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Thanksgiving Mystery Book List

Thanksgiving falls right in between Halloween and Christmas, and is a time when most of us are bustling around, trying to get ready for the end of the year festivities. Perhaps, this is the reason that there are so few mystery books devoted to such a short ( and very busy) time of year.

It seems that we just put our Halloween costumes away, when it is time to once again start wrapping presents to give to loved ones. But, as true mystery readers know, there is always time to read a good book! So, finish up your Halloween mystery, put your frozen turkey in the refrigerator to thaw out, and open up one of the Thanksgiving books listed below. You may get behind with your holiday cooking and planning, but a good mystery is always worth a little havoc in your otherwise well-planned Thanksgiving season.


Victoria Abbott..... The Wolfe Widow

Laura Alden..... Foul Play at the PTA

Donald Bain (& "Jessica Fletcher")..... A Fatal Feast

S. H. Baker.... The Colonel's Tale

Mignon Ballard..... Miss Dimple Disappears

Sandra Balzo..... Hit and Run

Bob Berger.... The Risk of Fortune

William Bernhardt..... Natural Suspect

Kate Borden..... Death of a Turkey

Lilian Jackson Braun..... The Cat Who Talked Turkey

Lilian Jackson Braun..... The Cat Who Went Into the Closet

Carole Bugge.... Who Killed Mona Lisa?

Sammi Carter..... Goody Goody Gunshots

Joelle Charbonneau ..... Skating Under the Wire

Christine E. Collier..... A Holiday Sampler

Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell)..... A Killer Crop

Isis Crawford..... A Catered Thanksgiving

Jessie Crockett ..... Drizzled with Death

Amanda Cross..... Trap for Fools

Barbara D'Amato..... Hard Tack

Mary Daheim...... Alpine Fury

Mary Daheim..... Fowl Prey

Mary Daheim..... The Alpine Vengeance

Kathi Daley ..... The Trouble with Turkeys

Kathi Daley ..... Turkeys, Tuxes, and Tabbies

Jeanne M. Dams..... Sins Out of School

Claire Daniels..... Final Intuition

Krista Davis..... The Diva Runs Out of Thyme

Michael Dibdin..... Thanksgiving

Joanne Dobson..... Raven and the Nightingale

Christine Duncan..... Safe House

Janet Evanovich..... Thanksgiving

"Jessica Fletcher" (& Donald Bain)..... A Total Feast

Katherine V. Forrest..... The Beverly Malibu

Shelley Freydont..... Cold Turkey  (Novella)

Noreen Gilpatrick.... The Piano Man

Martin H. Greenberg (editor)..... Cat Crimes for the Holidays

Jane Haddam..... Feast of Murder

Janice Hamrick..... Death Rides Again

Lee Harris..... The Thanksgiving Day Murder

J. Alan Hartman, editor..... The Killer Wore Cranberry

J. Alan Hartman, editor..... The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping

J. Alan Hartman, editor..... The Killer Wore Cranberry: Room for Thirds

Robin Hathaway..... Doctor Makes a Dollhouse Call

Richard Hawke..... Speak of the Devil

Victoria Houston..... Dead Hot Shot

Dorothy Howell..... Fanny Packs and Foul Play (novella)

Ellen Elizabeth Hunter..... Murder on the ICW

Melanie Jackson..... Death in a Turkey Town

Melanie Jackson..... Cornucopia

Sue Ann Jaffarian ..... Second-Hand Stiff

J. A. Jance..... Shoot Don't Shoot

Alex Kava..... Black Friday

Faye Kellerman..... Serpent's Tooth

Harry Kemelman.... That Day the Rabbi Left Town

Clyde Linsley..... Death of a Mill Girl

Georgette Livingston..... Telltale Turkey Caper

Niall Magill..... Thanksgiving Murder in the Mountains

G. M. Malliet..... Wicked Autumn  (Harvest Fayre)

Margaret Maron..... Up Jumps the Devil

Evan Marshall..... Stabbing Stefanie

Ralph McInerny..... Celt and Pepper

Leslie Meier..... Turkey Day Murder

Deborah Morgan..... The Marriage Casket

Nancy J. Parra.... Murder Gone A-Rye

Louise Penny..... Still Life

Cathy Pickens..... Southern Fried

Ann Ripley..... Harvest of Murder

M.L. Rowland..... Zero-Degree Murder

Maria E. Schneider ..... Executive Retention  

Sarah R. Shaber.... Snipe Hunt

Sharon Short..... Hung Out to Die

Paullina Simons..... Red Leaves

Joanna Campbell Slan..... Cara Mia Delgatto and the Thanksgiving Gift (Story)

Denise Swanson….. Murder of a Barbie and Ken

Denise Swanson..... Murder of a Botoxed Blonde

Marcia Talley..... Occasion of Revenge

Jennifer Vanderbes..... Strangers at the Feast

Debbie Viguié..... I Shall Not Want

Livia J. Washburn..... The Pumpkin Muffin Murder

Leslie Wheeler..... Murder at Plimoth Plantation

Angela Zeman..... The Witch and the Borscht Pearl 

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


Murder Gone A-Rye by Nancy J. Parra (aka Nancy Coco)
Murder Gone A-Rye

The Wolfe Widow by Victoria Abbott (aka Mary Jane Maffini & Victoria Maffini)
The Wolfe Widow

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

Murder She Wrote: A Fatal Feast by Donald Bain (& "Jessica Fletcher")
A Fatal Feast

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme

The Pumpkin Muffin Murder by Livia J. Washburn
The Pumpkin Muffin Murder

A Killer Crop by Sheila Connolly (aka Sarah Atwell)
A Killer Crop

Drizzled with Death by Jessie Crockett
Drizzled with Death

Fanny Packs and Foul Play by Dorothy Howell
Fanny Packs and Foul Play

Final Intuition by Claire Daniels
Final Intuition

Death of a Turkey by Kate Borden
Death of a Turkey

Death Rides Again by Janice Hamrick
Death Rides Again

The Cat Who Talked Turkey by Lilian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who Talked Turkey

The Alpine Vengeance by Mary Daheim
The Alpine Vengeance

Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich

Harvest of Murder by Ann Ripley
   Harvest of Murder

Murder of a Barbie and Ken by Denise Swanson
Murder of a Barbie and  Ken

Foul Play at the PTA by Laura Alden
Foul Play at the PTA

The Day the Rabbi Left Town by Harry Kemelman
    That Day the Rabbi  Left Town

The Thanksgiving Day Murder by Lee Harris
The Thanksgiving Day Murder

The Trouble with Turkeys by Kathi Daley
The Trouble with Turkeys

The Killer Wore Cranberry edited by J. Alan Hartman
The Killer Wore Cranberry

Death in a Turkey Town by Melanie Jackson
Death in a Turkey Town