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Haunting Homicides


Haunting Homicides [updated annually]

This list is comprised of novels or short story collections in which the Halloween season (or an October/Harvest/Halloween setting) is an important element in the flavor of the book. Halloween Mysteries have been a popular annual tradition in the mystery publishing field, with several new additions being added to the ranks each year.This list is updated every Autumn, and anything with the Newicon indicates a book added to the collection within the past two years.

Over the years, several of the titles in this list have been withdrawn or never been added to the libraries’ collection in the first place. For any title not hot-linked to our catalog in this list, we encourage you to make use of our InterLibrary Loan Service — for a minimal fee, you can order any of these titles from other libraries around the country.

A Selection of Holiday Mystery Fiction for Adults

Kathie Aarons – Behind Chocolate Bars New
Ellery Adams – The Root of All Evil (w/ Elizabeth Lockard)
Glynn Marsh Alam – Green Water Ghost
Susan Wittig Albert – Witches’ Bane
Barbara Allan – Antiques Maul
Donna Andrews – Lord of the Wings New
Connie Archer – A Roux of Revenge (Harvest Festival)
May Louise Aswell – Far to Go
Kathleen Bacus – Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun (also known as Calamity Jane and the Haunted Homecoming)
Donald Bain & “Jessica Fletcher” (Murder She Wrote) – Trick or TreacheryThe Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher New
Constance Barker – Punked by the Pumpkin
Laura Belgrave – In the Spirit of Murder
Laurien Berenson – Watchdog
Susan Bernhardt – The Ginseng Conspiracy
Juliet Blackwell (a.k.a. Hailey Lind) – A Haunting is Brewing (Novella)
Heather Blake (a.k.a. Heather Webber) – Ghost of a Potion New
Alice K. Boatwright – Under an English Heaven
Janet Bolin – Night of the Living Thread
Kate Borden – Death of a Trickster
Thomas Boyle – Post-Mortem Effects
Ray Bradbury – A Graveyard for LunaticsThe Halloween Tree
Jacklyn Brady – Rebel Without a Cake
Lilian Jackson Braun – Cat Who Talked to Ghosts
Rita Mae Brown – The Hunt Ball – The Litter of the Law
Leo Bruce – Death on Allhallowe’en
Mollie Cox Bryan – Scrapbook of the Dead (Day of the Dead) New
Leslie Burgess – Halloween
W.J. Burley – Wycliffe and the Scapegoat
Jessica Burton – Death Goes Shopping
Ann Campbell – Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
R. Wright Campbell – The Wizard of La-La Land
Lillian Stewart Carl – The Charm Stone
John Newton Chance – The Halloween Murders
Nora Charles – Death with an Ocean View
Laura Childs – Frill KillFiber and BrimstoneBedeviled Eggs – The Jasmine Moon Murder – Gossamer GhostMing Tea Murder
Agatha Christie – The Hallowe’en Party
Nancy J. Cohen – Haunted Hair Nights
Christine E. Collier – A Holiday Sampler
Michael Collins – Lost Souls
Sheila Connolly (a.k.a. Sarah Atwell) – A Gala Event (Fall Harvest)
Susan Rogers Cooper – Not in My Backyard
E.J. Copperman – Night of the Living Deed
Elisabeth Crabtree – Deadly Magic
Caroline Crane – Trick or Treat
Isis Crawford (a.k.a. Barbara Block) – A Catered Halloween
Mary Daheim – Silver Scream
Kathi Daley – Halloween Hijinks – Pumpkins in Paradise – Haunted Hamlet – Legend of Tabby Hollow – Halloween in Paradise – Ghostly Graveyard – Costume Catastrophe
Philip Daniels – The Dracula Murders
Krista Davis – The Diva Haunts the HouseThe Ghost and Mrs. Mewer
Mark de Castrique – Fatal Undertaking
Abby Deuel: Farmcall Fatality
Denise Dietz – Throw Darts at a Cheesecake
