Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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Christmas Mysteries: Authors A-D

Crime for the Holidays. Christmas time is a major time for murder! Every year I post a mystery list that's set during the Christmas holidays. It's such an extensive list, that I divide it into 5 parts. Here's the first installment, Authors A-D of what will be a huge Christmas Crime Fiction list. I'll be posting the rest of the list over the next week or so. Although the list has been updated since 2015, I'm sure I've still managed to miss a few authors and titles. Let me know, and I'd be glad to add them.

Christmas Crime Fiction: 
Authors A-D

Abbot, Anthony. About the Murder on a Startled Lady, About the Murder of Geraldine Foster
Abresch, Peter. The Faltese Malcom
Adams, Deborah. All the Crazy Winters
Adamson, Lydia. A Cat in the Manger, A Cat in the Wings, A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock, A Cat Under the Mistletoe
Adrian, Jack. Crime at Christmas (Short Story Anthology)
Alan, Isabella. Murder, Served Simply
Albert, Susan Wittig. Mistletoe Man, Rueful Death, Holly Blues
Alexander, David. Shoot a Sitting Duck
Alexander, Victoria. What Happens at Christmas
Allen, Michael. Spence and the Holiday Murders
Amo, Gary. Silent Night
Andre, Joel. A Death at the North Pole
Andrews, Donna. Six Geese A-Slaying, Duck the Halls, the Nightingale Before Christmas
Andrews, Mary Kay & Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Fatal Fruitcake, Blue Christmas, Christmas Bliss
Appignanesi, Lisa.The Dead of Winter
Armstrong, Vivien. Fly in Amber
Arsenault, Emily. The Broken Teaglass
Arts, David Jay. Quiet Desperation
Ash, Maureen. Murder for Christ’s Mass
Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity's Christmas
Arts, David Jay. Quiet Desperation
Ash, Maureen. Murder for Christ's Mass
Asimov, Isaac (ed) Twelve Crimes of Christmas
Atkins, Ace. Leavin' Trunk Blues
Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity's Christmas
Aubert, Rosemary. The Feast of Stephen
Avocato, Lori. (ed) Sugarplums and Scandal
Baantjer, Albert, Murder in Amsterdam
Babson, Marian. Twelve Deaths of Christmas, Line Up for Murder, Murder on a Mystery Tour
Bain, Donald. A Little Yuletide MurderManhattans and Murder
Baker, Deb. Murder Trims the Tree
Baker, North. Dead to the World
Baldacci, David. The Christmas Train
Banks, Carolyn. Horse to Die For
Barre, Richard. Bethany 
Barron, Stephanie. Jane and the Wandering Eye
Battison, Brian. The Christmas Bow Murder
Baldacci, David. The Christmas Train
Ball, Donna. Silent Night
Ballard, Mignon F. Deadly Promise, Hark! The Herald Angel Screamed
Barnard, Robert. Death in a Cold Climate, The Habit of Widowhood
Barnett, T.L. Murder for the New Year
Barrett, Kathleen. Homicide for the Holidays
Barron, Leo. No Silent Night: The Christmas Battle for Bastogne
Barron, Stephanie. Jane and the Wandering Eye, Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas
Battison, Brian. The Christmas Bow Murder
Bayard, Louis, Mr. Timothy
Baxt, George. Scheme and Variations. A Christmas Story.
Beaton, M.C. Death of A Snob, A Highland Christmas, Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye, Death of a Prankster, Christmas Crumble, Busy Body
Beaumont, Cyril. The Mysterious Toyshop
Beechy, Alan. Murdering Ministers
Benrey Ron & Janet. Season of Glory
Berenson, Laurien. Jingle Bell Bark, Once Bitten
Bernhardt, Susan. Murder Under the Tree
Bernhardt, William. The Midnight Before Christmas
Berry, Carole. This Year Will Be Different, The Year of the Monkey
Berry, Linda. (ed) The Last Noel
Bishop, Claudia. A Carol for a Corpse
Black, Gavin. Dragon for Christmas
Black, Sarah & John Lanyon. I’ll be Dead for Christmas
Blackburn, Cindy, Three Odd Balls
Blackstock, Charity. Foggy, Foggy Dew
Blake, Nicholas. The Corpse in the Snowman, The Smiler With the Knife, Thou Shell of Death
