Halloween Mystery Book List

I know that  for mystery book readers, any time is the right time for reading a good mystery. But, the spooky Halloween season sure is a good time to enjoy a particularly good mystery book.

At the beginning of October, when all of the holidays are approaching, I try to find some time just for myself when I can cozy up on the couch, listen to the wind, and enjoy my first holiday-themed mystery book. I have a whole pile of books that I actually save for just this time of the year. There is nothing like getting right to the climactic part of the book while listening to the rain hitting the pavement outside.

I have included a list of Halloween short stories along with the mystery books. I hope that you are able to enjoy the fun of Halloween, even while enjoying the scary plots that some of our favorite authors have waiting for us!

Halloween Mysteries

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, Barb Goffman, & Marcia Talley (editors)….. Homicidal Holidays: Fourteen Tales of Murder and Merriment

Madelyn Alt….In Charm’s Way (Was supposed to publish in Oct. 2011)

Mary Kay Andrews (aka Kathy Hogan Trochek)….. Strange Brew

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”…… Trick or Treachery

Donald Bain, Renée Paley-Bain, & “Jessica Fletcher”….. The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher

Laura Belgrave….. In the Spirit of Murder

Susan Bernhardt ….. The Ginseng Conspiracy

Juliet Blackwell (aka Hailey Lind)….. A Haunting is Brewing (Novella)

Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber)….. Ghost of a Potion

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 Lunatics

Ray Bradbury….. The Halloween Tree

Jacklyn Brady ….. Rebel Without a Cake

Lilian Jackson Braun….. Cat Who Talked to Ghosts

Rita Mae Brown….. The Hunt Ball

Rita Mae Brown….. The Litter of the Law

Leo Bruce….. Death on Allhallowe’en

Mollie Cox Bryan….. Scrapbook of the Dead (Day of the Dead)

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

John Newton Chance….. The Halloween Murders

Nora Charles….. Death with an Ocean View

Laura Childs….. Frill Kill

Laura Childs….. Fiber and Brimstone

Laura Childs….. Bedeviled Eggs

Laura Childs….. The Jasmine Moon Murder

Laura Childs….. Gossamer Ghost

Laura Childs….. Ming Tea Murder 

Agatha Christie….. The Hallowe’en Party

Christine E. Collier….. A Holiday Sampler

Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell)….. A Gala Event (Fall Harvest)

Susan Rogers Cooper….. Not in My Backyard

Elisabeth Crabtree ….. Deadly Magic

Isis Crawford (aka Barbara Block)….. A Catered Halloween

Mary Daheim….. Silver Scream

Kathi Daley ….. Halloween Hijinks

Kathi Daley ….. Pumpkins in Paradise

Kathi Daley ….. Haunted Hamlet

Kathi Daley ….. Legend of Tabby Hollow

Philip Daniels….. The Dracula Murders

Krista Davis….. The Diva Haunts the House

Krista Davis….. The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer

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

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

John Esteven….. Door of Death

Loren D. Estleman….. The Witchfinder

Anne C. Fallon….. Dead Ends

Jerrilyn Farmer….. Sympathy for the Devil

Connie Feddersen….. Dead in the Pumpkin Patch

Monica Ferris….. Hanging by a Thread

Monica Ferris….. Blackwork

Sharon Fiffer….. Scary Stuff

Honora Finkelstein….. The Lawyer Who Died Trying

“Jessica Fletcher” & Donald Bain…. Trick or Treachery

“Jessica Fletcher”, Donald Bain, & Renée Paley-Bain….. The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher

Joanne Fluke….. The Fudge Cupcake Murder

Shelley Freydont….. Halloween Murder

Shelley Freydont ….. Trick or Deceit

Shelley Freydont….. Foul Play at the Fair

Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames)….. Stirring the Plot

Leslie Glaister….. Trick or Treat

Nancy Gladstone….. Mommy and the Murder

Jeanne Glidewell….. Haunted

Jean G. Goodhind (aka J.G. Goodhind)….. Blood & Broomsticks

Joe Gores & Bill Pronzini, eds….. Trick and Treats (Anthology)

