Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day & Morris Dancing Crime Fiction

For the past few years, I've posted a list of May Day Mysteries, and I'm updating the entries here. I love May Day with its Morris Dancing and Maypole. And, although the 'merry month' of May may seem idyllic with its flowers and warm showers, it can actually be murderous! Later this month, I will also have an updated list of Mother's Day mysteries which, of course, takes place in May. I include a few other May mysteries in the list below, not just May Day Mysteries.

But the expanded list in this post focuses on Morris Dancing in Crime Fiction. There have also been Morris Dancers on Midsomer Murders.

May Day Mysteries

Five Days in May by Paul Eiseman
30 Days in May by Wayne Hancock
Five Days in May by Christopher Hartpence
Seven Days in May by Fletcher Knebel 
May Day by Jess Lourey
May Might Mean Murder by Bill McGrath 
A Hearse on May-Day by Gladys Mitchell  
May Day in Magadan by Anthony Olcott 
The Merry Month of May by Elvi Rhodes
A Hot Day in May by Julian Jay Savarin
The May Day Murders by Scott Wittenburg

For over 35 years at dawn on May Day, Berkeley Morris Dancing takes place at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park. The Berkeley Morris Dancers will also perform at the University of California Botanical Garden 2:30, Sunday, May 6. Check for Morris Dancing in your area.

Morris Dancing Mysteries

As the Pig Turns by M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate by M.C. Beaton
Blind to the Bones by Stephen Booth
Thieves by Hannah Dennison
Death of a Fool (Off with his Head) by Ngaio Marsh
Dead Men's Morris by Gladys Mitchell 
The Death-Cap Dancers by Gladys Mitchell
The Lazareth Pit by Elizabeth Patterson


Jerry House said...

Another Mitchell book is A HEARSE ON MAY-DAY.

Marsh's OFF WITH HIS HEAD and DEATH OF A FOOL are alternate titles forthe same book.

Vanessa Crews said...

This year the Morris Dancers will visit the Garden on Sunday May 6 at 2:30 pm. Thank you to Janet for the share. I'm going to go find a Morris mystery after work!

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks, Vanessa, for the update.. will change that..

AnnOxford said...

Thanks, Janet, for restoring my Mystery Fanfare emails! I did not know of Morris Dancers mysteries. What a nice surprise and fun to check out.

Bobbi Mumm said...

You never let us down, Janet! You got my beloved Agatha Raisin there. Thanks for this list.