Mystery for Christmas

Cynthia Manson, editor, © 1990, Signet 1990 mass market paperback, seasonal mystery short story collection

‘Tis the season! It’s always fun to read a holiday-themed short story collections or two this time of year, so over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting several of them. Here’s the first one.

Cynthia Manson has edited a lot of short story collections. She was subsidiary rights editor at Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and perhaps that explains, or partially explains, why she has edited so many. This is one of several holiday-themed collections she edited.

This anthology of twelve mystery stories with a holiday setting, all of them from Ellery Queen’s or Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine has a good line-up of authors.. Contents:

  • Introduction by Cynthia Manson (editor)
  • “The Christmas Bear” by Herbert Resnicow
  • “Christmas Cop” by Thomas Adcock
  • “Dead on Christmas Street” by John D. MacDonald (originally ran in Colliers, Dec 20 1952)
  • “I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus” by George Baxt
  • “Kelso’s Christmas” by Malcolm McClintick
  • “The Marley Case” by Linda Haldeman
  • “Mystery for Christmas” by Anthony Boucher
  • “On Christmas Day in the Morning” by Margery Allingham (orig. ran in London Evening Standard, Dec 23 1950)
  • “The Plot Against Santa Claus” by James Powell
  • “Santa Claus Beat” Rex Stout (orig. ran in What’s New, Dec 1953, as “Tough Cop’s Gift”)
  • “Whatever Became of Ebenezer Scrooge?” by Tom Tolnay
  • “Who Killed Father Christmas?” by Patricia Moyes (orig. pub. in Who Done It?, 1980)

Note that some of these stories were reprinted in the editor’s 1994 anthology, Merry Murder.

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3 Responses to Mystery for Christmas

  1. George Kelley says:

    I have this collection and several other Cynthia Manson anthologies. They are well done and worth reading.

  2. Patti Abbott says:

    I am on the hunt for some of these books. Scott Parker gave me the idea of putting them away like Christmas CDs every year.

  3. Richard says:

    Manson edited several, a search by her name as editor will give you the titles.

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