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Mistletoe Mysteries

mistletoeminiMistletoe Mysteries [updated annually]

This list is comprised of novels or short story collections in which the Christmas season (or a Christmas setting) is an important element in the flavor of the book. Christmas Mysteries have been a popular annual tradition in the mystery publishing field, with numerous new additions being added to the ranks each holiday season. In recent years, anthologies of holiday-themed mystery short stories have also become quite successful — especially those with an even more specific focus, such as Christmas cat mysteries, Christmas culinary mysteries, etc. This list also includes mysteries with a Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or New Year’s Eve setting. This list is updated every winter, and anything with the New icon indicates a book published within the past two years (2018-2020 currently).

Over the years, several of the titles in this list have been withdrawn or never been added to the libraries’ collection in the first place.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. Note: This list does not include titles available only in eBook formats, or as print-on-demand titles, or from limited-release vanity presses; it focuses only on titles from mainstream print publishers. For a slightly more complete list, including books from those sources not included here, check out the Christmas Mystery Book List at the Cozy Mystery site (not limited just to “Cozies”).

A Selection of Mystery Fiction for Adults

— A —

Abbott, Alyson K. — Shots in the Dark
Abbott, Anthony — About the Murder of a Startled Lady — About the Murder of Geraldine Foster
Adamson, Lydia — A Cat in the Manger — A Cat in the Wings — A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock — A Cat Under the Christmas Tree — A Cat Under the Mistletoe
Alan, Isabella — Murder Served Simply
Albert, Susan Wittig — The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle New in 2018Holly BluesMistletoe Man — Rueful Death
Alexander, David — Shoot a Sitting Duck
Alexander, Ellie — A Cup of Holiday Fear New in 2019
Alexander, Tasha — A Star of the East (e-novella only) New in 2019
Allan, Barbara — Antiques Flee Market | Antiques Ho-Ho-Homicides New in 2018
Allen, Michael D. — Spence and the Holiday Murders
Alt, Madelyn — A Charmed Death
Amo, Gary — Silent Night
Andrews, Donna — Duck the HallsThe Gift of the Magpie New in 2020How the Finch Stole ChristmasLark! The Herald Angels Sing New in 2018The Nightingale Before ChristmasOwl Be Home For Christmas New in 2019Six Geese a SlayingTwo Deadly Doves
Andrews, Mary Kay (a.k.a. Kathy Hogan Trochek) — Blue Christmas —  Christmas Bliss — Fatal Fruitcake (as by Kathy Trochek) — A Midnight Clear (as by Kathy Trochek)
Angela, Mary — A Very Merry Murder New in 2019
Armstrong, Vivien — Fly in Amber
Arts, David J. — Quiet Desperation
Ash, Maureen — Murder for Christ’s Mass
Atherton, Nancy — Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold New in 2019Aunt Dimity’s Christmas
Atkins, Ace — Leavin’ Trunk Blues
Aubert, Rosemary — The Feast of Stephen
Avocato, Lori (and others) — Sugarplums and Scandal
Axelrod, Steven — Nantucket Red Tickets

— B —

Baantjer, Albert C. — Murder in Amsterdam
Babson, Marian — Line Up for Murder — Murder, Murder — Little Star — Murder on a Mystery TourThe Twelve Deaths of Christmas
Bain, Donald (& “Jessica Fletcher” — Murder She Wrote tie-ins) — A Little Yuletide Murder — Manhattans and Murder — Murder Never Takes a Holiday
Baker, Bree — Tide and Punishment New in 2019
Baker, North and Bolton, William — Dead to the World
Baldacci, David — The Christmas Train
Ball, Donna — Silent Night New in 2019 (published in 2011)
Ballard, Mignon F. — Deadly Promise — Hark! The Herald Angel Screamed — How Still We See Thee Lie New in 2020 (published in 2013)
Banks, Carolyn — A Horse to Die For New in 2019 (published in 2016)
Barnard, Robert — Death in a Cold Climate — The Habit of Widowhood
Barnett, T.L. — Murder for the New Year
Barre, Richard— Bethany New in 2020 (published in 2003)
Barrett, Kathleen Anne — Homicide For the Holidays (anthology with two other authors)
Barritt, Christy — High Stakes Holiday Reunion
Barron, Stephanie — Jane and the Wandering EyeJane and the Twelve Days of Christmas
Bartlett, Lorraine & Leeson, Gayle — Yule Be Dead New in 2018
Battison, Brian — The Christmas Bow Murder
Baxt, George — The Marlene Dietrich Murder Case
Bayard, Louis — Mr. Timothy
Beaton, M. C. (a.k.a. Marion Chesney) — Busy Body (Agatha Raisin) — Death of a Prankster (Hamish MacBeth) — Death of a Snob (Hamish MacBeth) — A Highland Christmas (Hamish MacBeth) — Kissing Christmas Goodbye (Agatha Raisin)
Beaumont, Cyril William — The Mysterious Toyshop
Beechy, Alan — Murdering Ministers
Belle, Josie — Buried in Bargains
Benedict, Laura — Haunted Holidays (anthology with two other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2014)
Benison, C.C. — Death at Sandringham House — Eleven Pipers PipingTen Lords A-LeapingTwelve Drummers Drumming
Bennett, Jenna — Contingent on Approval (ebook only) New in 2019 (published in 2014)— A Done Deal
Benrey, Ron and Janet — Season of Glory
Bentley, Jennie — Home for the Homicide
Berenson, Laurien — The Bark Before ChristmasA Christmas Howl — Here Comes Santa Paws New in 2019Jingle Bell BarkWagging Through the Snow
Bernhardt, William — The Midnight Before Christmas
Berry, Carole — This Year Will Be Different — The Year of the Monkey
Berry, Linda (and others) — The Last Noel (anthology with three other authors)
Binchy, Maeve — This Year It Will Be Different and Other Stories
Bishop, Claudia — A Carol for a Corpse
Black, Gavin — A Dragon for Christmas
Black, Sarah and Lanyon, Josh — I’ll Be Dead For Christmas
Blackmoore, Stephanie — Merry Christmas Murder New in 2019
Blackstock, Charity — Foggy, Foggy Dew
Blake, Bethany — A Midwinter’s Tail New in 2018Paw Prints and Predicaments New in 2019
Blake, Nicholas — The Corpse in the Snowman (a.k.a. The Case of the Abominable Snowman) — The Smiler With the Knife — Thou Shell of Death
Blanc, Nero — A Crossworder’s DelightA Crossworder’s GiftA Crossworder’s HolidayWrapped Up in Crosswords
Boatwright, Alice K. — What Child is This? New in 2019
Borthwick, J. S. — Dude on Arrival — The Student Body
Boucher, Anthony — The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Vol 25: The Night Before Christmas (audio recording only)
Bourbon, Melissa — Deadly Patterns
Bowen, Rhys — Away in a MangerThe Ghost of Christmas PastThe Twelve Clues of Christmas
Boylan, Eleanor — Pushing Murder
Bradford, Laura (a.k.a. Elizabeth Lynn Casey) — A Killer Carol New in 2019
Bradley, Alan — I Am Half Sick of Shadows
Bramble, Forbes — Dead of Winter
Brann, Helen based on the works of Parker, Robert B. — Silent Night
Braun, Lilian Jackson — The Cat Who Turned On and OffThe Cat Who Went Into the Closet
Bredes, Don — Cold Comfort
Breen, Jon L. — Probable Claus New in 2019
Brett, Simon — The Christmas Crimes at Puzzel Manor — The Shooting in the Shop
Brewer, Steve (and others) — The Last Noel (anthology with three other authors)
Brightwell, Emily — Mrs. Jeffries and the Alms of the Angel New in 2020 — Mrs. Jeffries and the Feast of St. Stephen — Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen — Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-UpMrs. Jeffries and the Silent KnightMrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise WomenMrs. Jeffries and the Yuletide Weddings
Brockmann, Suzanne — All Through the Night: A Troubleshooter Christmas
Brook, Alison — Read and Gone New in 2018
Brown, Carter — A Corpse for Christmas
Brown, Frederic — Murder Can Be Fun
Brown, Rita Mae — Full CryHomeward Hound New in 2018Rest in Pieces Santa Clawed
Bruce, Leo — Such is Death
Bryan, Molly Cox — Christmas Cow Bells New in 2019A Crafty Christmas
Buchanan, Edna — The Ice Maiden
Buckley, Julia — Cheddar Off Dead
Budewitz, Leslie — As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles New in 2019
Burdette, Lucy — Death With All the Trimmings
Burke, James A Present for Santa
Burley, W. J. — Death in Willow PatternWycliffe and the Quiet Virgin
Bush, Christopher — Dancing Death New in 2020, published in 1931
Byerrum, Ellen — Grave Apparel
Byron, Ellen — A Cajun Christmas Killing

