Best in snow
Rosenfelt, David, author
"Christmas has come early to the town of Paterson, New Jersey, in the form of a snowstorm that dumps two feet of snow on the ground. Lawyer Andy Carpenter likes snow--white Christmas and all that--but it can cause problems for the walks he takes his dogs on every day. When Andy's golden retriever Tara goes to play in the snow and instead discovers a body, Andy ends up on the phone with the local newspaper editor. The murder victim is Mayor Alex Oliva, who had an infamous relationship with the newspaper"-- Provided by publisher.
Christmas candy corpse
Ross, Rosemarie, author
Six ambitious bakers are competing for glory and a grand prize, showcasing their most delicious candies, cookies, and desserts. Courtney detects some on-set grinchiness from her coworkers, especially judge Shannon Collins, but she's hoping the sweet treats will restore everyone's festive spirits. That Christmas wish swiftly fizzles when assistant director Kinzy Hummel is found strangled--with an apron from Shannon's new product line... Shannon insists she's innocent. Meanwhile, Kinzy had been under pressure from a disgruntled attorney to settle her late grandfather's estate. But could that be a motive for murder? The show must go on even as Courtney sifts through competitors and crew for likely suspects. But unless she can quickly get to the truth, there'll be another helping of homicide amid the pinwheel cookies and fruitcakes...
A Christmas legacy : a novel
Perry, Anne, author
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt's former maid Gracie helps out a good friend who was unceremoniously fired. Gracie knows she has to find out what happened. At first, it seems that all is normal in the household between the couple and the elderly granny who mostly keeps to her bedroom upstairs. Gracie slowly realizes, though, that Granny is suffering from neglect - and rather than helping her, the husband and wife have decided she isn't dying fast enough.
Deck the donuts
Bolton, Ginger, author.
"Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Emily has decked the halls of her donut shop and decorated her donuts with festive designs from green and red frosting to snowflake sprinkles. For the annual Ice and Lights Festival, she has commissioned a sculpture with three ice-carved donut shapes to form a holey snowman, Frosty the Donut. She has one Christmas wish this year: spend some time under the mistletoe with a certain detective. When a tour bus on its way to the festival crashes, and a snowstorm leaves all the shaken passengers stranded and shivering, Emily and her friends open their homes to shelter the traveling families. The following morning, Emily discovers the bus driver's body-- buried beneath Frosty the Donut."--Adapted from back cover.
An eggnog to die for
Pershing, Amy (Mystery writer), author
Christmas has come to Fair Harbor, but when the town's Santa is murdered, it will be up to Sam Barnes to find a killer in this newest installment of the Cape Cod Foodie Mysteries.
God rest ye, royal gentlemen
Bowen, Rhys, author
"For my first Christmas as a married woman, it seems fitting that I throw a little house party for my nearest and dearest at Eynsleigh, my lovely new home. While this sounds delightful in theory, the fact of the matter is I cannot trust Queenie not to burn the house down, let alone cook a decent dinner for my prospective guests. However, all of my problems appear to be solved when Darcy receives a letter from his aunt, Ermintrude, who has moved to a small house on the edge of the Sandringham estate, near the royal family. It appears Darcy's odd aunt wants to meet me, but I had not realized she was the former lady-in-waiting and close confident of the Queen! Her majesty has told Aunt Ermintrude that it would be a great comfort to have me nearby during this festive time of year. Realizing that the invitation from Darcy's aunt is actually a royal summons in disguise, we pack up our guests: Mummy, Binky and Fig-and yes, even Queenie-and head to Sandringham. Once settled at Aunt Ermintrude's grace-and-favor house, I learn that the notorious Mrs. Simpson, mistress to the Prince of Wales, will also be in attendance along with the Prince himself, my cousin David. It is now as clear as crystal that the Queen expects me to do a bit of spying. But when I pay Her Majesty a visit, I learn that there is more to her request than just some simple eavesdropping. There have been a couple of strange incidents at the estate in recent years. Two gentlemen of the royal household died in mysterious circumstances during the previous December. And now it seems that the deadly accidents are starting up again. Is the real target the Prince of Wales and his prickly paramour, or is there an even more sinister plot at work? I must get to the truth of the matter to ensure that my first Christmas married to my darling Darcy is not our last..."-- Provided by publisher.
Mrs. Jeffries and the midwinter murders
Brightwell, Emily, author.
"Harriet Andover had no intention of dying young like her silly siblings had. She intended to outlive them and outdo them as she always had. But Harriet discovers that the best intentions can lead to murder when she is strangled inside her mansion with a house full of holiday guests. As much as Inspector Witherspoon enjoys his job delivering justice, the last thing he wanted was a complicated murder case just a week before Christmas. He soon discovers that Harriet's own husband and grown stepchildren are not overcome with grief and neither are most of her friends. And to put the icing on the Christmas cookies, the room where Harriet's body was found was locked from the inside and she had the only key in her pocket. Mrs. Jeffries and the household have no intention of letting their inspector down and learn that Harriet's sister may have died from foul play as well. As the clues mount, this dedicated band of merry sleuths will not rest until they've delivered a stocking full of coal to a crafty killer."--Provided by publisher.
A murder yule regret
Archer, Winnie, author
When a tabloid journalist meets his demise during a Victorian holiday costume party, fledgling photographer Ivy Culpepper gets roped into helping prove the innocence of It Girl film star Eliza Fox since her festive photos are now official evidence.
The twelve jays of Christmas
Andrews, Donna, author
Meg's brother Rob and his fiancé Delaney have been engaged for some time now. In fear of their mothers' propensity for over-the-top celebrations, they decide to throw a party just before Christmas and then elope. When a blizzard traps their guests inside, the two mothers find out about the planned elopement and start trying to pull together the kind of over-the-top event the couple was trying to avoid in the first place. To make matters worse, a murder is afoot. Will Meg manage to help the snowbound would-be eloping couple thwart their mothers' grandiose wedding plans AND solve a murder among the assembled friends and relatives?
Twisted tea Christmas
Childs, Laura, author
Tea maven Theodosia Browning is catering a Victorian Christmas party at a swanky mansion in downtown Charleston. Drucilla Heyward, the hostess, has brought the cream of Charleston society together to reveal that she is planning to give her wealth away to various charitable organizations. However, before she can make the announcement, Theodosia finds her crumpled unconscious in the hallway. It looks like the excitement has gotten to the elderly woman - except that there is a syringe sticking out of her neck.