Thirteen GuestsReading Essentials #ad - No one would have guessed that death lurked nearby, and that only a little distance from the glitter and glamour of a house party, two victims lay silent on the floor. Soon events take a sinister turn when a painting is mutilated, a dog stabbed, and a man strangled. On a fine autumn weekend, Lord Aveling hosts a party at his country house.
Thirteen Guests #ad - Death strikes more than one of the house guests, and the police are called. The unlucky thirteenth is john foss, injured at the local train station and brought to the house to recuperate - but John is nursing a secret of his own. Among the guests are an actress, an artist, a journalist, and a mystery novelist.
. Detective inspector kendall's skills are tested to the utmost as he tries to uncover the hidden past of everyone there.
The Z MurdersReading Essentials #ad - Sayersrichard temperley’s pretty annoyed with his bad-tempered fellow passenger Amble on the train, who snores like a train himself. Jefferson farjeon is quite unsurpassed for creepy skill in mysterious adventures. Dorothy L. But temperley’s not annoyed for long: as soon as Temperley and Amble arrive in fogbound London before dawn and take refuge in a hotel, Amble settles himself into an armchair, goes back to sleep - and never reawakens.
The Z Murders #ad - How could he with a bullet in his heart, having been shot through the window while he slept? .
The Santa Klaus Murder British Library Crime ClassicsPoisoned Pen Press #ad - Mystery crime fiction written in the golden Age of Murder"Despite its title, this British Library Crime Classics reissue of a 1936 novel isn't just an entertaining Christmas read. Various members of the family have their private suspicions about the identity of the murderer, and the Chief Constable of Haulmshire, who begins his investigations by saying that he knows the family too well and that is his difficulty, wishes before long that he understood them better.
In the midst of mistrust, it emerges that there was not one Santa Klaus, suspicion and hatred, but two. It's a fine example of the old-time country-house murder mystery, with loads of suspects, lots of period atmosphere, and much caustic wit. Booklistaunt mildred declared that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gatherings at their country residence Flaxmere.
The Santa Klaus Murder British Library Crime Classics #ad - So when sir osmond melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered-by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus-with a bullet in his head on Christmas Day, the festivities are plunged into chaos. Nearly every member of the party stands to reap some sort of benefit from Sir Osmond's death, the one person who seems to have every opportunity to fire the shot, but Santa Klaus, has no apparent motive.
Seven DeadReading Essentials #ad - A petty thief discovers a locked room containing seven dead bodies. But is this suicide or murder? A no-nonsense detective and a lovelorn journalist have the task of finding out! .
Death in Fancy Dress: Fancy Dress Ball#ad - Death in fancy dress is a murder mystery about half a dozen people whose lives touch one another for a few minutes at a Chelsea Arts Ball. Tragedy lurks behind the gay masks, dressed to represent the real Balkan Prince, while an out-of-work actor, a beautiful woman attempts to blackmail an ammunition manufacturer, a coster bullies an unsophisticated youth whom a gay little shopgirl befriends, a Balkan Prince cleverly disguised as himself ispursued by an enemy, remains in the background.
The Cornish Coast MurderReading Essentials #ad - Julius tregarthan, a secretive and ill-tempered magistrate, is found at his house in Boscawen, shot through the head—and the local police investigator is baffled by the complete absence of clues. Fortunately for the inspector, the Reverend Dodd is at hand, ready to put his lifetime of vicarious detecting experience to the test.
. Never, had he visualised a scene of this nature—himself in one arm-chair, a police officer in another, even in his most optimistic moments, and between them . A mystery. So thinks the reverend dodd—vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen and a reader of detective novels—when an actual mystery unexpectedly lands on his doorstep in The Cornish Coast Murder.
Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries British Library Crime ClassicsPoisoned Pen Press #ad - Over the years, many distinguished practitioners of the genre have given one or more of their stories a Yuletide setting. Mystery crime fiction written in the golden age of Murder"Like an assortment of presents under a Christmas tree, there's something for everyone in this Yule-themed reprint anthology in the British Library Crime Classics series from Edwards.
Publishers weeklyChristmas is a mysterious, as well as magical, time of year. Martin edwards' selection blends festive pieces from much-loved authors with one or two stories which are likely to be unfamiliar even to diehard mystery fans. Strange things can happen, and this helps to explain the hallowed tradition of telling ghost stories around the fireside as the year draws to a close.
Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries British Library Crime Classics #ad - The result is a collection of crime fiction to savor, whatever the season. The most memorable Christmas mysteries blend a lively storyline with an atmospheric evocation of the season. Christmas tales of crime and detection have a similar appeal. Getting the mixture right is much harder than it looks. This book introduces of readers to some of the finest Christmas detective stories of the past.
When television becomes tiresome, and party games pall, the prospect of curling up in the warm with a good mystery is enticing—and much better for the digestion than yet another helping of plum pudding. Crime writers are just as susceptible as readers to the countless attractions of Christmas.
Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries British Library Crime ClassicsPoisoned Pen Press #ad - As in the most successful of such volumes, the editor's expertise results in a selection of unusual suspects, expanding readers' knowledge. Publishers weekly starred reviewCrimson Snow brings together a dozen vintage crime stories set in winter. Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder"Edwards's second winter-themed anthology in the British Library Crime Classics series is a standout.
Welcome to a world of father christmases behaving oddly, a famous fictional detective in a Yuletide drama, mysterious tracks in the snow, and some very unpleasant carol singers. There's no denying that the supposed season of goodwill is a time of year that lends itself to detective fiction. On a cold night, it's tempting to curl up by the fireside with a good mystery.
Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries British Library Crime Classics #ad - The resulting volume is an entertaining and atmospheric compendium of wintry delights. And more than that, with people cooped up with long-estranged relatives, claustrophobic house parties, can provide plenty of motives for murder. Including forgotten stories by major writers such as Margery Allingham, as well as classic tales by less familiar crime novelists, each story in this selection is introduced by the leading expert on classic crime, Martin Edwards.