— C —

Cahoon, Lynn — If the Shoe KillsSanta Puppy New in 2018
Caine, Leslie (a.k.a. Barbara Block) — Holly and Homicide
Cairns, Alison — New Year Resolution
Cameron, Dana (and others) — Sugarplums and Scandal (anthology)
Carl, Joanna — The Chocolate Bear BurglaryThe Chocolate Snowman Murders
Carlisle, Kate — Deck the Hallways
Carmack, Amanda — Murder at Whitehall
Carrier, Warren — Justice at Christmas
Carrington, Tori — Queen’s Ransom
Carter, John Franklin — The Corpse on the White House Lawn
Carter, Nick — The Christmas Kill
Casey, Elizabeth Lynn — A Killer Carol (as Laura Bradford) New in 2019Let it Sew
Caunitz, William J. — Exceptional Clearance
Challinor, C.S. — Christmas is Murder
Chamberlin, Holly — A Winter Wonderland (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2012)
Chaput, W. J. — The Man on the Train
Chase, Erika — Read and Buried
Chastain, Thomas — 911
Chaze, Elliott — Goodbye Goliath
Chesbro, George C. — Second Horseman Out of Eden
Childs, Laura — Eggs on Ice New in 2019Fiber and Brimstone
Childs, Laura with Moran, Terrie Farley — Crepe Factor
Christie, Agatha — Adventure of the Christmas Pudding — Hercule Poirot’s ChristmasMurder for Christmas
Christmas, Joyce — Dying Well
Churchill, Jill — A Farewell to Yarns — From Here to PaternityThe Merchant of Menace
Clad, Noel — The Savage New in 2019 (published in 1959)
Claire, Edie — Never Mess With Mistletoe New in 2019
Clark, Carol Higgins — The Christmas Thief (with Mary Higgins Clark) — Dashing Through the Snow (with Mary Higgins Clark) — Deck the Halls (with Mary Higgins Clark) — He Sees You When You’re Sleeping (with Mary Higgins Clark) — IcedSanta Cruise: A Holiday Mystery at Sea (with Mary Higgins Clark)
Clark, Mary Higgins — All Through the NightThe Christmas Thief (with Carol Higgins Clark) — Dashing Through the Snow (with Carol Higgins Clark) — Deck the Halls (with Carol Higgins Clark) — He Sees You When You’re Sleeping (with Carol Higgins Clark) — My Gal SundaySanta Cruise: A Holiday Mystery at Sea (with Carol Higgins Clark) — Silent NightStillwatch
Cleland, Jane — Ornaments of Death
Cleverly, Barbara. — Fall of Angels New in 2019
Coburn, Jennifer — This Christmas (anthology with two other authors)
Coco, Nancy — Have Yourself a Fudgy Little Christmas New in 2020
Coggin, Joan — Dancing With Death New in 2020, published in 1947— Who Killed the Curate?
Cohen, Charles — Silver Linings
Collier, Christine E. — Christmas at Cliffhanger Inn — A Holiday Sampler
Collings, Rex — Clerical Crimes for Christmas
Collins, Max Allen — Blue Christmas and Other Holiday Homicides — No Cure for Death — Spree
Colt, Jennifer — The Con Artist of Catalina Island
Conant, Susan — Gone to the Dogs
Connolly, Sheila — A Gala EventA Late Frost New in 2019
Constantine, K. C. — Upon Some Midnights Clear
Cook, Sharon Love — A Deadly Christmas Carol
Cornish, Constance — Dead of Winter
Cornwell, Patricia — Scarpetta’s Winter Table
Costello, Mark — Bag Men
Cousins, Caroline — Fiddle Dee Death
Coward, Mat (and others) — The Last Noel (anthology with three other authors)
Coyle, Cleo — Holiday BuzzHoliday GrindLatte Trouble
Craig, Alisa — Murder Goes Mumming
Craig, Philip R. — A Deadly Vineyard HolidayOff Season
Crane, Hamilton — Starring Miss Seeton
Crawford, Isis — A Catered Christmas — A Catered Christmas Cookie Exchange
Creasey, John — Death of a Postman
Crider, Bill — Murder, Mayhem & Mistletoe (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2001)
Crockett, Jessie — Live Free or Die
Crombie, Deborah — Water Like a Stone
Cross, Amanda — No Word From Winifred
Cross, Claire — Silent Night (anthology)

