Four festive stories from P. D. James, the 'Queen of Crime'
From a Christmas murder at a country house to an illicit affair and a questionable inheritance, P. D. James's trademark sparkling prose illuminates the secrets that lurk beneath the surface at enforced family gatherings. These puzzle-box mysteries are perfect cosy reading for the darkest days of the year!
Including two early cases for Adam Dalgleish - star of the major TV series, Dalgleish
What readers are saying:
'A sheer delight.' 5* reader review
'Four of the best of P D James short stories. All set around Christmas and all expertly planned, written and executed!' 5* reader review
'Perfect for a dark wintry evening.' 5* reader review
'Very entertaining, and I loved it.' 5* reader review
The four previously uncollected mysteries in this collection show that James (1920 2014) was just as adept at the short form as she was at novel length; they efficiently introduce characters and create atmosphere, while posing fair challenges to readers eager to match wits with her. The title story presents a solution to a very cold case, provided by a mystery author who was in the house where an antiques dealer was bludgeoned to death. The author subtly conceals the signpost to the truth in "A Very Commonplace Murder," the most complex selection, in which an alibi witness dithers over coming forward to clear an innocent man. In "The Twelve Clues of Christmas," Adam Dalgleish, her series lead, comments, "I don't think I'll ever have another case like it. It was pure Agatha Christie." Such a comparison isn't gratuitous the puzzles are sure to please Christie fans, while offering enough psychological depth to satisfy those who want to emotionally invest in the characters, even if they appear for just a few dozen pages.