For most of us, the toughest parts of Thanksgiving involve figuring out how to carve the turkey and making conversation for several hours. But when you’re an amateur sleuth, you’re bound to run into a case to solve...no matter what time of the year. These seven mystery and thriller novels will liven up your holiday and give you a craving for murder and mayhem.
Feast of Murder
Former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian finds himself spending Thanksgiving Day cruising aboard an exact replica of the Mayflower. Unfortunately, his fellow passengers aren’t looking to start a new life – they’re looking to end one. Demarkian must step in and solve a high-seas murder before the holiday’s end.
In this suspenseful novel, Detroit Metropolitan Airport is attacked on Thanksgiving Day when a madman carries out his manifesto. After shooting his wife, Laurel Kring comes to the airport to continue his horrific spree. But what he doesn't plan for is Jack Riker—an ex-homicide cop working as for the airport police until his pension comes through. What starts out as an ordinary day turns in the anything but, as Riker must stop Kring before it's too late.
The Thursday Turkey Murders
On their way from the Big Apple to Los Angeles, two con-artists—Bingo and Handsome—get into an accident involving a turkey and become stuck in Thursday County, Iowa. There, they find another scheme that's guaranteed to make them a fortune: a turkey farm that's up for grabs. But Thursday County is harboring dark secrets from its past, and the duo are soon caught up with a bank robbery, escaped convict, and...worst of all...become suspects in a murder.
Speak of the Devil
On an average Thanksgiving morning in New York City, crowds along Central Park would expect to see a giant Snoopy floating down the street. But when Fritz Malone goes to watch the parade, he ends up witnessing a brutal sniper shooting instead. Malone takes his first-hand account to the police commissioner and becomes involved in the fast-paced manhunt.
Max Tudor serves as the small town vicar in Nether Monkslip, England. But in a former life, he worked as an MI5 domestic security agent. When the outspoken president of the Women’s Institute is found murdered at the annual Harvest Fayre, it’s up to Tudor to find out which citizen in his adopted hometown committed the crime.
The Colonel’s Tale
In 1920s Louisiana, police chief Dassas Cormier spends his holiday helping family, after his sister and her friend Colonel Jedidiah Gilmore run across a bank robbery and murder. Cormier has a tough time believing the colonel’s eye-witness testimony, so he works to uncover what really happened before tragedy strikes twice.
Murder, She Wrote: A Fatal Feast
Jessica Fletcher has a case of the holiday blues, even though a gentleman friend from Scotland Yard pays her a visit for Thanksgiving. While she ponders her feelings for him, she finds herself in the midst of solving a murder, meeting a book deadline, and, of course, preparing Thanksgiving dinner.
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