By Emma Kanagaki, librarian and OverDrive Collection Development Analyst.
The holiday season is quickly approaching, as evidenced by the decorations, themed-candy and advertisements advocating gift purchases. What better way for reader-centric people to celebrate this lovely holiday season than by incorporating that into your book selection? Holiday-themed cozy mysteries are the perfect way to celebrate and OverDrive offers plenty to choose from! Charming mysteries, amazing book titles and festivities abound within these pages. What’s not to love?
Mistletoe Murder is the first book of the Lucy Stone series by Leslie Meier about solving a murder all the while maintaining the busy schedule that is required of the holiday season like baking holiday cookies and knitting seasonal gifts.
The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen follows Lady Georgiana Rannoch during the holiday season as a hostess at a posh party in Tiddleton village. But when three people are murdered over the course of three days, things look grim instead of bright. Who is the culprit and will the holiday be a winter wonderland or a wicked one? The story includes an English Christmas companion, holiday recipes and games.
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis is the first of the Domestic Diva Mystery series. Sophie Winston is the domestic diva that has to compete with her biggest rival, Natasha, in all areas from romantic relationships to the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown competition. On top of it all, Sophie’s plans are interrupted when she stumbles upon a murder that requires her sleuthing to solve because her contact information is found inside the victim’s car.
Whatever your holiday preference, there is a cozy mystery title to get you in the spirit! My favorite part of these stories, aside from the deliciously fun writing, are the catchy book titles. For more great choices, click here!