And here’s the continuation of Friday’s post, the rest of October’s eight holiday themed Cozy Mysteries!
The first of the holiday Cozies I’ll be looking at today is a Christmas one – Barbara Early‘s Murder on the Toy Town Express, the 2nd in the Vintage Toyshop Mystery Series. Liz McCall is looking forward to her fist Chrismas in East Aurora, New York, since she has taken over her father’s vintage toy store. When childhood bully and current competitor Craig McFadden takes a fatal fall in what first appears to be an unfortunate accident, Liz realizes she’ll need to investigate the case herself to make sure that it is solved in time for Christmas. Early also writes the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery Series as Beverly Allen.
Next up is another Christmas themed Cozy, Karen Rose Smith‘s Slay Bells Ring, which will be the 7th in the Caprice De Luca Mystery Series. Caprice de Luca has just finished her job of staging a scenic downtown home in Kismet, Pennsylvania, when one of the owners is found murdered. The owner, a Vietnam vet, had been acting strangely since returning from a recent trip, and Caprice’s instincts tell her that she’ll need to help to make sure that this crime gets solved. Smith is also the author of the Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery Series.
The last of our Christmas Cozies coming out in October will be Thread the Halls, the 9th in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series by Lea Wait. Angie Curtis and Patrick West are preparing for a hectic holiday season, as they’ll be hosting not only Patrick’s movie star mother, but a number of her coworkers including a costar, screenwriters, and the director. Unfortunately, murder is in the air, and it won’t be long into the holiday visit before tragedy inevitably strikes. Wait also writes the Shadows Antique Print Mystery Series.
Finally, the last of October’s Holiday Cozies won’t be Christmas themed, but Oktoberfest! Joyce Tremel will be putting out A Room with a Brew, the 3rd in the Brewing Trouble Mystery Series. Oktoberfest is likely to be very busy at the Allegheny Brew House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A natural addition to the festivities is an oompah band, though the exact selection proves to be unfortunate when one of the band members turns up dead, and owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara will need to solve the crime.
For more Christmas-themed Cozy Mysteries, visit the Christmas Cozy Theme page on the site.
For more Oktoberfest Cozy Mysteries, visit the Halloween Cozy Theme page on the site (which is where I keep the much rarer Oktoberfest and generic Fall Cozy Mysteries.)