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Silent nights : Christmas mysteries

Author: Martin Edwards
Publisher: London : The British Library, 2015.
Series: British Library crime classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Christmas is a mysterious, as well as magical, time of year. Strange things can happen, and this helps to explain the hallowed tradition of telling ghost stories around the fireside as the year draws to a close. Christmas tales of crime and detection have a similar appeal. When television becomes tiresome, and party games pall, the prospect of curling up in the warm with a good mystery is enticing - and much better  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Christmas fiction
Christmas stories
Detective and mystery fiction
Short stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Edwards
ISBN: 9780712356107 071235610X
OCLC Number: 948291363
Description: 287 pages ; 19 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Martin Edwards --
The blue carbuncle / Arthur Conan Doyle --
Parlour tricks / Ralph Plummer --
A happy solution / Raymund Allen --
The flying stars / G.K. Chesterton --
Stuffing / Edgar Wallace --
The unknown murderer / H.C. Bailey --
The absconding treasurer / J. Jefferson Farjeon --
The necklace of pearls / Dorothy L. Sayers --
The case is altered / Margery Allingham --
Waxworks / Ethel Lina White --
Cambric tea / Marjorie Bowen --
The Chinese apple / Joseph Shearing --
A problem in white / Nicholas Blake --
The name on the window / Edmund Crispin --
Beef for Christmas / Leo Bruce --
Solutions.
Series Title: British Library crime classics.
Responsibility: edited and introduced by Martin Edwards.

Abstract:

Christmas is a mysterious, as well as magical, time of year. Strange things can happen, and this helps to explain the hallowed tradition of telling ghost stories around the fireside as the year draws to a close. Christmas tales of crime and detection have a similar appeal. When television becomes tiresome, and party games pall, the prospect of curling up in the warm with a good mystery is enticing - and much better for the digestion than yet another helping of plum pudding. Crime writers are just as susceptible as readers to the countless attractions of Christmas. Over the years, many distinguished practitioners of the genre have given one or more of their stories a Yuletide setting. The most memorable Christmas mysteries blend a lively storyline with an atmospheric evocation of the season. Getting the mixture right is much harder than it looks. This book introduces readers to some of the finest Christmas detective stories of the past.

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