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Christmas Stalkings Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1992
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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From Publishers Weekly
The yuletide cheer and seasonal mayhem wrapped up in these 13 tales, tending to the cozy rather than the graphic side of mystery, make a package suitable for any reader's Christmas list.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Continuing in the tradition of her 1989 collection, Mistletoe Mysteries, MacLeod and 12 others offer 13 Christmas-themed stories of, mostly, the ``Bah, humbug!'' variety. Eric Wright's Salvation Army scam--a twist on a twist on a twist--is mildly diverting, and Robert Barnard's domestic imbroglio, with its gift-wrapped bomb, is drolly told, while Margaret Maron welcomes the New Year southern- style--with fruitcake, stolen diapers, and a Faulknerian illegitimacy. Dorothy Cannell, in cloying voice, tackles the January sales; Mickey Friedman, New York-style, hassles the neighbors; and editor MacLeod, whose oversweet author introductions will make you want to put coal in her stocking, brings forged twenties to Peter Shandy's attention at the Balaclava Agricultural College Christmas fete, then opts for a saccharine denouement. Also included are tepid outings from Reginald Hill, Elizabeth Peters, Patricia Moyes, Evelyn E. Smith, Bill Crider, John Malcolm, and Medora Sale. For last-minute shoppers only. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I won't list all the stories here, but a couple of notable stories are:
FRUITCAKE, MERCY, and BLACK-EYED PEAS by Margaret Maron - A lawyer helps a woman who has been stealing baby items. But, why does she do it when she doesn't have a baby?
A POLITICAL NECESSITY by Robert Barnard - A politician plots to kill his wife at Christmas
Most of them are pretty good, a couple not quite as interesting as the others.
Many thanks to Open Road Integrated Media and Netgalley. The opinion expressed here is unbiased and entirely my own.
Counterfeit Christmas by Charlotte MacLeod - The Balaclava Agricultural College is giving its Grand Illumination for Christmas when counterfeit bills start showing up at the vendors' booths. They're surprisingly good fakes, except for the obvious fact that the picture of the U.S. President has been replaced with one of the president of the college. Is it a prank? A slur on the college? Or something else?
The Running of the Deer by Reginald Hill - A private detective has been asked to investigate a case of poaching at a country house only to uncover a completely different crime.
Liz Peters, PI by Elizabeth Peters - An author/PI investigates the presence of a dead man in her own house.
Angels by Medora Sale - A teacher is killed while playing an angel at a school Christmas pageant, but how did the murderer accomplish it in front of so many people?
The Only True Unraveller by John Malcolm - A man who recently lost his wife visits a friend and his wife for Christmas. His friend, a biographical researcher, takes him to see the grave of a well-known singer for sinister reasons.
The January Sale Stowaway by Dorothy Cannell - A woman, determined to get the only teapot left in the store that resembles the one that used to belong to her parents, hides out in the store after it closes so that she can be first in line and discovers the secret of a theft.
The Santa Claus Caper by Bill Crider - A police chief convinces a college professor to play Santa at a local department store to uncover a shoplifter.
Family Christmas by Patricia Moyes - Robert Runfold was tight-fisted and unsympathetic to his children's money problems. When he died after a family Christmas celebration, everyone thought it was due to his weak heart, but his wife had reason to believe otherwise.
Miss Melville Rejoices by Evelyn Smith - Miss Melville, an unlikely assassin, gives a Christmas party for someone she's planning to assassinate, only to find someone else has done it for her.
Two in the Bush by Eric Wright - A gang of ex-cons impersonate a Salvation Army band with the idea of collecting donations for themselves only to receive an ironic surprise.
The Fabulous Nick by Mickey Friedman - A man who might be Santa Claus proves that a boy's father did not steal a neighbor's jewels.
A Political Necessity by Robert Barnard - A politician plots to kill his wife at Christmas
Fruitcake, Mercy, and Black-Eyed Peas by Margaret Maron - A lawyer helps a woman who has been stealing baby items. But, why does she do it when she doesn't have a baby?
I bought the book for the Evelyn E. Smith story about Mrs. Melville. Her middle-aged female assassin was such fun. I'd so woed that she only wrote 4 books and the short story in this anthology about her.