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Book Review: Murder Under The Christmas Tree

This is the third and final book I was given for Christmas, another collection of classic crime stories. It’s similar to Murder On Christmas Eve, so I’m not going to write too much in this review. Out of the two, though, this is my favourite collection.

The stories in this collection are, for the most part, very good. The last couple weren’t as engaging, but there’s always going to be one or two you don’t like. This collection even includes a tale about Sherlock Holmes (and Watson, of course) bt Arthur Conan Doyle himself. It was actually the first I’ve read of his work, and it was definitely as fantastic as I’d hoped.

Like the other book, the ten stories very from missing jewels hidden inside geese, to missing candle sticks, to death-by-radio. They’re all very interesting mysteries, again seemingly simple on the surface but always a lot more incricate than they seem.

A nice collection of classic “festive” crimes. 3.5 stars.

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Book Review: The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories

It’s getting a bit late to post these festive reviews so I’ll keep it short. It’s only a short book, anyway.

This book contains four short stories, all crime/detective tales, starting with The Mistltoe Murder. My personal favourite was the final story, The Twelve Clues of Christmas. Every story was great, though, and A Very Commonplace Murder was particularly surprising.

James manages to include a fantastic little hint/twist at the end of the stories, changing your whole perception on what you’ve just read. This made the crimes so much more interesting and real. They were relatively simple crimes – stabbings, poisoning – but there’s always a lot more going on under the surface than you’d expect.

A fantastic little collection, with a foreword by Val McDermid too. 4 stars.

Book Review: Murder on Christmas Eve

My dad gave me a few ‘festive’ crime/detective books for Christmas, and this is the first of the three I have read so far. It contains short stories from a selection of well-known authors in the genre, including Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and eight others. All taking place during the holiday season, the tales center around bizarre events that appear to have no rational explanation.
The stories and crimes are all very strange and it’s really interesting to see how the cases were solved. Who knew a cat could solve a murder? And the case of the missing manuscript had a very unexpected conclusion indeed.

I got the sense from these stories that I would have appreciated them more if I had read other works by the authors beforehand. Still, the stories were really interesting and had that classical mystery/detective feel to them. 3/5 stars.

12 Days of Blogging

Rules:

  • Include the photo above in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

 

Day 5: What is on your personal wish list this year:

Well, Christmas has already been, but I’ll write down what I wanted beforehand:

  • The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
  • The Story of Alice
  • A giant teddy
  • Anything related to Alice in Wonderland
  • Marzipan
  • Lolita style skirts

 

As December has already ended, I’m not going to tag any other blogs to take part now. Sorry!

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12 Days of Blogging

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Rules:

  • Include the photo above in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

 

Day 4: Share a Christmas story or write one of your own:

So this time last year I was in an eating disorder unit in London. We had a tree in the rec room, and on the night before a couple girls were discharged we had a little party (without staff!). We played some games like truth or dare, and the Christmas tree ended up being decorated in our bras.

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12 Days of Blogging

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Rules:

  • Include the photo above in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

 

Day 3: Your favourite Christmas recipe/food:

Hmmm… A bit boring, but I think I’ll have to say chestnuts! Or marzipan, which I tend to get every year.

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12 Days of Blogging

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Rules:

  • Include the photo above in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

 

Day 2: Favourite Christmas tradition, new or old:

Well we don’t have many traditions in my family, but one thing we try to do every year is watch The Polar Express on Christmas Eve. Last year, my brother and mum both fell asleep half way through, but I enjoy it nonetheless!

Nominees:

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12 Days of Blogging

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Thank you PerfectionInBooks for tagging me! I hadn’t even heard of this one before!

Rules:

  • Include the photo above in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

 

Day 1: List your favourite things about Christmas.

  • baking (and the smells!)
  • the music
  • buying people presents
  • wearing weird or super sparkly clothes
  • getting all cosy with my family (and preferably a book)
  • decorating the entire house
  • watching other people open their presents
  • watching the pets open and play with their presents
  • the general joy!

 

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