Festive Mayhem: Nine Stories of Holiday Mystery, Crime, and Suspense

Nine crime writers of color have teamed up to offer you the gift of escape this holiday season. From Christmas crime capers to Thanksgiving thrillers, historical hard-boiled to contemporary cozies, mystery fans of all genres will find something to love in this limited-time collection of exclusive, never-before-published seasonal short stories.

What you'll find inside:

"The New Year's Hex" by Carolyn Marie Wilkins. Carrie McFarland finds her New Year's plans derailed when a psychic vision pulls the 1920s African American amateur sleuth into someone's evil scheme.

"Pipe Dreams" by S.G. Wong. In this hard-boiled Crescent City short story, infatuation and passion drive Minnie Chen straight into danger as she tries to best the City's most glamorous private detective in a reimagined 1930s-era Chinese Los Angeles.

"A Christmas Tip" by Elizabeth Wilkerson. A surprise Christmas bonus becomes too tempting for Philadelphia nursing assistant Brianna Byers to resist—even if accepting requires some skillful skirting of the law.

"The Stranger in the House" by Stella Oni. This London House Mystery prequel stars Elizabeth Ojo, a Nigerian housekeeper at a posh guest house, who finds her Christmas intersecting with that of a mysterious resident in trouble.

"What Lies Inside" by Kia Dennis. A tormented university professor falls deeper and deeper into a destructive obsession in this harrowing tale of love and longing.

"A Deadly First" by Delia C. Pitts. Thanksgiving takes a fatal turn when New York private eye SJ Rook finds himself thrust into his first murder case in this darkly atmospheric tale of noir.

"The Holiday Murder Mélange" by Myra Jolivet. This Sarah Doucette Jean-Louis short story follows the Creole P.I. around the San Francisco Bay Area on her quest to figure out who killed a man outside of her office.

"Those Holiday Blues" by Jennifer J. Chow. Jasmine, aka "Jazz," can't escape the tragic past when an old boyfriend asks to meet on the anniversary of his mother's death.

"Holiday Holdup" by Paige Sleuth. In this Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Short, Imogene Little gets tangled up in a Christmas Eve bank robbery orchestrated by none other than Santa Claus himself.

This anthology is only available for a short time, so grab it now before it's gone. It would be criminal to miss it!

For fans of holiday mystery box sets, short story collections, multi-author crime thriller anthologies, Christmas cozy mysteries, Thanksgiving noir stories, hard-boiled historical suspense, contemporary crime capers, amateur women sleuths, PI and police detective characters, and diverse and ownvoices Black, Asian American, Chinese, and African American fiction.

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About the author

Carolyn Marie Wilkins is a professor at Berklee College of Music Online, a practicing Reiki Master, a Psychic Medium and an initiated Priestess of Yemaya, the African goddess of compassion, motherhood and the ocean. Carolyn’s mystery novels Mojo For Murder and Melody For Murder feature the crime-fighting exploits of Bertie Bigelow, a forty-something choir director and amateur sleuth living on the South Side of Chicago. Carolyn’s new book Death at a Séance, about a 1920s African American psychic falsely accused of murder, is available from Pen-L Publishing. An accomplished jazz pianist and vocalist, Carolyn has performed in concert throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, and South America, where she toured as a Jazz Ambassador for the US State Department. When she is not writing, performing, or offering Reiki to students at Berklee, Carolyn maintains a private practice in healing and mediumship.

S.G. Wong writes the crime/speculative Lola Starke novels and Crescent City short stories, as well as contemporary suspense, romance, and SFF. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards and she is an active volunteer in the crime writing community, notably as Vice President (2019-2020) and President (2020-2021) of Sisters in Crime.

Elizabeth Wilkerson was one of Silicon Valley’s first cyberlawyers. A native of Cleveland, she lived in Japan where she studied Butoh dance and founded a company to present African-American artists to Japanese audiences. Her debut novel, Tokyo Firewall, is a tech thriller set in Asia. She’d love to hear from you at elizabethwilkerson.com.

Stella Oni was born in London, brought up in Nigeria and lives in London. She works as a Business Intelligence Analyst. Stella is a cake enthusiast and an avid foodie who writes about Food, Culture and Tech on her blog africanbritishness and on Medium. Her dream is to travel around the world to taste and experience food from different cultures. She believes that her experience of growing up within two worlds has given her a unique perspective. Her debut crime fiction, Deadly Sacrifice, a police procedural, was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2016. Stella is currently working on the 2nd in her police procedural and also starting a new cozy series, THE LONDON HOUSE MYSTERY of which The Stranger in the House is the prequel. She describes her lead character as Miss Marple meets Ma Ramotswe. Connect with Stella on her website (https://stellaonithewriter.com), Twitter (https://twitter.com/sonithewriter) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/stellaonithewriter).

Kia Dennis is a voracious reader and lifelong writer. She writes thrillers and romantic suspense. Her first novel, In Pursuit of the Truth, written under the pseudonym K.D. Richards, will be published in early 2021. You can find Kia on Twitter @kiadwrites or www.kiadennis.com.

Delia C. Pitts is the author of Pauper and Prince in Harlem, the fourth entry in her Ross Agency Mystery series, featuring private eye SJ Rook. Her short story, “The Killer,” was published in the Spring 2020 issue of the Chicago Quarterly Review, Vol. 31. Delia is a former university administrator and U.S. diplomat. After working as a journalist in her home town, Chicago, she earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. She and her husband live in central New Jersey, too far from their twin sons in Texas. Visit Delia online at www.deliapitts.com and on Instagram at @deliapitts50.

At six years old Myra Jolivet was a poet and playwright, holding SRO productions in her backyard in Berkeley, California. That led to storytelling careers in TV news, politics, corporate communications and non-profit communications. When her children went off to college, she gathered the nerve to begin a series of paranormal murder mysteries, the Sarah Doucette Jean-Louis mysteries. Sarah’s life is a blend of Myra’s own California and Louisiana Creole cultures, helping her to create a world of mysticism, murder and humor. Myra is a public relations consultant. She is in the glow of four granddaughters which include twins.

Jennifer J. Chow writes multicultural mysteries and fantastical YA. Her Asian-American novels include Dragonfly Dreams, The 228 Legacy, the Winston Wong cozy mystery series, and A Sassy Cat Mystery series. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @jenjchow.

Paige Sleuth is a pseudonym for mystery author Marla Bradeen. She is the author of over forty novels and novellas, including the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series set in the fictional small town of Cherry Hills, Washington. Find her at: http://www.marlabradeen.com

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Oct 26, 2020
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