Heinous Holidays by Hilary Williamson (updated Dec 2011)
Tis the season to be jolly ... and read seasonal mysteries about mayhem and murder. Why do Christmas crime capers have such appeal? Maybe it's the Grinch in all of us, the desire for distance from the relentless good cheer, the continual pressure to be happy, merry, jolly ... or perhaps we need to take a reading break from time to time to recover a festive facial expression, and the holiday mystery is at hand. Whatever the reason, publishers and writers have supplied us with a good selection over the years. Here are a few to tickle your fancy ...
The Alpine Christmas by Mary Daheim Emma Lord takes on seasonal pranksters and a murderer, with aplomb.
The Body in the Sleigh by Katherine Hall Page Faith Fairchild finds a body in an antique sleigh decorated for Christmas.
A Canine Christmas edited by Jeffrey Marks Fifteen mysteries, each featuring an ingratiating tail-wagging crime-solver.
Cat Coming Home by Shirley Rousseau Murphy Joe Grey, Dulcie and Kit patrol the rooftops during the holidays.
Voices by Arnaldur Indrišason Erlendur Sveinsson investigates a corpse dressed in a Santa Claus suit.
So, after you finish your latest cookie exchange (using some of Goldy's recipes of course), put aside the last minute touches to your decorations, take a break for a Christmas cozy with cookies, munch along to heinous holiday havoc ... and be sure to be jolly!
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