Many of us are busy getting ready for Christmas. I have seen countless SUVs with fresh Christmas trees on top. Stores are crowded with holiday shoppers, and grocery stores are fully stocked with supplies for holiday baking. We always associate decorating, shopping and baking with Christmas. Did you know that Christmas is also a popular theme for mystery novels? Many authors use Christmas as a backdrop for murder and mayhem. Take a break from the holiday rush to sample some of these holiday goodies.
Ten days before Christmas, Henry Rathbone volunteers to search for a friend's son who has been lured into London's drug scene. He asks for help from two companions: Squeaky Robinson, a reformed brothel-keeper and Crow, a mysterious slum doctor.
Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant investigates the death of a high-school cheerleader in a mysterious car crash. Then two brothers are gunned down in their trailer and he must determine if the deaths are connected.
These seventeen short stories set during the holiday season feature The Mysterious Bookshop in New York in the action. Popular authors such as Mary Higgins Clark, Ed McBain, Anne Perry, and Lawrence Block contributed stories for the collection.
Caterer Faith Fairchild discovers the body of a young woman in an antique sleigh on Christmas Eve. A newborn baby boy is found the same night in a barn with a note and a large amount of cash. Faith tries to determine if the baby's abandonment is related to the death of the young woman in the sleigh.