Christie Mystery Book Box Set: A Half Dozen Christmas Books that celebrate the season of joy with mayhem!
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (British Library Crime Classic)
“A Christmas party is punctuated by a gunshot under a policeman’s watchful eye. A jewel heist is planned amidst the glitz and glamour of Oxford Streets Christmas shopping. Lost in a snowstorm, a man finds a motive for murder. Featuring stories by John Bude and E.C.R. Lorac, as well as tales by little-known writers of crime fiction, this collection of mysteries explores the darker side of the festive season, from unexplained disturbances in the fresh snow to the darkness that lurks beneath the sparkling decorations”
Silent Nights ( British Library Crime Classics )
“Like an assortment of presents under a Christmas tree, there’s something for everyone in this Yule-themed reprint anthology in the British Library Crime Classics series from Edwards.” ―Publishers Weekly
Christmas is a mysterious, as well as magical, time of year. Strange things can happen, and this helps to explain the hallowed tradition of telling ghost stories around the fireside as the year draws to a close. Christmas tales of crime and detection have a similar appeal. When television becomes tiresome, and party games pall, the prospect of curling up in the warm with a good mystery is enticing―and much better for the digestion than yet another helping of plum pudding.
Crime writers are just as susceptible as readers to the countless attractions of Christmas. Over the years, many distinguished practitioners of the genre have given one or more of their stories a Yuletide setting. The most memorable Christmas mysteries blend a lively storyline with an atmospheric evocation of the season. Getting the mixture right is much harder than it looks.
This book introduces of readers to some of the finest Christmas detective stories of the past. Martin Edwards’ selection blends festive pieces from much-loved authors with one or two stories which are likely to be unfamiliar even to diehard mystery fans. The result is a collection of crime fiction to savor, whatever the season.
The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery ( Royal Spyness Mysteries )
In the sixth mystery in the New York Times bestselling Royal Spyness series, Lady Georgiana Rannoch cannot wait to ring in the New Year–before a Christmas killer wrings another neck…
Scotland, 1933. While her true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending his feliz navidad tramping around South America and her mother is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with droll playwright Noel Coward, Georgie is quite literally stuck at Castle Rannoch thanks to a snowstorm.
It seems like a Christmas miracle when she manages to land a position as hostess to a posh holiday party in Tiddleton. The village should be like something out of A Christmas Carol, but as soon as she arrives things take a deadly turn when a neighborhood nuisance falls out of a tree. On her second day, another so-called accident results in a death–and there’s yet another on her third, making Georgie wonder if there’s something wicked happening in this winter wonderland…
Includes an English Christmas companion, full of holiday recipes, games, and more!
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Hercule Poirot Mysteries #20
On the night before Christmas, cruel, tyrannical, filthy-rich Simeon Lee is found in his locked bedroom with his throat cut. Now Hercule Poirot must put his deductive powers to the test to solve one of his most chilling cases–and to prevent a clever killer from spilling more blood.
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop
Now in trade paperback, “Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop” is a charming and unique collection of Christmas stories edited by award-winning Otto Penzler and including works by major bestselling authors Mary Higgins Clark, Anne Perry, and Lawrence Block.
The Santa Klaus Murder
by Mavis Hay (Author)
“Despite its title, this British Library Crime Classics reissue of a 1936 novel isn’t just an entertaining Christmas read. It’s a fine example of the old-time country-house murder mystery, with loads of suspects, lots of period atmosphere, and much caustic wit.” –Booklist
Aunt Mildred declared that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gatherings at their country residence Flaxmere. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered-by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus-with a bullet in his head on Christmas Day, the festivities are plunged into chaos. Nearly every member of the party stands to reap some sort of benefit from Sir Osmond’s death, but Santa Klaus, the one person who seems to have every opportunity to fire the shot, has no apparent motive. Various members of the family have their private suspicions about the identity of the murderer, and the Chief Constable of Haulmshire, who begins his investigations by saying that he knows the family too well and that is his difficulty, wishes before long that he understood them better. In the midst of mistrust, suspicion and hatred, it emerges that there was not one Santa Klaus, but two.