New Mystery Novels Coming In December 2013

new mystery novelsHere is the list of all mystery novels coming in December 2013 in order of publication. With Christmas coming up next month, I was surprised to not see more Christmas related mysteries – particularly cozies. When it comes to sub-genre of mystery books, cozies are a clear winner in December. Most books are released on December 3rd, followed by another weave of book releases on December 31st, with a few novels scattered in between.

There are several new cozy series starting in December with a first published book, including Lending a Paw, Staged to Death, The Vanishing Thief, Once Upon a Lie and Rosemarie and Thyme.

December also brings us the last book – Command Authority – to be released by the now deceased author Tom Clancy. It is the 9th in the Jack Ryan mystery series.

Overall a good month for published books, which sadly lacks in Christmas related mysteries, however.

New Mystery Series Released December 2013

Brandon’s Bride by Alicia Scott (pseudonym for Lisa Gardner) (December 1) – Family Secrets #3 (not a new book, but a new reissue of an old novel first published in 1998

Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne (December 1) – Brown and De Luca #2

Dark Omens by Rosemary Rowe (December 1) – A Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain 14

Murder on the Orient Espresso by Sandra Balzo (December 1) – Maggy Thorsen Mystery #8

The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly (December 2) – Mickey Haller #5

Command Authority by Tom Clancy (December 3) – Jack Ryan #9 (after the author passed away, this is the last book written and published by Tom Clancy)

The Spook Lights Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini (December 3) – A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery

Covenant With Hell by Priscilla Royal (December 3) – Medieval Mystery #10

Leave Tomorrow Behind by Judy Clemens (December 3) – Stella Crown Mystery #6

Ten Lords A-Leaping by C.C. Benison (December 3) – Father Christmas Mystery #3

Cold to the Touch by Frances Fyfield (December 3) – Sarah Fortune Mystery #6

Tea for Three by Laura Childs (December 3) – The first 3 Tea Shop Mysteries in one omnibus edition

Hero’s Journey by J.J. Cook, aka Joyce and Jim Lavene & Ellie Grant (December 3) – a novella ($1.5) in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade mystery series

Going Dark by James W. Hall (December 3) – Thorn Mystery #13

Dead Eye by Mark Greaney (December 3) – Court Gentry #4

Home For the Homicide by Juliet Blackwell (December 3) – A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #4

Quilt Trip by Elizabeth Craig (December 3) – A Southern Quilting Mystery #3

Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass (December 3) – A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #1 (the first in a new cozy mystery series)

The Sayers Swindle by Victoria Abbott (December 3) – A Book Collector Mystery #2

Staged to Death by Karen Rose Smith (December 3) – Caprice DeLuca Mystery #1 (a new fun cozy series)

Buttoned Up by Kylie Logan (December 3) – Button Box Mystery #4

Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis (December 3) – A Paws & Claws Mystery #1 (a new fun cozy series)

The Vanishing Thief by Kate Parker (Victorian Bookshop Mystery #1

Merry Market Murder by Paige Shelton (December 3) – Farmer’s Market #5

Billionaire Blend by Cleo Coyle (December 3) – Coffeehouse Mystery #13

Scandal at Six by Ann Purser (December 3) – Lois Meade Mystery #13

Secondhand Stiff by Sue Ann Jaffarian (December 8) – Odelia Grey Mystery #8

Heirs of the Body by Carola Dunn (December 10) – A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery #21

Once Upon a Lie by Maggie Barbieri (December 10) – Maeve Conlon #1

Marathon by Genie Davis (December 11)- Lynn Bryant Mystery #1

High Desert by Katherine V. Forrest (December 17) – Kate Delafield #9

Weeping Walls by Gerri Hill (December 17) – Johnston & Riley #2

Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust (December 17) – Piper Prescott #1 (new cozy mystery series)

The Ghost of Christmas Past by Catherine Daly (December 17) – Poison Apple #10

Murder as a Second Language by Joanne Hess (December 17) – A Claire Malloy Mystery #19

Hazardous Duty by W.E.B. Griffin (December 31) – The Presidential Agent #8

The Courier by Andrew Britton (December 31) – Ryan Kealey #6

The Purity of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen (December 31) – Department Q 4

Killing Cupid by Laura Levine (December 31) – A Jaine Austen Mystery #12

A Study in Ashes by Emma Jane Holloway (December 31) – The Baskerville Affair #3

The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig (December 31) – Miriam Black #3

The Devil’s Breath by Tessa Harris (December 31) – Dr. Thomas Silkstone #3

The Beast in the Red Forest by Sam Eastland (December 31) – Inspector Pekkala #5

New Standalone Mysteries Released December 2013

A Dangerous Deceit by Marjorie Eccles (December 1)

The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich (December 3)

Invasive Species by Joseph Wallace (December 3)

Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis (December 3)

Innocence by Dean Koontz (December 10)

Lying with Strangers by Jonnie Jacobs (December 11)

Starter House by Sonja Condit (December 31)

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  1. Great list of new books. It must have taken quite a lot of research to find them.
    You mention the lack of Christmas content. The reason could be due to the subject, which would be of little interest during the rest of the year.


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