Have yourself a crooked little Christmas with "The Big Book of
Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his
all-time favorite holiday crime stories--many of which are
difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else. From classic
Victorian tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and
Thomas Hardy, to contemporary stories by Sara Paretsky and Ed
McBain, this collection touches on all aspects of the holiday
season, and all types of mysteries. They are suspenseful, funny,
frightening, and poignant.
Included are puzzles by Mary Higgins Clark, Isaac Asimov, and Ngaio
Marsh; uncanny tales in the tradition of "A Christmas Carol" by
Peter Lovesey and Max Allan Collins; O. Henry-like stories by
Stanley Ellin and Joseph Shearing, stories by pulp icons John D.
MacDonald and Damon Runyon; comic gems from Donald E. Westlake and
John Mortimer; and many, many more. Almost any kind of mystery
you're in the mood for--suspense, pure detection, humor, cozy,
private eye, or police procedural--can be found in these pages.
- Unscrupulous Santas
- Crimes of Christmases Past and Present
- Festive felonies
- Deadly puddings
- Misdemeanors under the mistletoe
- Christmas cases for classic characters including Sherlock Holmes,
Brother Cadfael, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Rumpole
of the Bailey, Inspector Morse, Inspector Ghote, A.J. Raffles, and
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