The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories

Author: P. D. James
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571331369
Release Date: 2016-10-04
Genre: Fiction

As the acknowledged 'Queen of Crime' P.D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. Four of the very best of these have been rescued from the archives and are published together for the first time. P.D. James's sparkling prose illuminates each of these perfectly formed stories, making them ideal reading for the darkest days of the year. While she delights in the secrets that lurk beneath the surface at enforced family gatherings, her Christmas stories also provide enjoyable puzzles to keep the reader guessing. From the title story about a strained country house gathering on Christmas Eve, another about an illicit affair that ends in murder, and two cases for James's poet-detective Adam Dalgliesh -- each treats the reader to James's masterfully atmospheric story-telling, always with the lure of a mystery to be solved.

P D James

Author: Laurel A. Young
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476628905
Release Date: 2017-06-09
Genre: Literary Criticism

British National Health Service employee Phyllis Dorothy James White (1920–2014) reinvented herself at age 38 as P.D. James, crime novelist. She then became long known as England’s “Queen of Crime.” Sixteen of her 20 novels feature one or both of her series detectives, Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard and private eye Cordelia Gray. Stand-alone works include the dystopian The Children of Men (1992) and Death Comes to Pemberley (2011), a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. James’s careful plotting has earned comparison with Golden Age British detective writers such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. Yet James’s work is thoroughly modern, with realistic descriptions of police procedures and the echoes and aftereffects of crime. This literary companion includes more than 700 encyclopedic entries covering the characters, settings and themes of her published writing, along with a career chronology, chronological and alphabetical listings of her works, and an exhaustive index.

Sleep No More

Author: James P. D.
Publisher:
ISBN: 1635461421
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Large type books

"A holiday gift for all P.D. James fans to stand alongside her bestselling The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories: six previously uncollected stories from the beloved "Queen of Crime"--Swift, cunning murder mysteries from throughout her extraordinary career. Put your feet up and enjoy a good read! Longtime P.D. James fans will devour these short tales of criminality and deception, each one a pleasure, evocative and engrossing. Including several stories originally published in magazines, this enchanting arrangement of memorable whodunits treats the reader to atmospheric storytelling, mysteries to be solved, and enjoyable puzzles that will keep you guessing. With wit and warmth, P.D. James pays tribute to her English crime-writing forebears, delighting in the dark secrets that lurk beneath the surface of quintessentially English settings. Sleep No More is a beautifully produced, rare gift book, and an exciting addition to the P.D. James library, offering her devoted readers a glimpse of earlier work never before collected between two covers, and--for those who come newly to it--a delightful place to begin."--

Sleep No More

Author: P. D. James
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571339891
Release Date: 2017-10-03
Genre: Fiction

The acknowledged 'Queen of Crime', P. D. James, was a past master of the short story, weaving together motifs of the Golden Age of crime-writing with deep psychological insight to create gripping, suspenseful tales. The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories contained four of these perfectly formed stories, and this companion volume contains a further six, published here together for the first time. As the six murderous tales unfold, the dark motive of revenge is revealed at the heart of each. Bullying schoolmasters receive their comeuppance, unhappy marriages and childhoods are avenged, a murder in the small hours of Christmas Day puts an end to the vicious new lord of the manor, and, from the safety of his nursing home, an octogenarian exerts exquisite retribution. The punishments inflicted on the guilty are fittingly severe, but here they are meted out by the unseen forces of natural justice rather than the institutions of the law. Once again, P. D. James shows her expert control of the short-story form, conjuring motives and scenarios with complete conviction, and each with a satisfying twist in the tail.

Mistletoe and Murder

Author: Jenna Ryan
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 9781426808623
Release Date: 2007-11-01
Genre: Fiction

TWELVE NIGHTS AND COUNTING DOWN TO CHRISTMAS Every Christmas the threats started again. They came delivered in red greeting cards, and this year Romana was forced to take them seriously. Even if it meant turning to Jacob Knight-the sexy detective she'd always kept at arm's length. After seven years, he was bigger, stronger and more man than she was prepared for. His dark past endangered Romana-but only his arms could provide protection from the convicted killer bent on exacting revenge. And as the nights grew longer and more difficult, their passions threatened to erupt-and expose them to dangers as irresistible as they were reckless.

Murder at Christmas and other stories

Author: John Mortimer
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 0451172043
Release Date: 1991-11-05
Genre: Fiction

Twelve tales of holiday mystery, mayhem, and murder feature the works of John Mortimer, Georges Simenon, Julian Symons, James Powell, Alice Scanlan Reach, C.M. Chan, and six other notable writers

Mistletoe and Murder

Author: Robin Stevens
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141369730
Release Date: 2016-10-20
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

The fabulously festive fifth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike. Nancy Drew meets the Chalet School in this clever crime novel set in the 1930s. Robin Stevens' period detail, strong characters and meticulous plotting come together in a satisfying story (Scotsman) Festive, fun and full of mystery (Country Life) ----- It's Christmas, the snow is falling in Cambridge where the detective duo Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the festive period. But Hazel's hopes of relaxing amongst the beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms are dashed by the danger lurking in the dark stairwells of Maudlin College. Two days before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident - until the Detective Society look a little closer, and realise a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer (in time for Christmas Day, of course). A superb puzzle . . . Splendidly seasonal (Metro) Fabulous (The Times)

The Mistletoe Bough and Other Stories

Author: Anthony Trollope
Publisher:
ISBN: HARVARD:HN3EI1
Release Date: 1883
Genre:

1883. A collection of stories from the prolific English writer of novels dealing with Victorian life. Contents: The Mistletoe Bough; A Ride Across Palestine; The Courtship of Susan Bell; The Parson's Daughter of Oxney Colne; Returning Home; and The House of Heine Brothers, in Munich. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

