Show Us Your Books: Cozy Christmas Edition

Posted December 12, 2017 by shooting in Book Review / 41 Comments

It’s the second Tuesday of the month and that means it’s time for Show Us Your Books with Jana and Steph. There will be a special Show Us Your Books on Tuesday, December 26th too where you can share your favorite books from the whole year – so link up now or then, but please join us!

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I’m a big fan of cozy mysteries – though I need to read them more often – so I thought I’d share two cozy Christmas-themed books that I’ve read in the past month!

We Wish You a Murderous Christmas by Vicki Delany 

Review by Lauren

source: personal copy; all opinions are my own

Official Summary (add on Goodreads): It’s Christmastime three hundred sixty-five days a year in Rudolph, New York, and as Christmas Day approaches, shop owner Merry Wilkinson is enjoying a rare evening off at the Yuletide Inn when she runs into owners Grace and Jack Olsen. With Jack’s health failing, Merry is relieved to hear that his son Gord will be taking over the day-to-day running of the Inn. 

But then Gord reveals that his new plans have no room for Christmas at the Inn, and Merry and the other shopkeepers start to fret about the effect a bland franchise hotel could have on their livelihoods.

When Gord is found stabbed to death, there’s an entire town of potential suspects—and it’s up to Merry to find whoever brought homicide home for the holidays… 

Review: This is the second book in the Year-Round Christmas Mystery series. Since all the books relate to Christmas, there shouldn’t be any problem starting with book one – but you could probably start here and not be too confused. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I need book three ASAP (it just came out in November). I love that while there are romantic interests in these books, it never overtakes the story. There is still plenty of mystery and suspense, and Merry also spends a lot time with her parents and best friend. Rudolph, New York just sounds like a a fun town – it’s essentially Christmas Town and the holiday season is their busiest. Of course, when someone ends up murdered – and on the hotel grounds – it puts a bit of a damper on people’s Christmas spirit. Most people didn’t like Gord, so the town is full of possible suspects. Merry is desperate to prove it was anyone but her dad, though, as the police keep looking closely at him. Definitely a great addition to the series! I highly recommend.

Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier 

Review by Lauren

source: copy from e-library; all opinions are my own

Official Summary (add on Goodreads): Lucy normally loves planning for the holidays, but this year Tinker’s Cove has fallen on hard times. With so many residents struggling to make ends meet, Christmas festivities are a luxury some can’t afford. But the story’s not so bleak at Downeast Mortgage, whose tight-fisted owners, Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner, are raking in profits from everyone’s misfortune. Half the town is in their debt, so when the miserly Marlowe is murdered, the mourners are few and the suspects are many . . .

Can Lucy find the murderer amidst the yuletide chaos? She’s going to have to move fast, as there are death threats flying about, not tom mention a ghostly visitor . . .

Review: I’ve read a few books in the Lucy Stone series (this is #20). While characters and certain background information is mentioned, I feel like you could jump into this series anywhere you wanted. This wasn’t my most favorite in the series, but it wasn’t terrible. It’s essentially A Christmas Carol come to life, with Jake Marlowe being murdered and then Ben Scribner (Scrooge) being targeted. As a local reporter, Lucy is curious who in her small town could have possibly murdered Marlowe, even if the man was awful. I think these books are fun – cozies are all kind of fun in my opinion – but again, this wasn’t a favorite of mine. I just felt like aspects of the book were annoying – especially Lucy’s daughter Sara who gets wrapped up with a social activist and essentially turns into a bit of a brat over it. All the Christmas aspects in the book were nice though!

41 responses to “Show Us Your Books: Cozy Christmas Edition

  1. I read a homicide Christmas book this month, too, and really enjoyed it. I was surprised because it’s not something I would normally choose for Christmas reading.

  2. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    I think I am making We Wish You a Murderous Christmas my next read! I have the third book on my wishlist already 🙂

  3. I could use a cozy mystery right now! All I have been wanting to do lately when I get home from work is curl up with a book on the couch. It is freezing out!

  4. Jen

    I need to check out that first series STAT. I love cozy mysteries like that, and of course anything Christmas themed is winning 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh i love both of these! We Wish You a Murderous Christmas- what a title! Plus that cozy cover ha ha- so relaxing! And Christmas Carol Murder- I just love that cover too.

  6. I love, love cozy mysteries. However, I never knew about Christmas theme cozy mysteries until I saw a blog post with the book Twelve Slays of Christmas! So now I am on a hunt for more Christmas theme cozy reads and We Wish You a Murderous Christmas sounds just about right! Great post and Happy reading 💋 xoxo

  7. I’m new to the idea of a cozy mystery (where have I been??) so definitely new to the idea of Christmas themed ones! They do sound like fun reads, perfect for this busy time of year!

  8. Usually Christmas books are too cutesy for me, but I think a murder mystery would be fun! Just the right amount of holiday and suspense. Nothing too serious, though, it sounds like 🙂

  9. I’ve been planning to take a break next week to of course enjoy my family but also to catch up on some reading! These sound amazing! Christmas themed mysteries may just be what I’m looking for. 😉

  10. I could definitely read a Christmas murder mystery! I’ve been looking for something to get into the holiday spirit, but don’t want to read a romance.

  11. We Wish You A Murderous Christmas, that title kills me. Pardon the pun. Not something you would expect to find in a Christmas read and I’m a big fan of cosy mysteries as well Lauren so looking forward to checking that out. Do you have any other cosy mystery favourites that have been published this year? Looking for more recent titles so they’ll be easier to find.

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