I have decided to start reading my Christmas mystery books early. I want to make it through a few of my Christmas theme mysteries this year, and as I have said before, I am finding less and less of my time is spent reading. Also, I am in the mood for frost on the windows, hot coco, and cold weather, and bodies >>> which can usually be found in mystery books.
When I start a new mystery, I usually have a “back-up book” sitting on my night table. If the author is someone who I consider a favorite author, I don’t need the back-up… but if I am trying a new-to-me author I always have a “spare mystery” ready to grab in the middle of the night.
I am going to begin reading a Christmas anthology tonight. One of the things that I really like about anthologies is that I can “try” new authors and decide if I want to add them to my list of authors who I read… I get to sample their writing by reading a mystery novella rather than a whole book.
I am not familiar with any of the authors in the book I have chosen to start with, so I have my “spare” ready to grab… just in case. The mystery book is called The Last Noel, and the authors are: Steve Brewer, Catherine Dain, Mat Coward, and Linda Berry. I am really looking forward to reading it, so that I can try out all of these new-to-me authors.
Next on the agenda: Mistletoe and Mayhem. This is another anthology, but with this one, I am already familiar with (and enjoy!) some of the authors. The authors include Katherine Hall Page, Christie Ridgway, Judi McCoy, and Joanne Pence. I’m looking forward to reading this mystery anthology right after I finish the first one… and then I’m on to a Kate Kingsbury Christmas mystery.
Enough about me! Are any of you reading a mystery book that you wouldn’t mind telling us about? (I’m always nosy and want to know what you all are reading!)