Thanksgiving is over, and now it’s time to deck the halls and stock pile favorite reading material for those cozy nights by the fire or leisurely evenings after a long day of shopping. Whatever your reading pleasure, Annie Acorn Publishing LLC has the right story for you. From short stories, novellas, novelettes or full-length novels, romance, mystery, fiction, non-fiction and more, AAPub has something for everyone.
This week, AAPub is featuring their Christmas mysteries beginning with From Women’s Pens author and graphic artist Angel Nichols’ fun detective series, Holly and Ivy Christmas Mysteries. The first story in this series, How To Catch A Grinch, introduces the two main characters Detectives Holling and Ives as they team up in the Holiday Crimes Division to solve holiday capers.
These two unique individuals blend humor with ace detective work as they proceed on their assignments, keeping readers engaged and guessing whodunit as they unearth evidence clue by clue to solve one crime at a time.
When most people contemplate Christmas, they think of family time, baking gingerbread with Grandma, and stringing those forever-tangled lights on the tree. For Lieutenant Patrick Holling, Christmas means something entirely different, though.
Demoted and transferred to New Jersey PD’s own version of Timbuktu – the Holiday Crimes Unit, where every crime that correlates to a holiday is sent to die, Holling finds himself saddled with an unwanted partner, Detective Julian Ives, who has transferred to the HCU under mysterious circumstances.
Now a robbery has turned into a homicide, and the two must find a way to work together to catch a killer. That is, unless they kill each other first.
In the second installment of this mystery series, Slay Bells Ring, Ms. Nichols gives us further insights into this dynamic duo of detective work. Add in Santa, his sleigh and a dead body, and you have one humor-filled holiday mystery to unravel.
Fresh from the resolution of their first case worked together as part of New Jersey PD’s Holiday Crimes Unit, Patrick Holling and Julian Ives – known to their coworkers as Holly and Ivy – find themselves grappling with an even more difficult case as they struggle to make their forced partnership work.
While the citizens they are pledged to serve are baking gingerbread and stringing forever-tangled lights on trees in preparation for family Christmases to come, the two detectives slog through dirty snow, spend time in the morgue, grapple with the mob, and attempt to outsmart the Feds.
Don’t stop there! Check out another duo – this one a mother/daughter team of interior designers turned amateur sleuths as they find themselves smack dab in the middle of drama when murder follows them on assignment.
Finding a severed hand at a client’s house might throw lesser decorators off their games, but Chloe Carstairs and her mother Amanda won’t let a little thing like murder keep them from decking the halls. With a body under the partridge’s pear tree and a dead Santa in a sleigh, they have to crack the case before the killer strikes again – this time much too close to home.
Filled with laugh-out-loud humor, romance and a delightfully difficult mother-daughter relationship, this series from Billie Thomas offers a fast-paced caper as these two ladies keep their very merry Christmas from turning into the Noel from hell.
For those of you who would prefer to listen to their holiday mysteries, both titles To Catch A Grinch and Murder on the First Day of Christmas are available as audiobooks!
Either way, AAPub knows mystery lovers all over the world will thoroughly enjoys these selections from our mystery collection.
Merry Christmas Mystery Reading!
To Catch a Grinch (Holly & Ivy Mysteries Book 1) – the first entry in the Holly & Ivy mystery series from internationally beloved, From Women’s Pens author Angel Nichols, noted for her strong characters, biting humor, and intricate plots lines.
Slay Bells Ring (Holly & Ivy Mysteries Book 2) by Angel Nichols.
Murder on the First Day of Christmas (Chloe Carstairs Mysteries)– a full-length, humor-filled, cozy mystery by Billie Thomas.
Murder in a Two-Seater: A Chloe Carstairs Mystery (Chloe Carstairs Mysteries Book 2) – The second Chloe Carstairs Mystery by Billie Thomas is filled with the same clever twists and hilarious mother-daughter relationship that made Murder on the First Day of Christmas such a fun, fast-paced read for an appreciative readership.