5 new books to read by the fire this winter

With the season of holiday lights and Jack Frost upon us, there’s no better time to think about books to keep you company during what many predict will be a long, dark winter. So cozy up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and one of these five titles — all perfect for your winter reading list.

Family play by Catherine Steadman

Family play by Catherine Steadman

Harriet Reed is a novelist engaged to Edward Holbeck, heir to a powerful, wealthy family. Although Edward has distanced himself from the eccentric clan, they will do anything to stay in his life. At first, Harriet welcomes them, until Edward’s father hands her a tape of a book he is writing. But what she hears is not fiction. It’s an admission of murder. Harriet must find out if A family game (Ballantine) is a plan to test her loyalty or something more sinister.

Debbie Macomber's Christmas Spirit

Debbie Macomber’s Christmas Spirit

The New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber knows how to write a holiday novel. Her latest book is about a pastor and his bartender friend who switch jobs in the run up to Christmas. What happens next will change their lives forever. Christmas spirit (Ballantine) shares the true meaning of the season and the love that binds us all together.

Convent of Katy Hays

Convent of Katy Hays

Cloisters (Atrium) is a literary suspense novel that crosses genres. This Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick follows a group of researchers who find a 15th century deck of tarot cards that may reveal the secret of predicting the future. But what begins as a curiosity about the history of fortune-telling soon becomes an obsession that turns deadly. (Read our review here.)

Holmes Coming by Kenneth Johnson

Holmes Coming by Kenneth Johnson

Kenneth Johnson, creator of Emmy-winning projects such as Bionic woman, The Incredible Hulk, An alien nationand Vbrings us Here comes Holmes (Black Stone). Inspired by his friend HG Wells to explore the mysteries of the future, Sherlock Holmes in 1899 invents a method of hibernation. He is accidentally awakened by a doctor in modern San Francisco who reluctantly becomes the new Watson and becomes dangerously involved in a series of bizarre murders committed by a descendant of Holmes’ late archenemy, Professor Moriarty. With fish-out-of-water humor and a spark of romance, you’re in for a treat.

Write a Thommy Hutson Christmas

Write a Thommy Hutson Christmas

Write Christmas (Rosewind) is reminiscent of classics such as Christmas carol and It’s a wonderful life. What’s better than a modern Christmas story with a magical twist? In Hutson’s novel, a cynical card-carrying businesswoman tests her lack of faith in the spirit of the season when she wakes up to discover that Christmas is gone and that only she can save her family and friends who have changed when the holiday is gone. (Read our review here.)

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