The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories

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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 best of these have been drawn from the archives and published here. P. D. James's 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 family gatherings, her Christmas stories also provide tantalizing puzzles to keep the reader ...

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jjares

Feb 22, 2017

Mostly Yawns

These four short stories by the Grand Dame of Crime (PD James) are tame and fairly ho-hum. Even 2 early Adam Dalgleash stories aren't enough to save this collection.

In a full-length book, James has the time to develop the place of the crime. Short-stories, or at least these four efforts, don't give this talented author enough space to set the crime in its proper place. I felt cheated by this recombining of four older stories.

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