The Mistletoe Murder

The Mistletoe Murder

And Other Stories

Book - 2017
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P. D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a short story for Christmas, and four of the best have been drawn from the archives and published here together for the first time. From the title story about a strained country-house Christmas party, to another about an illicit affair that ends in murder, plus two cases for detective Adam Dalgliesh, these are masterfully atmospheric stories by the acknowledged 'Queen of Crime'.
Publisher: London, Faber & Faber,, 2017.
Edition: Paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
ISBN: 9780571331352
0571331351
Characteristics: v, 136 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: McDermid, Val

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GirlandGoats
Sep 01, 2019

Christmas mystery

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darladoodles
Dec 21, 2017

I found these stories all had unexpected twists that added a layer of intrigue and ramped up the appeal. A nice diversion during the busyness of the holidays.

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EmilyEm
Dec 10, 2017

Four short stories with Christmas holiday settings—a perfect bedside book for a house guest.

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gina51
May 29, 2017

P.d.james is a very good writer, as usual. I enjoyed the stories, though I guessed the ending in 3 of them. Ive read the criticism in earlier comments, but so what if some of the stories are more like ellery queen magazine material? This would be a good book for a snowy winter night in front of the fire and some good, Hot tea.

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Rubicat
Mar 23, 2017

So disappointing. First, I was able to complete this book in one evening's reading. Second, the stories were not particularly good - it's apparent that these stories were from the early career of the author. The first novella was a true story and was marginally interesting but not nearly as well told & plotted as her later stories - obviously she could not manipulate this true story but still, this and the other fictional accounts were not very sophisticated or interesting. I doubt if this is one I'll read again, unlike the other P. D. James mysteries. Give this a miss.

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