I thought I would save these alternative Christmas reads until after Christmas. Why do I call them alternative Christmas reads? Well, they're not your normal Christmas fare. They are what you might consider short crime/thriller stories told during Christmas. Now, like other Christmas stories, they do focus on a lesson learned, but the outcome isn't good for the protagonist, like it usually is in regular Christmas literature (Scrooge comes to mind). I have to say that I enjoyed both of them, even if they were a bit somber. So, these are actually stories that can be read any time of the year and Untreed Reads is giving away one eCopy of each story. There will be two winners. These might be good after Christmas reads for you fans of crime fiction. Full giveaway details at the end of the post.
Little Dumber Boy by B.K. Stevens
Will’s aunt wants him to spend some time with his estranged son at Christmas. All Will wants is to knock off his girlfriend’s husband and collect a share of the life insurance policy. Unfortunately, when you fail to take into account all the angles, the perfect crime can really ruin your holiday. A short story from our Fingerprints line.
B.K. Stevens (Bonnie Stevens) is the author of One Shot published by Untreed Reads in November, 2011. She has also published over thirty-five other mystery stories, most of them in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Some of her stories have been reprinted in anthologies such as Women of Mystery I, II, and III. Another story appeared in Family Circle after winning first place in a national suspense-writing contest judged by Mary Higgins Clark. In addition, Bonnie has published college textbooks on composition (Holt) and on literary criticism and research (Holt/ Harcourt), along with a book on Jewish education (Behrman House). She and her husband, Dennis, live in Lynchburg, Virginia, where Bonnie teaches English at Lynchburg College; they have two daughters, Sarah and Rachel. Bonnie belongs to Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
Christmas in Killarney by S. Furlong-Bolliger
Maureen is facing the prospect of a depressing Christmas after her husband Bob loses his job and she’s forced to clean hotel rooms. When Bob’s former boss is murdered, she thinks there’s a chance that the couple’s luck has changed. Unfortunately, for Maureen, her luck just got a lot worse. A holiday short story from the author of Dead Giveaway.
Susan writes mysteries from her rural Midwest home as a way to escape the demands of having four kids, two cats, one dog, several chickens … and one husband. Besides writing mysteries, Susan also works as a freelance academic writer for various research publications, medical dictionaries, and encyclopedias. She also has several articles published in national magazines. In 2010, Susan joined Untreed Reads with the short stories Death by Jello and Christmas in Killarney, following up in 2011 with the humorous mystery short Paddy Whacked and the crime short Dead Giveaway.
Enter to win an eCopy of Little Dumber Boy and Christmas in Killarney. Two winners...please specify which title you prefer in the comments along with your email address. Open to everyone. Giveaway will end on Friday, January 20 at 11:59pm CST. Good luck!