Merry Christmas everyone!
I thought that on this wonderful day of good cheer, family and togetherness, you might want to read about 12 tales of mystery and murder, because well, don’t we all need some on Christmas Day?
Hardly as bad as all that I promise, for A Very Murderous Christmas is 12 classic short tales. Here are the stories:
The Man With the Sack: This one was an unexpected start to the collection because inbetween a rather humourous mystery, there was a touch of class warfare, as there usually is in stories set in old English villages where people still worry about marrying well and not for love.
The Adventure of the Red Widow: This story was written in 1954 by Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr who were Doyle’s youngest son and biographer respectively. It’s classic Sherlock and Watson, and such a poignant ending!
Camberwell Crackers: As in fireworks. I thought this was about the biscuit! It’s weirdly James Bondish I thought, and really, who said family businesses weren’t murder? Or muerderous.
The Flying Stars: That time a thief insisted he pulled off themost beautiful crime in the world, but this wasn’t the best story to appreciate that.
A Problem in White: Less interesting that I thought it would be, even with the ‘Did you solve it? If not, don’t worry about feeling stupid, here’s the answer’.
Loopy: By Ruth Rendell. Hands down the creepiest story of the bunch. Filled with meance and a veneer of politeness over.
Morse’s Greatest Mystery: Now THIS is an introduction to Inspector Morse!
The Jar of Ginger: Short and sweet with a sting in the tale that makes you sit right up and go WOAH.
Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces: I wish I could have liked this more, but I really didn’t.
The Problem of Santa’s lighthouse: You Know how you thought your family was stressful? Yeah, no, this is worse.
I hope you all are enjoying your Christmas and have a happy new year!