Books To Read If You Like Holiday Mysteries

Books To Read If You Like Holiday Mysteries

The Holiday season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with some amazing new holiday mystery novels! Spread some cheer and solve the case with these amazing new books from bestselling authors Sam Cheever, Phillipa Nefri Clark, Anne Perry, Leighann Dobbs, Tasha Alexander, and Angie Fox. Happy holidays!


Frosted Croakies

by Sam Cheever

Release Date: December 3, 2019

The fifth book in the Enchanting Inquiries series… It’s Christmas time at Croakies. Stockings are hung, the tree is up, and Christmas tunes are playing. I’m actually starting to enjoy the season again. You probably know how this is going to end. After Sebille suggests I open the bookstore for a holiday party, I foolishly agreed. I had no idea a hobgoblin would hide everybody’s stuff or that a freak winter storm would trap everyone inside. Or that a spell would be released switching everybody’s identities.

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The Christmas Tree Thief

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Release Date: December 3, 2019

The first book in the Charlotte Dean Mysteries series by Phillipa Nefri Clark… Charlotte Dean is a former psychiatrist that has had enough trouble to last a lifetime. She gets a rare opportunity to start over when she is offered a job working in a bookshop in the picturesque town of Kingfisher Falls. The last thing she expected was to see someone stealing Christmas trees, but she doesn’t want to get involved. Especially since the locals are suspicious of newcomers. Unfortunately, trouble always has a way of finding her.

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A Christmas Gathering

by Anne Perry

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Although her friends’ country house is beautiful, it is not the place Lady Vespasia wants to spend Christmas with her new husband, Victor Narraway. She would have much preferred a relaxing holiday at home. Especially since Victor, the former head of the London Special Branch, seems to be hiding undercover dealings with the other guests of the estate.

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Grievance in Gingerbread Alley

by November 21, 2019

Release Date: November 21, 2019

The second book in the Christmas Village Cozy Mystery series by Leighann Dobbs… Augusta (Gus) Chance decides to take a break from her duties as Sheriff of Mystic Notch to indulge in her hobby of playing jazz piano in Christmas Village. She never imagined that a surprise from her past will embroil her in a murder investigation. She soon realizes that Christmas Village may not be the idyllic retreat it appears to be.

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Upon the Midnight Clear

by Tasha Alexander

Release Date: November 5, 2019

A new short story in the Lady Emily Mysteries series by Tasha Alexander… Most of London society has gone to their country estates for the holidays, but Lady Emily and her family are enjoying a few days in the city. While out shopping, a kind stranger gives Emily’s son a Christmas cracker. But when a cryptic clue is found inside it, she suspects there is more to the gift than Christmas cheer.

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The Ghost of Christmas Past

by Angie Fox

Release Date: November 29, 2019

The new holiday story in the Southern Ghost Hunter series by New York Times Bestselling Author Angie Fox… Verity is looking forward to a merry Christmas with her boyfriend’s stuffy family. She’s afraid if she doesn’t extend an olive branch to the Wydells, she will hit them over the head with it. But when her boyfriend’s mother pulls a shocking stunt and an unexpected guest shows up at the door, things start to get interesting.

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Interview with Phillipa Nefri Clark, Author of The Christmas Tree Thief

What can you tell us about your new release, The Christmas Tree Thief?

This is the first in a new mystery series. Dr Charlotte Dean first appeared out of the blue in my Christie Ryan series, stayed for two books, then demanded her own stories. The Christmas Tree Thief is a small town whodunit with a dash of danger. Instead of a quiet life in her new town, an unusual spate of crimes brings out the amateur sleuth in Charlotte and Kingfisher Falls will never be the same.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I began penning little stories before I went to school and never stopped, although I diverted into less creative writing for many years. Perhaps the magic stories from authors such as Enid Blyton and CS Lewis made me want to write down the movies playing in my head.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I have eclectic tastes – so it is more about the authors. I’ll read anything by Anne Rice, Anne McAffrey, Dan Brown, CS Lewis, and Agatha Christie.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Agatha Christie. I’d love to ask what her favorite book is, and author!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The creative process. To discover a new world filled with characters and see what they have in store for me.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m up before six each morning and check emails/social media and make a rough plan of my day. This can include setting up advertising, working with my cover designer, edits, or research. I write every day, even if only a paragraph if I have other commitments. Most weeks I have four full days to write and treat my day like an outside job. Write, break, write. Drink lots of coffee and water.

