Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cozy Holiday Mysteries (and Some Are Free!)

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful-ly cozy! Why not take a break from your holiday hustle and bustle with a cup of hot cocoa and a cozy mystery?

Henry Hartman's Holiday Crisis

Chased by a mobster's goons, Sydney Stansfield escapes to Bethlehem, New Hampshire with FBI Agent Henry Hartman for a Christmas visit with Henry's relatives, better known as the Hartman ladies. The man of mystery insists they get married...or pretend to get married...or are they really getting married? Poor Syd doesn't know what end is up. Henry's been battered in an attack by thugs. Arm in a cast, body bruised, he's hardly in any shape for a wedding, let alone a honeymoon. It's a wacky Christmas for all when the Hartman ladies conspire by the fire! ($1.99)

Barnes and Noble
Smashwords -- all digital formats

Where's Hansel and Gretel's Gingerbread House?

Latimer Falls, Vermont Deputy Gabby Grimm rushes to the rescue of her cousin in New York when Annette finds herself in hot water after the man she's been dating disappears and she's suddenly a suspect in a big federal case. It all hinges on a gingerbread house Annette constructed for the new condominium development at the company where she works. When the cookie construction goes missing, Gabby's determined to figure out who's behind the dastardly holiday deed in time to keep her cousin from going to the slammer for Christmas....

Amazon (99 cents)
Barnes and Noble (free!)
Smashwords -- all digital formats (free!)

Miz Scarlet and the Holiday Houseguests

Homicide investigator Laurencia "Larry" Rivera is investigating the brutal murder of a teenager when her long-divorced parents announce their (separate) plans to visit for the Christmas holiday. At her wit's end, the overworked cop appeals to best friend and innkeeper Scarlet Wilson for help, and soon the entire Rivera family is descending on the cozy bed and breakfast, suitcases in hand. When events spiral out of control and a determined killer shows up on the front porch with his latest victim, the wily Scarlet pours cocktails and serves up a cheese platter, hoping to prevent a murder....

Amazon (free!)
Barnes and Noble (free!)
Smashwords -- all digital formats (free!)