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Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop : 'tis the season to be deadly : stories of mistletoe and mayhem from 17 masters of suspense /

by Penzler, Otto.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Vanguard Press, 2010Edition: 1st Vanguard Press ed.Description: x, 245 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781593156176 :; 1593156170.Title notes: $24.95 1-2011 (db)Subject(s): Mysterious Bookshop -- Fiction | Detective and mystery stories, American | Christmas stories, American | Short stories, American | Mystery fiction | Christmas stories | Short stories
Contents:
Give till it hurts / Donald E. Westlake -- Schemes and variations / George Baxt -- The theft of the rusty bookmark / Edward D. Hoch -- Murder for dummies / Ron Goulart -- As dark as Christmas gets / Lawrence Block -- The holiday fairy / Jeremiah Healy -- I saw Mommy killing Santa Claus / Ed McBain -- The grift of the Magi / S. J. Rozan -- My object all sublime / Anne Perry -- Christmas spirit / Michael Malone -- The lesson of the season / Thomas H. Cook -- Yule be sorry / Lisa Michelle Atkinson -- The long winter's nap / Rupert Holmes -- Cold reading / Charles Ardai -- The killer Christian / Andrew Klavan -- The 74th tale / Jonathan Santlofer -- What's in a name? / Mary Higgins Clark.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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. <p>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. This charming one-of-a-kind collection is a perfect Christmas gift, appropriate for all ages and tastes.</p> <p>Contributors include:</p> <p>Charles Ardai<br> Lisa Atkinson<br> George Baxt<br> Lawrence Block<br> Mary Higgins Clark<br> Thomas H. Cook<br> Ron Goulart<br> Jeremiah Healy<br> Edward D. Hoch<br> Rupert Holmes<br> Andrew Klavan<br> Michael Malone<br> Ed McBain<br> Anne Perry<br> S. J. Rozan<br> Jonathan Santlofer<br> Donald E. Westlake</p>

$24.95 1-2011 (db)

Give till it hurts / Donald E. Westlake -- Schemes and variations / George Baxt -- The theft of the rusty bookmark / Edward D. Hoch -- Murder for dummies / Ron Goulart -- As dark as Christmas gets / Lawrence Block -- The holiday fairy / Jeremiah Healy -- I saw Mommy killing Santa Claus / Ed McBain -- The grift of the Magi / S. J. Rozan -- My object all sublime / Anne Perry -- Christmas spirit / Michael Malone -- The lesson of the season / Thomas H. Cook -- Yule be sorry / Lisa Michelle Atkinson -- The long winter's nap / Rupert Holmes -- Cold reading / Charles Ardai -- The killer Christian / Andrew Klavan -- The 74th tale / Jonathan Santlofer -- What's in a name? / Mary Higgins Clark.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. ix)
  • Give Till It Hurts (1993) (p. 1)
  • Schemes and Variations (1994) (p. 9)
  • The Theft of the Rusty Bookmark (1995) (p. 25)
  • Murder for Dummies (1996) (p. 37)
  • As Dark as Christmas Gets (1997) (p. 53)
  • The Holiday Fairy (1998) (p. 81)
  • I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus (1999) (p. 95)
  • The Grift of the Magi (2000) (p. 111)
  • My Object All Sublime (2001) (p. 119)
  • Christmas Spirit (2002) (p. 135)
  • The Lesson of the Season (2003) (p. 149)
  • Yule Be Sorry (2004) (p. 161)
  • The Long Winter's Nap (2005) (p. 171)
  • Cold Reading (2006) (p. 189)
  • The Killer Christian (2007) (p. 203)
  • The 74th Tale (2008) (p. 219)
  • What's in a Name? (2009) (p. 231)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

For 17 years, venerable mystery expert Penzler has commissioned top authors to write a holiday mystery story featuring his New York City store, The Mysterious Bookshop. Previously given as exclusive gifts to store clientele, these tales are now anthologized here. Standouts include Edward Hoch's "The Theft of the Rusty Bookmark," which finds a murder weapon in a box of old, unwanted mystery books; Ed McBain's "I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus"; and Charles Ardai's "Cold Reading," in which a young woman gets more than she bargained for when she wants to sell a possibly rare manuscript to Penzler. Enthusiastically recommended for mystery and short story buffs. [See the 9/16/10 issue of BookSmack! for a Q&A with Penzler.-Ed.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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