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The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (2018)

by Martin Edwards (Editor)

Other authors: Baroness Orczy (Contributor), John Bingham (Contributor), John Bude (Contributor), Carter Dickson (Contributor), Francis Durbridge (Contributor)6 more, Cyril Hare (Contributor), Selwyn Jepson (Contributor), Ronald Knox (Contributor), E.C.R. Lorac (Contributor), Donald Stuart (Contributor), Julian Symons (Contributor)

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A Christmas party is punctuated by a gunshot under a policeman's watchful eye. A jewel heist is planned admist the glitz and glamour of Oxford Street's Christmas shopping. Lost in a snowstorm, a man finds a motive for murder. This collection of mysteries explores the darker side of the festive season from unexplained disturbances in the fresh snow, to the darkness that lurks beneath the sparkling decorations. With neglected stories by John Bude and E.C.R. Lorac, as well as tales by little-known writers of crime fiction, Martin Edwards blends the cosy atmosphere of the fireside story with a chill to match the temperature outside.… (more)
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  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
I always like to read a Christmassy themed book at this time of year, and for 2021 I chose this book of short crime stories all set at Christmas time. The book is part of the British Library Crime Classics series and each story has a short biographical introduction about it’s author.

There are eleven stories in all, and as with any compilation, some are more enjoyable than others – and which are which will be down to the personal opinion of the reader. I particularly liked The Christmas Card Crime by Donald Stuart, Sister Bessie or Your Old Leech by Cyril Hare and Twixt the Lip and the Cup by Julian Symons (the last one was probably my overall favourite).

The book also features stories by Baroness Orczy, Carter Dixon, Francis Durbridge and others. Some are rather old fashioned and as such feel quaint or tame, but given when they were written this is only to be expected. I would have preferred a more Christmassy feel to most of them – some of the stories were deemed to be seasonal just because they were set in December or there was a bit of snow falling and in most cases, the season itself was irrelevant. Nonetheless, the book was an interesting diversion and for the most part very enjoyable. ( )
  Ruth72 | Dec 28, 2021 |
Eleven short stories each with the theme or connection to the Christmas period. On the whole (10 of them were 4 stars) I enjoyed them all, they were well-written and a delight to read.
A NetGalley Book ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
I love Golden Age Mysteries and also love Christmas-themed mysteries so what could be better than this?

This is a nice collection with a good variety of Golden Age Christmas-themed mystery short stories.

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Net Galley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.) ( )
  lindapanzo | Jul 21, 2020 |
Overall this is a solid collection of Christmas stories. I liked this one about the same as Silent Nights, the first Christmas-themed collection under the British Library Crime Classics imprint. This one has a more puzzley kind of feel, with a couple of stories that neatly hoist the villains by their own petard, whereas the first collection had more spooky stories. I liked that both collections felt a bit different from each other.

This collection features British Library Crime Classic authors Julian Symons and E.C.R. Lorac, among others, so if you've liked what the British Library has published of their works, you might like this collection too. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jun 23, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Edwards, MartinEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baroness OrczyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bingham, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bude, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dickson, CarterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Durbridge, FrancisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hare, CyrilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jepson, SelwynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Knox, RonaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lorac, E.C.R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stuart, DonaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Symons, JulianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dover, AnneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffin, GordonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A Christmas party is punctuated by a gunshot under a policeman's watchful eye. A jewel heist is planned admist the glitz and glamour of Oxford Street's Christmas shopping. Lost in a snowstorm, a man finds a motive for murder. This collection of mysteries explores the darker side of the festive season from unexplained disturbances in the fresh snow, to the darkness that lurks beneath the sparkling decorations. With neglected stories by John Bude and E.C.R. Lorac, as well as tales by little-known writers of crime fiction, Martin Edwards blends the cosy atmosphere of the fireside story with a chill to match the temperature outside.

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Contains:
  • A Christmas Tragedy / Baroness Orczy
  • By the Sword / Selwyn Jepson
  • The Christmas Card Game / Donald Stuart
  • The Motive / Ronald Knox
  • Blind Man's Hood / Carter Dickson
  • Paul Temple's White Christmas / Francis Durbridge
  • Sister Bessie, or, Your Old Leech / Cyril Hare
  • A Bit of Wire-Pulling / E.C.R. Lorac
  • Pattern of Revenge / John Bude
  • Crime at Lark Cottage / John Bingham
  • 'Twixt the Cup and the Lip / Julian Symons
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