Mistletoe Mysteries

Author: Charlotte MacLeod
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
ISBN: 9781788540650
Release Date: 2017-08-01
Genre: Fiction

Peace on Earth isn't everyone's cup of tea in Charlotte MacLeod's "A Cozy for Christmas." Peter Lovesey's "The Haunted Crescent" delivers a holiday ghost story with a twist. A training session for department-store Santas turns up Saint Nicks who are anything but angels in Isaac Asimov's "Ho, Ho, Ho." Marcia Muller's "Silent Night" finds a tough private investigator searching San Francisco's Tenderloin district—and discovering something unexpected. A long-married couple's ship finally comes in—only to spring a mysterious leak—in Mary Higgins Clark's "That's the Ticket." Scottish superstition catches up with a cat burglar in Sharyn McCrumb's "A Wee Doch and Doris." These and many more stories will keep you turning pages and gathering evidence of yuletide mayhem. So when holiday shopping brings out your inner Grinch, hunker down with a hot toddy—and leave the murder to the experts.This festive collection includes stories by Charlotte MacLeod, Peter Lovesey, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Eric Wright, John Lutz, Howard Engel, Mary Higgins Clark, Bill Pronzini, Sharyn McCrumb, Henry Slesar, Edward D. Hoch, Aaron Elkins, Susan Dunlap, Isaac Asimov, and Marcia Muller.

More Mystery Cats

Author: Lilian Jackson Braun
Publisher: Signet Book
ISBN: 0451176898
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Fiction

A collection of mystery tales starring cats features the writing of mystery masters Lilian Jackson Braun, Ellis Peters, Dorothy L. Sayers, P. G. Wodehouse, and ten others. Original.

Mistletoe and Murder

Author: Carola Dunn
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781849018425
Release Date: 2011-02-24
Genre: Fiction

In December 1923, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher yields to the demands of her mother and the needs of her writing career and brings her family to an old Cornish estate for Christmas. The estate, occupied by the poor relations of the ancestral lord, has a rich history of lore, ghost stories, and festering resentments some or all of which leaves them all trapped in a house with the corpse of a despotic chaplin and a murderer. Daisy's husband Inspector Alec is forced to give up his Christmas break to help Daisy solve the mystery. Critical Praise for The Daisy Dalrymple novels by Carola Dunn: "The period sense remains vivid, the characterizations are excellent, and the mysteries are, if anything, more perplexing than ever." The Oregonian on Rattle His Bones "Styx and Stones is a swift, deeply enjoyable read. While Dunn's influences are many, she ultimately makes this territory her own." The Register-Guard "Reading like an Agatha Christie thriller, Rattle His Bones is a charming look at life after the first World War." Romantic Times "Dunn captures the melting pot of Prohibition-era New York with humorous characterizations and a vivid sense of place, and with careful plotting lays out an enjoyable tale of adventure." Publisher's Weekly on The Case of the Murdered Muckraker

Mistletoe and Murder

Author: Florence Case
Publisher: Steeple Hill
ISBN: 9781426843525
Release Date: 2009-11-01
Genre: Fiction

One minute, probation officer Mallory Larsen is handing out hand-knitted Christmas gifts. The next, there's a gun at her head—and a bomb exploding. Fellow probation officer Shamus Burke saves her life, and she'll be sure to thank him for it…once she gets his assistance again. A girl's life depends on Mallory, and no one but Shamus can help her do what needs to be done. As the threats against Mallory escalate, she shows Shamus she won't back down on saving anyone—including him. But now someone's dead set on stopping them both from ever celebrating Christmas together.

Mistletoe Merriment and Murder

Author: Sara Rosett
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 9780758279774
Release Date: 2012-10-01
Genre: Fiction

Super organizer Ellie Avery could really use some Christmas cheer when Gabrielle Matheson, a grinchy professional rival, sets up shop in the same small Georgia town. But before the halls are even halfway decked with holly, someone uses Ellie's terrifically tasteless white elephant swap gift as. . .a murder weapon! Ellie's now a suspect. Besides playing Mrs. Santa for her Air Force pilot husband and their two kids, shielding her eyes from the garishly over-decorated house down the street, and helping a client who's a hardcore hoarder, Ellie also has to solve this ho-ho-homicide. . .and find a killer who wishes her a very deadly Christmas. Don't miss Ellie Avery's great tips for a relaxed and stress-free holiday season! "Sara Rosett's Ellie Avery series is a winner. Rosett always delivers a terrific mystery with believable characters and lots of heart. The insider look at the life of a military spouse makes this series a fascinating read. I look forward to each new book." --Denise Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River and Devereaux's Dime mystery series. "Sara Rosett once again presents readers with intriguing characters, a strong setting, more than a dash of humor and a suspenseful plot that ably keeps us guessing until the end. No mean achievement! Yet, what places her sleuth, Air Force wife Ellie Avery, at the top of my list are the poignant descriptions of what military families face every day, bringing an essential reminder of their sacrifices to us all, especially at this time of year." --Katherine Hall Page, Agatha Award-winning author of The Body in the Boudoir Praise for Sara Rosett's Ellie Avery Mysteries "Some cozies just hit on all cylinders, and Rosett's Ellie Avery titles are among the best." --Library Journal "Charm, Southern sass, and suspense abound. . .delightful." --Fresh Fiction "Intriguing characters, a dash of humor, and a suspenseful plot that keeps us guessing until the end." --Katherine Hall Pag

Christmas Crimes

Author: Anne Cleeves
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 0451186494
Release Date: 1996-10-29
Genre: Fiction

The halls are decked with homicide in a collection of Christmas mysteries by such authors as Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, and Georges Simenon