It seems a little early to review a Christmas book when I still have books with Halloween themes to read, but The Gift of Murder needed to be reviewed now. Each year, Tony Burton and Wolfmont Press publish an intriguing collection of holiday crime stories, with the proceeds to benefit Toys for Tots. The Gift of Murder is the fourth anthology. And, if Tony is to write a check at the beginning of December, people need to know about the book now.
The Gift of Murder is a treat for anyone who enjoys short stories. There is an enjoyable mix of styles from nineteen different authors. Stefanie Lazer's "Red Christmas," the story of a woman determined to the this year's "hottest toy" for her kids, has an interesting twist. I loved Randy Rawls' "Jingle Bell, S.I.," the story of an elf who is a Santa Investigator. Two of my favorite stories were by Earl Staggs and Kris Neri, similar stories involving children, and memories. Then there's Herschel Cozine's An Inconvenient Killing, a story that breaks the heart of anyone who ever believed at Christmastime.
Treat yourself or a family member or friend to a collection of holiday stories with a crime twist. It's a pleasant book for mystery fans, and it will benefit children. What a wonderful way to put yourself in a holiday spirit.
The Gift of Murder by John M. Floyd (editor), Wolfmont Press, ©2009. ISBN 9781603640107 (paperback), 278p.
The book can be purchased from your favorite bookstore, or you can contact Tony@wolfmont.com to order a copy.