— D —

Daheim, Mary — The Alpine ChristmasThe Alpine WinterNutty as a Fruitcake
Daheim, Mary (and others) — Sugarplums and Scandal
Dain, Catherine (and others) — The Last Noel (anthology with three other authors)
Daley, Kathi — Cat of Christmas Past — Christmas Cozy — Christmas Crazy — Christmas in Paradise — The Christmas Letter New in 2020 (published in 2017) —  Santa Sleuth — Snowmen in Paradise
D’Amato, Barbara — Hard Christmas
Dams, Jeanne M. — The Body in the TranseptIndigo ChristmasWinter of Discontent
Dane, Joel Y. — The Christmas Tree Murders
Davenport, Chari — The Christmas Party
Davidson, Diane Mott — Sweet Revenge
Davidson, Mary Janice — Undead and Unreturnable
Davis, Krista — The Diva Cooks a GooseThe Diva Wraps it UpNot a Creature Was Purring
Davis, Mildred B. — Tell Them What’s Her Name Called — Three Minutes to Midnight
Dawson, Janet — Nobody’s Child
Day, Maddie — The Candy Slain Murder New in 2020 — Christmas Cocoa Murder (anthology with two other authors) New in 2019
Dean, Spencer — Credit for a Murder
DeAndrea, William L. — Killed on the Ice
Delaney, Kathleen — Purebred Dead
Delany, Vicki — Dying in a Winter Wonderland New in 2020 — Hark the Herald Angels Slay New in 2017Rest Ye Murdered GentlemenSilent Night, Deadly Night New in 2020 (published in 2019) — We Wish You a Murderous ChristmasWinter of Secrets
Dentinger, Jane — The Queen is Dead
Dexter, Colin — The Secret of Annexe 3
Dickson, Carter — The White Priory Murders
Dobson, Joanne — Quieter Than Sleep
Donnelly, Deborah — Died to Match — May the Best Man Die
Dorsey, Tim — When Elves Attack
Douglas, Carole Nelson — Cat in a Golden Garland
Douglas, Charlotte — Holidays Are Murder New in 2020 (published in 2005)
Doyle, Arthur Conan — “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” featuring Sherlock Holmes — various collections
Drummond, John Keith — ‘Tis the Season to be Dying
Duffy, James — The Christmas Gang New in 2020 (published in 1989)
Dunbar, Sophie — Shiveree
Duncan, Elizabeth J. — A Killer’s Christmas in Wales
Duncan, Francis — Murder for Christmas New in 2019
Dunn, Carola — Death at Wentwater CourtMistletoe and Murder
Dunnett, Kaitlyn (a.k.a. Kathy Lynn Emerson) — Ho-Ho-HomicideA Wee Christmas Homicide
Durham, Laura — Marry and Bright New in 2019
Durham, Mary — Keeps Death His Court

— E —

Early, Barbara (a.k.a. Beverley Allen) — Death of a Russian Doll New in 2018 — Death of a Toy SoldierGold, Frankincense and MurderMurder on the Toy Town Express New in 2020 (published in 2017)
Eason, Lynette — Classified Christmas MissionChristmas Cover-UpHoliday Hideout (and many more holiday romantic suspense novels)
Eberhart, Mignon G. — Postmark Murder
Eddenden, A. E. — A Good Year for Murder
Egan, Lesley — Crime for Christmas
Ehrhart, Peggy — The Christmas Card Murder (anthology with two other authors)New in 2020 — Silent Knit, Deadly Knit New in 2019
Eickhoff, Randy Lee — Then Came Christmas
Elliott, Lauren — Murder in the First Edition New in 2019
Erickson, Alex — Christmas Cocoa Murder (anthology with two other authors) New in 2019Death by Eggnog New in 2019 (published in 2017)
Erskine, Margaret — A Graveyard Plot
Estleman, Loren D. — The Glass Highway
Evanovich, Janet — Visions of Sugar Plums