Blanc, Nero. A Crossworder's Delight, A Crossworder's Gift, A Crossworder's Holiday, Wrapped Up in Crosswords
Block, Barbara (and others). Murder Most Merry
Bohart, Lynn. Inn Keeping with Murder
Borger, Gale. Totally Decked
Borthwick, J. S. Dude on Arrival, The Student Body
Boucher, Anthony. The Night Before Christmas
Bowen, Rhys. The Twelve Clues at Christmas; Away in a Manger
Boylan, Eleanor. Pushing Murder
Boyle, Thomas. Post-Mortem Effects
Boyland, Eleanor. Pushing Murder
Bradley, Alan. The Nasty Light of Day, I am Half Sick of Shadows, As
Brady, James. Hampton's Christmas
Bramble, Forbes. Dead of Winter
Braun, Lilian Jackson. The Cat Who Turned On and Off, The Cat Who Went into the Closet
Bredes, Don. Cold Comfort
Breen, Jon. Probable Claus
Brett, Simon. The Christmas Crimes at Puzzle Manor, The Shooting in the Shop; The Cinderella Killer.
Brewer, Steve (and others) The Last Noel; Sanity Clause (novella)
Brightwell, Emily. Mrs. Jeffries and the Feast of St. Stephen, Mrs. Jeffries & the Yuletide Weddings, Mrs. Jeffries & the Mistletoe Mix Up, Mrs, Jeffries and the Silent Knight
Brockman, Suzanne. All Through the Night.
Brown, Carter. A Corpse for Christmas
Brown, Frederic. Murder Can be Fun
Brown, Rita Mae. Rest in Pieces, Santa Clawed
Browning, Abigail (ed) Murder Most Merry (stories)
Bruce, Leo. Such is Death
Brunette, Lisa. Framed and Burning.
Buchanan, Edna. The Ice Maiden
Burdette, Lucy. Death with all the Trimmings
Burke, Declan. Eightball Boogie
Burke, James. A Present for Santa
Burley, W. J. Death in Willow Pattern, Wycliffe and the Quiet Virgin
Burton, Tony (ed). By the Chimney with Care, Carols and Crimes/Gifts and Grifters, Dying in a Winter Wonderland
Byerrun, Ellen. Grave Apparel
Cahoon, Lynn. If the Shoe Fits
Caine, Leslie. Holly and Homicide
Cairns, Alison. New Year Resolution
Cameron, Dana (and others) Sugarplums and Scandal
Carl, Joanna. The Chocolate Bear Burglary, The Chocolate Snowman Murders
Carr, Carol K. India Black and the Widow of Windsor
Carrier, Warren. Justice at Christmas
Carrington, Tori. Queen's Ransom 
Carter, John Franklin. The Corpse on the White House Lawn
Carter, Nick. The Christmas Kill
Casey, Elizabeth Lynn. Let It Sew
Caunitz, William J. Exceptional Clearance
Challinor, C. S. Christmas is Murder
Chan, Cassandra. Spider on the Stairs
Chapman, Brenda. Cold Mourning
Chaput, W. J. The Man on the Train
Chase, Erika. Read and Buried
Chastain, Thomas. 911; The Christmas Bomber
Chaze, Elliott. Goodbye Goliath
Cheever, Sam. Christmas Grift
Chesbro, George C. Second Horseman Out of Eden, Colde Smell of Sacred Stone
Childs, Laura. The Teaberry Strangler
Christie, Agatha. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Also published as Murder for Christmas and Holiday for Murder), The Sittaford Mystery
Christmas, Joyce. Dying Well, Fete Worse than Death
Churchill, Jill. Farewell to Yarns, The Merchant of Menace, From Here to Paternity
Clad, Noel. Savage
Clark, Carol Higgins. Iced
Clark, Mary Higgins. All Though the Night, Silent Night, Deck the Halls. With Carol Higgins Clark. He Sees You when Your Sleeping With Carol Higgins Clark, The Christmas Thief. With Carol Higgins Clark, Santa Cruise. My Gal Sunday, Stillwatch, Dashing through the snow.
Cleland, Jane. Ornaments of Death
Nancy Coco. All I want for Christmas is Fudge
Coggin, Joan. Who Killed the Curate?, Dancing with Death
Cohen, Charles. Silver Linings
Collier, Christine. Christmas at Cliffhanger Inn, A Holiday Sampler
Collings, Rex. Clerical Crimes for Christmas
Collins, Max Allen. Blue Christmas and Other Holiday Homicides, No Cure for Death, Spree
Colt, Jennifer. The Con Artist of Catalina Island
Conant, Susan. Gone to the Dogs
Constantine, K.C. Upon Some Midnights Clear
Cooper, Natasha. Evil is Done 
Cornish, Constance. Dead of Winter
Cornwell, Bernard. Sharpe's Christmas (Two Short Stories)
Cornwell, Patricia. Scarpetta’s Winter Table 
