I can’t find who started the Friday Five book blog meme. It seems to crop up in many different style such as “Five for Friday”, “Five on Friday” , “FridayFive Challenge”. I also can’t find a topic list like you would have for the Six on Sunday meme. Therefore I am just doing my own thing and setting my own topics just so I can chat books with you.
This weeks topic is
Five Festive Mystery Favourites
I have caught a real mystery/thriller bug this year and have been craving all things detective story, from amatuer sleuths to professional detectives. So this December I have found myself craving mystery books that have a bit of a Festive feeling to them. Here are five Christmassy mysteries I have enjoyed so far.
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Hercule Poirot #20
I have said it time and time again there is nothing quite like a cosy mystery in the cold long winter nights and an old favourite like Hercule Poirot is perfect. You can jump into any of the Poirot mysteries as they are all standalone mysteries so you don’t have to worry about missing anything of spoiling anything. There is also The short story collection The Adventures of the Christmas pudding with had several Poirot mini Mysteries and one from Ms Marple or the bind up Midwinter Murders that has a selection of wintery tales from all her various detectives (My review).
Murder at the Theatre Royale
My latest read, I just posted my review yesterday. This Theatre based mystery takes place on the run up to Christmas with notes of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol in the background. It was a fun fast paced little mystery with a really likeable leading lady.
The Christmas Killer
Though a little tropey and a little slow to get started with it being more of a detailed police procedural than a cozy mystery. It did some really interesting things with perspective in a few chapters and I found myself engrossed in the read even if it was of a much slower pace than the other reads.
A Cornish Christmas Murder
Nosy Parker Mysteries #4
Loved this one. I hadn’t read any of the others in the series but that didn’t matter it was so easy to get into and get to know the characters. They were so much fun and really funny with great relationships between them all. I want to now go back and read the others in this series.
The Christmas Murder Game
The Christmas Murder Game – is exactly what it says on the cover, a Christmas locked room mystery that takes place during a Christmas scavenger hunt where the prize is the family estate. It also is a game within the book as well with anagrams and puzzles throughout.
Do you have any Festive Mysteries that you would recommend?