— F —

Faherty, Terence — Murder, Mayhem & Mistletoe (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2001)
Fairstein, Linda — The Deadhouse
Farjeon, J. Jefferson — Mystery in White: A Christmas Crime Story
Fawcett, Quinn — Siren Song
Ferrars, E. X. — The Crime and the Crystal — A Small World of Murder — Smoke Without Fire
Ferris, Monica — Crewel YuleA Stitch in Time
Finch, Charles — The Fleet Street Murders
Finnis, Jane — Buried Too Deep
“Fletcher, Jessica” (see Bain, Donald and Land, Jon)
Flower, Amanda — A Plain DisappearancePremeditated Peppermint New in 2018
Fluke, Joanne — The Candy Cane Murder (anthology with two other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2011)The Christmas Cake Murder New in 2018The Christmas Caramel MurderThe Christmas Cupcake Murder New in 2020 — Christmas Sweets (anthology with two other authors) New in 2019— The Gingerbread Cookie Murder (with two other authors) — Plum Pudding Murder — Sugar Cookie MurderA Winter Wonderland (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2012)
Flynn, Brian — The Murders Near Mapleton New in 2020, published in 1929
Ford, Leslie — The Simple Way of Poison
Fox, Sarah — An Ale of Two Cities New in 2019Yeast of Eden New in 2018
Frazer, Andrea — Christmas Mourning New in 2020 (published in 2012) — Snowballs and Scotch Mist New in 2020 (published in 2013)
Frazer, Anthea — The Nine Bright Shiners — White Christmas With a Wobbly Knee New in 2019
Frazer, Margaret — The Servant’s Tale — The Widow’s Tale
Freeburn, Christina — Not a Creature Was Stirring New in 2019
Fremlin, Celia — The Long Shadow New in 2020, published in 1975
Freydont, Shelly — A Merry Little Murder — Silent Knife
Frommer, Sara Hoskinson — Witness in Bishop Hill
Frost, Jacqueline — Twas the Knife Before Christmas New in 2018The Twelve Slays of Christmas
Fry, Patricia — A Picture-Purrfect Christmas

— G —

Gaardner, Jostein — The Christmas Mystery
Galenorn, Yasmine — Ghost of a Chance
Gano, John — Inspector Proby’s Christmas
Garnet, A.H. — The Santa Claus Killer New in 2019 (published in 1981)
George, Anne — Murder on a Bad Hair Day
Gerber, Daryl Wood (a.k.a. Avery Aames) — Wreath Between the Lines New in 2018
Giroux, E. X. — Death for a Dietician
Goldenbaum, Sally — A Holiday YarnTrimmed With Murder
Goodhind, J.G. — The Ghost of Christmas Past
Gorman, Ed — Murder on the Aisle
Gouze, Roger — A Quiet Game of Bambu
Grabenstein, Chris — Hell for the Holidays — Slay Ride: He Knows Where You Live
Grace, C.L. — The Merchant of Death
Grace, Margaret — Manhattan in Miniature — Mayhem in Miniature
Grafton, Sue — “E” is for Evidence
Graham, Heather — The Last NoelA Season of Miracles
Granger, Ann — Dead in the Water — A Season for Murder
Grant, Ellie — Treacherous Tart
Graves, Sarah — Wreck the Halls
Greeley, Andrew — The Bishop and the Three Kings — Star Bright! A Christmas Story
Green, Christine — Deadly Partners
Green, Jane — This Christmas (anthology with two other authors)
Greenwood, Kerry — Forbidden Fruit
Griffiths, Elly — Smoke and Mirrors New in 2021
Grimes, Martha — Jerusalem Inn — The Man with a Load of Mischief — The Old Fox Deceiv’d
Guest, Judith — Killing Time in St. Cloud
Gunn, Elizabeth — How Still We See Thee Lie (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2002)
Gunning, Sally — Ice Water

— H —

Haddam, Jane — Festival of Deaths — Fountain of Death [New Years] — Not a Creature Was Stirring — A Stillness in Bethlehem
Hager, Jean — The Last Noel
Haines, Carolyn — Buried BonesA Garland of Bones New in 2020A Gift of Bones New in 2018  — Haunted Holidays (anthology with two other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2014)— Jingle Bones
Hall, Parnell — A Puzzle in a Pear Tree
Hall, Robert Lee — Benjamin Franklin and a Case of Christmas Murder
Hamilton, Virginia — Breaking the Mould New in 2019A White Colander Crime
Hammett, Dashiell — The Thin Man
Handler, David — The Snow White Christmas Cookie
Hardwick, Richard — The Season to be Deadly
Hare, Cyril — An English Murder
Harmon, Ken — The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir
Harper, Karen — The Queene’s Christmas
Harris, Charlaine — Shakespeare’s Christmas — Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (813.08 Har)
Harris, Lee — The Christmas Night Murder — The New Year’s Eve Murder
Harrison, Janis — Murder Sets Seed
Hart, Carolyn G. — Merry, Merry Ghost — Sugarplum Dead
Hart, Ellen — Murder in the Air — Vital Lies
Hart, Roy — Seascape with Dead Figures
Harvey, John — Cold Light
Hathaway, L.B. — A Christmas Case New in 2019 (published in 2017)The Vanishing of Dr. Winter New in 2020 (published in 2016)
Havill, Steven — Lies Come Easy New in 2019
Hay, Mavis Doriel — The Santa Klaus Murder
Hechtman, Betty — You Better Knot Die
Hemlin, Tim — A Catered Christmas
Henry, Sara J. — A Cold and Lonely Place
Hess, Joan — A Holly, Jolly Murder — O Little Town of Magoddy
Hesse, Jennifer David — Bell, Book & Candlemas New in 2019 (published in 2016)Yuletide Homicide New in 2019 (published in 2017)
Heyer, Georgette — Envious Casca (also released as A Christmas Party)
Hiassen, Carl — Tourist Season
Hill, Reginald — A Clubbable Woman — Death’s Jest Book
Hilton, John Buxton — Death in Midwinter
Hinkemeyer, Michael T. — A Time to Reap
Hockensmith, Steve — Naughty: Nine Tales of Christmas Crime
Hodgkin, Marion Rous — Dead Indeed
Holland, Isabelle — A Fatal Advent
Hollis, Lee — The Christmas Card Murder (anthology with two other authors)New in 2020 — Death of a Christmas CatererEgg Nog MurderYule Log Murder New in 2018
Holmes, Dee — Silent Night (anthology)
Holms, Joyce — Thin Ice New in 2019 (published in 2006)
Howell, Dorothy — Slay Bells and Satchels
Howie, Edith — Murder for Christmas New in 2020 (published in 1941)
Howlett, John — The Christmas Spy
Hughes, Mary Ellen — Wreath of Deception
Hunter, Alan — Landed Gently
Hunter, Evan — Come Winter
Hunter, Fred — A Perfect Time for Murder (in Homicide For the Holidays — anthology with two other authors) — Ransom for a Holiday
Husom, Christine — The Iced Princess
Hyzy, Julie — Hail to the Chef

