Seasonal Work: Stories

HarperAudio. Jan. 2022. 8:56 hrs. ISBN 9780063000049. $26.99. F
Lippman’s (Dream Girl) short story collection begins with “Seasonal Work,” in which listeners discover a man’s peculiar Christmas traditions. This ensemble of suspenseful and sometimes even sinister narratives will leave listeners amazed by the cleverness and deceit of the diverse range of characters. All of the stories were previously published in other works except “Just One More,” which was recently written to reflect life during the pandemic. The tales are brought to life by a large cast of narrators including the author, Sophie Amoss, Eileen Stevens, Susan Bennett, Xe Sands, Jason Culp, George Newbern, Janina Edwards, Jane Oppenheimer, Jesse Vilinsky, Carlotta Brentan, Eva Kaminsky, and Sarah Naughton. From a housewife who enjoys snooping around the neighborhood to a man who regularly scams people for money, each character and detail was meticulously crafted to make these stories stand out.
VERDICT Fans of the author, as well as anyone who enjoys mystery short stories, will find more than one entry in this collection to love.
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