Cortez, Donn. Miami: Harm for the Holidays
Cousins, Caroline. Fiddle Dee Death
Coyle, Cleo. Holiday Grind, Holiday Buzz, Latte Trouble
Coward, Mat (and others) The Last Noel
Craig, Alisa. Murder Goes Mumming
Craft, Michael. Body Language
Craig, Alisa. Murder Goes Mumming
Craig, Philip R. A Deadly Vineyard Holiday: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery, Off Season
Crane, Hamilton. Starring Miss Seeton
Crawford, Isis. A Catered Christmas
Creasey, John. Death of a Postman
Crespi, Trella. Trouble with Thin Ice
Crider, Bill. Cursed to Death
Crighton, Michael. Coma
Crockett, Jessie. Live Free or Die
Crombie, Deborah. Water Like a Stone, And Justice There is None
Cross, Amanda. No Word from Winifred
Crowleigh, Ann. Murder Under the Tree (stories)
Daheim, Mary. The Alpine Christmas, Nutty as a Fruitcake, The Alpine Winter
Dalby, Richard. Crime for Christmas 
Daley, Kathi. Christmas Cozy; The Cat of Christmas Past
D'Amato, Barbara. Hard Christmas
Dams, Jeanne M. The Body in the Transept, Indigo Christmas, Winter of Discontent
Dane, Joel. The Christmas Tree Murders
Danielewski, Cynthia. Night Fire 
Darrell, Elizabeth. Czech Mate
Davenport, Chari. The Christmas Party
Davidson, Diane Mott. Sweet Revenge
Davidson, Mary Janice. Undead and Unreturnable
Davis, Frederick. Drag the Dark
Davis, Krista. The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, The Diva Cooks a Goose
Davis, Mildred B. Tell Them What's Her Name Called, Three Minutes to Midnight
Dawson, Janet. Nobody's Child
Day, Marlis. Curriculum Murders
Dean, Spencer. Credit for a Murder
DeAndrea, William L. Killed on the Ice
De Castrique, Mark. Grave Undertaking 
Dee, Ed. Little Boy Blue
Deeb, Mary Jane. Christmas Mystery in Provence
Delany, Kathleen. Murder Half-Baked
Delany, Vicki. Winter of Secrets; Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, Wish You a Murderous Christmas
Dengler, Sandy. Murder on the Mount
Dentinger, Jane. The Queen is Dead
Deverell, Diana.  Twelve Drummers Drumming
Dexter, Colin. The Secret of Annexe 3, Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories
Dickson, Carter. The White Priority Murders
Dobson, Joanne. Quieter Than Sleep
Donnelly, Deborah. Died to Match, May the Best Man Die
Dorsey, Tim. When the Elves Attack
Douglas, Carole Nelson. Cat in a Golden Garland
Douglas, Charlotte. Holidays are Murder
Downing, Todd. The Last Trumpet
Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Driscoll, Patricia. Shedding Light on Murder
Drummond, John Keith. 'Tis the Season to be Dying
Douglas, Carole Nelson. Cat in a Golden Garland: A Midnight Louie Mystery
Dubois, Brendan. The Gift of King Herod.
Duffy, James. The Christmas Gang
Dunbar, Sophie. Shiveree
Duncan, Elizabeth. A Killer's Christmas in Wales
Duncan, Francis. Murder for Christmas
Dunn, Carola. Mistletoe and Murder, Death at Wentwater Court
Dunnett, Kaitlyn. A Wee Christmas Homicide, Ho-Ho-Homicide
Durham, Mary. Keeps Death His Court

Monday, December 5, 2016

2016 Nero Award & Black Orchid Novella Award Winners

The Nero Award is presented each year to an author for the best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories. It was presented by The Wolfe Pack this past weekend at the Black Orchid Banquet in New York City. The "Nero" is considered one of the premier awards granted to authors of crime fiction. This year, the winner is David C. Taylor's Night Life, (A Forge Book Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC).

The Black Orchid Novella Award is presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the novella format popularized by Rex Stout. This year's winner is… for the second time…  Steve Liskow.  The novella is titled “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma.” (Steve also won in 2009.)

About the Wolfe Pack

The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has more than 500 members worldwide. For further information, please see www.nerowolfe.org.