Enjoying December with All Its Preparations

December14111111115868798I have been waiting patiently for December to begin. Well, I guess it has been more like IMpatiently! Two months ago MJ wrote a couple of comments that caught my eye. I wanted to showcase her comments during December, since most of us like to do special things around our houses during December. You know, things like decorating a tree, or baking cookies >>> perhaps from a recipe out of one of our Cozy Mystery authors’ culinary mysteries!

MJ’s comment from October 15:

Autumn is my favorite season, too. I live in an area where we can enjoy fall and all its glorious colors. You should see my house! I have LOTS of fall decorations. But, I believe we had this discussion a year ago…………

MJ’s comment from October 16:

I’m obviously veering off-topic AGAIN……….But, I put up my fall decorations right after Labor Day and leave them up until after Thanksgiving, so I can get the maximum enjoyment out of them. I even have 4 different quilts/bedspreads for the bed to ‘change’ with the seasons! I REALLY like the ‘fall’ bedroom. I probably put up more fall decor than xmas decor. Fanatic?……..perhaps.

MJ’s comment from October 17:

I also change the bathrooms seasonally, putting in different shower curtains and towels for fall, winter, and spring/summer in two bathrooms.

Also wanted to mention (since I am so-o-o-o-o far off topic), there is a WONDERFUL Pumpkin Curry soup recipe at the Nestle website. It’s great for the fall season and is easy, easy easy. Even those that don’t like pumpkin love this soup. The curry makes it pop (without over powering it)!

Very Best Baking by Nestle: Pumpkin Curry Soup 

Another yummy/tasty new fall item (at least new to me) is Pepperidge Farm’s Caramel Apple Bread and also their Pumpkin Spice Bread — both are so-o-o-o good! They even make great french toast.

Well………at least the foods are ‘fall’ related!!

Most people are probably done reading this particular entry, so these fall food suggestions are probably for naught.

Nope, MJ, your suggestions are not for naught! (And, I think Pumpkin Curry soup sounds great for the winter months as well!)

Here’s my question for ALL of you: Do you have some delicious food items like MJ’s Pepperidge Farm’s breads you would share with us? Or is there a special recipe like MJ’s Nestle’s Pumpkin Curry soup you wouldn’t mind telling us about?

Five New Cozy Mystery Series Starting in January 2015

Unfortunately, January won’t have any major holiday Cozy Mystery releases, which isn’t too surprising, since there won’t be any major holidays until Valentine’s Day. Fortunately, we will be able to pick up five new series from some of our favorite authors!

With Baited Breath by Lorraine Bartlett (aka Lorna Barrett & L.L. Bartlett)First up, Lorraine Bartlett will be releasing the first book in her Lotus Bay Mystery Series, titled With Baited Breath. This series will star Tori Cannon, owner of a small bait shop and motel, along with her grandfather Herb, and best friend Kathy. When a guest at the Cannon family motel turns up dead, Tori will need to enlist their help to try to get to the bottom of the mystery, before her business goes bottom up! You might be more familiar with Lorraine Bartlett under one of her other pen names – Lorna Barrett and L.L. Bartlett. Lorraine Bartlett writes the Victoria Square Mystery Series and the adventure-fantasy series, Tales of Telenia. As Lorna Barrett whe writes the Booktown Mystery Series, and as L.L. Bartlett she writes the Jeff Resnick Mystery Series.  If you’re a fan of Bartlett, regardless of name, this should be an easy pick!

Romeow and Juliet by Kathi DaleyNext, Kathi Daley will be putting out Romeow and Juliet, the first book in her Whales and Tails Mystery Series. Catlovers are sure to be fans of Daley’s new protagonist, Caitlin Hart, co-owner of Coffee Cat Books, as well as a part time volunteer at her aunt’s cat shelter. Caitlin doesn’t just love cats, though – it’s while out walking her dog, Cody, that she discovers the body of a local town council member. Can Caitlin – and her adorable four-legged friends – help crack this case? (Kathi Daley also writes the Zoe Donovan Mystery Series as well as the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery Series.)

Winter at the Door by Sarah GravesThird of our five new series next month will be Sarah Graves‘ Lizzie Snow Mystery Series, Winter at the Door. This series will star Lizzie Snow, Boston cop moving to remote Bearkill, Maine, with the hope of discovering the secret of her sister’s untimely death, as well as the disappearance of her niece. She’ll be teaming up with Sheriff Cody Chevrier, who hopes that her big-city experience will help her avoid becoming the next victim of a killer who preys upon local cops – though officially the deaths are all still considered accidents and suicides. Cozy fans are probably more familiar with Graves’s long-running Home Repair is Homicide Mystery Series, a much more lighthearted Cozy Mystery series.

