Something about the holidays brings out the crime fiction novellas.
Christmas Bliss (St. Martin's) by Mary Kay Andrews, a native of St. Petersburg, is the fourth book about Savannah antiques dealer Weezie Foley, who's juggling her wedding plans and some very unexpected complications.
Spirit of Steamboat (Viking) by Craig Johnson finds Sheriff Walt Longmire (featured in nine novels as well as an eponymous A&E TV series) alone on Christmas Eve in Wyoming — until a ghost of Christmas past shows up in his office.
Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel (Putnam) by Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann continues Parker's thriving posthumous publishing streak with an unfinished novella, completed by his longtime agent, in which Spenser and Hawk come to the aid of a homeless boy and his mentor.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor