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Publisher Description

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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
October 22
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Gabby Hunter ,

Christmas mysteries

Loved it! Great variety of stories and delight to read.

PierresFamily ,

Good, could be better

This is a comprehensive collection of Christmas mysteries with authors varying from the classical (Stevenson, Christie) to lesser known writers. It is obvious that a lot of work was done in compiling them. The Sherlock-related tales were consistently clever. There is misleading & incomplete info about Socialism in the Chesterton story. No, the difference between them & capitalists is NOT that socialists want workers to be paid. Capitalism not only provides salaries but also money for tuition, opportunities to earn more if the person takes advantage of educational opportunities etc. No wonder some people are misled. The best way to discover the truth about living under Socialism, is to talk to a Venezuelan immigrant.

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