— I/J —

Iams, Jack — Do Not Murder Before Christmas New in 2020 (published in 1949)
Indridason, Arnaldur — Voices
Innes, Michael — Christmas at Candleshoe — Comedy of Terror/There Came Both Mist and Snow — Lament For a Maker
Ireland, Liz — This Christmas (anthology with two other authors)
Irving, Karen — Jupiter’s Daughter New in 2020 (published in 2001)
Ivie, Judith — Drowning in Christmas New in 2019 (published in 2010)
Jahn, Michael — Murder on Fifth Avenue
James, Miranda — Six Cats a Slayin’ New in 2018
James. P.D. — The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories
Jance, J.A. — A Last Goodbye (novella)
Jeffers, H. Paul — Murder on Mike
Johnson, Craig — Christmas in Absaroka County: Walt Longmire Christmas Stories (ebook only) — Death Without Company — The Spirit of Steamboat: A Longmire Story — Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories
Jordan, Cathleen — A Carol in the Dark
Jordan, Jennifer — Murder Under the Mistletoe

— K —

Kane, Henry — Homicide at Yuletide (a.k.a. A Corpse for Christmas)
Kaplan, Arthur — A Killing for Charity
Kashian, Tina — Mistletoe, Mousakka and Murder New in 2020
Kava, Alex — Black Friday
Kaye, M. M. — Death in the Andamans
Kellerman, Faye — Double Homicide — Sacred and Profane
Kellerman, Jonathan — Double Homicide
Kelley, Lee Charles — ‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas
Kelly, Mary — The Christmas Egg
Kelly, Sofie — A Midwinter’s Tail: A Magical Cat’s Mystery
Kelner, Toni L.P. — Mad as the Dickens
Kendrick, Stephen — Night Watch: A Long-Lost Adventure in Which Sherlock Holmes Meets Father Brown
Kilpack, Josie S. — The Candy Cane Caper New in 2019
King, Laurie R. — A Monstrous Regiment of Women
Kingsbury, Kate — The Clue is in the Pudding — Decked With Folly — Herald of Death — A Merry Murder New in 2020 — Mistletoe and Mayhem — Mulled Murder — No Clue at the Inn — Ringing in Murder — Shrouds of Holly — Slay Bells
Kinsey, T.E. — Christmas at the Grange New in 2020, published in 2017
Kitchin, Clifford Henry Benn “C.H.B.” — Crime at Christmas New in 2019 (published in 1934)
Kleinholz, Lisa — Exiles on Main Street
Knight, Alanna — The Dagger in the Crown
Knight, Kathleen Moore — They’re Going to Kill Me New in 2020 (published in 1955)
Koch, Edward I. — Murder on 34th Street
Koontz, Dean R. — Mister Murder
Krueger, William Kent — Tamarack County

— L —

Lake, M.D. — A Gift for Murder — Grave Choices
Land, Jon (& “Jessica Fletcher” — Murder She Wrote tie-ins) — Murder in Season New in 2020
Landreth, Marsha — The Holiday Murders
Langley, Bob — Death Stalk
Langton, Jane — The Memorial Hall Murder — The Shortest Day: Murder at the Revels
Lanyon, Josh & Black, Sarah — I’ll Be Dead for Christmas New in 2020 (published in 2007)
Lathen, Emma — Banking on Death New in 2019 (published in 1961)
Lavene, Joyce — Treacherous Toys
Lawrence, David — Cold Kill
Lawrence, Hilda — Blood Upon the SnowDeath of a Doll New in 2020, published in 1947
Leach, Christopher — A Killing Frost
Lee, Amanda — Better Off Thread
Lee, Ashton — A Cherry Cola Christmas
Lee, Wendi — Murder, Mayhem & Mistletoe (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2001)
Lehane, Dennis — The Drop
Levine, Laura — The Candy Cane Murder (anthology with two other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2011)Christmas Sweets (anthology with two other authors) New in 2019Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge New in 2018— The Gingerbread Cookie Murder (with two other authors)
Lewin, Michael Z. — The Enemies Within
Lindsey, Julie Ann — Apple Cider Slaying New in 2019
Little, Constance and Gwenyth Little — Black Express New in 2020, published in 1945 — The Black Headed Pins New in 2020, published in 1938
Livingston, Nancy — Quiet Murder
Loan-Wilsey, Anna — Anything But Civil
Locke, William John — A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men New in 2020 (published in 1910)
Lockridge, Richard — Dead Run
London, Cait (and others) — Sugarplums and Scandal
London, Colette — The Peppermint Mocha Murder New in 2018
Long, Manning — Vicious Circle New in 2019 (published in 1942)
Longworth, M.L. — A Noel Killing New in 2019
Lord, Christopher — The Christmas Carol Murders
Lourey, Jess — December Dread
Luber, Philip — Deadly Convictions
Lucci, Judith — The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year: The Golden Rings of Christmas New in 2019
Ludwig, Ken — The Game’s Afoot…or Holmes for the Holidays (stage play)

