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The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

by Otto Penzler (Editor)

Other authors: Catherine Aird (Contributor), Doug Allyn (Contributor), Isaac Asimov (Contributor), Robert Barnard (Contributor), Josephine Bell (Contributor)53 more, Marjorie Bowen (Contributor), G.K. Chesterton (Contributor), Agatha Christie (Contributor), Mary Higgins Clark (Contributor), Max Allan Collins (Contributor), Joseph Commings (Contributor), Edmund Cox (Contributor), Colin Dexter (Contributor), Arthur Conan Doyle (Contributor), Stanley Ellin (Contributor), Pat Frank (Contributor), Ed Gorman (Contributor), Ron Goulart (Contributor), Thomas Hardy (Contributor), Cyril Hare (Contributor), O. Henry (Contributor), Edward D. Hoch (Contributor), E.W. Hornung (Contributor), Fergus Hume (Contributor), H.R.F. Keating (Contributor), Andrew Klavan (Contributor), Gillian Linscott (Contributor), Dick Lochte (Contributor), Peter Lovesey (Contributor), John Lutz (Contributor), John D. MacDonald (Contributor), Ngaio Marsh (Contributor), Ed McBain (Contributor), Susan Moody (Contributor), Bradford Morrow (Contributor), John Mortimer (Contributor), Meredith Nicholson (Contributor), Norvell (Contributor), Sara Paretsky (Contributor), Otto Penzler (Introduction), Barry Perowne (Contributor), Ellis Peters (Contributor), Ellory Queen (Contributor), Mary Roberts Rinehart (Contributor), S.C. Roberts (Contributor), Peter Robinson (Contributor), Damon Runyon (Contributor), Jonathan Santlofer (Contributor), Will Scott (Contributor), Joseph Shearing (Contributor), Robert Louis Stevens (Contributor), Robert Louis Stevenson (Contributor), Rex Stout (Contributor), Julian Symons (Contributor), Peter Todd (Contributor), Edgar Wallace (Contributor), Donald E. Westlake (Contributor), Ethel Lina White (Contributor)

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"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"--Provided by publisher.

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It's cheating to mark this as read, but this is as read as it's going to get this year. I made it through a couple of sections of stories, which is probably enough for me. I especially enjoyed the classic and pulpy sections, of course. My favorites were the John D MacDonald and Nero Wolfe stories - will have to check out more of them. ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
3 to 3.5 stars. As expected for an anthology of this size, there's some truly absorbing stories and a bunch of mediocre ones. But just what I needed for this time of year, when the brain is largely mush. ( )
  subabat | Mar 19, 2018 |
I had a lot of fun reading these mystery short stories but the book is big!! It might have been better if I had started in early November instead of the beginning of December. I had read surprisingly few of the stories before (only Arthur Conan Doyle & Agatha Christie I believe). It was a nice touch that the book opened and closed with stories by the Grand Dame of Mysteries, Agatha Christie, the only author to have more than one story (one a Poirot story & the other a Miss Marple).

The 2 stories I liked best were satires: "The Secret in the Pudding Bag & Herlock Sholmes's Christmas Case" by Peter Todd, a spoof of Sherlock Holmes, and "A Wreath for Marley" by Max Allen Collins, a fun mashup of The Maltese Falcon and A Christmas Carol. ( )
  leslie.98 | Dec 27, 2017 |
Great eclectic and marvelously mixed bag of stories, most to all of which were excellent reads no matter their originating genre or sub-genre. I'm going to have to get a copy of this to keep, as I already want to reread some stories despite having returned this book to the library. ( )
  SESchend | Sep 6, 2017 |
This is a fabulous collection of short stories, connected by Christmas (at least a mention) and mystery. They run the gamut from profound to silly, from the deft cozy to the chilling. The stories are sectioned so the reader can choose specific types (traditional, funny, Sherlockian, pulpy, uncanny, sorry, surprising, modern, puzzling and classic). I read it straight through, enjoying the variety. Many of the greats are represented here (Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ellery Queen, Robert Louis Stevenson, O. Henry, Rex Stout, and so forth) as are many less well known writers. Many of these stories are extremely hard to find anywhere else. Each story is preceded by a short blurb on the author, interesting and often surprising. This is a volume I intend to dip into each year... even the busiest at yuletide should be able to find a few minutes for a short story here and there. Highly recommended. ( )
1 vote Carrie.Kilgore | Mar 8, 2014 |
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"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"--Provided by publisher.

