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CorpusChristmas. (Sigrid Harald Mystery #6)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  372 ratings  ·  27 reviews
A relic of Manhattans Gilded Age, when Edith Wharton and Henry James chronicled its inhabitants, the Erich Bruel House on Gramercy Park contained three floors of glorious artand one Christmas corpse. While the mansion was being decorated with antique ornaments, and preparations were being made for a lavish holiday party, someone killed the obnoxious art historian Dr. Roger ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 1990 by Severn House (first published 1989)
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Sigrid Harald, #6 of 8, about average, too "artsy" (for us)...

We generally have enjoyed Margaret Maron's earlier (than her current series about Deborah Knott) 8-book series about NYC detective supervisor (Ms) Sigrid Harald. We just finished the 1989 edition, but we notice it's been republished and available readily again. Most of the Harald stories are pretty straight police investigations, with just enough plot complexity to retain an edge, but otherwise, like the leading lady herself, somewha
BOTTOM LINE: Murder at a stuffy museum brings Lt. Sigrid Harald into rather more contact with artsy-fartsy types than she really wants, but she does solve the case and learn to work better/easier with her subordinates, never an easy thing for her. Maron still shows Sigrid growing and very slowly changing, and it's beautifully done. Here she also adds a sad, twisted murder mystery with lots of turns and back-tracks. Extremely good stuff. This series just keeps getting better.

The Eric Bruel House
Bev Hankins
In Corpus Christmas, Margaret Maron gives us a little murder for the holiday season. Dr. Roger Shambley, the most recent addition to the board of directors for the Erich Bruel house is found dead the morning after a Christmas-themed party at the small art museum. At first glance, it looks like the snoopy, insinuating scholar had a bit too much egg nog and missed his step on the steep stairs leading to his office in the attic. But the scene has not quite been perfectly set and it it becomes appar ...more
Poor Sigrid Harald: she's stumbled into Weak Story Land with no hope of escape. The previous five books in this series were a little shallow, true, but the characters were intriguing. Naturally, one would expect characters in a series to grow in depth as the volumes march on. Sadly, any reader new to Lt. Harald will give up on her after this feeble effort. A promising sub-plot completely misfired; tantalizing little out-of-place details which led the reader to believe something big was breaking ...more
Margaret Maron – 6th in series
Lt. Sigrid Harald's professional and private lives clash when an art expert is murdered in a New York historical house.

I hadn’t read any of this series but definitely need to change that. I really like Sigrid. She is smart and sharp and in a relationship with an author considerably older than herself. The characters in this book were well drawn and sympatric. It’s a good, classic mystery.
I would have rated this book higher, except for the annoying grammatical errors. When one speaker is quoted, and another speaker says something, a new paragraph is warranted. How hard is that to remember? Over and over in this book, the following dialogue would occur:

"Where are you" she said. "I'm in the west wing"

"Well, come back".

Distracting, confusing, irritating and, finally, enough to keep me from reading any more by this authoer
I enjoy the Deborah Knott series by this order and thought I would try this series set in New York City. It was a little confusing but I think I will go back and start the series at the beginning. I was suprised by the identity and motive of the killer in this art related holiday murder mystery
Kathy Nealen
Another good episode from the Sigrid Harald series. Trying to read them in order but have to contend with their availability. The older books in the series are harder to find. I actually joined another library system today and was able to check out "Death in Blue Folders" and "Past Imperfect".
I really liked this Sigrid Harald series, even more than the Deborah Knott series (which I like a lot). The characters are more interesting have have more depth. Although I read Sigrid Harald out of order, I still enjoyed every book just as much. I would like to see more of her
According to, this was a finalist for the 1989 Agatha Award for Best Novel and the 1990 Anthony Award for Best Mystery. I enjoyed it but didn't think it was that special.
This is the first of the Lt. Harald books I've read and I did enjoy it. Usually I am not fond of the "Christmas" stories that publishers make authors of successful series write but this one was OK. Good mystery and descriptions of NY art scene.
Nov 01, 2008 Roberta rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Roberta by: Gail Staples
This was my first time with the Lt. Sigrid Harald series from Margaret Maron. I learned about the NY art world. The revealing of the murderer was well done and kept me guessing.
I gave up on this after about 35 pages. Just couldn't get into it, too many characters in the mix set against the backdrop of the British art world. So back in the pile it went.
I'm really attached to Sigrid now. It's only taken six books, but she has become a really interesting, vulnerable, strong woman. Thanks MM!
Diane Heath
The "fun" aspect of this mystery is the secret motive in plain sight and then packed away without ever being discovered
Given that Durer is one of my favorite artists, I love the picture of Sigrid. Nice little mystery...lots of suspects. Decent complexity.
Sarah "Kat"
I read this some time ago. I ordered it again thinking that I hadn't read before. Within the first three pages I knew :)
A fun read. Enjoy this author's cozies. Would recommend as an antidote to holiday stress. It's an easy fun read.
I read this for a Christmas read and now I want to go back and read the entire Sigrid Harald series.
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I just couldn't get into this one after 100 pages. It dragged on to me and was boring.
bittersweet to read after reading final one out of order. Dear, dear Naumann
A mystery writer with a southern twist makes it that much more entertaining.
Karen Fyke
This is a Sigrid Harald book. New York City setting; art gallery murder.
I like the Sigrid Harald books even better than the Deborah Knott ones.
The ending of this one killed me.
One of my favorite Christmas mysteries.
A very good two day read.
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Born and raised in central North Carolina, Margaret Maron lived in Italy before returning to the USA where she and her husband now live. In addition to a collection of short stories she's also the author of 16 mystery novels. Her works have been translated into seven languages her Bootlegger's Daughter, a Washington Post Bestseller won Edgar Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards. She is a past pres ...more
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