Paula Gosling….. A Few Dying Words

Margaret Grace (aka Camille Minichino)….. Monster in Miniature

Sarah Graves….. Nail Biter

Kerry Greenwood….. Trick or Treat

Jackie Griffey ….. The Snafued Snatch

Jane Haddam….. Quoth the Raven

Jane Haddam….. Skeleton Key

Carolyn Haines….. Hallowed Bones

Carolyn Haines….. Bone to Be Wild

Victoria Hamilton….. Muffin but Murder

Carolyn Hart….. Southern Ghost

Carolyn Hart….. Ghost 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 Man

Tony Hillerman….. The Wailing Wind

Ellen Elizabeth Hunter….. Murder on the Ghost Walk

Susan Isaacs….. Long Time No See

Judith K. Ivie….. Murder on Old Main Street (fall festival)

Judith K. Ivie….. Dirty Tricks

Melanie Jackson….. The Pumpkin Thief

Melanie Jackson….. 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

William W. Johnstone….. Cat’s Eye

William W. Johnstone….. Cat’s Cradle

William W. Johnstone….. The Devil’s Kiss

William W. Johnstone….. The Devil’s Heart

William W. Johnstone….. The Devil’s Touch

Daniel Judson….. The Violet Hour

Heather Justesen ….. Muffins & Murder

Faye Kellerman….. Day of Atonement

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 (aka Wendy Lyn Watson)….. Paws for Murder

Janis Lane ….. Murder in the Neighborhood

Joyce & Jim Lavene….. Ghastly Glass

Amanda Lee (aka Gayle Trent) ….. The Stitching Hour

J. Sheridan LeFanu….. Best Ghost Stories of J. S. Lefanu

Laura Levine….. Death of A Neighborhood Witch

James Lilley….. Death Knocks Twice

Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels)….. The Legend of Sleepy Harlow

Elaine Macko…..  Poisoned

Debbie Madison….. Halloween Flight 77

Cynthia Manson….. Murder for Halloween (Anthology)

Cynthia Manson  & Constance Scarborough, eds….. The Haunted Hour (Anthology)

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 Murder

Leslie Meier….. Wicked Witch Murder

Leslie Meier….. Candy Corn Murder

Barbara Michaels….. Dancing Floor

Barbara Michaels….. Prince of Darkness

Liz Mugavero ….. A Biscuit, a Casket

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

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

Ellis Peters….. Flight of a Witch

Nancy Pickard….. Twilight

Kat Richardson….. Poltergeist 

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 (story)

Paige Shelton ….. A Killer Maize

Ray Sipherd….. Dance of the Scarecrows

Michele Slung & Roland Hartman, eds….. Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense (Anthology)

Susan Smily….. The Lawyer Who Died Trying

Janet Elaine Smith….. Recipe for Murder

Cathy Spencer….. Town Haunts

J. B. Stanley (aka Jennifer Stanley)….. Carbs and Cadavers

Wendy Corsi Staub….. In the Blink of an Eye

Wendy Corsi Staub….. 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 (aka Mary Kay Andrews)….. Strange Brew

Debbie Viguié ….. I Will Fear No Evil

Livia J. Washburn….. Murder by the Slice

Livia J. Washburn….. Trick or Deadly Treat

Ken Weber….. Five-Minute Halloween Mysteries

Mary V. Welk….. The Scarecrow Murders

Richard F. West….. Ghoul of My Dreams

Donald Westlake, ed….. Mystery for Halloween (Anthology)

Charles Williams….. All Hallow’s Eve

J L Wilson….. Mayhem, Marriage, and Murderous Mystery Manuscripts

Lois Winston….. A Stitch to Die For

Valerie Wolzien….. All Hallow’s Evil


***Back to the Holiday Mystery Book page***

The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher by Donald Bain, Renée Paley-Bain, & "Jessica Fletcher"
The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher

