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Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Moonflower Murders is the sequel to Magpie Murders, although I think it would work well as a stand alone. Once again we have a book within the book, and the return of publisher/amateur sleuth, Susan Ryeland. After the fallout from the last book, Susan is no longer working in publishing …

Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

Mistletoe Murder is the first of the Lucy Stone mysteries, set in the fictional seaside town of Tinker’s Cove, Maine. Lucy is mom to three, wife to Bill, and second shift telephone sale rep for the community’s biggest employer, Country Cousins. As you can guess from the title, it’s Christmastime. …

A Christmas Party by Georgette Heyer

A British country house Christmas party may be my favorite setting for a murder. Joseph and his wife, Maud, live at Nathaniel’s grand home. Joseph has organized a Christmas party, even though he seems to be the only one in a festive mood. Like any good Christmas party, we’ve got …

Murder at an Irish Christmas by Carlene O’Connor

Murder at an Irish Christmas is the 6th installment in the Irish Village Mystery series, but the first I’ve read. It worked fine as a stand alone. I felt like I got to know the characters well and was given enough of the backstory but not too much. Siobhán and …

A Resolution at Midnight by Shelley Noble

A Resolution at Midnight is the third book in Shelley Noble’s Lady Dunbridge historical mystery series. I didn’t read the first two books, and I think I would have enjoyed this one a bit more if I had. This mystery itself worked well as a stand-alone, but I was missing …

The Finishing Stroke by Ellery Queen

The Finishing Stroke is set primarily at Christmas-time, but bookended by a prologue set twenty-some years prior to the main events and a wrap-up that takes place over twenty years later. The bulk of the story takes place at Christmas, 1929. John Jr. has put together an extended Christmas party …

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