The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

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Have yourself a crooked little Christmas with The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries .

Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories--many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else. From classic Victorian tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy, to contemporary stories by Sara Paretsky and Ed McBain, this collection touches on all aspects of the holiday season, and all types of mysteries. They are suspenseful, funny, frightening, and poignant.

Included are puzzles by Mary Higgins Clark, Isaac Asimov, and Ngaio Marsh; uncanny tales in the tradition of A Christmas Carol by Peter Lovesey and Max Allan Collins; O. Henry-like stories by Stanley Ellin and Joseph Shearing, stories by pulp icons John D. MacDonald and Damon Runyon; comic gems from Donald E. Westlake and John Mortimer; and many, many more. Almost any kind of mystery you're in the mood for--suspense, pure detection, humor, cozy, private eye, or police procedural--can be found in these pages.

- Unscrupulous Santas
- Crimes of Christmases Past and Present
- Festive felonies
- Deadly puddings
- Misdemeanors under the mistletoe
- Christmas cases for classic characters including Sherlock Holmes, Brother Cadfael, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Rumpole of the Bailey, Inspector Morse, Inspector Ghote, A.J. Raffles, and Nero Wolfe.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2013
ISBN: 9780345802989
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: xii, 654 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Penzler, Otto
Alternative Title: Christmas mysteries


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In this book, Edgar Award winning author Otto Penzler has selected 60 of his favourite mystery stories with a Christmas theme. Everyone’s here from Arthur Conan Doyle to Donald Westlake and whether you prefer cozy, suspense, or procedural mysteries, you’ll find stories both familiar and rare in t... Read More »

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Feb 19, 2018

A collection of mystery/crime thrillers with a Christmas connection will enjoyably pass a dark, cold, and snowy evening for the reader. The tales come from the late 1800s through to 2011 with most written in the 1990s. The stories are roughly organized by themes; and an introductory note by the Editor provides background and context for each story.

karcoldelharvic5 Apr 13, 2014

Mostly stories written many years ago.

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