What scene in The Christmas Tree Thief was your favorite to write?

There are so many I love! One that stands out is the point when Charlotte has to make a decision which will define her place in Kingfisher Falls. She’s in danger and finds the internal strength to choose to fight for what is right.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

“A rising tide lifts all boats.” I’m a believer in paying good forward.

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The Story Behind Frosted Croakies by Sam Cheever

By Sam Cheever

Hello, Everybody! I’m so pleased to be sharing my brand-new book, Frosted Croakies with you today.

This is Book 5 in my Enchanting Inquiries paranormal cozy mystery series. I’ve dubbed this story, Christmas at Croakies, which, if you know anything about the world of Enchanting Inquiries is appropriate for this fast-paced paranormal romp.

The story begins when our heroine decides to have a Christmas party for customers and friends at Croakies, her enchanted bookstore. Unfortunately, the mix of supernormals and humans soon fall prey to a magical trickster who puts them all under a You’re me but who am I? spell to cover the attempted robbery of the magical artifacts locked in the back room.

I came up with the idea of an identity-switching spell because I thought it would be an interesting twist for the reader in solving the mystery. How do you solve a mystery when you’re too busy dealing with having your essence dropped into a frog? How do you figure out who the guilty party is when you’re trying to keep a room full of people safe from a sweet old lady who’s been turned into a dragon and doesn’t know her flame-throwing breath from her flailing wings? Or from a giant turned into a gargoyle? A witch changed to a foul-mouthed parrot who’s been magically bleeped?

Yeah, it’s twisted, it’s chaotic, and it’s tons of paranormal Christmas fun. There’s even a great Christmas message about the spirit of the season and the magic of love and friendship.

This story embodies my outlook on this special time of year. Whatever challenges we face, whatever disappointments arise, in the end it’s all about working together, sharing our love and affection, and embracing the magic of the season to spread its joy.

Here’s wishing you and yours a season filled with love, magic and a gentle peace that overcomes every challenge you find along the way.

Merry Christmas!

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | December 3

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Phillipa Nefri Clark, Sam Cheever, Leff Lindsay, Nalini Singh, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | November 26

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including T.J. Jones, Vito Zuppardo, Jamie Blair, James Patterson, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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Interview with Vito Zuppardo, Author of Escape to New Orleans

What can you tell us about your new release, Escape to New Orleans?

Escape to New Orleans is the fifth book of the True Blue Detective series. This book takes you through the exciting city of Las Vegas and the history-filled city of New Orleans. Readers will feel part of the city as they travel the streets and waterways in this action-packed, intriguing, and heartfelt book to discover more adventures in the True Blue Detective series..

Mario DeLuca has been drugged, unable to respond. Is it really happening or just another of his recurring nightmares, where an unknown man is chasing him? The stress of police work and his personal life are overwhelming.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My first book Tales of Lady Luck was written about my life in the casino business. Inspired by a True Story by the man Behind the most Exclusive High-Stakes Gaming party jets to Casino around the World.

My adventures took me around the world as I made sure the most extravagant high rollers on the planet got everything they wanted: plush suites, private jets, and limousines. Every luxury and amenity you can imagine (including various unmentionables). And, of course, I made them pay dearly for it. Their compulsion was my opportunity, and I fed their addictions like drug dealers.