Doris Miles Disney – Trick or Treat
John Dixon – A Map of the Dark
P. C. Doherty – Ghostly Murders
Deborah Donnelly – Died to Match
Carole Nelson Douglas – Cat with an Emerald Eye
Pamela DuMond – Cupcakes, Bats, and Scare-dy Cats
Susan Dunlap – Not Exactly a Brahmin
Kaitlyn Dunnett – Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones
Elizabeth Eagan-Cox – A Ghost to Die For
Dawn Eastman: Be Careful What You Witch For (Fall Festival)
Rosemary Edghill – The Bowl of Night
K.J. Emrick – Ghost Story
Alex Erickson – Death by Pumpkin Spice
John Esteven – Door of Death
Loren D. Estleman – The Witchfinder
Janet Evanovich – Plum Spooky
Anne C. Fallon – Dead Ends
Jerrilyn Farmer – Sympathy for the Devil
Connie Feddersen – Dead in the Pumpkin Patch
Vickie Fee – It’s Your Party, Die if You Want To
Monica Ferris – Hanging by a ThreadBlackwork
Sharon Fiffer – Scary Stuff
Honora Finkelstein – The Lawyer Who Died Trying
Joanne Fluke – The Fudge Cupcake Murder
Shelley Freydont – Halloween Murder – Trick or DeceitFoul Play at the Fair (Harvest)
Daryl Wood Gerber (a.k.a. Avery Aames) – Stirring the Plot
Leslie Glaister – Trick or Treat
Nancy Gladstone – Mommy and the Murder
Jeanne Glidewell – Haunted
Jean G. Goodhind (a.k.a. J.G. Goodhind) – Blood & Broomsticks
Paula Gosling – A Few Dying Words
Chris Grabenstein – The Black Heart Crypt (YA) – Hell for the Holidays
Margaret Grace (a.k.a. Camille Minichino) – Monster in Miniature
Heather Graham – Deadly Harvest
Sarah Graves – Nail Biter
Ben Greer – Halloween
Kerry Greenwood – Trick or Treat
Jane Haddam – Quoth the RavenSkeleton Key
Carolyn Haines – Hallowed BonesBone to Be Wild
Victoria Hamilton – Muffin but Murder
Carolyn Hart – Southern GhostGhost at Work
Frances Noyes Hart – Hide in the Dark
Ellen Hart – Sweet Poison
Sparkle Hayter – Revenge of the Cootie Girls
B. B. Haywood – Town in a Pumpkin Bash
Reginald Hill – Asking for the Moon (includes “Pascoe’s Ghost” and “Dalziel’s Ghost”)
Tony Hillerman – The Fallen ManThe Wailing Wind
Lee Hollis – Death of a Pumpkin Carver
Declan Hughes – The Color of Blood
Ellen Elizabeth Hunter – Murder on the Ghost Walk
Maddie Hunter – From Bad to Wurst
Susan Isaacs – Long Time No See
Judith K. Ivie – Murder on Old Main Street (fall festival) – Dirty Tricks
Melanie Jackson – The Pumpkin Thief – The Great Pumpkin Caper
Shirley Jackson – The Haunting of Hill House
Jonnie Jacobs – Murder Among Us
Pamela James – A Murder Made in Stitches
William W. Johnstone – The Devil’s Cat – Cat’s Eye – Cat’s Cradle – The Devil’s Kiss – The Devil’s Heart – The Devil’s Touch
Daniel Judson – The Violet Hour
Heather Justesen – Muffins & Murder
Tonya Kappes – A Charming Voodoo
Faye Kellerman – Day of Atonement
Toni L.P. Kelner – Wed and Buried
Harry Kemelman – Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry
Diana Killian – Verse of the Vampyre
Josi S. Kilpack – Pumpkin Roll
Andrew Klavan – The Animal Hour
Annie Knox (a.k.a. Wendy Lyn Watson) – Paws for Murder
Frederic Arnold Kummer – The Scarecrow Murders
Janis Lane – Murder in the Neighborhood
Joyce & Jim Lavene – Ghastly Glass – Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About
Amanda Lee (a.k.a. Gayle Trent) – The Stitching Hour
J. Sheridan LeFanu – Best Ghost Stories of J. S. Lefanu
Laura Levine – Death of A Neighborhood Witch New
James Lilley – Death Knocks Twice
Kylie Logan (a.k.a. Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels) – The Legend of Sleepy Harlow
Karen MacInerney – Pumpkin Pied (eBook short story)
Elaine Macko – Poisoned
Debbie Madison – Halloween Flight 77
G.M. Malliet – The Haunted Season New
