Murder On Christmas Eve: Classic Mysteries for the Festive Season (Vintage Murders)
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He presents a powerful new perspective on the deep psychological mechanisms behind birthday parties, royal coronations, fire-walking and terrifying rites of passage. What hits home is that the Detective on the case has an unemployed wife at home who could very easily have been pushed to the same lengths as the suspect in custody. No Sanity Clause by Ian Rankin- a modern story in which a man recently released after serving his time leans back into theft during a hotel Christmas party and crosses paths with two people, one of whom gives him another chance. A Wife in A Million by Val McDermid- in which a disgruntled wife is, instead of handing out holiday cheer, out slipping a little arsenic into grocery items and DS Maggie Staniforth is on the case and dealing with her own disgruntled wife. This is the third of the Cecily Gayford edited collections of Christmas crime stories I have read and, fo some reason I found it the most disappointing.
While the world sleeps, snow falls gently from the sky, presents lie under the tree … and murder is afoot.With this knowledge the police man takes the cat to the girlfriend who runs to her bedroom and find the old lady's stuff. This one is a story in a story about magical painting, one of four that correspond with the seasons. Until on Christmas Eve she gets killed and her handbag and jewelry stolen, the local police man starts his investigation, with the troublesome cat who seems to be following him around. I would recommend reading a whole short story in one sitting though as I tended to lose the thread if I stopped.
A sad little story about a poor postman killed after doing his rounds, and a poor old lady who puts up old Christmas cards because she likes to remember. Overall I have enjoyed the book, and the 5 star stories, including the Ellis Peters one, The Trinity Cat, at the start, more than make up for the less good ones. A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 22-year-old woman was stabbed to death in south London.The stories included a cat who knew who the murderer was, a gymnastic murderer and one story that didn’t even include murder at all! Cambric Tea by Marjorie Bowen- in which there's no murder but there is a plan for framing people for one. Like many other short story collections that involve some sort of theme, there are tales here that are full of Christmas spirit and others that merely use this time of year as an ironic reference point for the central action. She is the recipient of six honorary doctorates and is an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford. There are six, seven to eight suspects all who have read and handled the manuscript throughout the night, though none of them took it.
At the beginning I thought it was too much of the English countryside, but then it offered different atmospheres. I’d say this is a book to pick up if ur bored, wanna do some mindless reading or to put the mindset back after a lousy book. This one had a Sherlock Holmes feel to it, it’s about a rich man's club - The Santa Claus Club - where one of the members feels for his life. Though there is a detective and his wife attend a murder mystery party, that has a MP who is trying to make it public who criminals, the detective clocks Santa.Wellcome Collection is a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art. What I enjoyed most is that the stories selected for MURDER ON CHRISTMAS EVE are not just modern, some are classic stories written decades earlier. As my last Christmas murder mystery was a disappointment, I jumped right into this with fingers crossed the title really meant what it read. Though Father Brown sees through his lies and discovered that the brother isn’t the made he says he is; he is the adopted son, and the body is of the last brother he killed earlier, and has be pretending to be him the whole time. Val McDermid is a number one bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than forty languages, and have sold over eighteen million copies.