The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories – Edited by Martin Edwards

This is the twelfth British Library Crime Classics anthology published, and the third collection set in winter. More specifically, this collection of short stories all occur around, or reference the Christmas season. Eleven tales involving murder, theft, and even a Christmas ghost!  This is a great collection of stories, that I thoroughly enjoyed. Edward Martin’s …

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The Dead Don’t Wait by Michael Jecks

Living in London in 1555 was never easy, but former cutpurse and now reluctant assassin Jack Blackjack is having one hell of a bad day. He’s in debt to some very nasty moneylenders, the pretty wench he’s trying to bed turn’s out to be a con artist, and he’s got some serious servant problems. Now …

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The Missing Diamond Mystery by Diane Janes

When Frederick Edgerton went over a cliff in his wheelchair the death was ruled an accident. Then it is discovered that his favorite diamond is missing. Was his death an accident, suicide, or murder? And how is it tied to the diamond? The Edgertons invite Fran Black to discreetly investigate. Fran is entangled in a …

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The Sad Variety by Nicholas Blake

Professor Alfred Wragby, a scientist whose research has yielded a new discovery, is spending the Christmas holidays at the Guest House in rural England. Nigel Strangeways has been assigned to keep an eye on Wragby and his family. And when the professor’s young daughter is kidnapped, Nigel finds himself not only trying to find her, …

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The Bathysphere Boys by Ted Enik, Illustrated by G.F. Newland

Learning about bathyspheres can be fun? It is when presented in the way that The Bathysphere Boys does. This rhyme about intrepid adventurers Messrs. Beebe and Barton, as well as the all important Gloria Hollister (an intrepid adventurer in her own right) was fun and educational. As soon as I finished I was searching for …

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