Thursday, December 22, 2016

Review: Mistletoe Mysteries collected by Charlotte MacLeod

Mistletoe Mysteries collected by Charlotte MacLeod is an excellent collection of Christmas themed mysteries. There is an interesting variety from paranormal to cozies. I liked the majority of the stories in the collection.

I wasn't familiar with all the authors, but the quality of the writing was there. Peter Lovesey's "The Haunted Crescent" had an interesting twist to the end of it. Sharyn McCrumb's tale had a nice injection of folklore from Scotland. Believe it or not, I haven't really read much Mary Higgins Clark, but her "That's the Ticket" was enjoyable if a little straightforward. Edward D. Hoch's "The Touch of Kolyada" built on folklore from Russia. You can see there is a variety. I've only touched on some of the ones I liked the very most.

This book was originally published in paperback in December of 1990. This is the first Kindle edition from Open Road Integrated Media. I liked the way you could flip back to the table of contents and click on a story to read. If you don't want to read it straight through or read your favorite authors first, this is a bonus.

Overall, I give the collection 4 stars out of 5. I really enjoyed it. If you like holiday-themed mysteries with variety, then this would be a good book for you. Also if you enjoy Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, then you might also enjoy this book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.