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All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire
By Kerrelyn Sparks

Book Description: With her best friend confined to a mental institution after claiming she had been attacked by vampires, Toni can only secure her release by proving that vampires exist, an endeavor that lands her in the arms of Ian MacPhie. Can he be trusted?

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Series: Love at Stake

The Christmas Cookie Killer: A Fresh-Baked Mystery
By Livia J. Washburn

Book Description: Looking forward to the end of a very unlucky year, retired teacher and amateur sleuth Phyllis Newsom enters the Christmas cookie bake-off contest for fun, but during the annual cookie exchange, she discovers the elderly Mrs. Simmons dead in a pile of lime sugar cookies.

Series: Fresh-Baked Mysteries
Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas is Murder
By C. S. Challinor

Book Description: Christmas is murder-- when you're stranded in East Sussex with a killer. When guests at a secluded Victorian hotel start dying, all hopes for a jolly holiday are dashed.

Book Review

Fleece Navidad
By Maggie Sefton

Book Description: The knitters of Fort Connor, Colorado, including Juliet, the town librarian, are working feverishly on their Christmas projects, but when Juliet turns up dead, suspicion falls on a newcomer to the knitting group.

Book Review
Series: Kelly Flynn Mysteries
Christmas Knitting Patterns

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Murder
By Jeff Markowitz

Book Description: “Nothing concentrates the mind of a reporter with a severe case of writer's block like an opportune murder or two. Cassie O'Malley's job with a New Jersey tabloid may be on its last legs. Her new boss, impatient with the non-producing Cassie, sends her to cover the Christmas shopping rush at the mall. Bored, Cassie spends most of her time in the food court watching children visit Santa Claus until loan shark Big Mack is found dead in the men's room. The list of possible killers includes Cassie's former boss, who was deep in debt to Big Mack. Oliver's covering up thefts at the mall. Even Santa has secrets."-- from Kirkus Reviews

Merry Merry Ghost
By Carolyn Hart

Book Description: When a determined heir moves to block a wealthy woman's attempt to include her newly discovered grandson in her will, it is up to good-intentioned ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn to protect a little boy, foil a murderer, and save Christmas.

Also Available in Large Print and Audiobook
Book Review
Christmas Ghost Stories

Murder with All the Trimmings
By Elaine Viets

Book Description: When Josie Marcus, a mystery shopper and single mother, is assigned to rate Christmas shops, she discovers who has been naughty and nice when a deadly secret ingredient in a special holiday cake brings about yuletide murder and mayhem.

Series: Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper
Mystery Shoppers: Truth and Scams

Plum Pudding Murder
By Joanne Fluke

Book Description: When Larry Jaeger, the owner of the Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot, is murdered, bakery owner Hannah Swenson, during the busiest time of the year, must sift through a wealth of suspects before a murderous Scrooge strikes again.

Also Available in Large Print
Book Review
Series: Hannah Swenson Mysteries
Plum Pudding Traditions

Probable Claus
By Jon L. Breen

Book Description: After young lawyer Eve Nyquist is appointed third chair in a sensational murder trial and is asked to cross examine an expert witness, her life is turned upside down after she receives death threats and unexpectedly finds romance.

Book Review

Santa Clawed
By Rita Mae Brown

Book Description: Harry and her husband, Fair, have gone to fetch a Christmas tree at the tree farm run by The Brothers of Love, a semi-monastic organization that tends to AIDS patients, when they find the tree they've chosen grimly decorated with a dead body. Can Harry, the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and corgi Tee Tucker save the season from a killjoy who's decided to gift the festive little town of Crozet, Virginia, with murder?

Also Available in Large Print, Downloadable Audiobook,  and Audiobook
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Book Review
Series: Mrs. Murphy Mysteries
Adopt a Cat

The Spy Who Came for Christmas
By David Morrell

Book Description: As holiday celebrations take place in Santa Fe, Agent Paul Kagan is on the run with a baby the Russian mafia wants to destroy, and turns to a mother and her young son for help during a violent night where they all must work together to keep the child safe from harm.

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Book Review

The Stupidest Angel:  A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
By Christopher Moore

Book Description: When a boy witnesses the murder of a portly, Scrooge-like real-estate developer, he believes the victim is Santa Claus and wishes for the man's recovery, and when the haphazard angel, Raziel, grants the wish, unexpected occurrences result.

Also Available In Audiobook
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Book Review
Christmas Angels

A Wee Christmas Homicide
by Kaitlyn Dunnett

Book Description: When her idea to drum up business in the town of Moosetookalook, Maine, results in the murder of a greedy toy-store owner, Liss MacCrimmon, the owner of the Scottish Emporium, feels personally responsible and, against everyone's better judgment, sets out solve the crime.

Book Review
Series: Lisa MacCrimmon Mysteries
Amazing Holiday Window Displays

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner

Book Description: Lycanthropy is the theme of a special anthology of holiday tales featuring a collection of werewolf stories by Charlaine Harris, Simon R. Green, Keri Arthur, Dana Stabenow, Carrie Vaughn, Patricia Briggs, and Rob Thurman.

The Worst Noel: Hellish Holiday Tales

Book Description: Twenty writers share horror stories about Christmas, including trying to prepare a meal for thirteen people, a Christmas accident that leaves a cross-shaped wound, and a Jewish man cooking a ham for his Catholic mother-in-law.

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