Monday, December 03, 2012

Murder Under the Mistletoe

Measure equal portions of murder and mistletoe, add a dash of your favorite sleuths, and mix well to stir up a recipe for a crime-solving Christmas. Serve with egg nog.

Busy Body by M.C. Beaton

For the first time in her life, Agatha Raisin finds herself giving into the holiday cheer that has become infectious in the village of Carsely. However, Mr. John Sunday of the Health and Safety Board is determined to be a modern-day Scrooge. First, he declares the village shop must remove its historical wooden shelves; then he ban's the village's iconic Christmas tree. But when Sunday is found murdered shortly thereafter, Agatha finds herself with a whole slew of suspects.

A Killer's Christmas in Wales by Elizabeth Duncan

As the townsfolk of the Welsh valley town of Llanelen settle in for the snowiest winter in 25 years, an American stranger arrives. Harry Saunders charms the ladies and convinces Evelyn Lloyd, a wealthy widow, to invest money with him. When he goes missing with her money his body is soon discovered with a letter opener belonging to Mrs. Lloyd in his back. It's up to Penny Brannigan to prove her innocence.

Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Contains 3 novelettes. Hannah Swensen of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn., discovers her neighbor's head bashed in; Jaine Austen's holiday stay at her parents' home in the Tampa Vistas retirement community is enlivened by the murder of an elderly lothario; and, Maine reporter Lucy Stone investigates a four-year-old boy's disappearance. Includes recipes.

A Christmas Homecoming by Anne Perry

Traveling up the Yorkshire coast with her husband and his acting troupe, Caroline, the mother of Charlotte Pitt, anticipates their arrival at the famed fishing village landing sight of Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's tale and develops an awareness about inviting and disallowing evil.

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