Reading List: 5 Cozy Golden Age Style Christmas Mysteries

Curl up with a cozy golden age mystery set in the 1920s this Christmas season.

The Affair of the Christmas Card Killer by Jack Murray (Lord Kit Aston, 1)

It’s 1919, Lord Arthur Cavendish has received a Christmas card saying, ‘Happy Christmas, I’ve killed you.’ When Cavendish is found dead, Kit Aston, a WWI hero, Secret Intelligence Service spy and amateur sleuth, investigates.

As the snow falls at Cavendish Hall, tensions rise for the isolated party guests when they realise one of them may be a killer. Past and present collide for Kit Aston as he attempts to uncover the truth in this classic murder mystery.

The first Kit Aston Mystery is fizzing with romance and hilarious one liners yet captures the underlying sadness of a nation recovering from the impact of the Great War.


The Christmas Tree Murders by Andrea Hicks (The Camille Divine Murder Mysteries, 1)

The Christmas trees in Knightsbridge sparkle with festive joy, and there’s nothing more fun than Christmas cocktail parties to ring in the new year of 1922.Camille Divine, known as Lady Camille Divine, has decorated her little house in Birdcage Mews with glistening decorations and a beautiful Christmas tree, but she has more on her mind than the festive season. Lady Phoebe Carruthers has begged Camille and her maid, Cecily to investigate the disappearance of her personal maid. Women begin to disappear off the street, their bodies left under the Christmas trees that stand in front of London’s most popular landmarks. Something links the women who have been murdered and Phoebe’s maid, and Camille is determined to find out what the connection is before another woman is murdered.
She realises there is safety in numbers, that she can do so much more with a team of resolute women by her side, so she recruits some of our old friends, Carrie, Elsie, Dorothy and Ida to help her discover what happened to Phoebe’s maid, and why so many women are being murdered in such a brutal way.


Murder at Melrose Court by Karen Baugh Menuhin (Heathcliff Lennox, 1)

It’s 1920 and Christmas is coming. Major Lennox finds a body on his doorstep – why on his doorstep? Was it to do with the Countess? Was it about the ruby necklace? Lennox goes to Melrose Court, home to his uncle, Lord Melrose, to uncover the mystery. But then the murders begin and it snows and it all becomes very complicated….

Major Heathcliff Lennox – ex WW1 war pilot, 6feet 3inch, tousled dark blond hair, age around 30 – named after the hero of Wuthering Heights by his romantically minded mother – much to his great annoyance.


Murder and a Christmas Gift by Sonia Parin (An Evie Parker Mystery, 7)

It’s the thought that counts…

Seth, the seven-year-old Earl of Woodridge, is spending Christmas at Halton House and he would like nothing better than to help trim the tree with the Christmas decorations his father had carved for him. But no one has any idea where these decorations are.

Determined to make the young Earl’s wish come true, Evie and her bodyguard, Tom Winchester, set out to a nearby village where the young Earl had lived in the hope that they might recover the lost decorations.

Caught in a fog bank, they take refuge in a village manor house only to find themselves among a group of people who might all be suspects in the murder of a local villager.

Squeaky clean lighthearted cozy mystery set in the 1920s


Christmas Angels by Alice Duncan (Mercy Allcut Mystery, 7)

A Saturday Christmas Shopping Trip to Chinatown Leads to Murder in Christmas Angels, a Historical Cozy Mystery from Alice Duncan

1926, Los Angeles, CA

Mercy and Lulu visit one of Ernie Templeton’s favorite Chinatown dives, a silken items shop owned by Ernie’s friend, Charley Wu.

Their Christmas shopping plans take a chill when they witness a young Chinese woman being dragged kicking and screaming into the shop by its proprietor. Even more chilling is the woman’s plea for help as she passes Lulu and Mercy.

When the body of an elderly Chinese man is found in a nearby alley the next day, the police arrest Charley for the murder. Ernie Templeton, concerned about police hostilities toward the community, decides to investigate along with Mercy and Lulu.

But Chinatown doesn’t welcome the prying of outsiders. Known for its seedy underbelly and dark secrets, those who ask questions often meet a bitter end.


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