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A Classic Christmas Crime

3.07 of 5 stars 3.07  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Rejoice in this delightfully lethal collection of original Christmas tales written by today's best mystery writers. Whether set in the Yorkshire Dales or sun-baked Florida, these short stories are gift wrapped with mistletoe and murder - all to celebrate the season of Christmas in the spirit of crime.
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Trafalgar Square Publishing
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Completed 1/2/2009:
PD James' "The Mistletoe Murder" [***:] and Catherine Aird's "Gold, Frankincense and Murder" [***:]; look forward to picking it up again next Christmas.

Completed 12/12/2009:
Simon Brett's "Political Corrections" [*****:] satirically, satisfyingly funny w/one heck of an ending.

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Really about 2 1/2. A few good stories, mostly meh.
"From 'a lovely P. D. James story ... with a body in the library and footsteps in the snow' (London Times) to 'David Williams's straight-faced clerical whodunit to Robert Barnard's Waspish theatrical anecdote to Susan Moody's chilling hunt among a doomed family's skeletons; and Simon Brett's archly inventive tale of publishing fraud, which like all the best parodies, builds on the tradition it skewers ... the range of atmospheres is impressive.' (Kirkus Reviews)"
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Lori Bigby
Crime stories at Christmas was the theme. Some of the stories were cute, others not so much. Overall it only JUST kept my interest. Two of the stories I really liked because they were reflective of the season and good was good and bad was bad. In several of the stories the protagonist seemed to be held up as the hero despite what he may have done. I don't usually appreciate stories from that point of view. So it was o.k. Moving on...
A collection of 13 tales of murder and intrigue. Some better than others but on the whole the perfect read for December as each story is only about 20 pages long and so does not take a lot of concentration and brilliant for dipping into whilst busy with preparations.
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I don't usually read short stories but this seemed appropriate for the time of year. It's a mixed bag with some stories very good while others make you wonder why they were even included. All in all a good way to pass the time/
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Tim Heald (b. 1944) is a journalist and author of mysteries. Born in Dorchester, England, he studied modern history at Oxford before becoming a reporter and columnist for the Sunday Times. He began writing novels in the early 1970s, starting with Unbecoming Habits (1973), which introduced Simon Bognor, a defiantly lazy investigator for the British Board of Trade. Heald followed Bognor through nine ...more
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