The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, by Otto Penzler *****

Today I will be in the kitchen making the family’s feast, and tomorrow I will be opening presents, then lying around like a beached whale in recovery. Of all the Christmas books out there for adults, I think this is my favorite that is still in print, so I’m re-blogging it. Sorry about the sloppy juxtaposition of book jacket and text; couldn’t fix it for some reason.

Seattle Book Mama

TheBigBookofXmas

I received this wonderful collection last year as an ARC from the “first read” program via the Goodreads.com giveaways. At the time, I didn’t have a blog; I reviewed it on Goodreads and because I liked it so well, I also reviewed it on amazon. Then, while I was on the site, I bought two copies to give as gifts. I have never done that with an ARC before or since (so far), but it is so wonderful that I wanted others to have it, and I wasn’t willing to share mine.

Now the season is upon us. This blog will be punctuated by worthwhile Christmas books of a secular variety. I guess it is a typical retired-teacher behavior to decorate my home with brightly jacketed Christmas books when others are getting out their craft supplies and hot glue guns. At any rate, if you buy just one Christmas book…

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