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Love Mysteries? Love Books? Here’s a Collection For You

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If you like mysteries and you like books, there’s a collection of stories you should know about. Bibliomysteries: Volume Two, edited by Otto Penzler and to be published in August by Pegasus, is just what the title implies: a collection of crime stories about rare books, bookshops, libraries, manuscripts, magical books, collectors, and the like. Among the 15 stories, Ian Rankin sets his tale of the lost manuscript of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare & Co., while F. Paul Wilson offers a book with remarkable powers; Joyce Carol Oates portrays an overly ambitious dealer in mystery fiction; James Grady has the “Condor” working in the Library of Congress; Stephen Hunter tells a previously unknown story of Alan…

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The holidays can be murder

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You’re not alone in thinking murderous thoughts while listening—often against your will—to Christmas carols in the increasingly long lead up to the holiday season. Christmas really can be murder, as evidenced by the myriad holiday-themed mysteries, both old favorites and new reads, which flood the shelves every winter. Whether you like your crime on the light side with plenty of crafting thrown in, or you’re looking for a slightly darker tale to read instead of another rendition of The Polar Express, here are five holiday mysteries to get you through to the New Year. Some of them might even be the perfect stocking stuffer for the crime fans in your life. Duck the Halls by Donna Andrews The 16th installment in…

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