Christmas Askew

Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop : 'tis the Season to be Deadly: Stories of Mistletoe and Mayhem from 17 Masters of Suspense

By Otto Penzler, editor

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Each year, for the past seventeen years, Otto Penzler, owner of the legendary Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, has commissioned an original story by a leading mystery writer. The requirements were that it be a mystery/ crime/suspense story, that it be set during the Christmas season, and that at least some of the action must take place in The Mysterious Bookshop. These stories were then produced as pamphlets, 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present.  Now, all of these stories have been collected in one volume: Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop. Some of the tales are humorous, others suspenseful, and still others mystifying.

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A Christmas Grace

By Anne Perry

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With Christmas just around the corner, Thomas Pitt's sister-in-law, Emily Radley, is suddenly called from London to be with her dying aunt. Leaving her husband and two children behind, Emily makes the long journey to an all-but-forgotten town in the county of Connemara, on the western coast of Ireland. She soon discovers that a tragic legacy haunts the once close-knit community.

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A Hamptons Christmas

By James Brady

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"Beecher Stowe couldn't be more pleased than to find himself spending that delicious season before Christmas in the Hamptons with the always lovely Lady Alix Dunraven. It's an old-fashioned American village Christmas -- even if the elves include Spielberg's kids!But Beecher and Alix's plans to get to know each other 'out of season' get turned around a bit when a little girl by the name of Susannah Driver arrives on the scene. Skinny and precocious, Susannah is the daughter of Dick and Nicole Driver, who are not so amicably divorced (they may remind one of Donald and Ivana Trump).

"Susannah is mad for Martha Stewart and has concocted a romantic scheme to spend Christmas with her heroine. Little does poor Susannah know that Martha spends her holiday season at her other home in Westport, Connecticut! Beecher and Alix happen upon the sad little girl just as the first snowflakes of winter start to fall. Can anything be done to brighten little Susannah's Christmas?"

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A Highland Christmas

By M. C. Beaton

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Left alone in chilly Lochdubh, Scotland, while his family spends Christmas in Florida, Constable Hamish Macbeth copes with a missing cat and the disappearance of a town's holiday tree and decorations, while searching for a way to make a little girl's Christmas dreams come true.
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A Very Gothic Christmas

By Christine Feehan and Melanie George

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"Two acclaimed authors weave stories of paranormal passions and unreal ecstasy, taking readers into a world of dark secrets that are entwined with the beauty and redemption of the holiday season."
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Canine Christmas

By Jeffrey Marks

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"This holiday feast for lovers of mutts and mysteries features 15 new stories by popular mystery authors. Find out how a temperamental Yorkie provokes Yuletide mayhem at an English country house, a puppy forgotten in Santa's bag helps quell a coup at the North Pole, and a Portuguese water dog noses out murder at a Vermont inn!"
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Chillers for Christmas

By Richard Dalby, editor

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The horrors of Christmas are not limited to just the credit card bills and the fruit cake. Try these spooky English tales from such talents as Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling.

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Christmas Stalkings: Tales of Yuletide Murder

By Charlotte MacLeod, editor

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Tales of Christmas crime and mystery by such authors as Robert Barnard, Dorothy Cannell, Bill Crider, Charlotte MacLeod, and Margaret Maron.

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Daniel Plainway, or The Holiday Haunting of the Moosepath

By Van Reid

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"In this wonderfully written adventure, Reid introduces Daniel Plainway, a good-hearted country lawyer who sets off on an odyssey that changes his life and the lives of an orphaned child, a big-hearted ballplayer, and an extraordinary woman whom he meets along the way. Filled with lighthearted comedy and touching drama and populated by a rich panoply of memorable characters, Daniel Plainway is a delightful example of magnificent, old-fashioned storytelling that will have readers of all ages enthralled, amused, and curled up in their favorite reading chairs."
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Hogfather: A Novel of Discworld

By Terry Pratchett

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Who would want to harm Discworld's most beloved icon?
Very few things are held sacred in this twisted, corrupt, heartless -- and oddly familiar -- universe, but the Hogfather is one of them. Yet here it is, Hogswatchnight, that most joyous and acquisitive of times, and the jolly old, red-suited gift-giver has vanished without a trace. And there's something shady going on involving an uncommonly psychotic member of the Assassins' Guild and certain representatives of Ankh-Morpork's rather extensive criminal element. Suddenly Discworld's entire myth system is unraveling at an alarming rate. Drastic measures must be taken, which is why Death himself is taking up the reins of the fat man's vacated sleigh . . . which, in turn, has Death's level-headed granddaughter, Susan, racing to unravel the nasty, humbuggian mess before the holiday season goes straight to hell and takes everyone along with it.

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