Halloween Mystery Book List Recommendations

I have gotten many nice notes about how much people like our Mystery Book Monthly Recommendations lists. And, since I have been trying to update all of the holiday mystery book lists on the site, I started thinking that maybe it was time for us to make up a list of Halloween mystery book recommendations.

Here is the link to my Halloween Mystery Book List page. Of all of these Halloween mysteries, are there any that you think definitely stand out as being mystery books the rest of us should be aware of? These should be Halloween mysteries that we think others should definitely know about, so they can read and enjoy them the same way we did.

Also, if you wouldn’t mind letting me know about any Halloween mysteries that I don’t have on the list, that would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. If you would like to take a look at all of the different holiday mystery book lists that I have, here is the link: Holiday Mystery Book Lists. You can click on each individual holiday to see all of the mystery books that I am aware of.


I’ll start out with one of my favorite Halloween Mysteries. I actually skipped the first book in the series so that I could read this book during a Halloween season, and I enjoyed it so much that I went back and read the preceding book right after I finished this one. Death of a Trickster is the second in Kate Borden’s Peggy Jean Turner Mystery Series. It takes place in New England, so you get the crisp, autumnal setting. Another reason I enjoyed it (besides liking Borden’s writing style) is that it features Halloween (almost) as a character. (There are many references to Halloween.) I liked all of the characters, the setting, the writing style, and the mystery.

Halloween Mystery Book Recommendations:

Kate Borden….. Death of a Trickster

Ray Bradbury…. The Halloween Tree

Bailey Cates (aka Cricket McRae)….. Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti

Laura Childs ….. Bedeviled Eggs

Agatha Christie….. The Hallowe’en Party

Kathi Daley ….. Halloween Hijinks

Krista Davis….. The Diva Haunts the House

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

Kylie Logan ….. The Legend of Sleepy Harlow

Donna McLean…. A Sparrow Falls Trick or Treat? (story)

Leslie Meier: Trick or Treat Murder

Leslie Meier: Wicked Witch Murder

Annelise Ryan (aka Allyson K. Abbott & Beth Amos): Scared Stiff

Valerie Wolzien: All Hallow’s Evil

If you know of any Halloween theme mysteries that you think should definitely be on this Halloween mysteries recommendations list, please post a comment.

Thank you!


  1. Cyn says

    While going through the list I was surprised how many weren’t available on kindle. (have I become so dependent on technology – shocking! I should be shocked at how many there are) Anyway, do you know how Amazon decides which books are kindleized?


    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      I’m the same way, Cyn. If it hasn’t been Kindleized, I’m not interested. I know that’s a terrible thing to say, but I haven’t bought a “real book” since I became addicted to my Kindle.

      I have no idea how Amazon decides which books to Kindleize- I’m guessing the demand and popularity of the author are key ingredients in the decision. Also, I have found several mystery books that have been converted to Kindle format by groups of the authors’ fans. Most of those authors are from many years ago, not authors who still have copyright protection.

  2. Martine says

    I don’t think I have read any Halloween mysteries yet – but the list sure does have a number that look interesting!

    I’ve always enjoyed Murder She Wrote, and maybe a Halloween in New England (Trick or Treachery) care of “Jessica Fletcher” and Donald Bain would be a good place to start.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Martine, if you like the Murder, She Wrote television shows, you will no doubt like the Murder, She Wrote mystery books by Donald Bain “& Jessica Fletcher.” by Donald-Bain. Trick or Treachery would probably be a great place to start, even though it’s not the first in the series. (Holiday books are the only ones I will read out of order, although, if I follow the author, I usually will wait until the proper holiday before reading the next book if it is a holiday mystery.)

  3. Margaret says

    Danna, you recommended the “oh so very short” Kate Borden series to me. I found all three on-line (used) and read them in order so quickly. They really are different from most of the cozies I read. I can only describe it as a mystery with in a mystery. The murder mystery and the mystery surrounding some characters. They are such “sadly” short books and only three in the series :( What did we see that the publisher didn’t see not to continue this interesting series. I really wanted to see what she did with Max.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Margaret, as you can probably tell, I absolutely loved these holiday mysteries by Kate Borden. I think Borden does a good job in making the village seem alive.

