Yesterday, I’d Rather Read posted on her blog about holiday mysteries (including one of my favorites, Julia Spencer-Fleming’s In the Bleak Midwinter— for those who haven’t read these, it’s an excellent series!).
My immediate reaction was, huh? Holiday and mystery? Sounds weird. Then I sat down and started ticking off favorite books on my fingers and realized, in fact, I have a number of favorite holiday mysteries. Here they are:
— Elizabeth Peters’ Trojan Gold.
Book IV (or III, depending on whether you count Borrower of the Night) in the Vicki Bliss series, this is my hands down favorite Christmas mystery, involving snow, skiing, perilous car chases on mountain passes, and Christmas Eve in an old, broken down church along with one of the more attractive fictional hero-villains of all time. I love this book. I re-read it annually, but, somehow, never remember it when asked about Christmas books. It must be that mystery plus holiday mental block.
— Kasey Michaels’ High Heels and Holidays.
If you’re looking for spunky heroines in the mode of Vicky Bliss, you can’t get much better than Kasey Michaels’ Maggie, a mystery novelist whose Regency hero comes to life in her apartment, with all the attendant problems that brings (just picture Lord Vaughn occupying your living room). Although this one is holiday appropriate, my favorite is still Maggie By the Book, in which Maggie attends the annual conference of WAR, aka We Are Romance.
— Elizabeth Peters, The Love Talker.
You didn’t seriously think there was only going to be one Elizabeth Peters on this list, did you?
— Barbara Michaels, Stitches in Time.
For reasons that are now obscure to me, I didn’t love this one when it first came out, but it’s since become one of my favorite holiday reads. A sequel to Ammie, Come Home and Shattered Silk, a grad student finds herself overshadowed by a haunted quilt as she spends the holiday house-sitting for friends. Yep, it’s Elizabeth Peters under a different name.
What are your favorite holiday mysteries?