When by Victoria LaurieNext, Victoria Laurie will be releasing the first book in her upcoming young adult mystery series, the Maddie Flynn Mystery Series. Titled When, this novel will introduce us to Maddie and her unsettling ability – she can tell when someone is going to die by the numbers she sees floating above their heads. When Maddie’s mother forces her to use her questionable gift to make quick money, she predicts the imminent death of a client’s child – a prediction that quickly proves accurate. Maddie quickly finds herself both a suspect and a help for the police as more children go missing. Most of you probably already know that Victoria Laurie is the author of the Psychic Eye Mystery Series, the Ghost Hunter Mystery Series, and the children’s mystery series called the Oracles of the Delphi Mystery Series.

Twisted Threads by Lea WaitFinally, Lea Wait will be releasing the first book in her Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series, titled Twisted Threads. This series will have Angie Curtis returning to her Maine coastal small-town home from the big city. Angie’s mother disappeared from Harbor Haven when Angie was just a child, and she’s returning because the disappearance has finally been revealed to be a murder. Upon returning home, another Harbor Haven resident dies – and Angie will need to look at this new death to see if there are any connections to her mother’s death. (Lea Wait also writes the Shadows Antique Print Mystery Series.)

Whew! That sure looks like a good crop of new series! Here’s hoping the rest of 2015 looks just as good!

January 2015 Mystery Book New Releases

The following Mystery Books will be released in January 2015:

Beverly Allan: For Whom the Bluebell Tolls (This will be the 2nd in the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery Series.)

Christy Barritt: Dubiosity (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

Melissa Bourbon: A Seamless Murder (This will be the 6th in the Magical Dressmaking Mystery Series.)

Alan Bradley: As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (This will be the 7th in the Flavia de Luce Mystery Series.)

Edna Buchanan: Dead Man’s Daughter (This will be the 10th in the Britt Montero Mystery Series.)

Kate Carlisle: This Old Homicide (This will be the 2nd in the Fixer-Upper Mystery Series.)

Alys Clare: Blood of the South (This will be the 6th in the Aelf Fen Mystery Series.)

Hy Conrad: Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant (This will be the 19th in the Mr. Monk Mystery Series.)

Hy Conrad: Toured to Death (This is being touted as the first in the NEW Amy’s Travel Mystery Series, however the book was released in 2012 as Rally ‘Round the Corpse, the first in the Abel Adventures Mystery Series.)

J.J. Cook (aka Joyce and Jim Lavene & Ellie Grant): In Hot Water (This will be the 3rd in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery Series.)

Lesley Cookman: Murder Out of Tune (This will be the 14th in the Libby Sarjeant Mysteries Series. The Kindle has been available since last year.)

Kathi Daley: Romeow and Juliet (This will be the NEW 1st in the Whales and Tails Mystery Series.)

Tim Dorsey: Shark Skin Suite (This will be the 18th in the Serge A. Storms Mystery Series.)

Kate Ellis: The Death Season (This will be the 19th in the Wesley Peterson Mystery Series.)

Jean G. Goodhind: Death of a Diva (This will be the 10th in the Honey Driver Mystery Series.)

Barbara Graham: Murder by Gravity: The Coffin Quilt (This will be the 6th in the Quilted Mystery Series.)

Sarah GravesWinter at the Door (This will be the 1st in the NEW Lizzie Snow Mystery Series.)

Parnell HallPuzzled Indemnity (This will be the 16th in the Puzzle Lady Mystery Series.)

Tessa Harris: Shadow of the Raven (This will be the 5th in the Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery Series.)

Tami Hoag: Cold, Cold Heart (This will be a Stand Alone.)

Julie Hyzy: All the President’s Menus (This will be the 8th in the White House Chef Mystery Series.)

Sue Ann Jaffarian: Ghost in the Guacamole (This will be the 5th in the Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery Series.)

Miranda James: Arsenic and Old Books (This will be the in the Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series)

Victoria Laurie: No Ghouls Allowed (This will be the 9th in the Ghost Hunter Mystery Series.)

Victoria Laurie: When (This will be the 1st in the NEW Maddie Flynn Mystery Series. This is a Young Adult mystery series.)

Elizabeth Lee (aka Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli): Snoop to Nuts (This will be the 2nd in the Nut House Mystery Series.)

Amy Myers: Classic Cashes In (This will be the 6th in the Jack Colby, Car Detective Mystery Series.)

Carla Neggers: Echo Lake (This will be the 4th in the Swift River Valley series – romance.)

Joyce Carol Oates: The Sacrifice (This will be a Stand Alone novel.) (Not Cozy.)

Thomas Perry: A String of Beads (This will be the 8th in the Jane Whitefield Mystery Series.)

Cate Price: Lie of the Needle (This will be the 3rd in the Deadly Notions Mystery Series.)

Phil Rickman: Night after Night (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.)

Delia Rosen: Fry Me a Liver (This will be the 6th in the Deadly Deli Mystery Series.)

Charles Todd: A Fine Summer’s Day (This will be the 17th in the Ian Rudledge Mystery Series.)

Diane Vallere: Some Like It Haute (This will be the 4th in the Style & Error Mystery Series.)

Lea Wait: Twisted Threads (This will be the 1st in the NEW Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series.)

Christine Wenger: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Death (This will be the 3rd in the Comfort Food Mystery Series.)

