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When it comes to cozies, Christmas mysteries are some of the most popular books to read, especially around the times the holidays are nearing with big steps. Sure you can find non-cozies among these at times as well, but they are for the most part a rarity, and with good reason.
Christmas is a family holiday with children spending time and having fun with adults, eating cakes, singing Christmas carols and opening their gifts. It is a peaceful and joyful time where reading about murder should not an intense and negatively emotional experience. The whole atmosphere in the house is cozy, and reading books that are light, fluffy, without too much gore, is preferred for the most part by everyone.
What I enjoy a lot to look at these days are the cozy book covers. They are cute, adorable and often really fun, bringing out a smile on your face – whether you like cozies or not (and what is not to like about cozies? Often people say it’s akin to not liking puppies, and I definitely agree).
Here are the Christmas mystery books published in 2015. I think you will enjoy many of these.
The winner with the most Christmas mysteries released this year is Kathi Daley, with 3 books under her belt, one in each of the series. Second place takes Laurien Berenson with two books (both in the same series).
Manhattan in Miniature by Margaret Grace (Miniature Mystery #8)
Dead in the Water by Ann Granger (Campbell and Carter Mystery #4)
Antiques St. Nicked by Barbara Allan (Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery #9.5)
The Bark Before Christmas by Laurien Berenson (Melanie Travis Mystery #18)
All I Want For Christmas is Fudge by Nancy Coco (Candy-Coated Mystery #4)
A Christmas Howl by Laurien Berenson (Melanie Travis Mystery #18.5)
Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber (standalone novel)
A Knights Bridge Christmas by Carla Neggers (Swift River Valley Mystery #5)
Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen (Molly Murphy Mystery #15)
A Christmas Mourning by Laura Bradford (An Amish Mystery short story)
Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany (Year-Round Christmas Mystery #1)
White Colander Crime by Victoria Hamilton (Vintage Kitchen Mystery #5)
A Dickens of a Murder by Joyce and Jim Lavene (Canterville Book Shop Mystery #1)
Moonlight Can Be Murder by Blanche Day Manos (Ned McNeil Mystery #1)
A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry (Christmas Series #13)
Santa 365 by Spencer Quinn (Chet and Bernie Mystery short story)
High-Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman (First Responders Mystery #3)
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue by Victoria Thompson (Gaslight Mystery #19)
The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer by Livia J. Washburn (Fresh-Baked Mystery #10)
Murder at Whitehall by Amanda Carmack (Elizabethan Mystery #4)
A Christmas Killing by Richard Montanari (Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne #0.5), 2015
Ornaments of Death by Jane K. Cleland (Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery #10)
Deadly Christmas Secrets by Shirlee McCoy (Mission: Rescue #4)
The Iced Princess by Christine Husom (Snow Globe Shop Mystery #2)
The Ghost of Mistletoe Mary by Sue Ann Jaffarian (Ghost of Granny Apples #5.5)
Murder Fir Christmas by Joyce and Jim Lavene (Christmas Tree Valley Mystery #1)