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The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (edited by Otto Penzler) PLUS The Agatha Christie Double Pack



The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (edited by Otto Penzler) PLUS The Agatha Christie Double Pack

Have yourself a crooked little Christmas with The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries. Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories–many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else. From classic Victorian tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy, to contemporary stories by Sara Paretsky and Ed McBain, this collection touches on all aspects of the holiday season, and all types of mysteries. They are suspenseful, funny, frightening, and poignant. Included are puzzles by Mary Higgins Clark, Isaac Asimov, and Ngaio Marsh; uncanny tales in the tradition of A Christmas Carol by Peter Lovesey and Max Allan Collins; O. Henry-like stories by Stanley Ellin and Joseph Shearing, stories by pulp icons John D. MacDonald and Damon Runyon; comic gems from Donald E. Westlake and John Mortimer; and many, many more. Almost any kind of mystery you’re in the mood for–suspense, pure detection, humor, cozy, private eye, or police procedural—can be found in these pages. FEATURING: – Unscrupulous Santas – Crimes of Christmases Past and Present – Festive felonies – Deadly puddings – Misdemeanors under the mistletoe – Christmas cases for classic characters including Sherlock Holmes, Brother Cadfael, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Rumpole of the Bailey, Inspector Morse, Inspector Ghote, A.J. Raffles, and Nero Wolfe.

The Agatha Christie Double Pack

Strand Magazine: Unpublished Raymond Chandler and the first US appearance of Christmas Adventure by Agatha Christie, also fiction by John Floyd, David Marcum, Rob Witherspoon and an exclusive interview with James Lee Burke.

We’re proud to present an unpublished Raymond Chandler in the latest issue of the Strand. Professor Sarah Trott provides an introduction which looks at the biographical context of this gem. Before achieving fame as an author, Chandler was a career oil executive who worked for the Dabney Oil Syndicate for about a decade until he was fired at the age of forty-four. “Advice to an Employer” shows a different side to Raymond Chandler. The wry humor is there, but the piece also reveals a silly, fun side to an author long associated with novels about the seamy side of LA.

We are also pleased to share a story featuring a certain little Belgian detective with a waxed moustache and egg-shaped head, who finds himself far away from the comforts of his usual London life, celebrating an old-fashioned family Christmas in the English countryside. Agatha Christie’s “Christmas Adventure,” originally published in the UK in 1923, was decades later expanded into the much longer short story many readers are familiar with. This is the first time Christie’s shorter version has appeared in publication in the US. The original version is just as fun as the expanded one, complete with sprawling mansion, house-party of young people, and an unlikely trinket in the pudding. This fall, HarperCollins will release “Christmas Adventure” in Midwinter Murder an anthology of Christie’s short stories featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Our humorous theme continues with John Floyd’s “The Ironwood File,” in which a sleazy boss gets the tables turned on him from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Rob Witherspoon’s “Le Morte d’Author” shows that even the personification of death has a witty side. We round off the fiction this issue with the Great Detective and his loyal sidekick solving a medical mystery involving one of Watson’s patients in David Marcum’s “The Triangle of Death.”

We have an interview with the incomparable James Lee Burke, creator of the equally incomparable Dave Robicheaux. Burke himself is every bit as interesting as his creation and spoke about his favorite Western films, the creative process behind his works and the state of the world we live in.


Tenth Anniversary Issue of The Strand: Unpublished Agatha Christie, Graham Greene, and Alexander McCall Smith

An issue befitting our ten years, Hercule Poirot appears for the first time in the US since 1975 with “The Incident of the Dog’s Ball.” Part II of the Empty Chair by Graham Greene, as well as fiction by Alexander McCall Smith and R.L. Stine.
R.L. Stine takes us to a journey where we encounter a sequel Frankenstein, where the nefarious doctor is visited by a mysterious stranger who blackmails with exposure to vengeful townsfolk.
The legendary author of The Eagle Has Landed, Jack Higgins speaks about the creative process behind his bestselling books that have been read by millions of fans.
And last but not least, “The Incident of the Dog’s Ball” has Hercule Poirot seeking answers to a compelling and daunting case from an unlikely sourc



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