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The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers
Cover Artist: Jeff Wong
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Soho Crime Hardcover / eBook  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616957759
Date: 24 October 2017 List Price $19.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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A woman on a train encounters a ghost. A man is hired to kill a beautiful femme fatale. A pregnant woman gives birth inside an abandoned construction site. A street orphan in Bangkok searches for her missing friend. An American POW seeks vengeance against a traitor. The grisly remains of a murdered family are found hidden in a shallow grave. An elderly spinster seeks vengeance against the neighbor who beats his wife. These are just a few of the stories in The Usual Santas, which is an anthology taking place during the Christmas holidays.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Finally: the perfect stocking stuffer for the crime fiction lover in your life! With a foreword by CWA Diamond Award-winner Peter Lovesey, these eighteen delightful holiday stories by your favorite Soho Crime authors contain laughs, murders, and plenty more.

This captivating collection, which features bestselling and award-winning authors, contains laughs aplenty, the most hardboiled of holiday noir, and heartwarming reminders of the spirit of the season.

Nine mall Santas must find the imposter among them. An elderly lady seeks peace from her murderously loud neighbors at Christmastime. A young woman receives a mysterious invitation to Christmas dinner with a stranger. Niccol˛ Machiavelli sets out to save an Italian city. Sherlock Holmes's one-time nemesis Irene Adler finds herself in an unexpected tangle in Paris while on a routine espionage assignment. Jane Austen searches for the Dowager Duchess of Wilborough's stolen diamonds. These and other adventures in this delectable volume will whisk readers away to Christmases around the globe, from a Korean War POW camp to a Copenhagen refugee squat, from a palatial hotel in 1920s Bombay to a crumbling mansion in Havana.

Includes Stories By (In Order of Appearance): Helene Tursten, Mick Herron, Martin Limˇn, Timothy Hallinan, Teresa Dovalpage, Mette Ivie Harrison, Colin Cotterill, Ed Lin, Stuart Neville, Tod Goldberg, Henry Chang, James R. Benn, Lene Kaaberb°l & Agnete Friis, Sujata Massey, Gary Corby, Cara Black, Stephanie Barron and a Foreword and story by Peter Lovesey.

(Source: Soho Crime)

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