Murder, Mayhem and Mistletoe(2001)
A collection of stories by Bill Crider, Terence Faherty, Wendi Lee and Aileen Schumacher
The Headless Magi
Terence Faherty's metaphysical sleuth, Owen Keane, is working at a crisis phone line in New Jersey, where several alarming calls from a young boy coincide with vandalism at a local Nativity scene, bringing a thought-provoking mystery home for the holidays.
Aileen Schumacher's New Mexico engineer and amateur sleuth, Tory Travers, agrees to let her teenage son house-sit at the local university's experimental solar-heated home - and ends up with a challenging Christmas puzzle: a mysterious shooting, a backyard full of buried cash, and original paintings even she can recognize.
Doing undercover security work during the holiday shopping rush, Wendi Lee's Boston P.I., Angela Matelli, struggles to clear a woman accused of killing her ex-husband in a mystery filled with enough bizarre twists for an unexpected unwrapping of a Christmas killer.
The Empty Manger
Bill Crider's Texas sheriff, Dan Rhodes, has his hands full with a "living" manger scene downtown when the body of the local councilwoman is found nearby. Rhodes has a suspect list as long as a string of Christmas lights - but it's old-fashioned horse sense that leads to a surprise killer.
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Used availability for Bill Crider's Murder, Mayhem and Mistletoe
November 2001 : UK Mass Market Paperback