10 Dec 2018



'Tis the season to be jolly ... or is it?

Christmas Eve. While the world sleeps, snow falls gently from the sky, presents await under the tree ... and murder is afoot. In this collection of ten classic murder mysteries from the best crime writers in history, death and mayhem take many festive forms, from the inventive to the unexpected.

From a Santa Claus with a grudge to a cat who knows who killed its owner on Christmas Eve, these are stories to enjoy - and be mystified by - in front of a roaring fire, mince pie to hand.
- Back Cover Blurb

Because this is a selection of stories I shan't include the First Sentence or my Memorable Moment. TT

SOURCE ... Bought at the Church Christmas fayre.


  • Book 2 read for the 2018 Christmas Spirit Challenge; Mistletoe Level (2 - 4 books read) achieved.

  • MY THOUGHTS ... A collection of short stories written by various authors ...

    some of whom I was familiar with, others of whom I wasn't. 

    I'm not a particularly big fan of short stories to begin with; they rarely seem to fulfil me and, more often than not, leave me wanting more and, in this respect, this selection was no different. 

    Disappointing in that not all were actually 'murder' stories (I suppose they were at least set over the festive season) and on the whole largely unmemorable but, an ideal length for a hot chocolate break, a quick, easy read; one story even features a cat so it isn't all bad.

    * Other books read for the challenge ...
    Candy Cane Level (1 book read) 
    1.  Saviours Day


    Shooting Stars Mag said...

    Bummer not all the stories were actually about murder. Short stories can definitely be hit or miss!


    Brian Joseph said...

    I love the title of this one. However, I think that it is kind of a cheat that all of the stories do not involve murder. I also often want short stories to be longer then they end up being.

    Kelly said...

    I'm sorry it didn't really live up to your expectations (but then, did you truly expect more since you don't really like short stories?!) At least it met the Christmassy part of your challenge.

    I've read (and enjoyed) two short story collections recently and this sounds like one I'd enjoy. as well.

    Felicity Grace Terry said...

    Disappointed that it didn't live up to my expectations of murders. As I said at least they were set over the festive holidays which is more than many 'Christmas' books I've read.

    It's not that I necessarily dislike short stories per se so much as I don't often find them rewarding. I guess I'm just greedy. Lol.

    nightwingsraven said...

    I am sorry that the stories of this
    collection were not all murder stories.
    And I do understand your objections
    against short stories.
    For my part, I am uncertain if I would
    appreciate these stories.

    Tanza Erlambang - Every Day Issues said...

    nice summary. thank you for sharing.
    have a great day

    DMS said...

    The cover looks intriguing. I can understand your feelings about short stories. Sorry the stories in this collection weren't all about murder- seems odd given the title of the book. Thanks for sharing.

    sherry fundin said...

    Love that cover and it sounds like there is some fun along with the murder.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    Karen said...

    I've been seeing all these horror/thriller type Christmas books this year. I'm usually a Christmas romance novella binge-er but I haven't had time to read at all this year but I might go in this direction next year.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    Felicity Grace Terry said...

    As always a big thank you to all those who have left comments or indeed merely taken the time to stop by Pen and Paper.

    Hello Tanza, nice to meet you. Please free to visit any time, the more the merrier.

    Gina said...

    Oh yeah...we're two of a kind with the short story "affection". I've read a few good ones, but overall they generally don't let me get enough into the story to really deliver. Happy reading on the rest of the challenge!