Synopses & Reviews
Each year, for the past seventeen years, Mysterious Bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler has commissioned an original Christmas story by a leading suspense writer. These stories were then produced as pamphlets, just 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present. Now, all seventeen tales have been collected in one volume, showcasing the talents of:
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.
"Even readers who have never visited either location of Penzler's legendary Manhattan bookstore should enjoy these 17 short stories, each of which was originally published as a stand-alone pamphlet and given to faithful Mysterious Bookshop customers. The anthology's best tale, Lawrence Block's 'As Dark as Christmas Gets,' features the author's hilarious versions of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, eccentric rare fish collector Leo Haig and his leg man, Chip Harrison, who look into the disappearance of an unpublished Cornell Woolrich manuscript. While the many inside jokes will go over the heads of some, all will appreciate such tongue-in-cheek touches as a customer in Ed McBain's 'I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus' needing reassurance that Janet Evanovich is not yet another Evan Hunter pseudonym. Other contributors include Donald E. Westlake, Mary Higgins Clark, Anne Perry, Thomas H. Cook, and S.J. Rozan. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Now in trade paperback, Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop is a charming and unique collection of Christmas stories edited by award-winning Otto Penzler and including works by major bestselling authors Mary Higgins Clark, Anne Perry, and Lawrence Block.
About the Author
Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop, the founder of The Mysterious Press, the creator of Otto Penzler Books, and the editor of many books and anthologies. He lives in New York City.