The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping by Various

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The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping edited by J Alan Hartman
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, holiday
Length: Short Story (118 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

It’s the Thanksgiving mystery anthology everyone’s been dying for!

In 2010, The Killer Wore Cranberry showed how funny murder and food could be. Now, in 2012, Untreed Reads presents a new installment of the worldwide, bestselling anthology with a table full of seasoned authors and new voices alike.

Join all of these fantastic authors as they make your holidays murderous and fill you with laughter: Arthur C. Carey, John Weagly, Earl Staggs, Amanda Lundberg, Betsy Bitner, S. Furlong-Bolliger, Steve Shrott, Andrew MacRae, Zoe Burke, Arlen Blumhagen, Lesley A. Diehl, Gail Farrelly, Herschel Cozine, Linda S. Reilly, Stephen D. Rogers, Barb Goffman and Laura Hartman.

So make some room for that extra portion of turkey, scarf down another slice of pumpkin pie and make room in the basement for all the dead bodies in this hilarious short story anthology that’s destined to become a holiday classic./blockquote>
Is turkey day one of your favorite holidays? I bet you’ve never had one like any of these!

This is an anthology of stories about Thanksgiving by a variety of authors: Arthur C. Carey, John Weagly, Earl Staggs, Amanda Lundberg, Betsy Bitner, S. Furlong-Bolliger, Steve Shrott, Andrew MacRae, Zoe Burke, Arlen Blumhagen, Lesley A. Diehl, Gail Farrelly, Herschel Cozine, Linda S. Reilly, Stephen D. Rogers, Barb Goffman and Laura Hartman. The stories are short and each one has a weird quirk to it of some kind.

The authors give us poisonings, strange customs (ever been to a nude Thanksgiving before?) and there is even some argument over the traditional dinners dishes. Green bean casserole is mentioned more than once. There is also some argument over how the cranberries are presented. The fact that there are people dying all over the place doesn’t seem affect dinner. Some families don’t even take care of the body until after dinner.

The group of authors in this anthology made me laugh, made me roll my eyes, and kept me amused all the way through. They introduce odd characters with strange habits and it feels just like real family dinners do. Every family has that one odd family member that the rest of them try to ignore. It’s a nice homey environment with the spice of murder added to the Thanksgiving dinner. What more could you want?

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