Cuddle Up With These New Holiday Romances and Cozy Mysteries

Posted by Cybil on November 9, 2021


 
Holiday-themed books are always a good time. A quality romance or cozy mystery becomes enhanced, somehow, when there’s a connection to those traditional winter holiday themes. Family reunions! Weird gift-giving stories! Weird gift-receiving stories! Highly distressing egg- and nog-based beverages!
 
There’s a flip side to this, too. Simply having a serious book habit can be a real advantage during the holiday season. There will be moments, in the weeks to come, when you’ll want to get away from your otherwise beloved family and friends. Everyone knows this. Keep a book or two within reach, and you’ll always have an escape hatch. You can keep them in your overnight bag, your purse, or—if you’re particularly desperate—even your cargo pants. (Let’s just say that some of us know this from direct experience.)
 
We’ve collected below 30 romances and 18 cozy mysteries with holiday themes, each with a different spin on the matter at hand. Veteran author Brenda Jackson offers a tale of yuletide redemption in One Christmas Wish. Jean Meltzer brings celebratory romance to The Matzah Ball. And Sonya Lalli has a story of love, Mumbai-style, in the excellently named A Holly Jolly Diwali.
 
On the cozy mystery front, just take a moment to admire these titles: Hemlock for the Holidays. Christmas Candy Corpse. And our unofficial winner: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder.
 
Each of these can help you embrace the spirit of the season. Or, in a jam, you can swap in a fictional vacation when you need a break from your real-life holidays. Everybody wins! Scroll over the covers below to learn more about each book, and be sure to add the books that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf!
 

Romances

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Cozy Mysteries

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Have a romance or cozy mystery that's a perfect holiday read? Share it with your fellow readers in the comments below!

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Comments Showing 1-21 of 21 (21 new)

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message 1: by Nicole (new)

Nicole I love that other religions were included in this list. More please!


message 2: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Where was Christina Lauren's In a Holidaze? I could read that one every year around the holidays!


message 3: by Bill (new)

Bill Nice to see some LGBTQ+ representation. A Case for Christmas is excellent. Highly recommend!


message 4: by Cybil, Goodreads employee (new)

Cybil Jennifer wrote: "Where was Christina Lauren's In a Holidaze? I could read that one every year around the holidays!"

Yes, that's a reader favorite! For this list, we limited it to just 2021 books.


message 5: by Tameka (last edited Nov 09, 2021 10:20AM) (new)

Tameka Fleming The Geek Who Saved Christmas and A Case for Christmas sound like fun reads. And they are in KU! More to add to my tbr.


Harlequin Books So many wonderful stories to pick from. Not a bad problem to have. LOL But, it will be hard to narrow the must-have list down this year! ~ Kim


message 7: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Thomas I am excited to read some themed books this holiday season. I usually just read what I want, regardless of the season, but this year, I am going to dive into the spirit of Christmas with some themed reads.


message 8: by Kristin (new)

Kristin Jennifer wrote: "I am excited to read some themed books this holiday season. I usually just read what I want, regardless of the season, but this year, I am going to dive into the spirit of Christmas with some theme..."

Same! I'm actually not sure I've ever read a holiday-themed book, aside from maybe a scary story around Halloween, but this year I think I'm going to check out some festive mysteries.


message 9: by Meheruba (new)

Meheruba Ali Loved The Cranberry Inn by Barbara Josselson and Home with You by Claudia Burgoa and Graham Claire, both come out this week. Amazing warming reads. ❤️


message 10: by Brennen (new)

Brennen I found some really cool reads in this list. I just hope I can get my hands on them soon.


message 11: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Jenny Colgan’s Christmas books are a must for me every year!


message 12: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie I'm looking forward to Tif Marcelo's The Holiday Switch and just added a few others from this list to my TBR :)


message 13: by Hazeanni (new)

Hazeanni Christmas always been a good reason to buy more books. The cover of Xmas theme books here are so tempting. Hope this time I will get to buy Skipping Christmas by John Grisham which never available at bookstore I frequented. Also some of book at the list up here.


message 14: by Lazy (new)

Lazy Daizee Romance and Mystery, two of my favourite subjects.


message 15: by Miriam (new)

Miriam I tried to read the Matzah Ball. I am Jewish. This book is actively harmful in terms of enforcing Jewish stereotypes, tactless treatment of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, annnnd who the hell is the Jewish protagonist who inexplicably LOVES Christmas for? Please promote a less problematic Jewish book if you're going to promote one at all.


message 16: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Zimmerman Jacquelyn Middleton's THE CERTAINTY OF CHANCE should 100000% be on this list. It's wonderfully Christmassy in all the best ways.


message 17: by Lucynda friend (new)

Lucynda friend Hello everyone how are you all ok


message 18: by Lucynda friend (new)

Lucynda friend Hello to you how is your family and friends on that


message 19: by Marsi (new)

Marsi Darcy I loved Sarah Morgan's The Christmas Escape! Another book that I loved is Marie Landry's Escaping Christmas!


message 20: by Aurora (new)

Aurora Anyone else find it sad that only one ONE Chanukkah book was represented in a list of gazillion christmas titles?


message 21: by Harlequin Books (new)

Harlequin Books Many of these titles can be found in one contest that 12 authors are running now. I saw posts about it on Facebook. Their contest ends December 3rd so hurry if you want to take a chance at them. Just look one of them up on Facebook and I'm sure you will see a post about it. Goodreads has a rule about links which is nice for safety or else I would share. :)
~ Kim

Viola Shipman, Mary Kay Andrews, Patti Callahan Henry - Patti Callahan, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Julie Cantrell, Courtney Walsh, Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery, Stephanie Gray of @the_book_lover_book_club_, RaeAnne Thayne, Official Fern Michaels and Lisa Jackson.


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