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Sleuth Your Way Into the Holidays

The Game’s Afoot
Mystery/Comedy, Sherlock Holmes, Winter Parties

For an entirely Sherlockian booklist visit Lincoln City Libraries’ online Bookguide and look for the list called “Elementary…”
Web Address: http://lincolnlibraries.org/depts/bookguide/lists/holmesian.htm

Sherlock Holmes: The complete novels and stories
By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Doyle (M) Vol 1 and Vol. 2
Since his first appearance in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two volumes, this new Bantam edition presents all 56 short stories and 4 novels featuring Conan Doyle's classic hero -- a truly complete collection now available in paperback!

A comedy of heirs
By: Rett MacPherson
MacPherson (M)
The December annual O'Shea family reunion is just kicking off when genealogist and town historian Torie O'Shea discovers a bad apple in her family tree. Someone has sent her several newspaper clippings reporting a fifty-year-old unsolved murder. The dead man is her great-grandfather-shot on his own front porch while his family was trapped inside.

Avalanche: A sheriff Bo Tully mystery
By: Patrick McManus
McManus (M)
When the call comes in that Mike Wilson, the unlikable owner of the fancy West Branch Lodge, has gone missing, Sheriff Bo Tully is delighted. He'll have to stay at the lodge and investigate in luxury! But when an avalanche traps him there for the foreseeable future, along with his retired sheriff father, a motley group of vacationers, and a naughty old flame, life starts to get complicated.

A curtain falls
By: Stefanie Pintoff
Pintoff (M)
1906. When a chorus girl is found dead on a Broadway stage, dressed in the leading lady's costume, Mulvaney knows that news of a possible serial killer would be potentially disastrous to the burgeoning theater world.

The big book of Christmas mysteries
Edited by: Otto Penzler
813.08 Pen (M)
Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories--many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else.

The Black Lizard big book of locked-room mysteries
Edited by: Otto Penzler
Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler has collected 68 of the all-time best impossible crime stories from almost 200 years of the genre. In addition to the many classic examples of the form – a case of murder in a locked room or otherwise inaccessible place, solved by a brilliant sleuth – this collection expands the definition of the locked room to include tales of the unbelievable thefts and incredible disappearances.

Murder in the dark: A Phryne Fisher mystery
By: Kerry Greenwood
Greenwood (M)
Phryne Fisher must save the attendants of 1928's most stylish party from murder in this Australian caper.

Careless People: Murder, mayhem, and the invention of the Great Gatsby
By: Sarah Bartlett Churchwell
813 FitYc
Careless People is a unique literary investigation: a gripping double narrative that combines a forensic search for clues to an unsolved crime and a quest for the roots of America’s best loved novel. Overturning much of the received wisdom of the period, Careless People blends biography and history with lost newspaper accounts, letters, and newly discovered archival materials. With great wit and insight, acclaimed scholar of American literature Sarah Churchwell reconstructs the events of that pivotal autumn, revealing in the process new ways of thinking about Fitzgerald’s masterpiece.

Murder for Christmas (also published as Herecule Poirot’s Christmas)
By: Agatha Christie
Christie (M)
It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered when the tyrannical Simeon Lee is found dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. When Hercule Poirot offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man.

Murder at Longbourn: A mystery
By: Tracy Kiely
Kiely (M)
Invited to join her Aunt Winnie for a How to Host a Murder Party on New Year's Eve at Winnie's new Cape Cod B and B, Elizabeth Parker must unearth old secrets and new motives in order to clear her beloved aunt of suspicion when the local wealthy miser ends up the unscripted victim.

Recipe for murder: Frightfully good food inspired by fiction
By: Estérelle Payany
641.5 Pay
Thirty-two great hero-villains of literature lure the reader into the kitchen to sample their signature recipes. Estérelle Payany shares to-die-for recipes inspired by scoundrels from popular literature. Each chapter opens with an excerpt from the original story and quirky illustrations by Jean-François Martin featuring the criminal and his recipe. The Big Bad Wolf roasts three little pigs in their blankets while Snow White’s stepmother concocts bewitching caramel apples. The Queen of Hearts orders Alice to eat treacle tart while Long John Silver stocks the galley with sea biscuits.

Song of the Thin Man
By: William Powell and Myrna Loy
DVD Song of the Thin Man
At a charity gambling benefit aboard the S.S. Fortune, the tables are hot, the jazz is hotter and before you know it, a bandleader's body is growing cold. They're playing your song Nick & Nora Charles!

Thirteen for dinner (also published as Lord Edgware dies)
By: Agatha Christie, Peter Ustinov and Faye Dunaway
DVD Christie (M)
Match wits with Poirot in a mystery at a dinner party turned deadly.