The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

Otto Penzler has assembled sixty of his all-time favorite yuletide crime stories in this remarkable collection. You’ll find classic Victorian tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson and Thomas Hardy plus a wide selection of more recent stories by Sara Paretsky, Ed McBain, Mary Higgins Clark, Robert Bernard and Pat Frank.

These stories range from suspense and pure detection stories to police procedurals and private eye adventures. Penzler also has fun grouping his selections under headings such as “A Funny Little Christmas”, “A Sherlockian Little Christmas”, “An Uncanny Little Christmas” and “A Classic Little Christmas”.

“Curmudgeons will like this book…these unsympathetic souls will find solace in the fact that crime, violence, and even murder continue to flourish at what should be a time of peace, joy, and love,” writes Penzler in the book’s introduction.

Although you may be familiar with a few of these stories, the odds are this is the first time you have read most of them. So, stoke up the fireplace, pour yourself a cup of hot coco, some tea or fill a glass with something with a bit more zip and enjoy these tales of Christmas mystery and mayhem!

Book Blurb for The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

Have yourself a crooked little Christmas with The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries.

Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories--many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else. From classic Victorian tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy, to contemporary stories by Sara Paretsky and Ed McBain, this collection touches on all aspects of the holiday season, and all types of mysteries. They are suspenseful, funny, frightening, and poignant.

Included are puzzles by Mary Higgins Clark, Isaac Asimov, and Ngaio Marsh; uncanny tales in the tradition of A Christmas Carol by Peter Lovesey and Max Allan Collins; O. Henry-like stories by Stanley Ellin and Joseph Shearing, stories by pulp icons John D. MacDonald and Damon Runyon; comic gems from Donald E. Westlake and John Mortimer; and many, many more. Almost any kind of mystery you’re in the mood for--suspense, pure detection, humor, cozy, private eye, or police procedural—can be found in these pages.


-        Unscrupulous Santas

-        Crimes of Christmases Past and Present

-        Festive felonies

-        Deadly puddings

-        Misdemeanors under the mistletoe

-        Christmas cases for classic characters including Sherlock Holmes, Brother Cadfael, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Rumpole of the Bailey, Inspector Morse, Inspector Ghote, A.J. Raffles, and Nero Wolfe.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2013 4.00