The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos, Edited by J. Alan Hartman

Dec 23, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Lorie Lewis Ham, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of The Killer Wore Cranberry. We also have a link to order it from Amazon.

I know Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is almost over (or over, depending on when you read this) but this fun holiday mystery anthology is a blast to read any time of the year! It is the fifth book in a series of Thanksgiving mystery anthologies published by Untreed Reads and edited by J. Alan Hartman.

bookThis edition has stories by some wonderful mystery short story writers, many of which have also had stories published in Kings River Life. There are stories by Barbara Metzger, Arthur Carey, Earl Staggs, KM Rockwood, Herschel Cozine, Kelley Lortz, Bobbi A. Chukran, Lesley A. Diehl, Albert Tucher, Maryann Miller, Liz Milliron, Betsy Bitner, DG Critchley, and KRL’s own Terrance V. Mc Arthur. And as if you needed even more reasons to check this one out-Lisa Wagner provides delicious recipes!

Earl Staggs story “Stakeout in a Maple Tree” is heartwarming and fun. “Kid Kelly” by Herschel Cozine is delightfully funny and something you could totally see happening at Thanksgiving dinner. The setting of “The Golden Potato” by Terrance Mc Arthur is something you hopefully won’t experience at your holiday dinners–it is wonderfully witty, and had a very unexpected twist at the end.

All of these stories are perfect for your holiday mystery reading, or any time of the year!

To enter to win a copy of The Killer Wore Cranberry, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “cranberry,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 30, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

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  1. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the chance.

  2. Thank you for the chance. lamonicaks at gmail dot com

  3. Merry Christmas to everyone! I enjoy seasonal mysteries.

  4. Thank-you for your generousity. This sounds interesting and entertaining.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  5. Sounds good!

  6. I love Holiday stores, not matter what time of year it is.

  7. Always enjoy a read including Terrance!

  8. Anthologies are great reads. Love the short stories that make it easy to read a story or two, in those quiet times, such as waiting in doctor’s office. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  9. Love it.

  10. A good fun holiday mystery anthology or just a good mystery is good to read ANY time of the year!

    Thanks for the review and information on “The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos”. I’d very much love to read it. Appreciate the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  11. I enjoy anthologies because it is great to have books that you can read just a short story at a time. Thanks for the review and a chance to win this book.


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