Christmas Mystery: Fiction Previews, Oct.–Nov., 2020, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

Mystery writers Donna Andrews, Carolyn Haines, Anne Perry, and David Rosenfelt add to the swirl of holiday fiction.

Andrews, Donna. The Gift of the Magpie: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781250760128. $25.99. CD. MYSTERY/HOLIDAY

Haines. Carolyn. A Garland of Bones. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2020. 336p. ISBNcover of Gift of the Magpie 9781250257925. $25.99. MYSTERY/HOLIDAY

Perry, Anne. A Christmas Resolution. Ballantine. Nov. 2020. 192p. ISBN 9780593129586. $20. MYSTERY/HOLIDAY

Rosenfelt, David. Silent Bite. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9781250257147. $25.99. CD. MYSTERY/HOLIDAY

In the as-ever fabulously named The Gift of the Magpie, the 28th book and seventh Christmas mystery in the “Meg Lansglow Mysteries,” Meg is roped in when the magpie who typically drops off tinsel and tawdry costume jewelry instead brings her a clue that might help solve a crime (40,000-copy first printing). In A Garland of Bones, the next in the “Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries,” Sarah Booth and friend Tinkie would be enjoying Christmas festivities in the area, but everywhere they go, someone has a suspiciously nasty accident (40,000-copy first printing). Perry’s A Christmas Resolution features Celia, beloved of Perry stalwart William Monk’s ever dependable detective John Hooper, as she struggles with her conviction that a good friend’s Christmas wedding could lead to tragedy. In Silent Bite, the next Andy Carpenter mystery, lawyer Andy returns from a get-in-the-spirit holiday and goes straight to his beloved dog rescue organization, where partner Willie begs him to defend a former cellmate arrested for murder (50,000-copy first printing).

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