Another Little Christmas Murder
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.
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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.