Do you like your science fiction and fantasy blended with a dose of mystery? If you do, you will like Joy to the Worlds. It is exactly as it says in the title: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays. Maia Chance, Janine Southard, Raven Oak, and G. Clemans each wrote 2 stories for this anthology. The stories range from a medieval magical setting to an outer space setting and all kinds of stuff in between. Some of them focus on a holiday while others focus on a winter scene. There is even a Krampus tale by Maia Chance.
The book is structured so that each story is introduced by a different author and ends with a note on the writing of the story by the author who wrote it. At the end of the book, you can find additional information about the authors and their web presences.
Most anthologies I read are hit and miss – some stories I think are good, others not so good. In this anthology, I have to say I liked all of the stories. I had only read a historical mystery by Maia Chance before reading this book. I enjoyed her writing then and in this anthology as well. I had not previously read any of the other authors but enjoyed their imaginative stories.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. The blend of speculative fiction and mystery was a good choice for an anthology. And this makes for good holiday reading.