To go back to the Cozy Mystery New Book Release page, click here.

(These are the mysteries by authors who are currently on the Cozy Mystery site.)

Mystery Book Recommendations – November 2014

Holiday Buzz by Cleo CoyleI can hardly believe it is almost December! I don’t know whether this is because the year seems to have gone by so fast, or if it’s because I just remembered to take the recycling out a half hour ago, and I didn’t even need to wear a sweater over my elbow-length-sleeves shirt while running the bin down to the curb. It just doesn’t seem like we should be so close to 2015!

This is the time of the month where I ask you to please tell us if you read an extremely good Cozy Mystery book during November, and tell us what made that Cozy Mystery stand out as being so good. Please only tell us about the Cozies that were much better than the rest of the other Cozy Mystery books you read during November. Of course, if you read only one or two Cozy Mysteries this month, and liked both of them a lot, then please tell us about them.

[As usual, I ask that you don’t tell us about the mystery books you read that you didn’t like.]

What Cozy Mystery book (or author) have you read during November 2014, and why did you enjoy it (or him/her)?

Here are the current recommended authors who some of you have read this past month:

Ellery Adams (aka Jennifer Stanley, J.B. Stanley, 1/2 of Lucy Arlington): Books by the Bay Mystery Series

Donna Andrews: Meg Langslow Mystery Series

Lorna Barrett (aka Lorraine Bartlett & L.L. Bartlett): Booktown Mystery Series

Juliet Blackwell (Hailey Lind): A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery Series

Kate Carlise: Fixer-Upper Mystery Series

Maia Chance: Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery Series (Snow White Red-Handed is book #1)

Ann Cleeves: Vera Stanhope Mystery Series 

V.C. Clinton-Baddeley: Dr. Davie Mystery Series (Death’s Bright Dart is book #1)

Cleo Coyle (aka Alice Kimberly): Coffeehouse Mystery Series

Betty Hechtman: Crochet Mystery Series

Georgette Heyer: Superintendent Hannasyde Mystery Series

Lee Hollis: Hailey Powell Food & Cocktail Mystery Series

Molly MacRae: Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series

Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence): Library Lover’s Mystery Series

Jenn McKinlay (aka Josie Belle & Lucy Lawrence): Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series

Hannah Reed (aka Deb Baker): Scottish Highlands Mystery Series

Jean Rowden: Thorny Deepbriar Mystery Series (Gone Astray is book #1)

Annelise Ryan (aka Allyson K. Abbott & Beth Amos): Mattie Winston Mystery Series

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Jane Ryland Mystery Series

Del Shannon (aka Leslie Egan, Elizabeth Linington, & Anne Blaisdell): Luis Mendoza Mystery Series

Charles Todd: Ian Rutledge Mystery Series

Diane Vallere: Material Witness Mystery Series

Elaine Viets: Mystery Shopper Mystery Series

Patricia Wentworth: Miss Silver Mystery Series

[If you click on the author’s name (blue) link, it will take you to his/her page on the Cozy Mystery site. The pages have all of the authors’ books listed chronologically.]

♦To access more Cozy Mystery Books Recommendations, click on this link♦

P.S. While I try to respond to all of the comments that are made on the Cozy Mystery blog, I generally don’t respond to the comments on these monthly recommendation entries.

Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgivingnov11111116878989-0Happy Thanksgiving to ALL of you! And, by “ALL” I mean everyone – both in and out of the United States. 
When our son and daughter were both young, every evening we would go over the best things that happened during the day. The best things didn’t have to be big events. As a matter of fact, I am sort of remembering back to our best lists, and a lot of the time they included things like “Someone said they thought my shirt was nice.” or “I  wasn’t picked last for dodge ball.” All four of us participated in these best things, not just the children.
So, I guess what I am saying is this: it should be easy to find little things to be thankful for – and enough good little things can add up to something big. 
So, again, I wish you ALL a Happy Thanksgiving!

Upcoming Television Mystery Movies for December 2014

The Thin Man with William Powell & Myrna LoyTwo days ago I posted a list of television Christmas movies that will be airing during December 2014. Having just finished putting up our Christmas tree, I thought I would hurry up and post it, even though we haven’t yet had Thanksgiving!

So, now it’s time for me to post the Upcoming Television Mystery Movies that will be airing during December 2014. This month all of the movies I found are from the Turner Classic Movies channel.

As usual, if you know of any other mystery movie that will be airing during the month (December), please post a comment. We’d all love to know about it. Thank you!