— M —

MacDonald, John D. — Pale Gray for Guilt
MacInerney, Karen — Brush With Death — Fatal Frost — Mistletoe Murder New in 2020 (published in 2017)
MacLeod, Charlotte — The Convivial Codfish — Murder Goes Mumming — Rest You Merry
MacPherson, Rett — Blood Ballad — A Comedy of Heirs
MacPherson, Suzanne (and others) — Sugarplums and Scandal
Macy, Meg — Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder New in 2019
Malliet, G.M. — Death of a Cozy Writer
Malmont, Valerie S. — Death, Snow and Mistletoe
Marantz, William — Christmas Eve Can Kill You New in 2019 (published in 2010)
Marks, Jeffrey — Canine Christmas
Maron, Margaret — Corpus Christmas — Christmas MourningRituals of the Season
Marsh, Ngaio — Tied Up in Tinsel
Marston, Edward — A Christmas Railway Mystery New in 2019
Martin, Allana — How Still We See Thee Lie (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2002)
Martin, Lisa — Haunted Holidays (anthology with two other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2014)
Martin, Nancy — Slay Belles (novella) New in 2020 (published in 2012)
Matetsky, Amanda — Murder is a Girl’s Best Friend
Matthews, Olivia — Peril & Prayer New in 2020 (published in 2018)
McBain, Ed — And All Through the House — Another Part of the City — Downtown — Eight Black Horses — Ghosts — The Pusher — Puss in Boots — Sadie When She Died
McClintick, Malcolm — Death of an Old Flame
McCloy, Helen — Mr. Splitfoot
McClure, James — The Gooseberry Fool
McConnon, Maggie — Bel, Book and Scandal New in 2019
McCoy, Judi — Mistletoe & Mayhem (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2004)
McCrumb, Sharyn — Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past
McGinley, Patrick — Goosefoot
McGown, Jill — Murder at the Old Vicarage
McHugh, Mary — High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides
McKevett, G.A. — Cooked Goose — Murder in Her Stocking New in 2018Poisoned Tarts
McKinlay, Jenn — On Borrowed Time
McMorris, Kristina — A Winter Wonderland (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2012)
McMullen, Mary — Death by Bequest
Mehl, Nancy — There Goes Santa Claus New in 2019 (published in 2008)
Meier, Leslie — The Candy Cane Murder (anthology with two other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2011)— Chocolate Covered MurderThe Christmas Card Murder (anthology with two other authors)New in 2020 — A Christmas Carol Murder — Christmas Cookie MurderChristmas Sweets (anthology with two other authors) New in 2019Eggnog Murder — The Gingerbread Cookie Murder (with two other authors) — Mail-Order Murder — Mistletoe Murder — New Year’s Eve Murder — Yule Log Murder New in 2018
Menuhin, Karen Baugh — Murder at Melrose Court New in 2020, published in 2018
Meredith, Anne — Portrait of a Murderer New in 2020, published in 1933
Meredith, David W. — The Christmas Card Murders
Meredith, D(oris). R. — Murder by Sacrilege
Michaels, Fern — A Winter Wonderland (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2012)
Michaels, Kasey — Bowled Over — High Heels and Holidays — High Heels and Homicide
Milne, A.A. — “Christmas Party” in collection A Table Near the Band New in 2020 (published in 2012)
Miner, Valerie — Murder in the English Department
Minichino, Camille — The Helium Murder New in 2019— The Oxygen Murder New in 2019
Mitchell, Gladys — Death Comes at Christmas (a.k.a. Dead Men’s Morris) New in 2020, published in 1936 — Murder in the Snow (a.k.a. Groaning Spinney) New in 2020, published in 1950
Mitcheltree, Tom — How Still We See Thee Lie (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2002)
Morgan, Lorna Nicholl — Another Little Christmas Murder New in 2020, published in 1948
Morrell, David — The Spy Who Came For Christmas
Morse, T.W. — A Killer Christmas Break New in 2019
Mortimer, John — A Rumpole Christmas
Morton, Lisa — Haunted Holidays (anthology with two other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2002)
Moyes, Patricia — Season of Snows and Sins — Who Killed Father Christmas?
Mugaverro, Liz — Purring Around the Christmas Tree
Muller, Marcia — The Color of Fear— There’s Nothing to be Afraid Of
Murphy, Shirley Rousseau — Cat Bearing Gifts — Cat Coming Home — Cat Deck the Halls — Cat Telling Tales
Myers, Ann — Feliz Navidead

— N/O —

Nabb, Magdalen — Death of an Englishman
Nash, Anne — Said With Flowers
Neel, Janet — Death’s Bright Angel
Nelson, Hugh — The Season for Murder New in 2020 (published in 1916)
Nesbo, Jo — The Redeemer
Nordan, Robert — Death Beneat the Christmas Tree
O’Connell, Carol — Judas Child
O’Connor, Carlene — Christmas Cocoa Murder (anthology with two other authors) New in 2019Murder at an Irish Christmas New in 2020
O’Marie, Carol Anne — Advent of Dying — Murder in Ordinary Time — A Novena for Murder
O’ Nan, Stuart — Last Night at The Lobster
Ockley, Martha — The Advent of Murder

— P —

Page, Katherine Hall — The Body in the Big Apple — The Body in the Bouillon — The Body in the Sleigh — Mistletoe & Mayhem (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2004)
Pajer, Bernadette — The Edison Effect
Palmer, William — The Dons and Mr. Dickens
Papazoglou, Orania — Charisma — Rich, Radiant Slaughter
Parker, Gary E. — Death Stalks a Holiday
Parker, Robert B. — The Widening Gyre
Parker, Robert B. with Brann, Helen — Silent Night
Parra, Nancy J. — Flourless to Stop Him
Patterson, James — Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
Patterson, James & Paetro, Maxine — The 19th Christmas
Paul, Barbara — A Chorus of Detectives
Pearl, Jack — Victims
Pearson, Carol Lynn — A Stranger for Christmas
Pence, Joanne — The Cook’s Curious Christmas New in 2020 — Mistletoe & Mayhem (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2004)The Thirteenth Santa New in 2020Two Cooks A-Killing
Penny, Louise — A Fatal Grace — How the Light Gets In
Perry, Anne — A Christmas Beginning — A Christmas EscapeA Christmas Garland — A Christmas Gathering New in 2019A Christmas Grace — A Christmas Guest — A Christmas Homecoming — A Christmas Hope — A Christmas Journey — A Christmas MessageA Christmas Odyssey — A Christmas PromiseA Christmas Resolution New in 2020 — A Christmas Revelation New in 2018A Christmas ReturnA Christmas Secret — A Christmas Visitor — A New York Christmas — Silence in Hanover Close
Perry, Carol J. — Bells, Spells and Murders New in 2018
Peters, Elizabeth — He Shall Thunder in the Sky — Trojan Gold
Peters, Ellis — A Rare Benedictine — The Raven in the Foregate
Phillips, Scott — Ice Harvest
Plunkett, Susan — Silent Night (anthology)
Pomidor, Bill — Mind Over Murder
Pronzini, Bill — Snowbound
Pryce, Malcolm — Don’t Cry For Me Aberystwyth
Pulver, Monica — Original Sin
Purser, Ann — Murder on Monday

