As many of you already know, I had my DNA tested as part of a documentary series for Channel 4 to look at my love for ice swimming, and one of the things I was surprised to find was that I had a strong ancestral link to Norway and Iceland. So in honour of my ancestors I'm going to celebrate the Icelandic Christmas tradition of jólabókaflóð which literally translates as 'book flood'. I'm not quite ready to adopt the Christmas Eve meal of roast lamb served with pickled and fermented fish, but I do love the thought of a really cozy evening, coming back from Christmas mass at 6pm and then reading stories and giving books as gifts around the fire with friends and family complete with a nice big mug of something warm. I hope that you'll join me in this wonderfully festive event of stories too by picking up some of these free cozy mysteries to enjoy with your loved ones this evening. So happy holidays everyone.
FYI: Don't forget to double check that the book is still free when you go to download it because the prices can and do change. If you don't want to read to yourself then you can always grab one of the audiobooks for a discount or make use of the Audiobook free trial over the festive period. If you prefer paperbacks and hardbacks or large print books, then don't forget that you can always ask your local library to stock any books you see that you want to read - including my books. Simply pop in and put in a request for your favourite authors or books and you'll be able to borrow them for free.
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The Mewltide Mugger by Alannah Rogers
Lost Voices by Victoria LK Williams
It's happening again!
Mac is only beginning to accept and live with the results from a lightning strike; a feathered scar around her ankle and the sudden ability to hear a voice-the voice of a killer.
Added to that are the stories of Fairy Kisses, a budding romance, new friends, a mystical kitten and the excitement of the Christmas holidays.
And now she suddenly hears two voices; one filled with love and the other filled with fear.
With the kidnapping of little Tommy, in broad daylight at a beach-side playground, Mac realizes who the fearful voice belongs to.
But who belongs to the second voice; kidnapper or protector?
All clues lead to the waterfront as Mac and her boyfriend Peter race with the others to find the missing boy before it's too late.
The Mystery of Ruby's Sugar (Sample) by Rose Donovan
The snow lies heavy around Pauncefort Hall. Dress designers Ruby Dove and Fina Aubrey-Havelock leave behind their Oxford exams to rescue Lady Charlotte’s wardrobe. But what Lady Charlotte doesn’t know is that Ruby is on a mission—a mission to avenge her family and bring down an empire.
As the weather worsens, Ruby and Fina are drawn into the intrigues of Lady Charlotte’s other guests, who include a princess, a furiously left-wing don, a West End starlet—and, it seems, a murderer. After the two resident cads are poisoned, Ruby and Fina must find the culprit and still carry out their secret plans—all before the law arrives. But Pauncefort Hall can remain snowbound for only so long.
This the first book in the Ruby Dove historical cozy mystery series.
Run Away For Christmas...A Citrus Beach Mystery (sample) by Victoria LK Williams
Christmas and children go hand in hand.
As the holidays approach, Megan and her beagle, Barney are finding children in the oddest places. But these are children aren’t from the families of Citrus Beach-they’re from a gang of runaways.
When one little girl falls, injuring herself, Megan jumps in to help. Megan learns of exploitation, injury and even murder surrounding the children.
Megan wants to help these children, and together she and FBI consultant Aiden investigate, discovering a diabolical scheme. This convinces the duo they must put an end to the children’s plight. The best way to bring the runaways trouble to an end is to set a trap, and Megan is ready with one.
While Megan and Aiden are busy with their plans, friends and family rally to help the children.
Avery Meets Chevy: An Avery Barks Dog Mystery by Mary Hiker
A fun short story perfect for animal lovers...
Avery Barks, a search and rescue volunteer is happy about moving into her own mountain cabin in time for the Christmas holiday. The excitement is short lived when several of her belongings turn up missing.
Fortunately, there is a new friend waiting in the wings to help her out..
"Avery Meets Chevy" is a stand alone short story. It is the prequel to the "Avery Barks Dog Mysteries" series. These books can be read in any order.
Christmas Shop Murder by Linnea West
Tessa Schmidt is happy to hear that Sue Peterson is going to turn her second hand store into a Christmas shop set to open on Black Friday. Unfortunately, once December is over, Sue’s store is out and the new landlord, Claire Freeman's self-service dog washing and grooming salon is moving in.
But then Black Friday comes and Claire is found dead in the Christmas Shop just before the grand opening. Multiple people close to Tessa come under suspicion, so once again she finds herself investigating a murder to make sure that everyone can be home in time for Christmas. Will Tessa be able to solve the murder while maintaining her holiday cheer?
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