The Mistletoe Murder

The Mistletoe Murder

And Other Stories

Book - 2016
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Four Christmas short stories, two featuring poet-detective Adam Dalgliesh, that deal with some of the most unsettling aspects of human nature. Previously published in newspapers and magazines, they are collected here for the first time.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780451494146
Branch Call Number: SS JAMES P
Characteristics: xvi, 152 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: James, P. D.


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sapl3 Apr 09, 2020


In “The Mistletoe Murder”, a crime novelist recounts the details of a murder that she was involved in fifty years previously.

In “A Very Commonplace Murder”, a filing clerk recounts his reasons for not coming forward as a witness to a murder.

Two of the stories in this collection feature Adam Dalgliesh. In “The Twelve Clues of Christmas” he’s a newly promoted Sergeant, where even at this early point in his career, his perspicacity is evident as he gathers information from an unseemly group of family members while their Uncle lies dead in his bed, of an apparent suicide.

In “The Boxdale Inheritance”, Dalgliesh is asked by his godfather to reinvestigate a sixty-seven year old murder that involves a family member.

Each of the four short stories in this collection is an absolute gem.

They contain many of the elements of P.D. James’ work that we’ve come to admire: her wit, her cleverness, and her understanding of human nature.

Each story is a carefully-plotted sumptuous little mystery.

Sep 01, 2019

Christmas mystery

Dec 21, 2017

I found these stories all had unexpected twists that added a layer of intrigue and ramped up the appeal. A nice diversion during the busyness of the holidays.

Dec 10, 2017

Four short stories with Christmas holiday settings—a perfect bedside book for a house guest.

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.

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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