— Q/R —

Queen, Ellery — Calamity Town — Cat of Many TailsThe Egyptian Cross Mystery New in 2020 (published in 1932)— The Finishing Stroke
Quentin, Patrick — Follower New in 2020 (published in 1953)
Quinn, Spencer — Santa 365 (novella) New in 2020 (published in 2015)
Radford, Edwin — Who Killed Dick Whittington New in 2020, published in 1938
Raphael, Lev — Burning Down the House New in 2020 (published in 2001)
Ray, Robert J. — Merry Christmas, Murdock
Reilly, Linda — Claws for Celebration New in 2020 (published in 2018)
Reinsmith, Richard — A Body for Christmas
Rice, Craig — The Wrong Murder New in 2020, published in 1940
Richards, Emilie — Let There Be Suspects
Rickman, Phil — Midwinter of the Spirit
Ridgway, Christie — Mistletoe & Mayhem (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2004)
Riggs, John R. — Haunt of the Nightingale
Ripley, Ann — The Christmas Garden Affair
Rizzolo, S.K. — The Rose in the Wheel New in 2020 (published in 2002)
Robb, J.D. [a.k.a. Nora Roberts] — Festive in Death — Holiday in Death — Silent Night (anthology)
Roberts, Gillian — The Mummer’s Curse — Philly Stakes
Robinson, Peter — Past Reason Hated
Roosevelt, Elliott — The White House Pantry Murder
Rosenfelt, David — Dachshund Through the Snow New in 2019Deck the Hounds New in 2018Silent Bite New in 2020The Twelve Dogs of Christmas
Rosett, Sarah — Menace at the Christmas Market New in 2019— Mistletoe, Merriment and Murder
Ross, Barbara — Nogged Off New in 2019(with Lee Hollis and Leslie Meier) — Egg Nog MurderYule Log Murder New in 2018
Ross, L.J. — Ryan’s Christmas New in 2020, published in 2019
Rowe, Jennifer — Death in Store — Love Lies Bleeding
Rubino, Jane — Homicide For the Holidays (anthology with two other authors)
Ruell, Patrick — Red Christmas
Runcie, James — Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil
Russell, Alan — St. Nick New in 2019
Ryan, Annelise — Lucky Stiff
Ryan, Jenna — Mistletoe and Murder

— S —

Sanders, Lawrence — The Fourth Deadly Sin
Sarsfield, Maureen — Murder at Beechlands New in 2020, published in 1948
Sawyer, Corinne Holt — Ho-Ho Homicide
Scherf, Margaret — The Gun in Daniel Webster’s Bust New in 2020 (published in 2004)
Schneider, Ilene — Chanukah Guilt New in 2020 (published in 2013)
Schneider, Maria — Executive Sick Days New in 2020 (published in 2011)
Schumacher, Aileen — Murder, Mayhem & Mistletoe (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2001)
Schweizer, Mark — The Alto Wore Tweed New in 2019 — The Christmas Cantata New in 2019
Scott, Laura — Her Mistletoe Protector
Sedley, Kate — The Christmas Wassail
Sefton, Maggie — Fleece Navidad
Sellars, M.R. — Perfect Trust New in 2019
Serafin, David — Christmas Rising
Shannon, Dell — No Holiday for Crime
Shaw, M.B. — Murder at the Mill New in 2020 (published in 2018)
Shelton, Connie — Buried Secrets Can Be Murder — How Still We See Thee Lie (anthology with three other authors) New in 2020 (published in 2002)
Shelton, Paige — A Christmas Tartan New in 2020 (published in 2016)Merry Market Murder
Sibley, Celestine — Spider in the Sink
Simenon, Georges — Maigret’s Christmas
Slater, Susan [et al] — Crooks, Crimes and Christmas
Sleeman, Susan — Christmas Conspiracy — Christmas Witness— High-Caliber Holiday— Holiday Defenders — Holiday SecretsSilent Night Standoff
Smith, Barbara Burnett — Mistletoe From Purple Sage — ‘Tis the Season for Murder (with Fred Hunter)
Smith, Frank — Fatal Flaw
Smith, Joan — Don’t Leave Me This Way
Smith, Karen Rose — Slay Bells Ring New in 2019
Smith, Terrence Lore — The Devil and Webster Daniels
Smoak, Margie & Amanda — Generals’ Row
Sparks, Kerrilyn (and others) — Sugarplums and Scandal
Sprinkle, Patricia H. — A Mystery Bred in Buckhead
Stagge, Jonathan — The Yellow TaxiNew in 2019
Stanley, J.B. — Battered Body New in 2019 (published in 2009)
Stout, Rex — And Four to Go
Strohmeyer, Sarah — Bubbles All the Way
Swanson, Denise — Murder of a Barbie and KenMurder of a Stacked Librarian
Symons, Julian — The Detling Secret

— T —

Talley, Marcia — Occasion of Revenge
Taylor, Elizabeth Atwood — The Cable Car Murder
Taylor, Sarah Stewart — O’ Artful Death
Temple, Lou Jane — Death is Semisweet
Tesh, Jane — Mixed Signals New in 2019
Tesler, Nancy — Slippery Slopes and Other Deadly Things
Theorin, Johan — The Darkest Room
Thompson, Carlene — The Way You Look Tonight
Thompson, James — Snow Angels
Thompson, Victoria — Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue
Thynne, Molly — The Crime at Noah’s Ark New in 2020, published in 1931
Todd, Charles — The Walnut Tree: A Holiday Tale
Tope, Rebecca — A Cotswald Christmas Mystery New in 2020 — Trouble in the Cotswolds New in 2019
Tourney, Leonard D. — Knaves Templer
Treat, Lawrence — Q as in Quicksand New in 2020 (published in 1947)
Tremayne, Peter — The Haunted Abbot
Trocheck, Kathy (see Mary Kay Andrews)
Tyson, Wendy — Seeds of Revenge

