October Takeover: Trick-or-Treat Mysteries

~posted by Lori T.

Vampires, Cones, and Treacle Scones by Kaitlyn Dunnett

A Skeleton in the Family by Leigh Perry

Trick or Deadly Treat by Livia J. Washburn

Witches Bane by Susan Wittig






With cauldrons bubbling, ghost shrieking and the things that go bump in the night, the mystery side of Halloween comes to life.  A person cannot be too careful on All Hallows Eve for the bump in the night could be a dead body falling from great height.

Parties and Carnivals start this day of fright. Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party starts the show with a murder.  You might think you are safe looking for antiques; not if you read Antique Maul by Barbara Allan or Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs. A Halloween pumpkin festival is the setting for murder with Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier. A visit to a cemetery is required for a good fright, Ray Bradbury has penned Graveyard for Lunatics for your delight.

Haunted houses and blood curling screams are the norm especially if the dead body is still warm. The haunted house mysteries are next with Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones by Kaitlyn Dunnett, Diva Haunts a House by Krista Davis and Lord of the Wings by Donna Andrews.

The clicking of bones and things that appear are the next group of mysteries. Ghost and skeletons are the main characters of the following mysteries. Skeleton in the closet? Check. Walking and talking skeleton? Uh, Check. Meet Sid, the Thackery family’s in resident skeleton. No bones about it, laughs and bad puns make A Skeleton in the Family by Leigh Perry a fun read. Ghost are the crime solvers in the next group of mysteries.  The Uninvited Ghost by E.J. Copperman and Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun by Victoria Laurie will make you think twice about a ghostly visitor.

Murder and treats are an essential part of Halloween; these mysteries have recipes (arsenic is optional) to prepare for your party. Rebel without a Cake by Jacklyn Brady, Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates, A Catered Halloween by Isis Crawford, and A Roux of Revenge by Connie Archer are a few of the many culinary mysteries available. Don’t forget a treat for the four legged party animals with the delicious recipes from Trick or Deadly Treat by L.J. Washburn and A Biscuit, A Casket by Liz Mugavero.

Witches are a popular this time of year with costumes and mysteries. Is witchcraft a cause of murder? Read Witches Bane by Susan Wittig Albert to find out.  A practicing witch uses her wit and charm to solve a murder in A Charmed Death by Madeline Alt. Witches move to town and trouble ensues in Wicked Witch Murder by Leslie Meier.

Follow the adventures of Lee Barrett as she tries to solve the murder of a television psychic in Caught Dead Handed by Carol J Perry.  Can cats talk to ghost? Is there a ghost haunting Iris Cobb’s home or is the ghost a figment of her imagination? Koko, Yum Yum and James Qwilleran are on the case in The Cat Who Talked to Ghost by Lillian Jackson Braun.

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