***** ***** ***** *****

December 2014 Turner Classic Movies Channel Mystery Movies (Central time zone):

Tuesday – December 2, 2014

2:30 PM
Fear (1946)
A detective uses psychological warfare to get a confession out of a murderous student.
Dir: Alfred Zeisler Cast: Peter Cookson, Warren William, Anne Gwynne.
BW-68 mins, CC

7:00 PM
Out of the Past (1947)
A private eye becomes the dupe of a homicidal moll.
Dir: Jacques Tourneur Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas.
BW-97 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Undercurrent with Katherine Hepburn, Robert Mitchum, & Robert TaylorWednesday – December 3, 2014

11:30 AM
In a Lonely Place (1950)
An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.
Dir: Nicholas Ray Cast:  Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy.
BW-93 mins, CC

1:15 PM
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
An overlooked gold transporter with twenty years service plots to steal a million pounds of gold.
Dir: Charles Crichton Cast:  Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James.
BW-81 mins, CC

5:00 PM
Gambit (1966)
A man dreams of the perfect robbery but can’t seem to pull it off.
Dir: Ronald Neame Cast:  Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Herbert Lom.
C-108 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

***** ***** ***** *****

Angel Face with Robert Mitchum & Jean SimmonsFriday – December 5, 2014

3:45 PM
Angel Face (1953)
An unscrupulous woman murders her loved ones for profit.
Dir: Otto Preminger Cast:  Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman.
BW-91 mins, CC

5:30 PM
Laura (1944)
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he’s investigating.
Dir: Otto Preminger Cast:  Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb.
BW-88 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Sunday – December 7, 2014

4:30 AM
The Golden Years (1960)
In this instructional short film, bowling is made respectable and appealing to middle-class Americans through modernization and design.
BW-15 mins
*****OK, I don’t bowl and this isn’t a mystery movie, but I thought this might be fun to watch. Some of the 1950s and 1960s short films “educating” the public are pretty funny. I haven’t seen this one, so I can’t vouch for it.*****

7:00 AM
The Lady Vanishes with Margaret Lockwood & Michael RedgraveThe Lady Vanishes (1938)
A young woman on vacation triggers an international incident when she tries to track an elderly friend who has disappeared.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas.
BW-96 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Tuesday – December 9, 2014

9:45 AM
Larceny, Inc. (1942)
An ex-convict and his gang try to use a luggage store to front a bank robbery, but business keeps getting in the way.
Dir: Lloyd Bacon Cast:  Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford.
BW-95 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Wednesday – December 10, 2014

12:30 PM
Flight from Destiny (1941)
An elderly professor with six months to live plots a murder to reunite two young lovers.
Dir: Vincent Sherman Cast:  Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell, Jeffrey Lynn.
BW-75 mins, CC

5:30 PM
Handle with Care (1958)
During a mock trial, a small-town law student uncovers new evidence about a real crime.
Dir: David Friedkin Cast:  Dean Jones, Joan O’Brien, Thomas Mitchell.
BW-82 mins

***** ***** ***** *****

Thursday – December 11, 2014

1:00 AM
Village of the Damned (1961)
After a mysterious blackout, the inhabitants of a British village give birth to emotionless, super-powered offspring.
Dir: Wolf Rilla Cast:  George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Martin Stephens.
BW-77 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

***** ***** ***** *****

Friday – December 12, 2014

Laura with Dana Andrews & Gene Tierney6:00 AM
Wonderful World of Tupperware (1959)
This short industrial film focuses on the making of Tupperware.
Dir: George J. Yarbrough
C-29 mins
*****Here’s another “educational” film for the public. It could be good but I haven’t see it yet so I can’t vouch for it.*****

6:30 AM
The Widow from Chicago (1930)
A woman infiltrates a criminal mob to avenge her brother’s death.
Dir: Edward Cline Cast:  Alice White, Neil Hamilton, Edward G. Robinson.
BW-62 mins

1:45 PM
Bullets or Ballots (1936)
A cop goes undercover to crack an influential crime ring.
Dir: William Keighley Cast:  Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane.
BW-82 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Gaslight with Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, & Joseph CottenSaturday – December 13, 2014

11:00 AM
Gaslight (1944)
A newlywed fears she’s going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion.
Dir: George Cukor Cast:  Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten.
BW-114 mins, CC

1:00 PM
Marnie (1964)
A rich man marries a compulsive thief and tries to unlock the secrets of her mind.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker.
C-130 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

***** ***** ***** *****

Sunday – December 14, 2014

5:00 AM
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Illicit lovers plot to kill the woman’s older husband.
Dir: Tay Garnett Cast:  Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway.
BW-113 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Monday – December 15, 2014

2:30 AM
Blow-Up (1966)
A photographer discovers a murder in the background of a candid photo.
Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni Cast:  Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, David Hemmings.
C-111 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Wednesday – December 17, 2014

5:00 AM
Destination Murder (1950)
A woman infiltrates the mob to find her father’s killer.
Dir: Edward L. Cahn Cast:  Joyce MacKenzie, Stanley Clements, Hurd Hatfield.
BW-73 mins, CC

6:15 AM
Dial 1119 (1950)
A killer holds the customers at a bar hostage.
Dir: Gerald Mayer Cast:  Marshall Thompson, Virginia Field, Andrea King.
BW-75 mins, CC

9:30 AM
Hunt the Man Down (1950)
Lawyer uncovers secrets behind a decade-old murder case.
Dir: George Archainbaud Cast:  Gig Young, Lynne Roberts, Mary Anderson.
BW-68 mins

