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Murder at Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season

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Christmas is a season of overindulgence. For most of us, that means an extra mince pie, a second helping of turkey, or perhaps a third glass of mulled wine. But for some among us, the festive season is a time to settle old scores, dispatch new enemies and indulge ... in murder.

Here, ten masters of the genre serve up mystery and mayhem aplenty. From a dowager's missing
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 7th 2019 by Profile Books (first published 2019)
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Ingrid
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very mediocre and not very Christmassy
Julia
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A good collection of stories with a twist and a little bit of Christmas added too
Jeff Howells
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it


This is the fourth volume of Christmas Crime stories edited by Cecily Gaylord, and the quality of the stories remain remarkably high. I’d have expected by now for the well to have run dry as far as festive crime stories was concerned. However, in the main, these stories were enjoyable. Sometimes the link to Christmas was tenuous and some were more stories set in wintry weather rather than over Christmas. My favourite stories were ‘The Ascham’ by Michael Innes - where a couple have to abandon
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Annette
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I love reading books like this for the festive season but this was a bit of a disappointment. The writing was ok and one of the stories had a very interesting slant but I have to say that the majority of the other stories were, of their time, and a little bland and not particularly Christmassy. Just my opinion...
Helen
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great selection of stories but the link to Christmas was tenuous in some.
Helen
Dec 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Took a long time get into
Tracy Stephens
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I just couldn’t get into this book at all.

Christmas short stories that weren’t really that Christmassy at all. Just in general the writing didn’t flow at all on pretty much all of the stories. I found them boring and a struggle to get through the book.
Eleanor King
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whilst I haven’t always been a fan of short story collections, this book was a pleasant surprise! I am a sucker for crime stories and the ones featured in this did not disappoint. I would highly recommend as it was an entertaining, thrilling and enjoyable read!
Bookwormandtheatremouse
Some of the tales were brilliant but some the tales dragged a little for me. I am not a fan of short stories and I struggle if they do not hold my attention. However as a festive read this ticks the boxes.
Lynne - The Book Squirrel
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some great stories!
Cathie Thurgate
Fun, easy read - a mixture of short stories so they were of varying quality but pretty good mostly.
Marios Eracleous
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good selection of short stories for those who like a bit of fun and frolics
Lucy
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Some stories were great, others were a half-hearted flop.
Amy
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Good, quite festive and Christmassy little selection of short stories. Some better than others. The Waxworks stands out for me.
Sarah Mcgrath
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
The stories are very mixed in quality, some are poor, some are excellent. Most have little or no link with Christmas.
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