The Mistletoe Murder

The Mistletoe Murder

And Other Stories

Large Print - 2016
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Collected in this book are four murder mystery short stories by P.D. James, all centered around Christmas and two of which feature the young poet-detective Adam Dalgliesh. In the title story, a bestselling crime novelist describes the crime she herself was involved in fifty years earlier. In "A Very Commonplace Murder," a "pedantic, respectable, censorious" clerk's secret taste for pornography is only the first reason he finds for not coming forward as a witness to a murder. "The Boxdale Inheritance" finds Dalgliesh implored by his godfather to reinvestigate a notorious murder, an investigation that will reveal a family secret so dark that Dalgliesh will firmly rebury it. And in "The Twelve Clues of Christmas," Dalgliesh is drawn into a case that involves a family with "an aversion to natural death."
Publisher: [New York] :, Random House Large Print,, [2016]
Edition: First large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781524708924
1524708925
Branch Call Number: LT M JAME
Characteristics: xx, 216 pages (large print) ; 19 cm
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gina51
May 29, 2017

P.d.james is a very good writer, as usual. I enjoyed the stories, though I guessed the ending in 3 of them. Ive read the criticism in earlier comments, but so what if some of the stories are more like ellery queen magazine material? This would be a good book for a snowy winter night in front of the fire and some good, Hot tea.

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Rubicat
Mar 23, 2017

So disappointing. First, I was able to complete this book in one evening's reading. Second, the stories were not particularly good - it's apparent that these stories were from the early career of the author. The first novella was a true story and was marginally interesting but not nearly as well told & plotted as her later stories - obviously she could not manipulate this true story but still, this and the other fictional accounts were not very sophisticated or interesting. I doubt if this is one I'll read again, unlike the other P. D. James mysteries. Give this a miss.

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