I love me a good cozy mystery every now and then. There’s something deliciously fun about them. There are a ton of cozy mysteries with Halloween as the backdrop and some of them are pretty creeptastic. Here are three of my picks…
Dark Harvest, Norman Partridge
(Winner of the 2016 Bram Stoker Award)
Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, or Ol’ Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. How he rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death.
Lord of the Wings, Donna Andrews
When a suspicious fire burns the Haunted House and a body is found, Meg Langslow surrenders her home as a safer party venue. But all too soon a real body mars the town’s creepy fun, and it’s up to Meg to save Halloween.
A Roux of Revenge, Connie Archer
Lucky’s soup shop is busier than usual this October, with groups of itinerant travelers in town to work the Harvest Festival. One newcomer seems to take a particular interest in Lucky’s young waitress, Janie, spying on her from across the street. Is the stranger stalking Janie? After an unidentified man is found murdered in a van by the side of the road, simmering suspicions about the travelers are brought to a boil.
Did you participate in Dewey’s Readathon this weekend? Read anything scary?