help.  I COULD look up all the books in the various series that I'm reading to figure out which ones are set at the holidays, but that would take a while - especially since it's not always obvious from the title.   For example, Iron Lake, the first book in the Cork O'Connor series, is set during Christmas.  But you would never know that from the title.

So if you know of ANY books in ANY mystery series that are set during the holidays, please post it here!  I'll start with the few that I do know:

  • Iron Lake by William Kent Kreuger - 1st in the Cork O'Connor mysteries
  • The Alpine Christmas by Mary Daheim
  • Crewel Yule by Monica Ferris
  • Death, Snow and Mistletoe by Valerie Malmont
  • A Cat in the Manger by Lydia Adamson
Date Posted: 2/11/2008 8:20 AM ET
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I know that M.C.Beaton has a Hamish MacBeth mystery that is set at Christmas. Maybe it's called "Highland Christmas" or something like that?
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Date Posted: 2/11/2008 3:20 PM ET
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Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity Series has  a Christmas themed book. "Aunt Dimity's Christmas"  It's the 4th or 5th in line for the series.  

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 4:41 PM ET
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Mistletoe Murder - Leslie Meier

Christmas Cookie Murder - Leslie Meier

Candy Cane Murder - Joanne Fluke et al. 

Sugar and Spice - Joanne Fluke et al.

Sugar Cookie Murder - Joanne Fluke

Corpus Christmas - Margaret Maron

Mistletoe Mysteries- Charlotte McLeod (editor)

Gone to the Dogs- Susan Conant

The Christmas Garden Affair - Ann Ripley

A Holiday for Murder - Agatha Christie

The Christmas Thief - Mary Higgins Clark

Anne Perry has an annual holiday mystery - A Christmas Guest, A Christmas Visitor, etc....

Cooked Goose - GA McKevett  (Savannah Reid mystery)


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Date Posted: 2/12/2008 6:28 PM ET
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If you go to Amazon and search "Christmas mysteries" you get pages and pages of them. See, for example: [edited to clean up link] https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_/105-0598774-5819618?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Christmas+mysteries&x=8&y=20

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Subject: christmas
Date Posted: 2/13/2008 1:28 PM ET
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i have a couple on my shelf that were good -

mary higgins clark - the christmas thief

santa crusie - mary and carol higgins clark

i would do 2 for 1

thanks !

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 7:01 PM ET
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I am cleaning out my collection of Christmas mysteries.I have listed over 20 of them.I'm not sure which are part of a series though.

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 3:10 PM ET
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The site, "Stop!You're Killing Me! has an area on the left hand side where you can select holidays. This site lists nothing but mysteries. It's interesting to look at from time to time. I like looking for the older, more senior sleuths. Have fun! I think it's writtewn as stopyou'rekillingme.com but I could be wrong. I only go there every month or so to see what's new.

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 9:37 PM ET
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Whoops! I was skimming to see what cosies are & didn't realise you had already read the books I mentioned.

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Judith L. (JML) - ,
Date Posted: 2/18/2008 5:08 PM ET
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I've been using the TAG feature to list the time of year mysteries are taking place.  If we all agree to do that, we could choose some mysteries based on when they happen.  I sometimes like to read something set at the same time of year I'm experiencing.

Ellie (EllieW) - ,
Date Posted: 2/18/2008 7:42 PM ET
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That is an excellent idea for the tags. I will start doing that also. I am always looking for mysteries set at certain times of the year, or holidays.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 6:13 PM ET
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Kissing Christmas Goodbye--M.C. Beaton (an Agatha Raisin cozy)

A Highland  Christmas--M.C. Beaton (Hamish MacBeth cozy)

Date Posted: 3/12/2008 11:27 AM ET
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Thanks for the comments, everyone!  And keep them coming!   I've discovered that there isn't a really good comprehensive list of of these books available on the web.   You can get a lot of them through the Stop You're Killing Me site or by searching Amazon as Lester suggested, but you still miss quite a few.

I think tagging holiday themed mysteries is a wonderful idea.  And if / when I get some spare time, I'll try to put a summary list up in this thread.