A Gala Event by Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell)
A Gala Event
(Fall Harvest)

The Skeleton Haunts a House by Leigh Perry
The Skeleton Haunts a House

Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier
Candy Corn Murder

Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs
Gossamer Ghost

Trick or Deceit by Shelley Freydont
Trick or Deceit

The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer by Krista Davis
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer

Stirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames)
Stirring the Plot

The Legend of Sleepy Harlow by Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels)
The Legend of Sleepy Harlow

Trick or Deadly Treat by Livia J. Washburn
Trick or Deadly Treat

Scrapbook of the Dead by Mollie Cox Bryan
Scrapbook of the Dead

A Stitch to Die For by Lois WinstonA Stitch to Die For

The Root of All Evil by Ellery Adams & Elizabeth Lockard
The Root of All Evil

Dirty Tricks by Judith K. Ivie
Dirty Tricks

Bone to Be Wild by Carolyn Haines
Bone to Be Wild

Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, & Marcia Talley (editors): Homicidal Holidays: Fourteen Tales of Murder and Merriment
Homicidal Holidays: Fourteen Tales of Murder and Merriment

The Litter of the Law by Rita Mae Brown
The Litter of the Law

Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones by Kaitlyn Dunnett (aka Kathy Lynn Emerson)
Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones

Town in a Pumpkin Bash by B. B. Haywood
Town in a Pumpkin Bash

Foul Play at the Fair by Shelley Freydont
Foul Play at the Fair

Death of A Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine
Death of A Neighborhood Witch

The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis
The Diva Haunts the House

Wicked Witch Murder by Leslie Meier
Wicked Witch Murder

Monster in Miniature by Margaret Grace (aka Camille Minichino)
Monster in Miniature

Ghost at Work by Carolyn Hart
Ghost at Work

Blackwork by Monica Ferris

Ghastly Glass by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Ghastly Glass

Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry
Caught Dead Handed

Pumpkin Roll by Josi S. Kilpack
Pumpkin Roll

Scary Stuff by Sharon Fiffer
Scary Stuff

The Legend of Tabby Hollow by Kathi DaleyLegend of Tabby Hollow

A Catered Halloween by Isis Crawford (aka Barbara Block)
A Catered Halloween

Verse of the Vampyre by Diana Killian
Verse of the Vampyre

Hallowed Bones by Carolyn Haines
Hallowed Bones

Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier
Trick or Treat Murder

Southern Ghost by Carolyn G. Hart
Southern Ghost

All Hallow's Evil by Valerie Wolzien
All Hallow’s Evil

Halloween Murder by Shelley Freydont
Halloween Murder

Witches' Bane by Susan Wittig Albert
Witches’ Bane

Nightmare in Shining Armor by Tamar Myers
Nightmare in Shining Armor

Strange Brew by Kathy Hogan Trochek
Strange Brew

Death of a Trickster by Kate Borden
Death of a Trickster

Trick or Treachery by Donald Bain (& "Jessica Fletcher")
Trick or Treachery

Sweet Poison by Ellen Hart
Sweet Poison

Haunted by Jeanne Glidewell

Magnolias, Moonlight, and Murder by Sara Rosett
Magnolias, Moonlight, and Murder

Scared Stiff by Annelise Ryan
Scared Stiff

Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun by Kathleen Bacus
Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun

I Will Fear No Evil by Debbie Viguié
I Will Fear No Evil

Haunted Hamlet by Kathi Daley
Haunted Hamlet

Halloween Hijinks by Kathi Daley
Halloween Hijinks

Pumpkins in Paradise by Kathi Daley
Pumpkins in Paradise

The Ginseng Conspiracy by Susan Bernhardt
The Ginseng Conspiracy

Poisoned by Elaine Macko

Dead in the Pumpkin Patch by Connie Feddersen
Dead in the Pumpkin Patch

Inked Up by Terri Thayer
Inked Up