Erin Britton’s 12 Murders of Christmas – 7: Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards

Article published on December 14, 2015.

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Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries is a short story collection edited by Martin Edwards (current president of the Detection Club and expert on the Golden Age of crime fiction) with the aim of introducing a new generation of readers to “some of the finest detective story writers of the past”. With that aim in mind, the collection includes Christmas-themed crime stories from the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle, Edmund Crispin, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham.

However, while many of the included stories (or at least the detectives they feature) will be familiar to crime buffs, Edwards also aimed to include a few stories that are likely new to even diehard mystery fans. Hence, Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries is the first anthology to include “Beef for Christmas” by Leo Bruce and “Parlour Tricks” by Ralph Plummer. Whether famous or less well known, the stories that comprise Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries offer something for everyone who enjoys their festive feast with a side of murder. Some of the stories are rather sentimental, some are more light-hearted, but all of them offer a delicious insight into the murder and mayhem of Christmases past.


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