The Wrong Man with Henry Fonda & Vera Miles10:45 AM
Mrs. O’Malley and Mr. Malone (1950)
A lawyer and a widow encounter murder on a train ride.
Dir: Norman Taurog Cast:  Marjorie Main, James Whitmore, Ann Dvorak.
BW-69 mins, CC

12:00 PM
Mystery Street (1950)
Criminal pathologists try to crack a case with nothing but the victim’s bones to go on.
Dir: John Sturges Cast:  Ricardo Montalban, Sally Forrest, Bruce Bennett.
BW-93 mins, CC

4:45 PM
The Tattooed Stranger (1950)
Detectives investigate the Central Park murder of a young woman with a Marine Corps tattoo.
Dir: Edward J. Montagne Cast:  John Miles, Patricia White, Walter Kinsella.
BW-64 mins

6:00 PM
Experiment Alcatraz (1951)
A doctor testing drugs on convicts gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
Dir: Edward L. Cahn Cast:  John Howard, Joan Dixon, Walter Kingsford.
BW-59 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Saturday – December 20, 2014

7:00 PM
The Thin Man (1934)
A husband-and-wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.
Dir: W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’Sullivan.
BW-91 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Sunday – December 21, 2014

Strangers on a Train with Farley Granger and Robert Walker3:00 AM
New Year’s Evil (1981)
During a rocking New Year’s celebration, a man threatens to kill a series of women, including the show’s host.
Dir: Emmett Alston Cast:  Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Chris Wallace.
C-86 mins, Letterbox Format

***** ***** ***** *****

Monday – December 22, 2014

5:00 AM
Barricade (1950)
Two fugitives try to prove the head of a mining camp is a murderer.
Dir: Peter Godfrey Cast:  Dane Clark, Raymond Massey, Ruth Roman.
C-75 mins,

9:15 AM
Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)
An actress champions the cause of a man whom she believes has been falsely accused of murdering his wife.
Dir: King Vidor Cast:  Ruth Roman, Richard Todd, Mercedes McCambridge.
BW-90 mins,

10:45 AM
Strangers on a Train (1951)
A man’s joking suggestion that he and a chance acquaintance trade murders turns deadly.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker.
BW-101 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Friday – December 26, 2014

3:15 PM
The Wrong Man (1956)
A musician is mistaken for a vicious thief, with devastating results.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle.
BW-105 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

***** ***** ***** *****

Shadow of a Doubt with Joseph Cotten & Teresa WrightSaturday – December 27, 2014

11:00 AM
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
A young girl fears her favorite uncle may be a killer.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, MacDonald Carey.
BW-108 mins, CC

1:00 PM
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
A bogus preacher marries an outlaw’s widow in search of the man’s hidden loot.
Dir: Charles Laughton Cast:  Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish.
BW-93 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

***** ***** ***** *****

Sunday – December 28, 2014

5:00 PM
Adam’s Rib (1949)
Husband-and-wife lawyers argue opposite sides in a sensational women’s rights case.
Dir: George Cukor Cast:  Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday.
BW-101 mins, CC
*****Not a mystery, however really, really good.*****

7:00 PM
Dark Passage (1947)
A man falsely accused of his wife’s murder escapes to search for the real killer.
Dir: Delmer Daves Cast:  Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett.
BW-106 mins, CC

Lady in the Lake with Robert Montgomery 9:00 PM
Lady in the Lake (1947)
Philip Marlowe searches for a missing woman in this mystery shot entirely from the detective’s viewpoint.
Dir: Robert Montgomery Cast:  Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan.
BW-103 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Monday – December 29, 2014

6:30 AM
Conflict (1945)
A man murders his wife so he can be free to marry her sister.
Dir: Curtis Bernhardt Cast:  Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet.
BW-86 mins, CC

8:00 AM
And Then There Were None (1945)
Guests at a remote island mansion realize a crazed killer is stalking them.
Dir: René Clair Cast:  Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward.
BW-97 mins, CC

1:45 PM
Beware, My Lovely (1952)
A widow discovers her handyman is an escaped mental patient.
Dir: Harry Horner Cast:  Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Taylor Holmes.
BW-77 mins, CC

Lightning Strikes Twice with Richard Todd & Ruth Roman5:00 PM
Undercurrent (1946)
A sheltered woman realizes that either her husband or his mysterious brother is a psychopath.
Dir: Vincente Minnelli Cast:  Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, Robert Mitchum.
BW-116 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Tuesday – December 30, 2014

1:15 AM
North by Northwest (1959)
An advertising man is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason.
C-136 mins, CC

7:30 AM
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
A young man about to be married discovers the two aunts who raised him have been poisoning lonely old men.
Dir: Frank Capra Cast:  Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey.
BW-118 mins, CC

9:30 AM
Suspicion (1941)
A wealthy wallflower suspects her penniless playboy husband of murder.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast:  Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Sir Cedric Hardwicke.
BW-100 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Wednesday – December 31, 2014

9:45 AM
Brighton Rock (1951)
A small-time hood tries to cover up his murder of a rival.
Dir: John Boulting Cast:  Richard Attenborough, Carol Marsh, Hermione Baddeley.
BW-92 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

(All of the above TCM descriptions were copied from the TCM site.)

