In Celtic legend, the Holly King - also called "Lord of the Winter Wood" - rules from Midsummer to Midwinter, while the Oak King rules the rest of the year. The Holly King's reign is tied to fertility, death and resurrection, peaking on Lammas Night.
Modern mystery writers often use holly as a seasonal tie-in. Here are a few examples:
Do you know of any other legends related to holly? Have you read other holly-related mysteries that I've missed here? Tell us about them!
Happy New Year to you all, and best wishes for a wonderful 2011!
This is a sad post for me - if I've counted right, this is the 93rd blog I've written for Garden Variety. It will also be my last, since B&N has decided to wind up the blog at the end of 2010.
I've enjoyed sharing these rambles through garden books and related topics with you all. I hope you'll stop by Barnes & Noble's Mystery Book Club and hang out with me there. It's been a privilege to spend this time with you!