Happy New Year 🎉

…and all the best to you and to all creatures great and small!

(This post has been a bumpy ride as I had some emergency surgery late afternoon on the 24th! Apparently my retina came loose and the macula thought well, if everybody is moving around I might as well join them…)

Murder on Christmas Eve by Cecily Gayford

Murder on Christmas Eve: Classic Mysteries for the Festive Season

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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.