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- KurzbeschreibungHave yourself a crooked little Christmas with The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries .
Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories--many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else. From classic Victorian tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy, to contemporary stories by Sara Paretsky and Ed McBain, this collection touches on all aspects of the holiday season, and all types of mysteries. They are suspenseful, funny, frightening, and poignant.
Included are puzzles by Mary Higgins Clark, Isaac Asimov, and Ngaio Marsh; uncanny tales in the tradition of A Christmas Carol by Peter Lovesey and Max Allan Collins; O. Henry-like stories by Stanley Ellin and Joseph Shearing, stories by pulp icons John D. MacDonald and Damon Runyon; comic gems from Donald E. Westlake and John Mortimer; and many, many more. Almost any kind of mystery you're in the mood for--suspense, pure detection, humor, cozy, private eye, or police procedural-can be found in these pages.
- Unscrupulous Santas
- Crimes of Christmases Past and Present
- Festive felonies
- Deadly puddings
- Misdemeanors under the mistletoe
- Christmas cases for classic characters including Sherlock Holmes, Brother Cadfael, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Rumpole of the Bailey, Inspector Morse, Inspector Ghote, A.J. Raffles, and Nero Wolfe.
- AutorOtto Penzler
- HerausgaberOtto Penzler
- SerieVintage Books
- VerlagRandom House LCC US
- Seiten672 Seiten
- Gewicht929 g
- LeseprobeThe Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
It seems fitting, somehow, that the "Mistress of Mystery," the "Queen of Crime," set numerous stories in the cozy world of Christmas. The great talent that Dame Agatha brought to her detective stories was the element of surprise, and what could be more surprising than killing someone at what is meant to be the most peaceful, love- filled time of the year? This splendid story was such a favorite of the author that she used it as the title story of her collection The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and a Selection of Entrées (London, Collins, 1960).
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
"I regret exceedingly--" said M. Hercule Poirot.
He was interrupted. Not rudely interrupted. The interruption was suave, dexterous, persuasive rather than contradictory.
"Please don't refuse offhand, M. Poirot. There are grave issues of State. Your co- operation will be appreciated in the highest quarters."
"You are too kind," Hercule Poirot waved a hand, "but I really cannot undertake to do as you ask. At this season of the year--"
Again Mr. Jesmond interrupted. "Christmas time," he said, persuasively. "An old- fashioned Christmas in the En glish countryside."
Hercule Poirot shivered. The thought of the En glish countryside at this season of the year did not attract him.
"A good old- fashioned Christmas!" Mr. Jesmond stressed it.
"Me-I am not an En glishman," said Hercule Poirot. "In my country, Christmas, it is for the children. The New Year, that is what we celebrate."
"Ah," said Mr. Jesmond, "but Christmas in En gland is a great institution and I assure you at Kings Lacey you would see it at its best. It's a wonderful old house, you know. Why, one wing of it dates from the fourteenth century."
Again Poirot shivered. The thought of a fourteenth- century En glish manor house filled him with apprehension. He had suffered too often in the historic country houses of En gland. He looked round appreciatively at his comfortable modern flat with its radiators and the latest patent devices for excluding any kind of draught.
"In the winter," he said firmly, "I do not leave London."
"I don't think you quite appreciate, M. Poirot, what a very serious matter this is." Mr. Jesmond glanced at his companion and then back at Poirot.
Poirot's second visitor had up to now said nothing but a polite and formal "How do you do." He sat now, gazing down at his well- polished shoes, with an air of the utmost dejection on his coffee- coloured face. He was a young man, not more than twenty- three, and he was clearly in a state of complete misery.
"Yes, yes," said Hercule Poirot. "Of course the matter is serious
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