***** ***** ***** *****

North by Northwest with Cary Grant & Eve Marie SaintIf you know of any other Mystery theme movies that are going to be aired on television during December 2014, please post a comment.

If you would like to see more Television and Movies ideas, click on this link.

Here is the Upcoming Mystery Movies for November 2014 entry, in case you want to see what is playing the rest of this month.

And this is the Upcoming Christmas Television Movies for December 2014 entry.

Upcoming Television Christmas Movies for December 2014

Remember the Night with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurrayOur daughter is coming home for her Thanksgiving vacation on Tuesday, so I have spent the last week getting all of our Christmas decorations up as well as getting all of the food I’ll need to prepare our Thanksgiving meal. (It’s been rather hectic!) Since I just finished getting the last of the Christmas things up, I decided that this would be a great time to finally finish my list of Christmas movies that will be airing on television during the month of December (2014).

(I am only listing the Christmas movie premier dates for the Hallmark, Lifetime, and ION channels’ movies.)

***** ***** ***** *****

December’s TCM Christmas Movies

Thursday – December 4, 2014

7:00 PM
Remember the Night (1940)
An assistant D.A. takes a shoplifter home with him for Christmas.
Dir: Mitchell Leisen Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi.
BW-94 mins, CC
*****I think this movie is one of the best classic Christmas movies!*****

***** ***** ***** *****

The Man Who Came to Dinner with Bette Davis & Monty WooleySunday – December 7, 2014

11:30 AM
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941)
An acerbic critic wreaks havoc when a hip injury forces him to move in with a midwestern family.
Dir: William Keighley Cast: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley.
BW-113 mins, CC
*****How can you go wrong with Bette Davis? This is another one of my favorite classic Christmas movies.*****

1:30 PM
It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
Two homeless men move into a mansion while its owners are wintering in the South.
Dir: Roy Del Ruth Cast: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charlie Ruggles.
BW-115 mins, CC

3:30 PM
Scrooge (1970)
A miser faces the ghosts of his past on Christmas Eve.
Dir: Ronald Neame Cast: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans.
C-114 mins, CC

It Happened on 5th Avenue with Don DeFore & Ann Harding***** ***** ***** *****

Thursday – December 11, 2014

7:00 PM
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Feuding co-workers don’t realize they’re secret romantic pen pals.
Dir: Ernst Lubitsch Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan.
BW-99 mins, CC
*****OK, I guess my secret is out. I have a whole lot of classic Christmas favorites!*****

8:45 PM
Holiday Affair (1949)
A young widow is torn between a boring businessman and a romantic ne’er-do-well.
Dir: Don Hartman Cast: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey.
BW-87 mins, CC

10:30 PM
It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
Two homeless men move into a mansion while its owners are wintering in the South.
Dir: Roy Del Ruth Cast: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charlie Ruggles.
BW-115 mins, CC

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Sunday – December 14, 2014

The Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart & Margaret Sullavan1:00 PM
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Feuding co-workers don’t realize they’re secret romantic pen pals.
Dir: Ernst Lubitsch Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan.
BW-99 mins, CC
*****If you didn’t get a chance to watch this movie a few days ago, make sure you do now!*****

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Thursday – December 18, 2014

7:00 PM
A Christmas Carol (1938)
In this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, an elderly miser learns the error of his ways on Christmas Eve.
Dir: Edwin L. Marin Cast: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart.
BW-69 mins, CC

8:15 PM
Scrooge (1970)
A miser faces the ghosts of his past on Christmas Eve.
Dir: Ronald Neame Cast: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans.
C-114 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

10:15 PM
Scrooge (1935)
The legendary miser searches his past, present and future to discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Cast: Maurice Evans
BW-78 mins

11:45 PM
A Carol for Another Christmas (1964)
Three ghosts teach an industrialist the importance of international peacekeeping.
Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Cast: Robert Shaw, Sterling Hayden, Peter Sellers.
BW-86 mins, CC

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Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck & Dennis MorganSunday – December 21, 2014

1:00 AM
Santa Claus (1959)
Santa Claus enlists Merlin to help him save Christmas from the devil.
Dir: Rene Cardona
C-95 mins

2:45 AM
A Visit to Santa (1963)
Two children dreaming of Christmas visit Santa at the North Pole in this short film.
C-12 mins

11:30 AM
I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
A soldier meets a woman on Christmas furlough from prison and they fall in love.
Dir: William Dieterle Cast: Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple.
BW-85 mins, CC

1:00 PM
Christmas In Connecticut (1945)
A homemaking specialist who can’t boil water is forced to provide a family holiday for a war hero.
Dir: Peter Godfrey Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet.
BW-102 mins, CC
*****I love, love, love this classic, black & white Christmas movie!*****

3:00 PM
Holiday Affair (1949)
A young widow is torn between a boring businessman and a romantic ne’er-do-well.
Dir: Don Hartman Cast: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey.
BW-87 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

I'll Be Seeing You with Ginger Rogers & Joseph CottenWednesday – December 24, 2014

What a day for classic Christmas movies!

