Let’s be real – my to be read list is huge. I purged nearly all of it earlier this year and it’s already built back up to enormous levels.
And that was before I added in the Christmas books 😉 Stay tuned for more book lists coming!
Here’s my list of Christmas cozies that I’m hoping to read this holiday season. All of them are in Kindle Unlimited at the time of this posting, and all of them are rated four stars or higher. I’ve prioritized beginning of series books, too, because I’ve only really started to get into reading cozy mystery books this year, so I’m less familiar with long running series. I’ll update this page with my reviews as I go along!
As Christmas approaches, and the snow falls deep, Lady Ophelia’s life is in danger.
A malevolent force stalks the ancient corridors of Castle Kintochlochie, in its remote Highland glen. Is the castle really haunted?
Someone, or something, is determined to derail Ophelia’s love affair with Hamish, so ruggedly handsome, yet wildly unsuitable.
She must call upon her wits — not just to discover the culprit… but, perhaps, to escape murder.
Find it here on Amazon: Highland Christmas
A New Boyfriend. (Maybe.) A Christmas Program to Run. And a Man Dying at Her Feet.
Georgia Winston is now dating Detective Cal Perkins, planning a Christmas program, and navigating her relationship with her twin stepbrothers. Just another day. But then her church’s youth pastor dies of poisoning, and she’s the only one who hears his final word, “Anchor.”
After the youth pastor’s girlfriend disappears, Georgia starts asking questions. Too many. When she’s almost run off the road she goes on the offensive—with her stepbrothers’ help—and starts putting the pieces of the murder together. But Cal isn’t happy. Because any one of those pieces could get her killed.
Find it here on Amazon: Deadly Holiday
Christmas Reunion Killer
Mystery writer, Avery Sanders, heads back to her childhood home in Champaign, Illinois, after a brutal divorce leaves her shattered, right before the holiday season. The downtrodden divorcee reunites with a group of acquaintances from high school, and her world is rocked when one of them is murdered.
Avery is taken aback when she becomes a suspect in the case, and calls upon some old friends to help prove her innocence. A series of suspicious deliveries leaves her baffled, and an ongoing investigation renders her entirely too rattled to write.
Will she be able to solve the mystery before it’s too late? Or will she be writing her next novel from behind bars?
Find it here on Amazon: Christmas Reunion Killer
A Ghost for Christmas
Mele Keahi thought she was going for a vacation at her aunt’s – just what she needed after a breakup and a lifetime of heartbreak since her mother disappeared. What she wasn’t expecting was finding a new guy… or that dead body on the doorstep! Could her sweet aunt really be involved? Or was it someone else near and dear to her? And then there was the handsome ghost from her Hawaiian childhood. Not what she’d bargained for–but sometimes you just have to deal with what the cat dragged in. Will she figure that out before the murderer finds a way to silence her forever?
Find it here on Amazon: A Ghost for Christmas
Murder in Christmas River
Cinnamon Peters is one tough cookie. Every year at Christmas River’s annual Gingerbread Junction Competition, pie baker extraordinaire Cinnamon aims to win, taking down any competitor who gets in her way. But when she finds a dead body in the woods behind her pie shop just days before the big competition, Cinnamon realizes that there’s much more to worry about than cookies, frosting, and gumdrops.
Someone’s out to bring Cinnamon down. And they’re playing dirty.
Only Cinnamon and a mysterious stranger who walks into her life one snowy evening can figure out the mystery.
But can they solve it before Cinnamon’s chances of gingerbread competition glory crumble?
Find it here on Amazon: Murder in Christmas River
Prize and Prejudice
Christmas on Nantucket Island is a beautiful time of year, complete with hot cocoa, snow, and holiday cheer. To
make things even more interesting, Nantucket’s wealthiest resident has set up an island-wide treasure hunt for a painting that could be worth millions—a lost Monet that was gifted by a French businessman after an illicit love affair over a century ago. The only drawback? Only a tourist can win the hundred-thousand-dollar prize for finding the painting.
Angie Prouty, proud owner of the Pastries & Page-Turners bookstore, is having a great season because of the treasure hunt, business-wise…but at what cost? Angie’s new employee is great, but somehow Angie’s workload seems worse than ever. Her best friend and her new boyfriend have disappeared onto the mainland, and the tourists are getting weirder and more aggressive as they search for the painting, tearing up floors and trying to upend bookshelves.
Worst yet, one of the tourists turns up dead and the police try to explain it away as an accident. Angie had sworn off solving murders, at least for the busy holiday season. But now she’s going to have to figure out how to juggle her bookstore, her boyfriend, and this mysterious death.
And the best way to do that might just be to find that lost Monet before anyone else.
Find it here on Amazon: Prize and Prejudice
Snow Cold Case
Meet reclusive mystery writer, Johanna Hughes, and Rockland Gable Hughes, aka Rocky, JoJo’s trusty English
Mastiff, loyal companion, and roommate. On a walk, just a little more than a week before Christmas, Rocky and Johanna are lured into an antique shop by an enchanting grey cat. Inside, they stumble upon a mystic snow globe hidden amongst all the antiques. Johanna is mesmerized by the gorgeous wedding gown inside the globe and the beautiful girl, sitting at her sewing desk. Little does she know the mystic snow globe will get her tangled up in a world of mystery she never could have imagined. With very few clues to go on, Johanna and Rocky are forced out of the comfort of their Manhattan apartment and into a real-life mystery, unlike the fictional kind Johanna is accustomed to.
