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Sixteen delightful holiday short stories by some of your favorite Soho crime authors! Featuring short crime fiction by: Helene Tursten, Mick Herron, Martin Limon, Timothy Hallinan, Mette Ivie Harrison, Colin Cotterill, Ed Lin, Stuart Neville, Tod Goldberg, Henry Chang, James R. Benn, Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis, Gary Corby, Cara Black, Stephanie Barron, and Peter Lovesey.

This captivating collection of short mysteries and crime capers - which features New York Times best-selling authors, Crime Writers Association Gold and Diamond Dagger winners, and Edgar Award nominees - contains laughs aplenty, the most hardboiled of holiday noir, and heartwarming reminders of the spirit of the season.

Nine mall Santas must find the imposter among them. An elderly lady seeks peace from her murderously loud neighbors at Christmastime. A young woman receives a mysterious invitation to Christmas dinner with a stranger. Niccolo Machiavelli sets out to save an Italian city. Sherlock Holmes' onetime nemesis Irene Adler finds herself in an unexpected tangle in Paris while on a routine espionage assignment. Jane Austen searches for the Dowager Duchess of Wilborough's stolen diamonds. And other adventures will whisk listeners away to Christmases around the globe, from a Korean War POW camp to a Copenhagen refugee squat to a Thai street child's quest for the perfect gift for her friend.

©2017 Soho Press, Inc. (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • 05-02-2018

Not Cheerful..... and NOT usual!

There were a couple of good shorts in there-- but on the whole a very dark and dreary lot! If you get it on a daily deal..... maybe! I don't see myself returning to this one yearly!
Ho, Ho, Hum.....

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  • Kellie without the K
  • 11-02-2020


There was one beautiful story about two orphan girls, which I wish were a long story. Several other stories are so and so, but when you reach the story that was probably written by a teen boy, when you have to listen to the "fire in his loins" ad nauseam that is when I return my credit. The narrators are excellent, but the collection of stories are definitely not the best. Pass this one.