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