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Another Little Christmas Murder

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  462 ratings  ·  78 reviews

A classic country house mystery republished for the first time in nearly seventy years. Perfect for fans of Murder at the Old Vicarage and Partners in Crime.

When Dilys Hughes finds herself snowbound in the middle of a bleak and lonely stretch of Yorkshire, she has no option but to accept help from passing motorist Inigo Brown, who is on his way to visit his uncle.


Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published November 3rd 2016 by Sphere (first published 1947)
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3.5 stars-- the standout in this book is the main character, Dylis, followed by the overall lightness of touch in the authorial voice. There's also some *surprising* elements that come in as a part of the resolution that were interesting to say the least. I would definitely read more from this author, but the muddleness of the action towards the end kept it from being a full 4 stars for me. Overall, a solid Christmas-y mystery ...more
A classic country house mystery republished for the first time in nearly seventy years. Perfect for fans of Murder at the Old Vicarage and Partners in Crime.

When Dilys Hughes finds herself snowbound in the middle of a bleak and lonely stretch of Yorkshire, she has no option but to accept help from passing motorist Inigo Brown, who is on his way to visit his uncle. Arriving at his uncle's remote country house, Wintry Wold, the couple encounters a less than warm welcome from Inigo's new young aunt
Dan Myatt
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun light hearted read about murder! One thing that bugs me (actually two) is the title 1) It's not set at Christmas and 2) there is only one murder! So how is it ANOTHER little Christmas Murder.

That being said, a creaky old house, people trapped because of snow and murder all add up to a perfect December read! A nice jolly read.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of country house mysteries, IT'S NOT A CHRISTMAS MURDER MYSTERY
'Tis the season for me to get my fix of murder mysteries at Christmas so this seemed like it'd fit the bill. The title promised I'd be getting  "Another Little Christmas Murder" mystery but alas, this isn't it, people. Christmas is mentioned twice here once to say it's weeks away and at the end when the two main characters are headed to her family's home for Christmas. What this story does have is snow. Lots of snow. A hellacious storm descends on Wintry Wold in Yorkshire and that's really the h ...more
Jeff Howells
This is a bit naughty. The publishers have actually changed the name of this book, and inserted the word Christmas into its original title. Otherwise this has nothing to do with the festive season. That being said it is set in winter and involves a group of people being cut off because of a snow storm (very Murder on the Orient Express). If you ignore the breach of trading standards this is actually quite a decent story.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Dilys Hughes' car breaks down on a lonely, snowbound stretch of the Yorkshire moors she is puzzled as to what to do, especially as her car has skidded and is precariously placed on the edge of a huge drop. Fortunately a knight in shining armour by the name of Inigo Brown comes along. He is on the way to visit his uncle at his remote country house, appropriately named Wintry Wold, and after much discussion he invites Dilys to go with him, particularly as his uncle's invitation stresses that ...more
Louise Marley
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was attracted to this book because of the cover and the title*, which goes to show just how shallow I am! At the time, the ebook version was a little bit expensive (it has since come down in price) so I borrowed a copy from the library. Because I was so keen to start reading it, I also downloaded a sample to my Kindle, and was initially disappointed because the first six pages were a long description of the heroine driving through snowy Yorkshire. I thought I'd made a horrible mistake! But whe ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
(Four stars because it is just so readable - but more likely 3.5 stars)

I walked right into the little deceit that the publishers of this book have practised against those of us with a liking for Christmas murder mysteries. First published in 1947 as Another Little Murder – this novel was re-issued by Sphere in 2016 sporting a new title Another Little Christmas Murder. The setting is winter, – Yorkshire and there are piles and piles of snow (snow unlike any we actually get in England anymore) – b
Adam Carson
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, firstly, this book isn't actually set at Christmas, which is a bit irksome. It is very wintery though - with a classic snowed in country house theme, with a whole heap of unexpected visitors, and an unexpected death.

Despite the Christmas faux-pas, I really enjoyed this book. A fast paced, light hearted and witty read that primarily follows the young female commercial traveller Dilys Hughes - a plucky young thing in the great traditions of the Golden Age.

The mystery itself wasn't sensatio
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
An enjoyable mystery that had nothing to do with Christmas but was very wintry.
Karen M
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another little murder - with lots of snow but no Christmas , very Narnian . I was misled by the title but really rather loved Dilys , business woman and intrepid driver who becomes stuck in snow and ends up embroiled in a murder at the strangest country house you can imagine.
There are characters aplenty including a butler who is anything but ,some lovely gangster types , and a man steadily drinking himself to death. Interested? You should be. For me the interplay between Dilys and the fragrant
Phil Bradley
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was great fun. It’s a period piece written pre-post WW2, and is a classic mystery set in a large rambling house in the wilds of no-where, with all of the characters marooned due to deep snow. It’s an easy read, but with absolutely wonderful language redolent of the period. The mystery was really second rate to be honest, but I wasn’t reading it for that. If you like period works, and/or black and white movies you’ll certainly enjoy this. One point worth mentioning is that is has nothing to ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

Another Little Christmas Murder caught my eye on the library website and I was excited to read a mystery written in 1947. Please note that this is not a true Christmas novel as I don't even remember the holiday being mentioned. It was snowing, I believe, so maybe a winter murder is a better titles. I just didn't get into the characters and story, and sort of skimmed through the latter chapters to see what happens.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a winter, pre-Christmas murder story as others have pointed out.

