All I want for Christmas are mysteries and more mysteries, so I’ve chosen my favorites from the new December batch. Happy sleuthing now and in the new year!

Broken Ground , by Val McDermid
McDermid is the queen of crime, not just in her native Scotland, but in the English-speaking and reading world! Catch up with cold-case detective Karen Pirie who is dealing with a dead body in a Highland peat bog, among other difficulties.

In a House of Lies , by Ian Rankin
Wisecracking Edinburgh oldtimer Rebus proves that even retirement can’t keep a good cop down, when he gets involved in a cold case that threatens to bring up a few skeletons from his own past: a missing man, a shady real estate deal, and a police cover-up. Police procedurals don’t get any better.

Murder at the Mill , by M.B. Shaw
“A rich mystery debut” (Kirkus Reviews) from pseudonymous bestselling author Tilly Bagshawe. Society portrait artist Iris Grey has retreated to a quaint, Hampshire village, where snow is falling and the Christmas goose cooking when a body is discovered in the mill pond.

Cruising to Murder , by Mark McCrum
If you miss Agatha Christie, you must try Mark McCrum and his hero, crime writer Francis Meadowes. Join Francis on a luxury West African cruise populated by wealthy and eccentric passengers whose bickering is nothing short of murder.

Sins as Scarlet , by Nicolas Obregon
Inspector Iwata has left the Tokyo Police Department for sunny Los Angeles, where he sets up shop as a private eye. Here an old acquaintance asks him to take on a cold case, the unsolved murder of his daughter. Like Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, Inspector Iwata finds sunny LA to be a very dark place indeed.

The Western Wind , by Samantha Harvey
This sumptuous medieval mystery is told in reverse over the course of several disquieting holy days, from an author hailed as “this generation’s Virginia Woolf” (Telegraph) and “one of the UK’s most exquisite stylists” (Guardian).