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Fiction to Get You in the Mood for Christmas

Christmas reads

To find out more about each of the books below, click on the title for a link to the catalogue.

A Christmas Legacy by Anne Perry
Here’s another novella from the author of classic Victorian crime fiction featuring (among others) Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. I’d always thought the Pitt family’s maid, Gracie, deserved a mystery of her own to solve. Here she gets her chance, standing in for her friend, Millie, who is worried about things going missing at the house where she is in service. Gracie discovers something amiss in the house that’s more than just a little thievery.

The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
Christmas stories and bookshops make a great combination. Colgan’s new novel is about Carmen, suddenly losing her job before Christmas, then talked into a position in old Mr McCredie’s bookshop – a client of her more successful sister, Sofia. Can she help revamp the store to bring in the customers and how can she deal with the rift with the most important people of all – her family? Expect this to be a charming, heartwarming read.

The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews
Ivy just wants a quiet Christmas when she moves into an old farmhouse, looking to make a change in her life. But when she discovers a note in the pocket of an old Santa suit left at the top of a closet, little does she know her curiosity will send her on a quest that will make Christmas miracles happen. A sweet novella about second chances.

A Cotswold Christmas Mystery by Rebecca Tope
How do you manage to put on a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings when there’s a mystery to solve? Amateur sleuth Thea Osborne has her daughter Jessica to stay for the holiday season when local woman Beverley Frowse goes missing. Could the aggressive actions of the Frowse’s landlord have anything to do with it? This is book 18 in Tope’s popular cosy mystery series.

Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs
A wealthy hostess at a Victorian Christmas party is found dead after her revelation that she plans to leave all her money to charity. Tea maven Theodosia Browning, along with her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley, are doing the catering when it happens. Can they discover whodunit?  Another cosy tea shop mystery in this popular series that also includes delicious recipes and tea-time tips.

A Surprise Christmas Wedding by Philippa Ashley
Lottie has a new job as an event planner in the Lake District – her dream job. When she has a booking for a last minute wedding she is shocked to discover that the groom is her ex-fiancé who’d dumped her a year ago. Fortunately this is a beautiful setting, there’s a handsome groundskeeper for a neighbour and anything can happen at Christmas. The perfect, relaxing, feel-good Christmas read.

The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo
Lila Castro is a bookish girl, working at an inn in her small town for a bit of extra cash. But her composure is disrupted when she discovers her new co-worker is the innkeeper’s cute but aggravating nephew. When they accidently switch phones secrets bubble to the surface.  A light, romantic Young Adult Christmas read.

Before the Storm by Alex Gray
The eighteenth DSI Lorrimer novel which has the policeman up against a terrorist plot in Glasgow, putting crowds of holiday revellers in danger on Christmas Eve. He makes an unlikely ally – Daniel Kohi, a Zimbabwean refugee and himself a former policeman. A spate of murders and evidence of an informant among the police team complicate Lorrimer’s attempts to keep the streets of Glasgow safe. The perfect Christmas read for police procedural fans with a chilly snowy Glasgow setting.

14 December 2021

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