Thanksgiving is over and you know what that means: Christmas is just around the corner. If your holiday wish is to curl up with a cup of tea and a novel about the spirit of the season, you’re in luck. The usual best-selling suspects—and a few surprises—are ready with festive new releases.

The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
Howard, $19.99, ISBN 9781451647013

The latest book from Kingsbury features a Christmas miracle and a reunion of long-lost lovers, against the backdrop of Nashville.

Eleven Pipers Piping by C.C. Benison
Delacorte, $24, ISBN 9780385344463

Vicar Tom Christmas of Thornford Regis, England, must solve the mystery of a poisoned bagpipe player with the help of his bookworm daughter in the latest installment of this charming series.

The Book of Neil by Frank Turner Hollon
MacAdam/Cage, $20, ISBN 9781596923850

What does a returned Messiah have to do to get noticed in today’s world? Rob a bank, of course. This refreshing dose of satire will appeal to fans of Christopher Moore’s Lamb.

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs
Waterbrook, $14.99, ISBN 9781400072170

Two stranded travelers help each other heal past wounds in this touching romance set in Victorian Scotland, the first Christmas novel from veteran inspirational writer Higgs.

The Walnut Tree by Charles Todd
Morrow, $16.99, ISBN 9780062236999

Todd, an acclaimed mystery writer, sets his first holiday tale in the early days of World War I, when Lady Elspeth becomes stranded in France just as the German invasion begins.

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
Little, Brown, $28.99, ISBN 9780316210683

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a crisis for Alex Cross. This time, he must negotiate a hostage situation that puts an entire family at risk.

A Christmas Garland by Anne Perry
Ballantine, $18, ISBN 9780345530745

In her 10th holiday novel, Perry sweeps readers away to 1857 India, where William Pitt’s future boss gets his first assignment: defending a young orderly against a murder charge.

Want more holiday reading? Take a look at our nonfiction picks, or our Christmas romance feature. And check back Monday for a very festive contest!

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