Title: Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop
Author: Otto Penzler
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
Hardcover: 256 pages
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Anthologies
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. 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. Contributors include: 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, and Donald E. Westlake.
Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop ‘Tis the Season to be Deadly, Stories of Mistletoe and Mayhem from 17 Masters of Suspense, edited by Otto Penzler is a compilation of seventeen short stories commissioned by Otto Penzler, the owner of The Mysterious Bookshop who each year would ask a well known author to write a Christmas mystery incorporating his bookstore into the story. These commissioned short stories where then printed up and given to his clients as Christmas gifts. Penzler’s book includes the short stories spanning the years of 1993-2009 with a wide range of authors including Ed McBain, Anne Perry, Rupert Holmes, and Mary Higgins Clark to name but a few of the fine authors whose works grace the pages of this unique Christmas book. Each story meets the three criteria set up by Penzler; the story must be a mystery, the story must incorporate Christmas, and the story must involve The Mysterious Bookshop in some manner. Each short story is vastly different, with the only similarities being the three requirements. Each short story has a wonderful title and an intriguing twist or angle making for a delightful book to read in one sitting or for leisurely reading by choosing a short story a day. Christmas at The Mysterious Bookstore will make for a delightful Christmas read as well as a wonderful gift for any mystery lover.
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.
I received a complimentary copy of Christmas At the Mysterious Bookshop Edited by Otto Penzler from Over the River Public Relations. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.