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The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P.…

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories (2016)

by P. D. James

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I'm not a fan of short stories but I did enjoy this book by P.D. James. I've only read Death Comes to Pemberley by her in the past but I do look forward to reading some of her other books. The short stories were quick and easy to read and quite entertaining. They were sort of like cozies but were masterly done as the characters were interesting and the murderer was not too easy to figure out. I mostly enjoyed the surprise endings which was not expected. It you have not read her before, you should read this book as a sample of her writing. I'm sure you would enjoy it as much as I did! ( )
1 vote EadieB | Dec 12, 2018 |
This was a delightful collection of short mysteries, and has whet my appetite for more. ( )
  Ubiquitine | Nov 24, 2018 |
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Title: The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories
Series: ----------
Author: P.D. James
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 176
Format: Hardcover Edition


A collection of 4 stories about murder. None are connected nor did I care enough to outline each story or even bother to list them.

My Thoughts:
* Spoilers *

Sordid. That is the one word that I felt best described this small book of short stories by P.D. James. One of the stories is told by the murder/rapist and left me feeling disgusted. Another one was told by the Granddaughter of the murderess and it is justified in their eyes. Homosexuality, blackmail and suicide. Filth.

Two of the stories dealt with James' detective character Adam Dalgliesh (which I still can't spell without looking it up) and he might as well have been as invisible as a hat on a hat rack. You could have changed the name to John Smith and it wouldn't have made a lick of difference. He had zero personality and almost no part to play in either one.

From an entertainment standpoint, this was a complete failure. I was not impressed and I suspect I would not have liked James and her disgusting love of all things perverse.

That being said. She can WRITE. I hate it when this happens. Why does someone who writes like she can have to delve into the filthy underbelly of humanity and seem to ENJOY it so much? Upon finishing this I immediately went to the library and got the first Adam Dalgliesh book. I'm giving that 2 books for James to convince me that she doesn't actually like murderers and rapists. But if I get that sordid vibe again, James will be off my list.

★★☆☆½ ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Oct 9, 2018 |
A great set of stories. This slim volume is something that can easily devoured over the christmas holidays for anyone who loves a good story.

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  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
Four short stories by the master of the mystery novel. A young war widow is invited to her estranged grandmother's house for Christmas, only to encounter murder. A man is aware of vital information that could free an accused murderer, but withholds it for reasons of his own. A young Adam Dalgliesh is flagged down on a dark snowy road en route to his aunt's house for Christmas and becomes involved in a murder investigation at a nearby mansion. An older Dalgliesh is asked by his godfather to ascertain whether an inheritance is blood money that he should refuse, based on an Edwardian-era murder. -- Enjoyable, quick-reading divertissement, with some sly nods to Agatha Christie. ( )
  David_of_PA | Jul 14, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451494148, Hardcover)

Four previously uncollected stories from one of the great mystery writers of our time--swift, cunning murder mysteries (two of which feature the young Adam Dalgliesh) that together, to borrow the author's own word, add up to a delightful "entertainment."

The newly appointed Sgt. Dalgliesh is drawn into a case that is "pure Agatha Christie." . . . A "pedantic, respectable, censorious" clerk's secret taste for pornography is only the first reason he finds for not coming forward as a witness to a murder . . . A best-selling crime novelist describes the crime she herself was involved in fifty years earlier . . . Dalgliesh's godfather implores him to reinvestigate a notorious murder that might ease the godfather's mind about an inheritance, but which will reveal a truth that even the supremely upstanding Adam Dalgliesh will keep to himself. Each of these stories is as playful as it is ingeniously plotted, the author's sly humor as evident as her hallmark narrative elegance and shrewd understanding of some of the most complex--not to say the most damning--aspects of human nature. A treat for P. D. James's legions of fans and anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a masterfully wrought whodunit.

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Four Christmas short stories, two featuring poet-detective Adam Dalgliesh, that deal with some of the most unsettling aspects of human nature. Previously published in newspapers and magazines, they are collected here for the first time.

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