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  • Introduction / Otto Penzler
  • A Traditional Little Christmas
    • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding / Agatha Christie
    • Gold, Frankincense and Murder / Catherine Aird
    • Boxing Unclever / Robert Barnard
    • The Proof of the Pudding / Peter Lovesey
    • The Adventure of the Dauphin's Doll / Ellery Queen
    • Morse's Greatest Mystery / Colin Dexter
    • More Than Flesh and Blood / Susan Moody
    • The Butler's Christmas Eve / Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • The Trinity Cat / Ellis Peters
  • A Funny Little Christmas
    • The Burglar and the Whatsit / Donald E. Westlake
    • Dancing Dan's Christmas / Damon Runyon
    • A Visit From St. Nicholas / Ron Goulart
    • The Thieves Who Couldn't Help Sneezing / Thomas Hardy
    • Rumpole and the Spirit of Christmas / John Mortimer
    • A Reversible Santa Claus / Meredith Nicholson
  • A Sherlockian Little Christmas
    • A Scandal in Winter / Gillian Linscott
    • The Christmas Client / Edward D. Hoch
    • The Secret in the Pudding Bag & Herlock Sholmes's Christmas Case / Peter Todd
    • Christmas Eve / S.C. Roberts
    • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle / Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A Pulpy Little Christmas
    • Dead on Christmas Street / John D. MacDonald
    • Crime's Christmas Carol / Norvell
    • Serenade to a Killer / Joseph Commings
  • An Uncanny Little Christmas
    • The Haunted Crescent / Peter Lovesey
    • A Christmas in Camp / Edmund Cox
    • The Christmas Bogey / Pat Frank
    • The Killer Christian / Andrew Klavan
    • The Ghost's Touch / Fergus Hume
    • A Wreath for Marley / Max Allan Collins
  • A Scary Little Christmas
    • The Carol Singers / Josephine Bell
    • Waxworks / Ethel Lina White
    • Cambric Tea / Marjorie Bowen
    • The 74th Tale / Jonathan Santlofer
    • The Uninnocent / Bradford Morrow
    • Blue Christmas / Peter Robinson
  • A Surprising Little Christmas
    • Noel, Noel / Barry Perowne
    • Death on Christmas Eve / Stanley Ellin
    • The Chinese Apple / Joseph Shearing
  • A Modern Little Christmas
    • And All Through the House / Ed McBain
    • An Early Christmas / Doug Allyn
    • The Live Tree / John Lutz
    • Three-Dot Po / Sara Paretsky
    • Mad Dog / Dick Lochte
  • A Puzzling Little Christmas
    • Sister Bessie / Cyril Hare
    • That's the Ticket / Mary Higgins Clark
    • Death on the Air / Ngaio Marsh
    • The Thirteenth Day of Christmas / Isaac Asimov
    • The Christmas Kitten / Ed Gorman
    • The Santa Claus Club / Julian Symons
  • A Classic Little Christmas
    • The Flying Stars / G.K. Chesterton
    • Christmas Party / Rex Stout
    • The Raffles Relics / E.W. Hornung
    • The Price of Light / Ellis Peters
    • A Present for Santa Sahib / H.R.F. Keating
    • The Christmas Train / Will Scott
    • Markheim / Robert Louis Stevenson
    • A Chaparral Christmas Gift / O. Henry
    • The Chopham Affair / Edgar Wallace
    • A Christmas Tragedy / Agatha Christie
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