The Mistletoe Murder And Other Stories by P.D. JamesFour previously uncollected stories from one of the great mystery writers of our time--swift, cunning murder mysteries (two of which feature the young Adam Dalgliesh) that together, to borrow the authors own word, add up to a delightful entertainment.
The newly appointed Sgt. Dalgliesh is drawn into a case that is pure Agatha Christie. . . . A pedantic, respectable, censorious clerks secret taste for pornography is only the first reason he finds for not coming forward as a witness to a murder . . . A best-selling crime novelist describes the crime she herself was involved in fifty years earlier . . . Dalglieshs godfather implores him to reinvestigate a notorious murder that might ease the godfathers mind about an inheritance, but which will reveal a truth that even the supremely upstanding Adam Dalgliesh will keep to himself. Each of these stories is as playful as it is ingeniously plotted, the authors sly humor as evident as her hallmark narrative elegance and shrewd understanding of some of the most complex--not to say the most damning--aspects of human nature. A treat for P. D. Jamess legions of fans and anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a masterfully wrought whodunit.
From the Hardcover edition.
Christmas Reading Recommendations I Vlogmas Day Two
The Mistletoe Murder
There is a satisfying art in containing within a few thousand words all those elements of plot, setting, characterisation and surprise which go to provide a good crime story. As the acknowledged 'Queen of Crime', P. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. Four of the best of these have been drawn from the archives and published here. James' prose illuminates each of these perfectly formed stories, making them ideal reading for the darkest days of the year. While she delights in the secrets that lurk beneath the surface at family gatherings, her Christmas stories also provide tantalizing puzzles to keep the reader guessing.