NYC police lieutenant Sigrid Harald is working on a most perplexing case: while renovating their home, a young couple has discovered the bodies of several dead newborns and an examination reveals that the babies died in the 30s and 40s. As Sigrid works on this puzzle, another mystery comes her wayobnoxious art historian Roger Shambley is stabbed in cold blood and Sigrid must investigate.

Sigrid has no shortage of suspects, for everyone despised Shambley. The tenacious Sigrid not only solves both cases but gives herself a merry Christmas as well.

Written before her Judge Deborah Knott series, CORPUS CHRISTMAS is an early work of Margaret Marons. Although the crime of the present is slow to evolve and less compelling than the past story, this is still an interesting tale, showing the development of Marons writing style. (Nov., 288 pp., $12.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg