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Christmas

Red Handed: A Christmas Short Story

IN THE December 20 ISSUE

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by Nancy Cole Silverman


It was Christmas, 1884. That winter the snows had started early, and the gloom that came with it made the empty cabins, least those that hadn’t been burned out in the fire around Hayden Hill, seem so much darker than they might. Used to be things around this small mining town was exciting, with miners coming by our store for fixins’ and a little grub.

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by Gail Farrelly


In her 28 years of life, Nancy MacLeod had never met a rule she didn’t obey. Not that she agreed with every one of them. Far from it. But a civilized society had to have rules, she reasoned, and everyone in that society should obey them. No exceptions.

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by Kathleen Costa


It is an intriguing premise that writers of different ages known to write in different genres would live, work, and collaborate together on several cold cases from a few years old to decades past bringing to justice the killers and providing closure to family and friends. Contributing additional facts, perspectives, and maybe a red herring or two, we have a quirky set of support characters: townsfolk from shop owners to law enforcement to a squawking parrot and a ghost (well, that’s what Gertie says).

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by Cynthia Chow
& Kate Carlisle


In the six years since Shannon Hammer took over California’s Hammer Construction from her father, she has not regretted it for a second. She and her sister grew up on construction sites, and there’s nothing Shannon loves more than the challenge of restoring homes to their former glory.

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by Kristine Acopian


It’s that time of year again: hot chocolate, the bright shiny lights, spending time with our loved ones and friends, and of course, the spirit of shopping. With our hustle and bustle lifestyles, we need a one-stop shop for our loved ones.

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by Sylvia Maultash Warsh


Anita loved the two expanses of blue water, the Atlantic on her left, the Gulf of Mexico on her right, as the car headed south down U.S. Route 1 along the archipelago of the Florida Keys. Carol, who was driving, chattered about all the muscle-bound tattooed bikers they’d seen riding their motorcycles along the road.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Kathi Daley


I knew shopping could be dangerous, but Santa and his elves? Zoe has so much on her mind from her soon-to-arrrive little girl to her mother-in-law injured in Paris to Zak out of the country helping said mother-in-law, and preparing for the Christmas holidays that she doesn’t see the elf…crash, boom, and bang on the head.

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by Diana Bulls



Decorating the Christmas tree is a walk down memory lane for me. Each ornament that is unwrapped has a special story. Included in this collected are “ornaments” that have been made with bits and pieces of Christmas. It was looking at these that started me thinking about popcorn.

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by Cynthia Chow


Belfast McGrath fled to New York City just after high school in an attempt to escape her interfering family and the ever-present cloud of suspicion. The town of Foster’s Landing always believed that Bel knew something about the disappearance of her best friend Amy Mitchell, and it continues to haunt Bel to this day.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Theodore Feit



This week we have 5 more Christmas mysteries for your holiday reading-Hark the Herald Angels Slay: A Year-Round Christmas Mystery by Vicki Delany, Not a Creature was Purring: A Paws & Claws Mystery by Krista Davis, Slay Bells Ring: Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, Yuletide Homicide>/em>: A Wiccan Wheel Mystery by Jennifer David Hesse, and The Ghost of Christmas Past: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen.

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