Will Johanna get more than she bargained for when her Christmas wish comes true? Or will this Christmas miracle be everything she ever needed and more?
Grab your hot cocoa, light the fire, and find out the answer in Snow Cold Case – a holiday-themed romantic, cozy mystery.
Find it here on Amazon: Snow Cold Case
Update – Read this, loved this! It was the cover that made me stand up and take notice, and the book did not disappoint! There is a prequel about the Snow sisters that I didn’t read, but I really loved Johanna and Rocky and Mitch. Definitely worth a go!
Taste of Christmas
This is a 7500 word short holiday story (about one tenth of a full-length novel). If you enjoy funny romantic mysteries, you can read this one as a stand-alone or as part of the series.
Mistletoe seems a whole lot less romantic once you’ve been poisoned by it. Isobel Avery would know—it’s one of the perks of being an undercover poison taster for the rich and famous. Still, with the weather as cold as it gets in Los Angeles and a hot new date, Izzy has a few ideas on how to keep herself warm this Christmas. They just don’t start under mistletoe.
However, before her cozy plans can come to fruition, she needs to survive meeting her date’s family over Christmas lunch. With a long, awkward road trip that has her wondering whether she’s fallen for the Grinch, a mysterious poisoner intent on killing the holiday spirit, and a Santa’s sackful of secrets she’s not allowed to spill, Izzy will need a Christmas miracle to avoid disaster.
The real question is, will her evening be naughty… or not?
Find it here on Amazon: Taste of Christmas
Update – Read this one! And… I wanted to like it? But I just couldn’t. It was advertised as being able to stand alone although part of a series, and I think that this little glimpse of the characters probably would have stood up a lot better if you were familiar with them already.
Three Carols of Cozy Christmas Murder
A Little Taste of Murder-–First in the NEW Brightwater Bay series– A dead car, a vacation that’s really all about running away, and a guy face down on the steps to her rented cottage make Claire crave home. Even the promise of hopping a ferry for the beautiful San Juan Islands seems like an impossibility when everyone is trying to point fingers at each other. Right in the middle of it all, Claire has to convince the tight-knit town that she’s not the murderer, even if the clues tell another, horrible story.
Cooking and Catastrophe–The 2nd Chance Diner is ready for Christmas! Rose has taken up knitting and has produced scarfs enough for half the town. The windows are painted with fake snow, the menu has added pumpkin and peppermint in all their forms. They’re even having a Christmas cookie bake-off. Things take a sinister turn when one of the bakers turns up dead. Was it the competition run amok? Was it some secret crime underbelly of Silver Falls? Maybe the gossip is off, and it was just a terrible accident? Rose decides that she won’t have another event at her diner ruined and decides to investigate. With the snarky Zee in tow, the two of them gossip their way through the murder while trying to avoid Rose’s budding romance—the detective who wants neither of them involved.
Winter Storms and Deadly Thorns–The year is 1901, and Katherine, a wealthy scion of a powerful Boston family has just buried her father. She is distraught, but her terror is only beginning when she learns that he was killed by those she thought she could trust. Now, she must wrest her life back from the brink of destruction with only the help from her failing grandfather and an orphaned houseboy. Will they succeed, or will her family’s legacy be irrevocably cast into shadow. Set within the Red Pine Falls cozy mystery series, this prequel explains the origin of the Morgan Family Treasure and the legend of Kat Morgan herself.
Find it here on Amazon: Three Carols of Cozy Christmas Murder
The Reindeer Caper
With a missing reindeer, a murdered elf, and a mayor one Christmas Carol short of a breakdown, it looks like Christmas festivities in Dunbarton are in danger of being cancelled – especially since Santa is in jail, charged with murder!
It’s coming up to Christmas and everyone in Dunbarton is filled with excitement at the arrival of a reindeer, a gift from their twin town in Norway. But when Dasher disappears, children and parents alike are devastated, and the mayor fears an international incident.
In desperation, the mayor turns to the Mallorys to save the town’s Christmas, but the more Chris and Alicia investigate, the more they realize it isn’t just Christmas that’s in jeopardy.
Find it here on Amazon: The Reindeer Caper
The Christmas Letter
If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this new mystery series by Kathi Daley, author of the popular Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Series.
Set in the small town of White Eagle Montana, the series features Tess and her dog Tilly, who spend their days delivering the latest gossip along with the daily mail. When a close friend is murdered, Tess and Tilly join forces with the reclusive genius in town to sleuth out the truth behind the shocking murder that is rocking the community as it prepares for the annual Christmas Festival.
Find it here on Amazon: The Christmas Letter
The Christmas Kitten
Polly Parrett finds herself in the midst of another murder mystery. This time it involves two little girls, a wicked stepmother, and a missing father. Oh, and Christmas is almost here.
It all begins with a mysterious gift box that’s left on Polly’s doorstep. Along the way she encounters problems with her pet-sitting customers and her arch nemesis, Britney Harris, who has her eye on Polly’s boyfriend Tyler.
An Open House is planned at Welcome Home, the residential home Polly and her mom have created to provide a safe haven for homeless military veterans and their pets. It’s all go in Polly’s world, but with a killer on the loose and two children in need of her help, she’ll do anything she can to keep everyone safe.
Find it here on Amazon: The Christmas Kitten
What are your favorite holiday cozies? Pop me a title in the comments below and I might need to add it to my list!