Little Red Book of Holiday Homicides
The short story collection I call THE LITTLE RED BOOK OF HOLIDAY HOMICIDES begins the year in December with “The Shoe Santa,” a Christmas-noir tale in which Sam Spade’s secretary Effie Perrine discovers the truth about scores of missing boys. In “Saint Nicholas Abbey Rum,” January’s Twelfth Night party at an English country house is interrupted when someone is fatally poisoned. February’s homage to President’s Day reveals how a bottle of antique Jefferson Bordeaux is misappropriated and found where the sun don’t shine. March celebrates baseball’s opening day with a fatal ballpark beaning. April is for Earth Day and auto-erotic asphyxiation.
You get the idea. It’s a mix of murder mystery styles ranging from hard-boiled to barely warm, points of view varied among victim, perp and gumshoe, periods and places from sunny San Diego to Upstate New York to a famous theater town in Southern Oregon playfully known as Bardford. There’s a celebration for everybody, whether you’re into Roman festivals or orthodox atheism … and a murder to boot.
About M J Daspit (Ashland, Oregon Author)
M J Daspit was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1951. After graduation from Cornell University in 1973, she became managing editor for The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau in association with Princeton University Press. She subsequently joined the Navy and served in the anti-submarine SOSUS community and in the Navy Recruiting Command. Retired as a Commander in 1994, she taught English at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California and later moved to Oregon to pursue a career in writing. She currently lives in the vibrant theater town of Ashland with her husband, Gary Greksouk.
Daspit is the wine columnist for the Medford Mail Tribune and a regular contributor to Oregon Wine Press, Southern Oregon Wine Scene, and other publications featuring articles on the Southern Oregon wine industry.
Her published books include a nonfiction history titled ROGUE VALLEY WINE, co-authored with winemaker Eric Weisinger, (Arcadia Publishing, 2011), a historical novel of Monterey in the 1870’s, LUCY LIED (Fireship Press, 2014), and THE LITTLE RED BOOK OF HOLIDAY HOMICIDES (Spoke Publishing, 2015).