The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes published by Dover Publications

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 16 classic detective stories from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries. The detectives are not so much rivals of Holmes as contemporaries. The collection is centered around when the stories were written, but they come from a variety of …

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories edited by Martin Edwards

I thoroughly enjoyed the storied in The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. Each short story/mystery is set around Christmas, but aside from that one connecting feature, it’s a great variety, from typical whodunnits, to spy stories, to a ghost story. The stories are as follows: “A Christmas Tragedy” by …

Cozy Christmas Shorts from Gemma Halliday Publishing

This was my last Christmas read for the season. Like most anthologies, it has its ups and downs. Each of these short stories fits into a series, but the only series I had read before is the Southern Pasta Shop mysteries. I will say that each story gave a good …

Mistletoe Mysteries collected by Charlotte MacLeod

I don’t know why, but I am more likely to pick up short story collections in December than any other time of year. It’s even better when they’re mysteries. This collection, like most, has high points and low points. I have read several of the authors before and discovered a …