A Christmas Escape, by Anne Perry. Perry treats readers to the thirteenth in her seasonal series, transporting them to the unconventional setting of the Mediterranean island of Stromboli where they meet lonely Charles Latterly, who hopes the blue skies and warm air will brighten his spirits. Unfortunately, his fellow guests are not as lovely as the scenery. Add the rumblings of a local volcano and a murder, and now Charles must race against the clock to deduce who among his unsavory companions could have committed this heinous crime. For those in need of a quick seasonal escape of their own, I think this would fit the bill quite nicely.
Tricky Twenty-Two, by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum might not be the world’s greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she’s being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren’t adding up, and Stephanie can’t shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college—and it’s not just Zeta fraternity pranks. As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it’s good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken’s killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve. Plum novels always bring the laughs, so fans will want to snag a copy to beat the winter blues.