Taking notes of there habits and turning it into a book pushed me into writing fiction thrillers. I like creating stores and watch them come alive with great characters.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Otherside of Midnight / The Wrong Side of Goodbye / Casino / Along Came A Spider / A Time To Kill

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Guest is Michael Connelly. Question: How did he develop Harry Bosch? Is the character based on someone he knows?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Developing and controlling characters.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m a full time writer and wok from home. I’m in my office by 7am and write until 11am. Have lunch with my wife then head to the gym. Back writing or marking my books from 2pm until 5pm. I review my writing of the day and plan my next day from 10pm until 11pm and start all over the next day.

What scene in Escape to New Orleans was your favorite to write?

There are several. Top of the list has to be the way Fernando is killed. As a sex trafficker I wanted his death to be dramatic not brutal but something the reader could cheer after reading and say “yes he deserved to die”

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

From a writer’s point of view. “Just write” If you have to force yourself to write every day, then writing might not be your passion. Even when I had a 9-5 job I wrote every day. You have to love what you’re doing in any job. If you can’t welcome the next day with a smile maybe it’s best to find a new job.

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Interview with Jamie Blair, Author of Trash Day Tragedy

What can you tell us about your new release, Trash Day Tragedy?

Trash Day Tragedy is the fourth book in my Dog Days Mystery series, and it’s the only one without a dog on the cover. Cameron, the main character in the series, has five dogs that are away at K9 training school for the week when raccoons start prowling around the town of Metamora, Indiana. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

When the Dogs are Away, the Trash Pandas Play!

Things are always odd and strange in Metamora, but when the proprietor of the curiosity shop, Odd and Strange Metamora, hosts a spring carnival showing off his collection of oddities, the day goes right in the garbage—or rather, out of the garbage when a raccoon overturns a trash can in the middle of town scattering human bones around the park.

When it’s discovered that the remains date back over a century, rumors start to run as rampant as the pack of furry bandits taking over the town at night.

Cameron Cripps Hayman thought she’d have a quiet week with her canine crew away at dog training, but her relaxation is short lived when another possible murder in town needs solving. With her team, the Metamora Action Agency, on the case, they’ll piece the mystery together bone-by-bone and lead-by-lead, and maybe even find a way to get rid of the trash pandas in the process!

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I began writing about thirteen years ago and my first published novel was released in 2013. I don’t recall exactly what inspired me to begin writing, but I know I always wanted to. Back then I wrote young adult. I’ve also written romance, and it was my attempt to plot a romantic suspense novel that landed me in the cozy mystery genre where I finally found a home. This is a genre I plan to write for a long time.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

This is difficult to answer because I read a lot of different books and have a list of favorites a mile long. I love historical novels, with a special fondness for the Hapsburg’s. A favorite author of mine is Allison Pataki and her novels Sisi, and The Accidental Empress. I also never miss a Flavia de Luce novel by Alan Bradley and pre-order those as soon as they’re available. Markus Zusak became a favorite author of mine when I read I Am The Messenger, which tells us that even the most unlikely of people can make big differences with even the smallest gestures, like buying a tired mom an ice cream cone. For funny mysteries that make me laugh out loud, I turn to Jana DeLeon and Janet Evanovich.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I would probably ask any historical author – fiction or non-fiction – how they even begin to write. I tried writing a historical novel once and was so distracted looking up things like, did they have toothbrushes back then, that I couldn’t get through the first paragraph. It’s almost like historical authors have time machines and know every detail about life in a certain time period. I applaud the amount of research it must take to write an entire historical novel.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is spending time with my characters in their world. The setting for my Dog Days Mysteries is the historic canal town of Metamora, Indiana. In 2014, my mom, grandma, and great-aunt spent the weekend in Metamora. It’s a tiny town of about 200 people that has a quirky feel and memorable people. We went through the shops and stayed at a little bed and breakfast, by the time we attended the play Granny Smyth Goes To Washington put on by Metamora Performing Arts on our last evening in town, we could name most of the people in the play and which shops they owned. My mom told me I had to write a book with Metamora as the setting and I agreed, so The Dog Days Mystery series was born. It turned out that my favorite character to write is a rough-around-the-edges, Vietnam Veteran who’s also the town drunk and an unlikely sleuth who helps the main character, Cameron. He’s funny and gruff and I laugh when I write his dialogue.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m a Workforce Analyst by day and then I write a couple hours each night before going to bed. I work from home, so I don’t have to get up too early and can work in my pj’s with my dog on my lap.