The set-up is good and the main characters, Dilys and Inigo are interesting. Some of the verbal fencing between Dilys and Theresa is fun. However, it rather degenerates into a pretty average "snowbound in a run-down country mansion with mysterious strangers"-type tale.

Mildly disappointing.
Lydia Wilkins
Dec 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Oh dear!!

I expected a nice cosy Christmas read and I was thoroughly disappointed with this book. Truly awful plot, annoying characters and totally unsatisfactory ending.......I will not attempt to read another of her books.
An enjoyable read in the traditional murder mystery style – to set the scene there’s a blizzard, a group of strangers forced together to weather the storm & of course a murder.

The “detective” in this tale is Dilys. Having found herself stuck in the Yorkshire countryside in a snow storm, she’s rescued by Inigo & taken to his uncle’s house. On arrival, his uncle’s new wife, Theresa (who, of course, is young & beautiful), is reluctant to let Inigo see his uncle. The bad weather brings more stranded
Lisa Kucharski
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This takes place during an early winter storm that snows in various people at Wintry Wold - the house that belong’s to the uncle of one of our heroes. He is brought there by a traveling sales-woman Dylis. Once there they are met with various people who Dyl finds out of place a butler who seems un-butler like, a friend of the uncle who does nothing but drink, a new wife who is 20 years younger, and then an onslaught of other people who arrive and end up staying at the house since really- no one c ...more
John Frankham
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
A most enjoyable winter evening read of a whodunnit, with an assortment of odd characters, residents and snowbound chance (?) visitors stuck for days in a remote Yorkshire country house.

The GR blurb:

'First published in 1947, 'Another Little Christmas Murder' is a fast-moving tale of mystery and suspense - perfect for a cold winter's night.
When Dilys Hughes finds herself snowbound in the middle of a bleak and lonely stretch of Yorkshire, she has no option but to accept help from passing motorist
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is utterly charming, from start to finish. The beautiful thing about classic crime is that it's so easy to read, and in many ways it's silly, with plots that are simple and not particularly believable. But this book was so easy to read, so sweet, and so quaint, that it just isn't necessary for it to be complicated or shocking. Books like Another Little Christmas Murder are wonderful because they are so simple. I loved every moment of reading this mystery, and I devoured it in a couple of days ...more
Eva Strange
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
All in all an enjoyable read; a low-key absurdist take on the big house mystery. It is really unfortunate that for the whole first half the story moved at a snail’s pace with an overload of repetetive dialogue. Because it was a well crafted mystery that kept me guessing and placing my suspicions here and there and back again, whilst providing just enough clues for me to see halfway through some of the characters and their agendas. Gets points for feisty heroine with snarky voice as well, but los ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
As has been pointed out before, this cozy British mystery has very little to do with Christmas itself, but I suppose the snowed-in setting makes for a good fireside read at Christmastime. Written in 1947, the narrative has all the authentic charm of someone writing in her own time period, rather than a modern day author trying to write a book set in the past.

It's an easy read, not as mentally engaging as a Christie novel, and the resolution was fun, with a nice little twist on where you thought
Marie S.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-in-2019
Clearly I wasn't paying attention to the title, because I went into my reading with no Christmas expectations at all.
I really like Dilys Hughes, she makes for such a great main character. She's independant, feisty and funny. I giggled a few time reading the book. I like that she's really proud of her job and her products.
I also enjoy the writing and the atmosphere, it was icy and snowy and they couldn't escape.

One thing that I like in my mysteries is when the murder doesn't happen in the first c
John Garlington
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Needed more careful planning

The idea was good and the novel started brightly. The reader then had to wait nearly a third of the novel for a corpse, remembering that it is a murder mystery. The next forty pages were disappointing as the story drifted to the point where the plot lost its bite. The last third or so saw an avalanche of characters and almost a whirlwind of action which caught the reader napping, almost. Some of the characters were well drawn and interesting.
Louise Muddle
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Of it's time. Quite a pure example of genre. An isolated house cut off by snow, a death and things that go bump in the night. No gore. Little tension. Female protagonist and female baddie. Lots of class references. No Christmas just winter. A nonsense reveal of Mr Big at the end. Don't think there were clues laid to enable readers to detect for themselves. A slight read or a gentle read depending on your tastes. Makes interesting social history read on gender. ...more
Ms C L Hines
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I bought this book as a pre-Christmas read but didn’t manage it. However it’s not really a Christmas story. Very much in the genre of Agatha Christie .... with everyone not all they appear to be.... however not as gripping. I think it would make a good TV drama as the author gives a lot of description to the setting etc. A very enjoyable read. Going to try her other books that have been reprinted.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating 3

A murder mystery set in Yorkshire during a particularly snowy and cold winter.
The locations and characters were set up well I thought and initially were quite atmospheric.
As the story progressed however it never really delivered on it’s early promise, and sort of petered out into a run of the mill cosy (ish) mystery.
An okay read and I would recommend it but not very strongly.
Alice Baird
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Emma Thurston
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent quick book to read in one or two hits, really enjoyed reading this over Christmas as it was;t at all challenging, but had a nice little story with a few twists and turns. It was nicely written, and I really enjoyed it.
I completed my 2017 reading challenge !!! And just in time !

Anyways this was a barely ok read, A mystery without any surprise which dragged on for too long ! I kept on mixing the characters names, so it quite difficult to keep track of everything.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing Christmassy about this at all, in fact the word ‘Christmas’ has been added to the title simply to cash in on that market. That said, for 1947, the writing was quite snappy and I liked the character of Dilys a lot. An easy read on a December night.
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