A Collection of SOHO Crime capers

Foreword by Peter Lovesey 


Publisher:  Soho Crime (October, 2017)
Format: Hardcover
Price: $19.95
ISBN-13: 978-1-61695-775-9

Kindle edition: $14.99

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Reviewed by Cherie Jung
(December, 2017)


THE USUAL SUSPECTS is a collection of 18 Christmas-themed short stories.

I was familiar with the names of the authors presented in this short story collection though I had only read the novels of four of the authors.

Reading THE USUAL SUSPECTS was like opening a Whitman Sampler box of chocolates and trying to pick just one to eat and save the rest for another day. I could pick and choose any story in any order just like in a box of chocolates, but just like in a box of chocolates, I couldn’t pick just one.

I started with Sujata Massey’s story “Hairpin Holiday” set in 1920’s Bombay, featuring her new protagonist, Perveen Mistry, “Bombay’s First Girl Lawyer.” Then I read Ed Lin’s “Martin,” followed by Henry Chang’s “Bo Sau.” I couldn’t stop myself. I kept reading story after story until at last I finished the collection of stories and realized it was after two in the morning! Each story treated me to a satisfying Christmas crime caper.

THE USUAL SUSPECTS will appeal to a wide range of readers, including those who are familiar with the authors’ works and to readers who may not be...yet.


Authors include: Stephanie Barron, James R. Benn, Cara Black, Henry Chang, Gary Corby, Colin Cotterill, Teresa Dovalpage, Tod Goldberg, Timothy Hallinan, Mette Ivie Harrison, Mick Herron, Lene Kaaberb l & Agnete Friis. Martin Limon, Ed Lin, Peter Lovesey, Sujata Massey, Stuart Neville, and Helene Tursten.

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