Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Mysteries 2011

Thanksgiving. I have a lot to give thanks for: my family, my friends, my health, and the wonderful mystery community. Last year I wrote that Thanksgiving was going to be at my home. As predicted, my family is as dysfunctional as most in the U.S., but we didn't stoop to murder! That can't be said for the families in the following updated list of Thanksgiving Mysteries. As the saying goes, "Families are like Fudge, sweet with a few Nuts thrown in."

And, if you're cooking the turkey or baking the pies, be sure to check out Mystery Lovers' Kitchen for Thanksgiving recipes and cooking techniques from Mystery Writing Cooks Avery Aames, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay, Riley Adams, Cleo Coyle, & Krista Davis

My own Chocolate blog, has some recipes this year and last for stunning Thanksgiving dishes including Chocolate Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Turkey Rub, White Chocolate Mashed Potatoes and Pumpkin and Chocolate Recipe Round-Up and More this week and next! Be sure to check

Thanksgiving Mysteries

S.H. Baker The Colonel's Tale
Bob Berger The Risk of Fortune
William Bernhardt Natural Suspect
Kate Borden Death of a Turkey
Lilian Jackson Braun The Cat Who Talked Turkey
Carole Bugge Who Killed Mona Lisa?
Sammi Carter Goody Goody Gunshots
Christine E. Collier A Holiday Sampler
Sheila Connolly A Killer Crop
Isis Crawford A Catered Thanksgiving
Bill Crider w/Willard Scott Murder under Blue Skies
Amanda Cross Trap for Fools
Barbara D'Amato Hard Tack
Mary Daheim Alpine Fury, Fowl Prey
Jeanne Dams Sins Out of School
Claire Daniels Final Intuition
Evelyn David Murder Takes the Cake
Krista Davis The Diva Runs Out of Thyme
Michael Dibdin Thanksgiving
Joanne Dobson Raven and the Nightingale
Christine Duncan Safe House
Janet Evanovich Thanksgiving (technically a romance)*
Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain A Fatal Feast (Murder She Wrote)
Katherine V. Forrest The Beverly Malibu
Noreen Gilpatrick The Piano Man
Martin H. Greenberg (editor) Cat Crimes for the Holidays
Jane Haddam Feast of Murder
Lee Harris The Thanksgiving Day Murder
J. Alan Hartman, editor, The Killer Wore Cranberry
Robin Hathaway The Doctor Makes a Dollhouse Call
Richard Hawke Speak of the Devil
Victoria Houston Dead Hot Shot
Ellen Elizabeth Hunter Murder on the ICW
Melanie Jackson Death in a Turkey Town
J. A. Jance Shoot Don't Shoot
Faye Kellerman Serpent's Tooth
Harry Kemelman That Day the Rabbi Left Town
Clyde Linsley Death of a Mill Girl
Georgette Livingston Telltale Turkey Caper
Nial Magill Thanksgiving Murder in the Mountains
G.M. Malliet Wicked Autumn
Margaret Maron Up Jumps the Devil
Evan Marshall Stabbing Stefanie
Ralph McInerny Celt and Pepper
Leslie Meier Turkey Day Murder
Deborah Morgan The Marriage Casket
Louise Penny Still Life
Cathy Pickens Southern Fried
Ann Ripley Harvest of Murder
Willard Scott w/Bill Crider Murder under Blue Skies
Sarah R. Shaber Snipe Hunt
Denise Swanson Murder of a Barbie and Ken, Murder of a Botoxed Blonde
Marcia Talley Occasion of Revenge
Jennifer Vanderbes Strangers at the Feast
Debbie Viguie I Shall Not Want
 Livia J. Washburn The Pumpkin Muffin Murder
Leslie Wheeler Murder at Plimoth Plantation
Angela Zeman The Witch and the Borscht Pearl

Let me know if I've forgotten any titles!


Joe Barone said...

Thanks for this list. I've not read many Thanksgiving mysteries, but I might begin doing that. Each Christmas I usually try to read three or four Christmas oriented mysteries. I appreciate lists which help me in my reading.

Barb Goffman said...

Hi, Janet. The anthology The Gift of Murder includes my story "The Worst Noel," which starts during Thanksgiving dinner (and ends on Christmas). The editor was John Floyd.

Evelyn David said...


Thanks so much for including Murder Takes the Cake. We also have a Thanksgiving story in our other series - The Brianna Sullivan Mysteries. Vol. 3 - The Holiday Spirit(s) of Lottawatah.

Evelyn David

Malena said...

Thanks, Janet, for this wonderful list. My mystery book club always reads a Christmas mystery in December, but for some reason we've never done a Thanksgiving mystery in November. Now, we can choose one easily for next year.
You are such an asset to the mystery community.

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks, Malena, you're too kind...:-)

Barbara D'Amato said...

Hi, Janet--
Thank you for mentioning HARD TACK. I really appreciate it.

Janet Rudolph said...

Barb,so glad it's on the list!

Heather Haven said...

Love this idea! I'll save the list for future reference. Thanks for doing so much collecting and sharing!