Anthologies for the Holidays

In Iceland, the best Christmas gift is a book. For me, it’s the best gift anywhere, anytime.

How about an anthology for the mystery/thriller fans on your list? It’s the solution to the quandary, “What does Aunt Denise like to read?” or “What if she’s already read what I pick out?” There are enough choices in anthologies to ensure that Aunt Denise hasn’t read all the stories. And it’s a great gift idea for you!

Here are just a few suggestions:

The Noir Series from Akashic Books. Here you’ll find vast collections of dark stories from the USA and around the world. There’s one for my home town of Richmond, Virginia.

Elm Books publishes anthologies of fiction, mysteries, poetry, science fiction, romance, and Gen-E children’s books. I especially enjoyed Death and a Cup of Tea.

This spring, Elm Books will release Death by Cupcake. I’m pleased that my story, “Cupcakes and Emeralds” will appear in what promises to be another great collection.

In Melodie Johnson Howe’s Shooting Hollywood: The Diana Poole Stories, a middle-aged actress tries to make a comeback but keeps tripping over dead bodies!

Ms. Howe guest-posted on this blog back in June. Read her post, “Images of a Writer,” here.

The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, edited by Louise Penny, includes stories by T. C. Boyle, James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Charlaine Harris, Andrew Klavan, Martin Limón, Paul D. Marks, Joyce Carol Oates, and others.

Consider a gift subscription (print or digital) to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and/or Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Both publications come out bi-monthly.

50 Shades of Cabernet: A Mysterious Anthology includes stories that feature—you guessed it—Cabernet! My contribution is “Wine, Women, and Wrong.”

All these and many more are available at your favorite brick-and-mortar store or online.

Happy Holidays, my friends! Celebrate with a good book. Read about Iceland’s annual Christmas book flood here.

Readers, do you have your own suggestions for gifts-giving? Leave a comment.


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