Merry Christmas–in Books

by Barb, who voted in Maine for the first time on Tuesday. Even after all these years of voting, it was kind of thrilling

No, I’m not rushing the holiday. I promise. It’s just that Christmas books typically come out between the end of September and the beginning of November so retailers have time to get them on their shelves.

If you like holiday reads, you are in for a treat this year.

On October 31, Kensington released the mass market paperback of Eggnog Murder, the collection of three Maine-based, holiday novels written by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and me.

I was overjoyed when Kensington asked me to write this holiday novella, which takes place in time between Fogged Inn and Iced Under. I had been sitting on a delicious eggnog anecdote for more than thirty years!

Here’s what others had to say about it.

“…a creepily convincing tale of tinsel-decked, cookie-scented psychopathology.” Publishers Weekly, (Starred Review)

“VERDICT…a great introduction to these authors’ series for new readers or…a bite-sized delicacy to tide established fans over until the next book.” Library Journal

In an embarrassment of riches, three of my author friends have fabulous new mysteries set at Christmastime.

Regular Maine Crime readers all know Lea Wait. As Kathy Lynn mentioned yesterday, this holiday season Lea brings us Thread the Halls, the sixth in her Maine Needlepoint mystery series.

Not long after celebrity celebrants invade Haven Harbor, Maine, an unscripted tragedy occurs. Before Santa arrives at the town pier on a lobster boat, Angie Curtis and the Needlepointers need to trim down the naughty list, catch a cold-hearted killer, and wrap up the case . . .


In A Christmas Peril, fellow Wicked Cozy Author J.A. (Julie) Hennrikus offers up at tale set around a production of Dicken’s famous play.

When ex-cop and current theater manager Sully Sullivan’s childhood friend is suspected of killing his father, no one is looking for another culprit. So, in between keeping A Christmas Carol on budget and Scrooge sober, Sully dusts off her investigative skills to find a murderer.


Another Wicked Cozy, Liz Mugavero, has released Purring Around the Christmas Tree, the sixth book in her Pawsitively Organic Pet Food mystery series.

In the New England town of Frog’s Ledge, the Holiday Light Festival is a Christmas tradition. Killing Santa is not. To bring joy back to the season, organic pet patisserie owner Kristan “Stan” Connor will have to find another Santa before it’s too late.

So, for those of you who love a little murder while you dunk your candy cane into your hot chocolate and finally put your feet up after a long day of holiday preparations, have at it!

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