Murder After Christmas

ebook British Library Crime Classics

By Rupert Latimer

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"[Murder After Christmas] supplies cheerfully calculating relatives, decorously brutal dialogue, and a fiendishly intricate set of Chinese boxes before the surprising, they don't make them like this anymore."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"A war's on and a murder has been committed—and we sit here talking nonsense about almond whirls and mince pies!"

Good old Uncle Willie—known for an insatiable sweet tooth and being an epic pain in the rear—has come to stay with the Redpaths for the holidays. As luck would have it, he's found dead in the snow, in a Santa suit on Boxing Day. It seems as though someone may have poisoned his chocolate...or was it the mince pie? As the police flock to the house, Willie's descendants, past lovers and distant relatives are drawn into a perplexing investigation to find out how the old man met his fate, and who stands to gain by such an unseasonable crime.

First published in 1944, Murder After Christmas is a lively riot of murder, holiday desserts, and misdirection, cleverly twisting the tropes of Golden Age detective fiction to create a pacey, light-hearted package admirably suited for the holiday season. Featuring an introduction by CWA Diamond Dagger Award-winning author and series editor Martin Edwards.

"Full of eccentric relatives, oddball events and screwball dialogue, the book is a dizzy delight."— Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

Murder After Christmas