5:00 AM
Scrooge (1935)
The legendary miser searches his past, present and future to discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Cast: Maurice Evans
BW-78 mins

11:15 AM
It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
Two homeless men move into a mansion while its owners are wintering in the South.
Dir: Roy Del Ruth Cast: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charlie Ruggles.
BW-115 mins, CC

1:15 PM
I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
A soldier meets a woman on Christmas furlough from prison and they fall in love.
Dir: William Dieterle Cast: Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple.
BW-85 mins, CC
*****If you missed this a few days ago, make sure you catch it today. I think this is a very over-looked classic Christmas movie.*****

3:00 PM
The Shop Around the Corner(1940)
Feuding co-workers don’t realize they’re secret romantic pen pals.
Dir: Ernst Lubitsch Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan.
BW-99 mins, CC

7:00 PM
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941)
An acerbic critic wreaks havoc when a hip injury forces him to move in with a midwestern family.
Dir: William Keighley Cast: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley.
BW-113 mins, CC

9:00 PM
Christmas In Connecticut (1945)
A homemaking specialist who can’t boil water is forced to provide a family holiday for a war hero.
Dir: Peter Godfrey Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet.
BW-102 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

Holiday Affair with Robert Mitchum & Janet LeighThursday – December 25, 2014

10:00 AM
A Christmas Carol (1938)
In this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, an elderly miser learns the error of his ways on Christmas Eve.
Dir: Edwin L. Marin Cast: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart.
BW-69 mins, CC

11:15 AM
Holiday Affair (1949)
A young widow is torn between a boring businessman and a romantic ne’er-do-well.
Dir: Don Hartman Cast: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey.
BW-87 mins, CC

***** ***** ***** *****

(All of the above TCM descriptions were copied from the TCM site.)

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christmas444444444444444407-078=78Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies in Central time zone

Saturday – December 6, 2014

7:00 PM
Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle
Starring: Rob Morrow, Michelle Harrison, Britt Irvin, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Andrew Francis
Heavenly angel Harry Mills is sent to Earth on a trial assignment to intervene in the life of a woman who needs help getting her life on track after the death of her father. With a deadline of Christmas day, he attempts to help her heal in order to embrace a new future, and an unexpected love, just in time to celebrate the miracle of the holiday season.

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Sunday – December 7, 2014

7:00 PM
Christmas at Cartwright’s
Starring: Alicia Witt, Wallace Shawn
With Christmas approaching, a struggling single mom finds herself working as a department store Santa Claus, as a real-life angel delivers good fortune and the possibility of holiday romance.

***** ***** ***** *****

Saturday – December 13, 2014

7:00 PM
Best Christmas Party Ever
Starring: Torrey DeVitto, Steve Lund, Linda Thorson, Harmon Walsh
With the holidays approaching, a young party planner arranges a special Christmas party for a New York toy store. When a powerful corporation threatens to shut her down, she decides to follow her heart, moving forward with the party plans and finding true love in time for Christmas.

***** ***** ***** *****

Sunday – December 14, 2014

7:00 PM
The Christmas Parade
Starring: AnnaLynne McCord, Jefferson Brown, Drew Scott
A popular network morning host finds herself humiliated on the air by her fiancé and disappears to a small town. While there, she helps a budding artist save a community art center for the town’s kids, by helping them with their float for the annual Christmas Parade. 

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I copied and pasted the descriptions from the Hallmark channel Christmas movies from the Hallmark channel’s  television schedule online.

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Saturday – December 6, 2014

7:00 PM
Wally Lamb’s Wishin’ and Hopin’
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Chevy Chase, Annabella Sciorra, Cheri Oteri, Wyatt Ralff, Danny Nucci, Conchata Ferrell, Michael Lee Aday (aka Meat Loaf), Camila Banus, Blanche Baker, Sosie Bacon, Krysta Rodriguez
Based on the New York Times best-selling Christmas novel by Wally Lamb comes the new Christmas classic, starring Molly Ringwald and featuring Chevy Chase as the narrator. Set in the 1960s, “Wishin’ and Hopin’” is the story of 10-year-old Felix Funicello (Wyatt Ralff, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”), who is doing his best to navigate fifth grade at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School. His father (Danny Nucci, “The Fosters”) runs the local diner, and their family’s claim to fame is their cousin, Annette Funicello (Krysta Rodriguez, “Smash”), the famous teen star and Mouseketeer. With the dreaded Christmas pageant on the horizon, the holiday season gets even more exciting with the sudden arrivals of a substitute teacher (Ringwald) and a feisty Russian student, Zhenya, and promises to be one Christmas Felix will never forget. Also stars Meat Loaf (“Fight Club”), Annabella Sciorra (“CSI”), Cheri Oteri (“Saturday Night Live”), Conchata Ferrell (“Two and a Half Men”) and Camila Banus (“Days of Our Lives”).