— U/V —

Underwood, Michael — A Party to Murder
Unsworth, Barry — Morality Play
Victor, Cynthia — What Matters Most
Viets, Elaine — Murder With All the Trimmings

— W —

Wainwright, John — The Life and Times of Christmas Calvert…Assassin
Wait, Lea — Shadows on a Maine Christmas New in 2020 (published in 2012)Thread the Halls
Walker, Martin — Bruno and the Carol Singers New in 2020 (published in 2012)
Walker, Persia — Darkness and the Devil Behind Me
Waller, Gail and Gilber, Jim — A Kudzu Christmas
Walsh, Thomas — The Resurrection Man
Ward, Donald — Our Little Secret
Washburn, Livia J. — The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer — Christmas Cookie Killer — The Gingerbread Bump-Off — Wedding Cake Killer
Webb, Peggy — Elvis and the Blue Christmas Corpse
Weir, Charlene — A Cold Christmas
Welk, Mary V. — Deadly Little Christmas — A Merry Little Murder
Wenger, Christine — It’s a Wonderful Knife
Wentworth, Patricia — The Clock Strikes Twelve
Wescott, T.C. — Slay Bells New in 2019
White, Anne — Cold Winter Nights
Wildwind, Sharon — First Murder in Advent
Willan, Jane — The Hour of Death New in 2019
Williams, David — Murder in Advent
Willig, Lauren — The Mischief of the Mistletoe New in 2019
Wingfield, R.D. — Frost at Christmas
Winston, Lois — Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide New in 2019
Wishart, David — Last Rites
Witting, Clifford — Catt Out of the Bag New in 2020, published in 1939
Wolzien, Valerie — Deck the Halls With Murder — ‘Tis the Season to be Murdered — We Wish You a Merry Murder
Wright, Eric — The Man Who Changed His Name

— X/Y/Z —

Yaffe, James — Mom Meets Her Maker
York, Elizabeth — House of the Enchantress

Collections (in the Non-fiction section)

813.08 And Andrews, Donna (ed.) — Homicidal Holidays: Fourteen Tales of Murder and Merriment New in 2020 (published in 2014)
813.08 Asi Asimov, Isaac (ed.) — The Twelve Crimes of Christmas
813.08 Bro Browning, Abigail (ed.) — Murder Most Merry
813.08 Bur Burton, Tony (ed.) — By the Chimney With Care New in 2020 (published in 2006) — Carols and Crimes, Gifts and Grifters New in 2020 (published in 2007) — Dying in a Winter Wonderland New in 2020 (published in 2008)
813.08 Cro Crowley, Anne (and others) — Murder Under the Tree
813.08 Fah Faherty, Terence (and others) — Murder, Mayhem and Mistletoe New in 2019 (published in 2001)
813.08 Gil Gilbert, Jim and Waller, Gail (eds.) — A Kudzu Christmas: Twelve Mysterious Tales New in 2020 (published in 2005)
813.08 God Godfrey (ed.) — Murder for Christmas — Murder for Christmas 2
813.08 Gof Goffman, Barb & Andrews, Donna & Talley, Marcia (eds.) — Homicidal Holidays: Fourteen Tales of Murder and Merriment
813.08 Gre Greenberg (ed.) — Cat Crimes for the Holidays — Holmes for the Holidays — More Holmes for the Holidays — Santa Clues — Sherlock Holmes in America — Twelves Crimes of Christmas
813.08 Lov Lovesey, Peter (ed.) — The Usual Santas: A Collection of Shoo Crime Christmas Capers
813.08 Hea Heald, Tim (ed.) — A Classic Christmas Crime New in 2019 (published in 1995)
813.08 Mac MacLeod, Charlotte (ed.) — Christmas Stalkings — Mistletoe Mysteries
813.08 Man Manson, Cynthia (ed.) — Christmas Crimes — Merry Murder — Murder at Christmas — Murder Under the Mistletoe — Mystery for Christmas: Twelve Tales of Seasonal Suspense
813.08 Mar Martin, Allana (and three other authors) — How Still We See Thee Lie New in 2019
813.08 Pen Penzler, Otto (ed.) — The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries — Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop
813.08 Soh Soho Crime (ed.) — The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers New in 2019
813.08 Sol  Soles, Carol (ed.) — Blood on the Holly New in 2020 (published in 2007)
813.08 Wil Wilson, Gahan (ed.) — Murder for Christmas: 26 Tales of Seasonal Malice
813.08 Win — Happy Homicides: Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries
823.08 Dal Dalby, Richard (ed.) — Chillers for Christmas — Crime for Christmas — Ghosts for Christmas — Horror for Christmas — Mistletoe & Mystery — Mystery for Christmas
823.08 Edw Edwards, Martin (ed.) — The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories — New in 2020, published in 2015 Crimson Snow: Winter MysteriesNew in 2020, published in 2015 Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries New in 2020, published in 2015
823.08 Kni Knight, Stephen (ed.) — A Corpse at the Opera House New in 2020 (published in 1993)— Crimes for a Summer Christmas New in 2020 (published in 1993)— More Crimes for a Summer Christmas New in 2020 (published in 1993)— Murder at Home New in 2020 (published in 1994)
823.08 Man Manley (ed.) — Christmas Ghosts

Posted to BookGuide December 2003 sdc | Updated annually — Last online update: April 2021 | Most recent print revision December 2008 sdc
For the most up-to-date listing of “Mistletoe Mysteries” do a catalog search under Subject: “Mysteries — Christmas, etc.”