Murder On Christmas Eve: Classic Mysteries for the Festive Season (Vintage Murders)

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Murder On Christmas Eve: Classic Mysteries for the Festive Season (Vintage Murders)

Murder On Christmas Eve: Classic Mysteries for the Festive Season (Vintage Murders)

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Val McDermid has one of the most powerful tales with her contribution entitled 'A Wife In a Million'.

Several of the stories here have already seen the light of day in other collections, so it feels like a bit of a cheat. They may have improved if I had persevered but I had other books that I would rather be reading over the festive period. Christmas is just around the corner, but DON’T PANIC: we’re here to provide you with the ultimate festive gifting inspiration, and remind you that books are certainly the easiest presents to wrap…!He had a old friend who got thrown into jail when there business went bust, and hasn’t been heard of for years until he starts getting letters out of the blue threatening is life. From a Santa Claus with a grudge to a cat who knows who killed its owner on Christmas Eve, these are stories to enjoy – and be mystified by – in front of a roaring fire, mince pie to hand. As my last Christmas murder mystery was a disappointment, I jumped right into this with fingers crossed the title really meant what it read. No Sanity Clause by Ian Rankin- a modern story in which a man recently released after serving his time leans back into theft during a hotel Christmas party and crosses paths with two people, one of whom gives him another chance. She is the recipient of six honorary doctorates and is an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

I would recommend reading a whole short story in one sitting though as I tended to lose the thread if I stopped. Our need for ritual is primordial, and embracing its logic can help us connect, find meaning and discover who we are. From a Santa Claus with a grudge to a cat who knows who killed its owner on Christmas Eve, these are stories to enjoy - and be mystified by - in front of a roaring fire, mince pie to hand. AllThatSheCarried by Tiya Miles is an eye-opening social history of love and resilience, and an insightful testament to the people who are left out of the archives.I was also missing some form of symbolism or higher literary meaning, which the likes of Dostoevsky and Wilde manage to incorporate so superbly in their own short stories. All good authors (Ellis Peters, Julian Symons, Michael Innes, Ian Rankin, John Dickson Carr, Val McDermid, GK Chesterton, Marjorie Bowen, Lawrence Block, Margery Allingham) and interesting little puzzles that are quickly wrapped up due to the format. I’ve never been a huge fan of short stories, there’s never quite enough oomph in them and I’m always left wildly disappointed. Val McDermid has published twenty-eight crime novels, which have sold millions of copies worldwide, been translated into sixteen languages and won multiple awards.

She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. TheBookAtWar by Andrew Pettegree is the perfect present for bibliophiles and history buffs alike – a fascinating exploration of the role of books in wartime. It usually takes rather more page count to be a success in this genre, but this collection, from big names in the field, manages to do the job well. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Most were what I'd class as "traditional" mysteries, there's nothing gory or gruesome in any of them.A day or two after a local boy finds one of the old lady’s earrings in his pocket, but the cat isn’t bothered he’s more interested in his girlfriend. The detective makes Santa hand over his stolen goods and lets him go free, though he has food hidden in his clothes! But hurry… It's Christmas Eve and if you don't find the murderer in time, you won't make it home in time to spend Christmas Day with your loved ones!

This is a good collection, part of a series of anthologies put together to bring seasonal stories into one book, or seven. Some of them seemed like they should have been longer but instead have been reduced, too densely packed for a good short story. Cecily Gayford studied English at the University of Oxford, where she wrote her thesis on the 'golden age' detective stories of the 1930s and 1940s.Discover your next non-fiction read and brilliant book gifts in the Profile newsletter, and find books to help you live well with Souvenir Press.



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