Friday, December 10, 2021

Sharing Reading Suggestions for the Holidays


The holidays are a great time to gift friends, family or  yourself with books to read. And there certainly are a lot of them being published! You can find books to suit every age and taste whether fiction or nonfiction. Let’s share recommendations, whether it be your own work or that of others.

I’ll start things going. THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT published this year continues an enjoyable series. Cleo Coyle is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi and her husband Marc Cerasini. Their main characters are Penny McClure who runs a quaint Rhode Island bookstore and the ghost of Jack Shepard, a PI who died there in the 1940’s. They make an entertaining sleuthing combination. I very much enjoyed reading this novel and recommend it to cozy mystery readers.

Another series mystery is SEVEN-YEAR WITCH, which follows BAIT AND WITCH, both by Angela M. Sanders, and both published this year. Librarian Josie Way has moved to small-town Wilfred, Oregon. Josie discovers her witchcraft abilities and solves a series of murders. Delightfully, the books in her new library constantly converse with her offering clues. This is another new fun read for cozy mystery lovers.

Okay, now it’s your turn. Please share the books and publications you think will make for good holiday reading. Feel free to talk about work you’ve recently had published if you’re an author. Readers, please mention books you have on your wish list and/or recently read and enjoyed.




  1. In my family, we used the holiday season to build up a reading list for the coming winter months. You've helped me to a good start, Jacquie.

  2. Hi Susan,

    I hope writers and readers will comment with their own recommendations. Those who have new work published can always use the extra publicity as well.

  3. Thanks for the recommendations! I haven't read the witch series yet, but I enjoy the Kite Shop mysteries also by Angela M. Sanders/Clover Tate.

    For those who enjoy cozy mystery short stories, six of my author friends and I have a limited-edition holiday collection available. You can find Festive Mayhem 2 in ebook format on the major retailers:

    Happy holidays!

  4. Marla,

    Thanks for the recommendations. Perfect holiday reading!

  5. Great post, Jacqueline!
    My Christmas novella, Keri's Christmas Wish has had a blurb & cover makeover and I'm proud to share it with you all. It can be found HERE:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  6. Pam, wishing you much success with your Christmas novella.

  7. Books are my favorite gifts to give and to receive, and that was true long before I became an author. What I'm reading now is Let the Guilty Pay by Rick Treon, and I just finished The Wicked Bible by Sharon Dean. I can also highly recommend Jacqueline Seewald's books!

  8. Thank you, Saralyn, for sharing recommendations. I would recommend your mysteries as well.

  9. Although I love all sub-genres of mystery, I find myself drawn to cozy mystery series lately. Maybe because there's too much "reality" in my life and, when I read, I want to go to a simpler, happier place. Three of my favorite series are: The Haunted Library novels by Allison Brook, the Juniper Junction mysteries by Amy Reade and the Fixer Upper mysteries by Kate Carlisle. But there are so many more!

  10. Hi Pat,

    Thank you for the great suggestions.

  11. Hi Jacqueline

    Great recommendations! Thanks.
    I recently started writing a children's book series called The Blanket Tree Books.
    The second in the series, The Storm Tree, was recommended here:
    The Rainbow Boat is available from Amazon and Bookbaby Bookshop.

    Have a great day!

  12. Hi Helene,

    Congrats on your children's book series.