Big Book of Christmas Mysteries
COLLECTIONS & ANTHOLOGIES OF VARIOUS LITERARY FORMS. Here, for your yuletide reading pleasure, are the collected crimes of Christmases Past and Present: sixty classic Christmas crime stories gathered together in the largest anthology of its kind ever assembled. And its an all-star line-up: Sherlock Holmes, Brother Cadfael, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Rumpole of the Bailey, Inspector Morse, Inspector Ghote, A.J. Raffles, Nero Wolfe and many, many more of the world's favourite detectives and crime fighters face unscrupulous Santas, festive felonies, deadly puddings, and misdemeanors under the mistletoe. Almost any kind of mystery you're in the mood for - suspense, pure detection, humour, cozy, private eye, or police procedural - can be found within these pages.
'One of the joys of the collection is how many are delightfully funny ... Note that many of these stories turn on simple theft, of diamonds or candlesticks or a lottery ticket; they hark back to simpler days before the modern thriller began to provide endless serial killers and ax murderers for our edification ... Anyone who cares about the best mystery writing of the past century and beyond would be lucky to receive this thick volume during the holidays' The Washington Post. 'Some famous names appear, as do quite a few writers unknown or unjustly forgotten and there are many gems. This is not a literary meal to be consumed too quickly. A diet of four stories a day is suggested' The Times, Books of the Year. 'What better Christmas gift for crime fiction addicts than this mighty tome ... hugely enjoyable seasonal stories ... guaranteed terrifying as well as holy nights' Irish Independent.
Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and an Edgar-award winning anthologist.