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The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries
01 Dec 2013 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781781858370

Have a criminally good Christmas! Yuletide whodunits starring Sherlock Holmes, Brother Cadfael, Miss Marple, Poirot, Rumpole, Inspector Morse and many more.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 752 pages
Exclusive: GB AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: CA US
Also by Otto Penzler
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries: The Most Complete Collection of Yuletide Whodunits Ever Assemblededited by Otto Penzler

Festive felonies, unscrupulous santas, deadly puddings, and misdemeanors under the mistletoe...

From Victorian detective stories to modern mysteries, police procedurals to pulp fiction, comic gems to cozy crime, there's something for every festive mood in this must-read collection starring sixty of the world's favourite detectives.

Featuring an all-star cast of authors including Isaac Asimov, Mary Higgins Clark, Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, Colin Dexter, Thomas Hardy, H.R.F. Keating, Ngaio Marsh, John Mortimer, Ellis Peters, Sara Paretsky, Robert Louis Stevenson and – of course – Agatha Christie, this is the biggest and best Christmas crime anthology in print today.

Otto Penzler, series editor, is the founder of the Mysterious Press (1975), Mysterious (2011) and New York City's Mysterious Bookshop (1979). He has won a Raven, the Ellery Queen Award, two Edgars and lifetime achievement awards from Noircon and The Strand Magazine. He has edited more than 70 anthologies and written extensively about crime fiction.

One of the joys of the collection is how many are delightfully funny... Note that many of these stories turn on simple theft, of diamonds or candlesticks or a lottery ticket; they hark back to simpler days before the modern thriller began to provide endless serial killers and ax murderers for our edification... Anyone who cares about the best mystery writing of the past century and beyond would be lucky to receive this thick volume during the holidays' Washington Post

'Some famous names appear, as do quite a few writers unknown or unjustly forgotten and there are many gems. This is not a literary meal to be consumed too quickly. A diet of four stories a day is suggested' The Times, Books of the Year

What better Christmas gift for crime fiction addicts than this mighty tome... hugely enjoyable seasonal stories... guaranteed terrifying as well as holy nights' Irish Independent

It should keep thriller fans entertained well into the New Year' Herald, The Year's Best Books for Gifts

There's something for every festive mood in this must-read collection... This is the best Christmas crime anthology in print today' Urban Fox

A great book to keep you company on those drawn out winter evenings... Full of tales that are especially worthy of reading aloud' This England

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