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Twelve Days of Winter: Crime at Christmas (Twelve Days of Winter: Crime at Christmas #1-12)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  232 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
A collection of interlinked tales of crime and retribution laced with dark humour, set around the festive season - from the No. 1 bestseller Stuart MacBride Thieves, drug dealers, lap-dancers, gangsters and even the odd good guy populate these twelve tales exploring the seedier side of life in North East Scotland.
Published December 12th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2011)
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Okay, so the premise is somewhat original: twelve short stories interwoven, all with titles based on the "Twelve Days of Christmas" song. Plus, Stuart MacBride writing. What could go wrong?

The writing, as expected, is top-notch. I liked how the stories tied together. But this whole anthology left me feeling... grimy. There's nothing at all redeemable or uplifting about the entire venture. There is not one single likeable character; everyone is "bad", out for their own gain at the expense of the
Dec 28, 2015 tsukino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: natale, thriller
Twelve Days of Winter: Crime at Christmas
Una lettura natalizia alternativa. Una serie di brevi racconti thriller autoconclusivi ma genialmente collegati l’uno all’altro (i dodici racconti sono stati pubblicati anche singolarmente con il titolo Crimini di Natale).
Il bello è che, nonostante il genere truce, c’è più atmosfera natalizia in alcuni di questi racconti, che in certi romanzi rosa specializzati nel genere.
Mi è piaciuto anche perché a Natale non ci sono solo storie smielate.
12 short crime stories to the theme of the 12 Days of Christmas, all set in the seedier streets of Scotland in the lead up to Christmas. An enjoyable read listen (great narrator) & I liked how all the stories were linked somehow.
Apparenti suicidi di Stuart MacBride si è rivelato un bel acquisto. È una raccolta di dodici racconti, “12 days of winter”, che mettono a dura prova lo spirito natalizio. Per chi ama come me il genere glielo consiglio vivamente. Le tematiche variano da racconto a racconto eppure l’autore è riuscito a trovare un filo conduttore che legasse i racconti ai personaggi.
C’è stato un racconto che mi ha particolarmente colpita? Più di uno.
MacBride ha uno stile unico, si vede che è padrone del genere e sa
Dave Fellows
2/5 stars. Pretty bad. Astonishing, though, how someone could give themselves the task of writing twelve very short stories, and end up just writing the same one twelve times. The main character kills either themselves or somebody in nearly every one, in "twists" a blind ferret could see coming from a mile away. I kept waiting for some kind of clever link when one or two characters recurred, but there was just nothing in the end...nothing but a sense of deja vu, a growing perplexity at increasin ...more
Good selection of short stories all interlinked.
The theme is the Christmas song "12 Days of Christmas" - and the story titles are chosen from this - Partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three French hens and so on. Each story also neatly links in with the title - eg the first one has a burglar called Billy Partridge attempting to steal a famous Monet painting "The Pear Tree".
There are recurring characters between the stories and some of the events in one story directly lead onto or are r
Richard Burrage
I like Stuart MacBride's writing style. In my mind it is reminiscent of a slightly nasty Ian Rankin. The stories were all pretty good and one or two were a little better than that. Easy reading.
Angela Verdenius
Excellent! Interwoven short crime stories set at Christmas time. Almost like watching a subtle domino effect!!!
David Stimpson
Jan 13, 2015 David Stimpson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
12 clever linked stories ..MacBride is so great
This book focuses on the underside of Aberdeen society. It is violent and gruesome, and the antithesis of Christmas. Burglaries, porn, blackmail, shotguns, extortion and loads of violence.
May 11, 2016 Chrystina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed how each individual story relates to the next and they all tie together neatly. Clever.
Jan 11, 2016 Les rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Each story is unique and very well done on its own. The threads that connect them to each other are minimal, but expertly woven it the fabric of the story.

Most of the stories a pretty dark and gritty. Other than the setting, these are not not light Christmas fare.
Nov 02, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this short book, all the stories intertwined with each other at Christmastime. A great little read.
David Malizia
Apr 29, 2016 David Malizia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Well written but extremely yet pointlessly violent. No rhyme nor reason.
Merlyn Reid
Jun 27, 2014 Merlyn Reid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
lovely set of intertwined tales linking to the twelve days of christmas.
Jan 27, 2013 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
12 Days of Winter by Stuart MacBride is not a Logan McRae novel. This is a collection of short stories based on the 12 days of Christmas song. Each story is a dark gruesome tale- only a couple of pages long.
Beware that although this book was only .99 when I purchased it, it is a VERY short book and if I had been paying closer attention I wouldn't have plunked down the money for this one.
If you are a HUGE MacBride fan you may want to check this one out for the novelty value, but for the fans of
Dec 20, 2015 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun set of stories with a festive twist.
Adele Wharton
May 27, 2013 Adele Wharton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's not often I'll write a bad review, but I was really disappointed with this and I can't actually think of much good to say!
I liked the idea, with all the stories interlinking, and they were well written, but if anything I found them a bit too short, and not particularly engaging. I just couldn't make myself care about the characters, and the storylines were rather predictable. Sorry!
Dec 18, 2012 Alsjem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, short-stories
I love the fact that Kindle has breathed life into the short story for me. How wonderful to read a selection of clever and gruesome tales by one of my favourite authors. I've been waiting all year to read these as they have a Christmas theme, although not really Christmas cheer - you have been warned!
I actually thought this was a Logan novel. However it isn't and thats okay. I didn't enjoy it at first but as each short story mixed with the next, each connecting in that little web that Macbride is known for creating I felt drawn in. Not his best work but entertaining for a buck.
Balthazar Lawson
Dec 18, 2013 Balthazar Lawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of short stories set in the lead up to Christmas and are all related in some way. I found them all interesting and intriguing. I lost track of the body count in these stories but it was rather high and as usual gory.

A very good read in the lead up to Christmas.
Really great fun!

Not as dark and macabre as soon of his books but fast paced and enjoyable to read.

I liked the way they all interlinked.

I was very lucky with my copy too as I came across it by accident and it is signed by Mr MacBride :)
Keriann Davey
I Adored this book although I did wonder how some of the stories where crime....I got into every story though and read within a day!! I love how all the stories are interlinked...would love to see Stuart do a few more like this.!!!
Jan 31, 2013 Kersten rated it it was ok
Quite a few of these were predictable, otherwise I think I would have rated it higher. Overall, not bad for short stories though, and I did like how they were interlinked.
Les Wilson
May 03, 2014 Les Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with all short story collections, the quality varies from story to story. This is no different in that some stories are better than others.
Jan 12, 2013 Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deliciously black inter-related tales of murder and other crimes in the run in to Christmas.
Jul 28, 2014 Sophie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2014, audio
Good characterisation, but unremittingly grim stories
Aaron Advani
Jan 01, 2014 Aaron Advani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection of 12 interlinked short stories.
Jul 23, 2013 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was fun!
Roberto rated it liked it
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Aka Stuart B. MacBride

The life and times of a bearded write-ist.

Stuart MacBride (that's me) was born in Dumbarton -- which is Glasgow as far as I'm concerned -- moving up to Aberdeen at the tender age of two, when fashions were questionable. Nothing much happened for years and years and years: learned to play the recorder, then forgot how when they changed from little coloured dots to proper music
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