Keepers: Christmas in Salem is an anthology of connected novellas by four different authors and is set in the world of the Keepers. Novellas include Do You Fear What I Fear by Heather Graham, The Fright Before Christmas by Deborah LeBlanc, Unholy Night by Kathleen Pickering, and Stalking in a Winter Wonderland by Beth Ciotta.
Each novella features a female Keeper in Salem who are all related to each other. Like the recent Los Angeles Keepers novels, these Salem Keepers are new to the job and young, having unexpectedly inherited the positions because of deaths or the sitting Keeper being called to the Council. The connecting factor throughout each story is the need to find out why Salem is blanketed in perpetual night and to reverse whatever magic or paranormal activity is causing it before it destroys the town. That plot point develops and moves forward in each story while the individual main Keeper changes and has her own relationship issue to deal with.
I enjoyed each novella and liked the connecting threads that were woven throughout the book. The Keeper world was familiar but the new setting made it interesting and different from the previous books in the series. Each author is a fantastic writer and includes the right balance of detail and character building to create a full story in few words. That said, a couple of the novellas could have used a few hundred more words to fully explain points or to flesh out relationships.
Overall, Keepers: Christmas in Salem is a fun holiday book and is perfect for the reader looking for something to read in short intervals throughout the holiday craziness.