Alex Matthews – Satan’s Silence
Ed McBain – Tricks: an 87th Precinct Mystery
G.A. McKevett – Poisoned Tarts
Allen Campbell McLean – Death on All Hallows
Donna McLean – A Sparrow Falls Holiday (Includes 4 stories: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, & Fourth of July)
Mardi Oakley Medawar – Witch of the Palo Duro
Leslie Meier – Trick or Treat MurderWicked Witch MurderCandy Corn Murder New
Barbara Michaels – Dancing FloorPrince of Darkness
Liz Mugavero – A Biscuit, a Casket
Ann Myers – Bread of the Dead New
Helen R. Myers – Dead End
Tamar Myers – Nightmare in Shining Armor
J. E. Neighbors – Hatchet Job
Patrick J. O’Brian – Retribution
Ed Okonowicz – Halloween House
Gail Oust – Curried Away (Oktoberfest)
Katherine Hall Page – The Body in the Moonlight
Norman Partridge – Dark Harvest
Carol J. Perry – Caught Dead Handed
Leigh Perry – The Skeleton Haunts a House New
Ellis Peters – Flight of a Witch
Nancy Pickard – Twilight
Silver Ravenwolf – Murder at Witches Bluff
Kat Richardson – Poltergeist
Todd Ritter – Death Notice
David Robbins – Spook Night
Gillian Roberts – A Hole in Juan
Lora Roberts – Murder in a Nice Neighborhood
Sara Rosett – Magnolias, Moonlight, and Murder
Annelise Ryan – Scared Stiff
Kim Sauke – Death of Halloween
Mary Saums – Mighty Old Bones
Corinne Holt Sawyer – Murder Ole!
Maria E. Schneider – Tracking Magic (ghost stories)
Mark Schweizer – The Tenor Wore Tapshoes (All Saints Day)
Maggie Sefton – Halloween Scare (eBook short story)
Paige Shelton – A Killer Maize
Ray Sipherd – Dance of the Scarecrows
Michael Siverling – A Sterling Inheritance
Susan Smily – The Lawyer Who Died Trying
Janet Elaine Smith – Recipe for Murder
Cathy Spencer – Town Haunts
Michelle Spring – Standing in the Shadows
J. B. Stanley (a.k.a. Jennifer Stanley) – Carbs and Cadavers
Wendy Corsi Staub – In the Blink of an Eye – Halloween Party
Denise Swanson – Murder of a Royal Pain
Kathleen Taylor – Mourning Shift
Lee Thayer – Halloween Homicide
Terri Thayer – Inked Up
Linda Thrasher – Charlie’s Web
James Tipper – Gods of The Nowhere
Rebecca Tope – Death in the Cotswolds
Teresa Trent – A Dash of Murder
Kathy Hogan Trochek (a.k.a. Mary Kay Andrews) – Strange Brew
Diane Vallere – Masking for Trouble New
Debbie Viguié – I Will Fear No Evil
Livia J. Washburn – Murder by the Slice – Trick or Deadly Treat
Ken Weber – Five-Minute Halloween Mysteries
Jennifer Weiner – Goodnight, Nobody
Mary V. Welk – The Scarecrow Murders
Melinda Wells – Killer Mousse
Richard F. West – Ghoul of My Dreams
Charles Williams – All Hallow’s Eve
J.L. Wilson – Mayhem, Marriage, and Murderous Mystery Manuscripts
Lois Winston – A Stitch to Die For
Jonathan Wolfe – Killer See, Killer Die
Valerie Wolzien – All Hallow’s Evil

Collections (in the Non-fiction section)

Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, & Marcia Talley, eds. – Homicidal Holidays: Fourteen Tales of Murder and Merriment
Joe Gores & Bill Pronzini, eds. – Trick and Treat
Cynthia Manson, ed. – Murder for Halloween
Cynthia Manson, ed. – Mystery for Halloween
Cynthia Manson & Constance Scarborough, eds. – The Haunted Hour
813.08 Slu – Michele Slung & Roland Hartman, eds. – Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense
Donald Westlake, ed. – Mystery for Halloween
various authors – Happy Homicides 4: Fall into Crime

 New – new addition to this list within the past two years

Posted to BookGuide October 2016 sdc | Updated annually — Last online update: October 2016

For the most up-to-date listing of “Haunting Homicides” do a catalog search under Keyword: “Mysteries — Halloween”