Recommended Christmas Mystery Fiction

Novels:
Braun, Lilian Jackson: The Cat Who Turned On and Off
Chandler, Raymond: Lady in the Lake
Christie, Agatha: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Clark, Mary Higgins & Carol Higgins Clark:
  • Dashing Through The Snow
  • Deck the Halls
  • He Sees You When You’re Sleeping
  • Santa Cruise
  • The Christmas Thief
Cornwell, Patricia: From Potter’s Field
Cornwell, Patricia: Scarpetta’s Winter Table
Queen, Ellery: The Egyptian Cross Mystery
Evanovich, Janet: Visions of Sugar Plums
Hammett, Dashiell: The Thin Man
Grafton, Sue: E Is for Evidence
Grimes, Martha: Jerusalem Inn
Grimes, Martha: The Man With a Load of Mischief
Hare, Cyril: An English Murder
Heyer, Georgette: Envious Casca
Hill, Reginald: Death’s Jest Book
Langton, Jane: The Shortest Day
Leon, Donna: Blood from a Stone
MacLeod, Charlotte: Rest You Merry
Marsh, Ngaio: Tied Up in Tinsel
McBain, Ed: And All Through the House
McBain, Ed: Downtown
McBain, Ed: Sadie When She Died
Queen, Ellery: The Egyptian Cross Mystery
Queen, Ellery: The Finishing Stroke
Spillane, Mickey: I, The Jury

Victorian Mystery Novellas
Perry, Anne:
  • A Christmas Journey
  • A Christmas Visitor
  • A Christmas Guest
  • A Christmas Secret
  • A Christmas Beginning
  • A Christmas Grace
  • A Christmas Promise
  • A Christmas Odyssey
  • A Christmas Homecoming
  • A Christmas Garland
  • A Christmas Hope
  • New York Christmas
Classic Tales:
Chesterton, G. K.: “The Flying Stars”
Christie, Agatha: “The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding”
Christie, Agatha: “A Christmas Tragedy”
Doyle, Arthur Conan: “The Blue Carbuncle”
Queen, Ellery: “The Adventure of the Dauphin’s Doll”
Sayers, Dorothy L.: “The Necklace of Pearls”
Stout, Rex: “The Christmas Party”

Short Story Collections:
Browning, Abigail (compiler): Murder Most Merry
MacLeod, Charlotte (compiler): Mistletoe Mysteries
Penzler, Otto (compiler): Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop
Simenon, Georges: Maigret’s Christmas

List compiled by Pauline Dewan