Christmas Feature: A Very Murderous Christmas edited by Cecily Gayford

A Very Murderous Christmas…

About the Book:

We wish you a very murderous Christmas…

The Christmas season is one of comfort and joy, sparkling lights and steam rising from cups of mulled wine at frosty carol services. A season of goodwill to all men, as families and friends come together to forget their differences and celebrate the year together.

Unless, of course, you happen to be harbouring a grudge. Or hiding a guilty secret. Or you want something so much you just have to have it – whatever the cost. In A Very Murderous Christmas, ten of the best classic crime writers come together to unleash festive havoc, with murder, mayhem and twists aplenty.

Following Murder on Christmas Eve and Murder under the Christmas Tree, this is the perfect accompaniment to a mince pie. Just make sure you’re really, truly alone …

Stories written by Margery Allingham, Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr, Anthony Horowitz, G.K. Chesterton, Nicholas Blake, Ruth Rendell, Colin Dexter, Gladys Mitchell, John Mortimer, Edward Hoch.

My Thoughts:

Cosy mysteries have never been more unsettling! These bite sized Christmas stories are a treat for fans of the classic mystery genre. I particularly enjoyed Loopy by Ruth Rendell, a rather strange tale about a man who likes to wear a wolf suit for pleasure.

‘Principally, I felt not human. And to be not human is to be without responsibilities and human cares.’

A Very Murderous Christmas is an ideal book to have on your coffee table in the days leading up to Christmas. The stories are a great length for reading with a restorative cuppa in between Christmas preparations.

I’m somewhat unsettled though by Elf’s enthusiasm for the book. Hope he’s not getting any ideas from it!


Thanks is extended to Allen and Unwin for providing me with a copy of A Very Murderous Christmas for review.

A Very Murderous Christmas
Published by Allen and Unwin – Profile Books
Released December 2018

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