Well,the storyline is good, it is a classic British murder mystery. Most of the characters are well developed and believable but for 3 keyplayers.A superintendent who seems to have a IQ of minus 20, DI Peach and his partner (both professional and personal) DS Blake. They are bordering on the slapstick side, unfortunately without the fun. (There is a love (bed)scene between the protagonists,and apart from being completely superfluous, it is probably a perfect antidote to any kind of love at all(the bloke goes aaaargh…,death throes,pleasure, shock???)) Pity….
Sometimes, and let’s face it, this is not a very pleasant passage that we’re all going through, but sometimes it just needs some weird creatures to make (or at least pretend to make) everything all right again…just for a moment!
This has been a very special year for all us,across continents and oceans, countries and villages. But there is light, a small light but nevertheless light at the end of this weird tunnel. So from now on,well now(?) it can only go uphill…
I wish you and all the creatures you care about all the best for 2021 🥂
It is the time of the year for wintery,Christmas stories and short stories are well adapted to represent the different aspects of the Christmas spirit. There are ten stories in this edition and I found perhaps two of them less attractive. Not too bad for an anthology. They are or charming and very Christmas minded or dark and very wintery. There is a lovely story by Ellis Peters(The Trinity Cat),a rather sad one by Margery Allingham(On Christmas Day in the Morning),a closed room mystery by Julian Symons (the Santa Claus Club),a classic golden age one by John Dickson Carr (The Footprints in the Sky) and some stories by ” newer” authors (Ian Ranking,Val Mcdermid…). All in all a very good compilation of Christmas mysteries.