The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay (1936)

The Melbury family has gathered at Flaxmere for the Christmas holiday. The family patriarch, Sir Osmond, has planned an elaborate celebration, complete with an appearance by Santa Klaus to present gifts to all. Things become not so jolly when in the midst of the Christmas Day celebrations Sir Osmond is found in his locked study, …

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The Christmas Egg by Mary Kelly (1958)

Olga Karukhin was found three days before Christmas, dead in her squalid London flat. She had lived in poverty since fleeing Russia in the wake of the March Revolution. Which seems odd, as she had also been known to repay kindnesses with golden ikons and jeweled broaches. So, Chief Inspector Brett Nightingale is brought in, …

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Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie (1938)

The Lee's have been separated by hatred and secrets for many years. Now, at the whim of its patriarch Simeon Lee, the family has gathered at Gorston Hall for a traditional family Christmas. The gathering is a strained one marked by in-fighting, spurred on by Lee for his own entertainment. And then on Christmas Eve, …

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The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude (1935)

Every Monday The Reverend Dodd, Vicar of St. Michael's-on-the-Cliff, and his old friend, Doctor Pendrill partake of their solemn ritual of sherry, dinner, cigars, coffee, and murder. On that night each week they indulge their habit of opening and dividing up the “spoils” of a selection of the latest mystery novels to be found in …

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The Bowstring Murders by Carter Dickson (1933)

My first review (on Twitter) of The Bowstring Murders left something to be desired… Trying to write a review for this is making me as “half-cracked” as Lord Rayle! Oh hell! Ingenious impossible crime. Very interesting sleuth in Gaunt. Lacks the energy and atmosphere I crave from Carr. Needs a map! There...done...whew!” So today, on John …

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Richardson’s First Case by Basil Thomson

PC Richardson stood in a cold, wet mist at his post on Baker Street, mulling over how he could gain admission to the Criminal Investigation Department of Scotland Yard. Daydreams of a rapid rise through the ranks are interrupted when an old man is heard to say "'very well, then, I'll call a policeman'", then …

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