Christmas Stalkings: Tales of Yuletide Murder

Christmas Stalkings: Tales of Yuletide Murder

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Christmas Stalkings: Tales of Yuletide Murder 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mystery short-story anthology. Some of the stories were better than others, but thank goodness, they were all readable mystery stories--not those weird navel-gazing symbolic ones you can only really get into if you're a drunk, high, sleep-deprived college student (er... not that I'd know anything about that). 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.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A compilation of short mystery stories with a theme of Christmas, compiled by Charlotte MacLeod.I had never read most of the authors in this book, and I'll be honest, with the exception of one, I doubt I'll ever read any of them again. The stories were O.K. They didn't thrill, mystify or enchant. My favorite in the book, which I intend to look for more of, was Margaret Maron.
JalenV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All 13 stories are original to this anthology. Seven of them are about mystery series characters, so if you love that series, you'll want this book. My favorite story is "Counterfeit Christmas," in which Peter Shandy is confronted by another mystery at Balaclava Agricultural College's Grand Illumination. It's a sweet tale and I'm glad that Peter & Helen's cat, Jane Austen, has a good role in it. I rate that one five stars. It's three stars for the Joe Sixsmith story, "The Running of the Deer" by Reginald Hill. I like Joe and his cat, Whitey. I liked the author's descriptions, such as Joe thinking that Skellbreak Hall looked like a Hammer Films sort of place. It just doesn't make me want to check our local library's online catalog to see if they have more of Joe's adventures. That's pretty much the way I feel about the other series stories, except for Ellie Haskell, which I've been collecting for years, and the Deborah Knott, which sounds interesting. The other five-star story for me is "Liz Peters, PI" by Elizabeth Peters. I laughed aloud at this parody of "mean streets" mysteries, especially at the way Liz' six cats protected her from her nemesis. (Invoking "Saint Kinsey" as the patron saint of private eyes was another good one.) The John Sanders & Harriet Jeffries story, "Angels" by Medora Sale was more fun when two teachers in charge of their school's annual Christmas festival of carols were having to cope with potential disaster than when the police were having to investigate a murder, although there were still some touches that made me smile in the latter part. "The Only True Unraveller" by John Malcolm interested me with the biographical tidbits about Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan and his beloved Fanny Ronalds. I wish I could have seen a photo of her in her illuminated harp-shaped crown. At least her Wikipedia entry has a photo of the very gravestone mentioned in the story. Fans of unnerving cemetary chases should enjoy this one. Ellie Haskell was probably still Ellie Simons in "The January Sale Stowaway" by Dorothy Cannell since there's no mention of Ben. Ellie's Cousin Hilda is telling her about the one dark secret of her life. Although this story was written years before impatient bargain hunters trampled a Long Island Walmart employee to death on Black Friday in 2008 and a woman used pepper spray on 20 other Black Friday shoppers in 2011; Hilda's description of the January sale behavior at Bossom's Departmental Store is bad enough. I can hardly blame her for the means she took to try to avoid the crowd. As one might expect in a Dorothy Cannell mystery, things do not turn out as Hilda planned, but an amusing time is had. The Professor Carl Burns story, "The Santa Claus Caper," by Bill Crider, is also amusing -- in a wince while you chuckle way. (Mr. Crider was kind enough to confirm that his Pecan City is fictional and in no way related to the real-life Pecan City, Texas that was apparently defunct by 1936.) "Family Christmas" by Patricia Moyes is a cautionary tale. It was written well enough, but it left me a little sad. Evelyn E. Smith's "Miss Melville Rejoices" did not satisfy because I wouldn't have minded two deaths for the price of one story. I can't fault Miss Melville's planning, though. "Two in the Bush" by Eric Wright boasts no actual murder, but the planning and carrying out of the caper was fun. "The Fabulous Nick" by Mickey Friedman is a nice story and the only one in the book to feature Santa Claus himself. Nick makes a pretty good amateur sleuth. "A Political Neccessity" by Robert Barnard is not a nice story at all, but the end helps. Margaret Maron's "Fruitcake, Mercy, and Black-Eyed Peas'" is the Deborah Knott story, written before the first Knott novel came out. It's both sad and heart-warming. Ms. Maron has kindly explained that although Deborah Knott's first appearance in print was "Deborah's Judgment" in A Woman's Eye, edited by Sarah Pare
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Good but not great. Several short mysteries by varioius authors. Some better than others. A few typos.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
This was another fun book filled with Christmas cozy mysteries. My favorite was Liz Peters, PI, it made me laugh from the first line of the story. This makes for fast reading during the busy holiday season. I am happy to recommend this book to other cozy mystery fans. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley.