Unwrap a mystery as you cuddle up in a warm blanket
“The Gingerbread Bump-off,” by Livia J. Washburn (paperback, Obsidian, 2011, 290 pages, $14). While baking goodies for two large events and opening her home as part of the annual Christmas Tour of Homes, Phyllis Newsom discovers the murder of a close friend on her front porch.
“A Killer’s Christmas in Wales,” by Elizabeth J. Duncan (hardcover,Thomas Dunne Books, 2011, 274 pages, $24.99). Preparing for the grand opening of her new spa as the citizens of Llanelen settle in for their snowiest winter in years, Penny Brannigan is desperately accosted for help by former postmistress Evelyn Lloyd, who has been wrongly accused of murdering a con artist.
“Mrs. Jeffries & the Mistletoe Mix-Up,” by Emily Brightwell (hardcover, Berkley Publishing Group, 2011, 265 pages, $23.95). With assistance from housekeeper Mrs. Jeffries, Inspector Witherspoon investigates the bloody murder of an art collector and tries to find the sword-wielding culprit before the eggnog is ladled out on Christmas Eve.
“The Twelve Clues of Christmas,” by Rhys Bowen (hardcover, Berkley Publishing Group, 2012, 311 pages, $24.95). While serving as an assistant to the hostess of a large Christmas house party in Tiddletonunder-Lovey, Georgie gets the attention of her retired detective grandfather after dead bodies begin showing up.
“A Christmas Garland,” by Anne Perry (hardcover, Ballantine Books, 2012, 194 pages, $18). In 1857 India, young Lt. Victor Narraway, with the help of two small children and a Christmas garland, defends a British medical orderly throughout a murder investigation.