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Charles Ardai Lisa Atkinson
George Baxt Lawrence Block
Mary Higgins Clark Thomas H. Cook
Ron Goulart Jeremiah Healy
Edward D. Hoch Rupert Holmes
Andrew Klavan Michael Malone
Ed McBain Anne Perry S. J. Rozan
Jonathan Santlofer Donald E. Westlake
Some of these stories are humorous, others suspenseful, and still others are tales of pure detection, but all of them together make up a charming collection and a perfect Christmas gift for all ages.
Posted August 29, 2010
This compilation of seventeen short stories that were given out as pamphlets to the customers of the legendary store date back to 1993 with one a year since. The only two stipulations are it takes place at Christmas and the bookstore must be involved at least in one scene. The contributors are a who's who of the mystery-suspense genre with most lampooning the classics including those written by the author as Donald E. Westlake did in 1993 with Dortmunder learning to "Give Till It Hurts" and Mary Higgins Clark in 2009 with Alvirah in" What's In A Name?". Lawrence Block satirizes Nero Wolfe in the amusing 1997 "As Dark as Christmas Gets" or the 1995 jocular self-deprecating "I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus" by Ed McBain (is that his ninth plum of an pseudonym?). With No clinkers, fans who appreciate a strong mostly tongue in cheek anthology in which part of the fun is discovering the insider jokes will want to stop in Manhattan's Tribecca neighborhood (in person or from the armchair) to visit Otto Penzler's Mystery Bookshop as this is an entertaining collection.
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Posted January 16, 2012
Generally, I'm not one for short stories, but I like this so much I'm going to give as Christmas presents this year. Wish I lived in NY so I could visit "the scene of the crime". Grab a cup of hot chocolate and settle in for a good time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2011
Such a great read! Masters of mysteries all writing about murder and crime centering around this bookstore. Perfect during the holidays because it's so easy to pick up and put down. My only regret is that 1.) I can't afford to travel to this bookshop and 2.) I want more stories!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.