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.Read more...
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.
- ISBN-13: 9781464204999
- ISBN-10: 1464204993
- Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
- Publish Date: November 2015
- Page Count: 298
- Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Series: British Library Crime Classics
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Like an assortment of presents under a Christmas tree, theres something for everyone in this Yule-themed reprint anthology in the British Library Crime Classics series from Edwards (Guilty Parties). The 15 selections range from stories by such leading lights of the genres golden age as Arthur Conan Doyle (The Blue Carbuncle) and Dorothy L. Sayers (The Necklace of Pearls) to works by such forgotten authors as H.C. Bailey (The Unknown Murderer) and Ralph Plummer (Parlour Tricks). Connoisseurs of locked-room mysteries will welcome Edmund Crispins The Name on the Window. Ethel Lina Whites Waxworks will send shivers down readers spines, though it contains the now-cliché stopped watch to indicate time of death. In Stuffing, Edgar Wallace repeats Doyles prize-in-the-bird trick from Carbuncle, but this is another quibble. These classic tales of murder and jewel thievery with a light dusting of snow reveal bygone sensibilities, which, by and large, are fun to read about. (Nov.)