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Saturday – December 13, 2014

7:00 PM
The Santa Con
Starring: Barry Watson, Melissa Joan Hart, Jaleel White, John Ratzenberger, Wendy Williams
Small-time con man Nick DeMarco (Barry Watson, “Hart of Dixie”) is ordered by his parole officer to take a minimum-wage job as a department store Santa during the holidays…and he hates it. Near the end of his first shift, he hastily promises a young boy, Billy (“Tucker Meek”), that Santa will bring his estranged parents back together by Christmas. When his sister Rosemary (Melissa Joan Hart, “Melissa and Joey”) hears this, she is livid and can’t believe he would break a little boy’s heart with an empty promise. After a long night of soul searching – and with the help of an insightful female pastor (Wendy Williams) – Nick decides to make good on his promise to the child, somehow. But after meeting the boy’s mother Carol (Melissa Sagemiller, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), will Nick ultimately choose to put the happiness of others ahead of his own? Jaleel White (“Family Matters”), Scott Grimes (“Party of Five”) and John Ratzenberger (“Cheers”) also star. Hart also directs this film.

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I copied and pasted the descriptions of the Lifetime channel Christmas movies from the Lifetime channel television schedule online.

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christmas777777777777777724996u97-=y8iION Channel Christmas Movies in Central time zone

Sunday – December 7, 2014

8:00 PM
Merry Ex-Mas
Cast: Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson, Lochlyn Munro, Shannon Kummer, Sharon Thomas Cain, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Ernie Hudson, Rebecca Grant
When misleading photos are published of security company chief Jessie Rogers purportedly caught in a love nest with his rock star client, his humiliated wife, Noëlle, throws him out of the house and swiftly files for divorce. Unable to convince her of his innocence, Jessie fights in vain to win Noëlle back. A year later at the family ski cabin, a Christmastime blizzard snowbounds Jessie, his daughter, ex-mother-in-law, Noëlle and her wealthy suitor, Flynn, who is plotting a surprise wedding.

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Saturday – December 13, 2014

8:00 PM
A Christmas Kiss II
Cast: Elisabeth Harnois, Adam Mayfield, Elisabeth Röhm, Lola Glaudini, Jonathan Bennett, Celesta Hodge, Ray Laska
At a Christmastime event, Jenna shares an impromptu, unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe with the dashing Cooper Montgomery, a billionaire playboy who recently returned to the city. Although she doesn’t know him, Cooper learns that Jenna works for Cooper’s sister at the designer fashion house founded by their dad. Fearful of getting hurt in another relationship, Jenna vows to resist Cooper’s charms and feigns a romance with her heartbroken next door neighbor. As the two begin spending more time together, Jenna realizes that Cooper’s affection is real, but still worries that he won’t be able to shed his former ways.

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Sunday – December 14, 2014

8:00 PM
A Perfect Christmas List
Cast: Ellen Hollman, Marion Ross, Aaron Hill, Beth Broderick, Richard Karn
Just two weeks before Christmas, Sara Smith gets a call from home about her grandmother Evie, who has been sent to the hospital. Having always been close, the health scare is enough to get Sara to do the unthinkable… come home for Christmas. While Sara plans to get a hotel room for her stay, her mother won’t allow it. Sara eventually relents, but it’s clear that time has not repaired their relationship, and her mother returns to her overbearing ways. With her handsome doctor’s approval, the convalescing Evie conjures up a curious challenge. As a “last wish,” she tasks her daughter and granddaughter with list of festive accomplishments to do together before Christmas, hoping that the adventure of the experience will repair their relationship. Along the way, Sara discovers an unlisted Christmas adventure with Evie’s physician.

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Saturday – December 20, 2014

8:00 PM
Back to Christmas
Cast: Kelly Overton, Michael Muhney, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Jennifer Elise Cox, Moses Jacob Storm, Gloria Loring, Mark Hutter
Saddened about spending another Christmas alone, Ali meets Ginny, a quirky and spunky woman, at a diner on Christmas Eve. Ali tells Ginny that she was to be married on New Year’s Eve last year, but over the course of the holidays she and her fiancé unexpectedly split. When Ali explains that she would do everything differently if she could go back in time, Ginny tells her that “sometimes people do get second chances.” The following morning, Ali wakes up to find herself transported back to that Christmas before her planned wedding. While she sets out to avoid the mistakes of her past, she learns that changing the course of history is no easy task.

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I copied and pasted the description of the ION channel Christmas movies from a September 22, 2014 article titled “ION Television Invites Viewers to ‘Get Wrapped Up in the Holidays!’ with Five Original Holiday Movies” found on the Broadcasting and Cable site.

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If you know of any other Mystery theme movies that are going to be aired on television during December 2014, please post a comment. Please only tell us about the Christmas movies that will be premiering. I know that Hallmark and its sister network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, will be showing a lot of Christmas movies, but I  will not be able to list all of the movies from past years.

24Here are two entries that I wrote about favorite Christmas movies:

Christmas: Favorite Classic Holiday Movies : Old, Black & White

Christmas: Favorite Holiday Movies – More Recent, In Color