Christmas 2021 Gift Guides (Books – Mysteries & Ghost Stories)

Christmas 2021 is nearly upon us, so to help with some last minute gift inspiration we’ve put together a series of themed Gift Guides rounding up a selection of our favourite new releases – with a little something for everyone!

Next up: Mysteries & Ghost Stories


By Rebecca Netley

Publisher: Michael Joseph

If you are looking for the perfect atmospheric page-turner to keep you gripped and send shivers down your spine during the cold Christmas nights then this chilling and twisty new ghost story, set on the remote Scottish island of Skelthsea, is most definitely the book for you.

Alone in the world, Elspeth Swansome takes the position of nanny to a family on the remote Scottish island of Skelthsea. Her charge, Mary, hasn’t uttered a word since the sudden death of her twin, William – just days after their former nanny disappeared. No one will speak of what happened to William. Just as no one can explain the hypnotic lullabies sung in empty corridors. Nor the strange dolls that appear in abandoned rooms. Nor the faint whistling that comes in the night . . . As winter draws in and passage to the mainland becomes impossible, Elspeth finds herself trapped. But is this house haunted by the ghosts of the past? Or the secrets of the living?

Rebecca Netley’s compelling and cleverly composed debut novel is packed full of eerie suspense, about as absorbing as ghost stories get, and the perfect read for those chilly winter nights sat by the fire!


By Alexandra Benedict

Publisher: Zaffre

Another intriguing new novel perfect for curling up by the fire with, Alexandra Benedict’s thrilling twist on the classic country house mystery is great fun, atmospheric and chock full of clues and riddles, making it one of the must-read murder mysteries this Christmas.

Lily Armitage never intended to return to Endgame House – the grand family home where her mother died twenty-one Christmases ago. Until she receives a letter from her aunt, asking her to return to take part in an annual tradition: the Christmas Game. The challenge? Solve twelve clues, to find twelve keys. The prize? The deeds to the manor house. Lily has no desire to win the house. But her aunt makes one more promise: The clues will also reveal who really killed Lily’s mother all those years ago. So, for the twelve days of Christmas, Lily must stay at Endgame House with her estranged cousins and unravel the riddles that hold the key not just to the family home, but to its darkest secrets. However, it soon becomes clear that her cousins all have their own reasons for wanting to win the house – and not all of them are playing fair. As a snowstorm cuts them off from the village, the game turns deadly. Soon Lily realises that she is no longer fighting for an inheritance, but for her life.


By Rebecca Netley

Publisher: Michael Joseph

In the popular tradition of the classic M. R. James and Charles Dickens Christmas ghost stories, THE HAUNTING SEASON brings together a thrilling new collection of original and unnerving tales from eight bestselling, contemporary authors including Bridget Collins, Elizabeth Macneal and Laura Purcell.

Taking you from the frosty Fens to the wild Yorkshire moors, to the snow-covered grounds of a haunted estate, to a bustling London Christmas market, these mesmerizing stories will capture your imagination and serve as your indispensable companion to the cold, dark nights.

For some, ghost stories are as synonymous with Christmas as stockings by the fire, mince pies and carol singers, and they enjoy nothing better than dimming the lights and immersing themselves in a chilling story over the festive period. If you are one of those people, and you are looking for something varied and a little bit different, then you should definitely check out THE HAUNTING SEASON this Christmas.

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