A Stanley Hastings short story, originally published in Canine Christmas: When Santa leaves a dead body under the tree at the Vermont country inn where Stanley and Alice are staying, the local police are stumped. Can Stanley solve the crime, or will their Portuguese water dog Zelda have to do it?
Stanley Hastings couldn’t believe it. The girl wanted him to follow a vampire! It had to be a joke. To Stanley’s surprise, it turned out to be deadly serious.
“…vampires are well represented among the 20 selections, most notably Parnell Hall’s darkly humorous Death of a Vampire…”
– Publishers Weekly
A Puzzle Lady short story. Cora Felton wasn’t happy about having to give a talk on crossword puzzles at a charity luncheon, largely because the Puzzle Lady was actually a total fraud and couldn’t solve a crossword puzzle with a gun to her head, but she cheered right up when one of the luncheon guests got poisoned, and she was able talk instead about how to catch a killer. (Recipe included!)
A Steve Winslow short story: It’s a lose-lose situation when Steve Winslow is assigned a court-appointed case defending a caretaker accused of killing his employer. Not only is Steve not getting paid, but if he doesn’t get his client off, he’ll be stuck taking care of the man’s cat.