      • Moonlight says

        The climax of the story comes at Halloween. It’s about a relatively harmless coven of witches and it has a witch hunter in the mix. So it’s seasonally appropriate. You might find other books that more heavily emphasize the season but I liked it.

  4. Arlie says

    I have an overall comment that I’ve been meaning to send for awhile…I just want to thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into the Cozy Mystery List site!!! I can’t express how much I appreciate it and how many now favorite books I discovered because you took the time to share them!!!

  5. Susan* says

    Definitely reccomend Kate Borden’s “Death of a Trickster”. Not particularly spooky, or scary, IIRC, just a nice solid cozy with a murderer who uses the holiday to dress up their crimes.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Susan*, I had to look up “IIRC” in the urban dictionary! (“If I Recall Correctly”)

      It’s been a few years since I read Death of a Trickster, also. But IIRC, I think you’re right!

  6. Meri says

    I just want to say…you are Amazing! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all that you do to keep your fellow cozy lovers informed of all things cozy. I contantly refer to your site for ideas and look forward to your up-dates. Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thank you, Meri, for the very kind words about the site. I hope you are enjoying some of the Halloween mysteries!

  7. Donna says

    A Sparrow Falls Trick or Treat is on kindle and nook. Of course I like to read the Agatha Christie book this time of year (you’ve already posted it!), and I also like Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree. Not a mystery, but he’s a favorite writer and it’s a book I vividly remember from my childhood.

  8. Mary Joy W says

    Loved Death of a Trickster and ALL the Kate Borden books. So wish there were more. Also Halloween themes – by Leslie Meier, The Trick or Treat Murder and The Wicked Witch Murder. The latter is available on Kindle. Another by my beloved, no longer published author (sniff, sniff), Valerie Wolzien’s All Hallow’s Evil. All are great cozies.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thank you, Mary Joy. I just added all three of these Halloween mysteries to the list. (Good choices!)

  9. Readingprincess says

    Annelise Ryan’s Scared Stiff takes place during the Halloween season. Scared Stiff is part of her Mattie Winston series, which was recently mentioned during the discussion regarding mysteries set in Wisconsin.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thanks, again, Readingprincess. I just added Annelise Ryan’s Scared Stiff to the Halloween mystery book recommendations list.

  10. Sheila says

    Another Halloween book for the list:
    Laura Childs’ Cackleberry Club “Bedeviled Eggs”. How did I forget this one when I mentioned Krista Davis series above!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thanks, Sheila, I just added Laura Childs’ Bedeviled Eggs to the stand-out Halloween mysteries list.

  11. David says

    Gods of The Nowhere: A Novel of Halloween by James Tipper just came out and I finished it yesterday. Really liked it, and by far the most “Halloweeny” book I’ve ever read. Nice mystery aspect paired with adventure and some creepy parts. Perfect read for now.

    Gods of The Nowhere: A Novel of Halloween

    P.S. P.S. I got the kindle version and the use of fonts is groundbreaking. Really ads to the immersive experience!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thanks, Toni, I’ll add Kaitlyn Dunnett’s Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones to the recommended Halloween mysteries list.

  12. Sally says

    I’m about one third of the way through “Halloween Hijinks” by Kathi Daley and it is very cute and a fun read. I got it from Amazon for $2.99. There are two more available and I will be purchasing these.
    It’s got great characters, wonderful animals and a mystery to boot.

  13. Susan* says

    Janet Bolin’s ‘Night of the Living Thread’ is set at Halloween. The series overall is a craft theme, (And I will mention it there if no-one else has) but this one goes here as well, I think.
    It’s not a paranormal, even though it does include (faux) zombies! Lol!

  14. joan j says

    How about the legend of sleepy Harlow by Kylie Logan? this is a new paperback published this fall. this is a new series that takes place in Put in Bay on an Island in Lake Erie, not too far from Sandusky. this one has a Halloween theme. third in the series

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