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CHRISTMAS AT THE MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Anthology
The stories in this delightful collection range wildly in terms of tone, style and plot, so that each reader will find at least one or two to his or her liking. Standouts include Donald E. Westlake’s saucy “Give Till It Hurts,” Thomas H. Cook’s poignant “The Lesson of the Season” and S.J. Rozan’s madcap “Grift of the Magi,” a pun-laden twist on the classic O. Henry tale.
This volume collects all of the Christmas stories written over the past 17 years by leading mystery writers, commissioned by Penzler, owner of Manhattan’s Mysterious Bookshop. The rules were simple: each story must be mystery, crime or suspense; it must be set at Christmas; and at least part of it must take place in the bookshop. Authors include Mary Higgins Clark, Ed McBain, Anne Perry and Jonathan Santlofer. (VANGUARD, Oct., 256 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Michelle Wiener
Published: October 2010