Book review: Christmas Mysteries by Various authors

Christmas MysteriesChristmas Mysteries by Various

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.

This book is comprised by 25 excerpts based ob Christmas themed mysteries written by very well-known writers, such as Charlotte MacLeod, Lawrence Sanders, Ellery Queen, Jane Haddam, William Bernhardt, Stuart Palmer, Jane Dentinger, William L. DeAndrea, Jane Langton, Gillian White, Dorothy L. Sayers, Loren D. Estleman, and Patricia Wentworth.

The idea behind is quite interesting but only from the publisher’s point of view.

How was that?

By reading the excerpts, the reader has only a vague idea of each book itself, a quite different approach of making use of an abridged version.


Cold Light by John Harvey

Night of Reunion by Michael Allegretto

Winter of Frozen Dreams by Karl Harter

The Shepherd by Frederick Forsyth

A Stillness in Bethlehem by Jane Haddam

Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotte MacLeod

The Convivial Codfish by Charlotte MacLeod

The Memorial Hall Murder by Jane Langton

Postmark Murder by Mignon G. Eberhart

The Glass Highway by Loren D. Estleman

Salamander by J. Robert Janes

The Scarred Man by Andrew Klavan

A Crossworder’s Delight by Nero Blanc

A Crossworder’s Gift by Nero Blanc

A Crossworder’s Holiday by Nero Blanc

Wrapped Up in Crosswords by Nero Blanc

Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod

The Fourth Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders

The Egyptian Cross Mystery by Ellery Queen

Not a Creature was Stirring by Jane Haddam

The Midnight Before Christmas by William Bernhardt

Omit Flowers by Stuart Palmer

Killed on the Ice by William L. DeAndrea

The Shortest Day by Jane Langton

The Sleeper by Gillian White

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