Friday, December 5, 2008

That Time of Year Again

Skipping Christmas

Well, it's that time of year, again . . . sigh. Might as well cozy up under the covers with a few of these all-time favorite holiday classics.
Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown. "After the discovery of a body on a Christmas tree farm owned by the Brothers of Love, a semi-monastic organization, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen seeks a murderer as prominent men of Crozet, Virginia, continue to turn up dead."

Six Geese A-SlayingSix Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews. "With their home being used as the marshalling point for the annual Caerphilly Christmas parade, Meg Langslow, her husband Michael, and Chief Burke find the festivities interrupted by murder when the local curmudgeon playing Santa turns up dead."

The Last Christmas by Gerry Duggan. Graphic Novel. "After the apocalypse, no one is safe; not even at the North Pole. After tragedy strikes, Santa withdraws from life and turns his back on Christmas. When he finally emerges from seclusion, the old world is gone forever, and as Santa struggles to find his way in a post-apocalyptic world, can he find a way to save Christmas too?"

Christmas Stalkings by Charlotte MacLeod. "A collection of yuletide mystery stories includes works by such well-known mystery writers as Elizabeth Peters, Robert Barnard, Sharon McCrumb, Reginald Hill, Dorothy Cannell, Charlotte MacLeod, and others."Holly Jolly Murder

A Holly, Jolly Murder by Joan Hess. "Languishing from a fizzled love affair and keen for a lark during the holiday season, mild-mannered bookseller Clair Malloy visits a cabal of would-be Druids and Wiccans who find their wealthy benefactor murdered."

Candy Cane Murder by Joanne Fluke. "A collection of three holiday mysteries includes stories by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meyer, and features fourteen Christmas recipes."

Murder Under the Tree by Ann Crowleigh. "A collection of six mystery stories features the writing of Ann Crowleigh, Connie Feddersen, Louise Hendrickson, Toni L. P. Kelner, J. Dayne Lamb, and Pat Warren."

He Sees You When You're Sleeping by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark. "Sterling Brooks is sent back to Earth by the Heavenly Council to reunite a seven-year-old girl with her father and grandmother, who were forced into the witness protection program when two mobsters put a price on their heads."
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Happy Holidays, if you must.

~Mike, Adult Services

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