Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey

Apple Cider Slaying is the first book in a new series. I’ve read a couple books by this author (under her pseudonym) before and enjoyed them well enough, but what drew me to this one was the Christmassy setting. Winnie has returned to her hometown, Blossom Valley, West Virginia to …

Grievance in Gingerbread Alley by Leighann Dobbs

Grievance in Gingerbread Alley is the second of the Christmas Village Cozies. They’re both quick fun reads and I read this one right after the first. Gus is on vacation in Christmas Village, playing jazz piano at the North Pole Lounge. She knows Christmas Village can’t be as perfect and …

Cadaver on Candy Cane Lane by Leighann Dobbs

Cadaver on Candy Cane Lane is a fun, quirky mystery novella. Christmas Village is Christmas village. It’s where elves make toys, a pear tree grows in the middle of winter, swans swim in the lake, and reindeer talk. A lot of the activities are for tourists, tourism is big business …

The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox

Small confession: I have the first of the Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries on my Kindle, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Then I saw this “between the books” holiday story and decided it was a perfect way to get a taste of the series. The Ghost of Christmas …

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories edited by Martin Edwards

I thoroughly enjoyed the storied in The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. Each short story/mystery is set around Christmas, but aside from that one connecting feature, it’s a great variety, from typical whodunnits, to spy stories, to a ghost story. The stories are as follows: “A Christmas Tragedy” by …