What scene in Trash Day Tragedy was your favorite to write?

My favorite scenes are always the ones with Roy doing something crazy and saying something ridiculous. There’s a scene in Trash Day Tragedy where he helps Cameron… umm… “obtain” a journal and it is so perfect for each of their characters and how they interact. My first (always first) reader, my mom, sent me a text as she was reading telling me she was laughing so hard she had tears in her eyes. That’s always the reaction I’m going for with those two together in a scene.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

When I was in college and busy going to class full time, working two jobs, and interning, my dad gave me the best advice I’ve ever gotten. Maybe he’s a bit gruff, like my character Roy, but what he said hit home and has always stuck with me. He said, Buck up and Do it. There will always be things in life you don’t want to do that you have to do, and you just buck up and do it. Kind of like the Nike motto, but with a little more motivation.

Jamie Blair is the author of the new book Trash Day Tragedy.

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Interview with T.J. Jones, author of Slater’s Tempest

What can you tell us about your new release, Slater’s Tempest?

“Slater’s Tempest” finds Slater and Maggie in the Florida Keys, investigating the apparent death of a young heiress during Hurricane Irma in 2017. The question becomes, did she really die, or could she still be alive? I mixed fiction and fact, and included a couple of local hangouts.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

When I’m not writing myself, my reading lately has been limited to the news, depressing as that is. I do read snippets of mystery/romance, mostly previews of other author’s work in my genre.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

From a young age, I wanted to write, and now it’s a bucket-list thing. No matter what your age, you have to write. Bad writing is better than no writing, and it leads to better things and new ideas.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

When a story grabs me, I could easily write twenty-five hours a day.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

There is nothing better than being 70,000 words into a book, and discovering (because you don’t outline) that something you wrote in the first chapter ties in perfectly with the twentieth.

What scene in Slater’s Tempest was your favorite to write?

Eric Slater is a practical guy, but in “Tempest” he encounters what could be evidence of a ghost. Neither he nor I believe in such things, but it is fun to play with!

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Our Audiobook Playlist For November | 2019

Our Audiobook Playlist For November | 2019

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite audiobooks we’ve been listening to in November. Our playlist includes a little something for everyone from mystery, historical fiction, thriller, literary fiction, and romance. Grab your headphones and happy listening!


Beneath the Ashes

by Dea Poirier

Release Date: November 19, 2019

Detective Claire Calderwood is haunted by memories of her murdered sister when she arrives at a grisly murder scene. She has dealt with horrible crimes before, but this one strikes close to home. The victim is tied to a motel bed, her head covered in plastic, and her body sprinkled with ashes. When a second girl is found murdered, Claire suspects it is the work of a serial killer. As she dives into the case and evidence mounts, she finds herself in profound danger.

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Overnight Service

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: October 29, 2019

The fourth book in the Always Satisfied Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely… There are three reasons why sleeping with the enemy is a terrible idea: She is my biggest rival, she is also my ex, and we’re going up against each other to win the hottest new client on the market.

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Longbow

by Wayne Grant

Release Date: April 28, 2017

To celebrate the launch of the final book in The Saga of Roland Inness series, A Question of Honour, we thought we would go back to the very beginning and listen to Longbow. Follow along in this historical fiction story about a peasant boy with an unusual talent. He has learned the art of making a Longbow and the skill to use it with deadly accuracy.

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VanOps: The Lost Power

by Avanti Centrae

Release Date: November 8, 2019

Spain 1057. During a thunderous battle, the first King of Aragon gets hold of Alexander the Great’s priceless Egyptian weapon from the Moors. He soon discovers it holds a terrifying and mysterious power. Nearly a thousand years later, gunshots rip through the silence of a fog-shrouded Napa Valley. Maddy Marshall and her twin brother, Will Argones, run towards the sound to discover a sniper has taken down two members of their family.

