10 Christmas Cozy Mysteries I Want to Read

One of my categories of cozy mysteries is Christmas themed mysteries. I think it's because Christmas is my favorite time of year and I love pretty much any holiday themed media. For today's blog post, I'm sharing some Christmas themed cozies that I have on my TBR list.

If you can think of any others that should be on the list, let me know in the comments section at the end of this blog post!

1. Christmas, Cabernet, and Chaos by Wendy Day

The descriptions says this book is like Golden Girls meets Thelma and Louise, so this one sounds right up my alley. The main character is named Sally and the story is about how she drags her best friend to a small town called Mckenzie Bridge because apparently this town is known for having lots of Christmas magic.

While there, they jump in to try and solve a mystery when a woman claims that someone in the community is trying to kill her.

I love a small town Christmas story and am hoping to check this one out this month.


2. Mrs. Clause and the Evil Elves by Liz Ireland

Even though it makes the North Pole seems not as wholesome as I'd imagined, I love this series. It's about a woman named April who marries Santa Claus and has to become accustomed to life at the Santaland. Things aren't exactly easy because she's had to start solving murder cases as well as try to fit in.

In this book, April is celebrating her second Christmas at Santaland, but of course things can't be easy for her. All she wants to focus on is the fact that her best friend is visiting from the United States, but instead she gets wrapped up in another Christmas mystery.

I really like the characters in this series. April and Nick, as well as Nick's complicated family. Plus there are so many other fun characters like the elves and other townspeople. Highly recommend this story if you like Christmas, fantasy, and mystery.


3. Mistletoe Cake Murder by Lena Gregory

Gia Morelli is preparing for the holiday season, and her best friend's wedding. Claire is getting married on Christmas Eve and Gia is busy helping her get ready. But when the two of them stop by for the final tasting with the caterer, they overhear an argument a woman is having while she is cake tasting. Although she was only sampling the mistletoe cake, she soon dies.

Of course people blame the caterer, but the caterer is actually one of Gia's friends! She has to work to help her friends clear their name, so that they can continue with their business, and so that Claire's wedding can go off without a hitch.

I thought the holidays were chaotic automatically, but this story sounds especially interesting!


4. Christmas Candy Corpse by Rosemarie Ross

This story sounds really fun because the setting is a baking show! It's called America's Baking Battles and it takes place during the filming of their holiday special. After somebody is killed on set, it's up to chef Courtney Archer to try to figure out who did it.

It sounds like it will be difficult for her to solve the crime. Think how many people are probably on set during the taping for a TV show. Plus they're probably all incredibly stressed, especially the contestants. This should be an interesting one to see what happens!


5. An Unfortunate Christmas Murder by Hannah Hendy

I haven't read this one yet but I can't wait to get into it!

This story is about Marger, who works on the kitchen staff at Summerview School. Her biggest supporter is her wife Clementine. The two of them are just trying to get their work done and make it through the holiday season, it appears.

But when a teacher in the school is killed, the Dinner Lady Detectives (I'm assuming this is Marger yand Clementine) are requested to solve the case. It sounds like there is a good bit of drama in the school which always makes for an interesting story.  This is book 2 of The Dinner Lade Detectives series and I can't wait to get started on it.


6. Murder Most Festive by Ada Moncrieff

The setting is Christmas of 1938. The Westbury family is having a Christmas gathering with their family and friends. It sounds like things aren't all smooth and there are certain people that don't get along. But the night goes on as people eat and drink in honor of Christmas.

In the morning a body is found, and Hugh Gaveston doesn't believe that the situation is as cut and dry as it seems, and works to try and find out the truth.

This kind of reminds me of an Agatha Christie story. I like that it takes place in a mansion. The intrigues me.


7. The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict

I first heard about this book from Crime by the Book, so you know it must be good!

A fancy home. A set of Christmas games. A fabulous prize. It's no wonder these games turn deadly. It kind of sounds like the Westing Game but more serious and darker. Haha. It says that this book is great for armchair detectives, and I'm sure it is.


8. Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanna Fluke

This is book #26 in the Hannah Swenson series. In this book, it sounds like Hannah is incredibly busy this holiday season, not only with her own work but with all of the things going on in her friends and family's lives as well. 

A man is found nearly dead a few door's down from Hannah's bakery and she must work to help him figure out what happened. The only problem is that he doesn't remember much about who he is.  It's up to Hannah to help figure what's going on in time for Christmas.


9. Murder at an Irish Christmas by Carlene O'Connor

I've read over the description a couple of times and I still don't fully understand what this book is about. Haha. But here's what I've come up with:

  • The O'Sullivans are an Irish family, preparing to spend Christmas together.
  • A man is crushed by a harp. Oh my!
  • This is book 6 in the series and I might need to do some catching up before I read this one.

10. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany

Merry Wilkinson owns a shop called Mrs. Claus's treasures, and her specialty is helping people decorate their homes for the holidays. She has a float in the semi annual Santa Claus parade and she feels like she has a pretty good chance at winning. Until someone messes with her float.

She isn't one to jump to conclusions but when she's out one night and discovers a body, things start to get personal. Especially when her best friend is accused of being involved in the murder.

It's up to Vicky to figure out what's going on. I love that her hometown is called Rudolph, New York. So cute!

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Have any Christmas cozy mystery recommendations? Make sure you let me know in the comments section.

xo Marian