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Half Truths

by Claire Contreras

Release Date: October 17, 2019

Everyone has heard rumors of these groups. The secretive ones that only the crème de la crème are invited to. I am the second in my family invited into one. But I’m just new money to them. I am here for their amusement and to be walked over. Soon enough they will realize I am not one of them and I am here for revenge.

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The Innocents

by Michael Crummey

Release Date: November 12, 2019

In an isolated cove on Newfoundland’s northern coastline, a brother and sister have been left orphaned. They are just children, with only the barest notion of the outside world. They have nothing but the family’s boat and the little knowledge passed on by their mother and father.

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The Buzziest Books of November | 2019

The Buzziest Books of November | 2019

The month of November was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of November. Happy reading!


A Minute to Midnight

by David Baldacci

Release Date: November 19, 2019

The second book in An Atlee Pine Thriller by New York Times Bestselling Author David Baldacci… The life of FBI Agent Atlee Pine was never the same after her twin sister was kidnapped–and likely murdered–thirty years ago. After battling her lifetime of uncertainty, she finally is forced to confront her demons if she wants to stay in the FBI. Along with her assistant Carol Blum, they return to her hometown to see what they can uncover.

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Spun Out

by Lorelei James

Release Date: November 5, 2019

The tenth book in the New York Times Bestselling Blacktop Cowboys Series by Lorelei James… After spending years in the Army, Bailey Masterson is equipped for many things. But nothing prepared her for caring for five-year-old Olivia Hale. Or how to control her attraction to Olivia’s father, Streeter, the rugged cattle rancher.

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The Rise of Magicks

by Nora Roberts

Release Date: November 26, 2019

The third book in the Chronicles of The One series by New York Times Bestselling Author Nora Roberts… After civilization was destroyed by the sickness known as the Doom, magick is now commonplace. Fallon Swift has spent years learning its ways and cannot rest until she frees those that have been preyed upon by the government or the Purity Warriors. She is determined to save those locked up in laboratories and brutalized for years on end.

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Adjustments

by Will Willingham

Release Date: October 3, 2019

It all started with an old man’s call to the insurance company for minor house repairs. Once the adjuster arrived, a journey both tender and tough is set in motion. Both men need each other in ways that will take time to discover. Things get complicated because the adjuster also needs (and is needed by) his aged landlady Pearl Jenkins. This friendship is both fraught and kind.

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Blood and Sand

by Michael Lister

Release Date: November 14, 2019

The 23rd book in the John Jordan Mysteries series by New York Times Bestselling Author Michael Lister. Inspired by the real case of Madeleine McCann… Three-year-old Magdalene Dacosta vanishes on the night of her parents’ Winter Solstice party and is never seen again. How did it happen? The home was locked and security cameras show no one entering or leaving. It is up to Detective John Jordan to figure out this seemingly impossible crime.

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Cathedral

by Addison Cain

Release Date: November 18, 2019

The first book in the new Cradle of Darkness series by Addison Cain… I had to sell my soul to win her. First, it was to her devil of a father. Then to the true devil himself. The price exacted nothing less than eternal fealty. I would relinquish this a thousand times if I could possess the dark Princess’ love. She may hate me, but I will love her forever.

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Legacy of the Lost

by Lindsey Fairleigh

Release Date: November 1, 2019

Cora Blackthorn’s sole link to the outside world is online gaming. Anxious and reclusive, she also has a condition that makes human touch crippling. Being confined to a small island in the Puget Sound, she never gets to accompany her mother on her tomb-raiding adventures. When she receives a cryptic SOS from her mom in a mysterious package, she uncovers the shocking truth about her condition… that it’s actually a gift not of this world.

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The Revisioners

by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Release Date: November 5, 2019

From the author of National Book Award nominee, A Kind of Freedom… In the year 1924, Josephine is proud to own a thriving farm. After channeling otherworldly power to free herself from slavery as a child, she now has an uneasy friendship growing with her neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte. But Charlotte has also sought solace somewhere else, with the Ku Klux Clan.

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