Saturday, 3 December 2016

Murder at Christmas

The Hospice charity shop near us had a big display of Christmas books for sale but most of them are chick lit happy ever after books, I'd read a couple of the Trisha Ashley ones but not really my favourite sort of reading, although there seem to be lots published each year.
A quick look on Amazon and I saw Christmas at little Beach Street Bakery; Christmas at Lilac Cottage; Christmas at the Wedding Shop; Christmas Under the Stars; The Cosy Christmas Teashop and The Christmas Promise - all new this year. 

 I really prefer a bit of crime, but hadn't really come across any Christmas crime until a couple of years ago when British Library Crime Classics re-printed  the 1930's book Mystery in White.

 Since then other publishers have joined in and I have these two from the library for my Christmas reading. On the right a book of short stories including some from modern authors, on the left another gem from the past - first published in 1947. Although I was amused to see that when first out it didn't have the word Christmas in the title.

Back Tomorrow,  as entirely unintentionally I seem to have slipped in daily advent photo mode, just like  LAST YEAR

Sue

24 comments:

  1. I never knew there were special Christmas orientated books (apart from Dylan Thomas's). I hope you enjoy these. I have just finished my Kindle Phil Rickman and am in denial now. Have a PILE and a half of books to read, and the first Ann Cleeve on the Kindle too - choices, decisions . . .

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    1. Guess where A Child's Christmas in Wales is? Yep, in a box under the bed!

      When I don't have library books I have big problems deciding which of my own books to read first.

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    2. I grew up in a household where books were only from the Library (not through choice, but financial necessity). I have now surrounded myself with my own Library - but like you, if no fresh books incoming, I am spoilt for choice amongst my own collection.

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  2. 😉 saw your comment and came flying over. I thought your choice of books would be ever so slightly different to mine!! Mind you, I would have probably bought the one on the left, I love the cover. And in all honesty, I really do judge books by them.
    x

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    1. When i went to the Felixstowe book festival talk about British Library Crime Classics they said that Waterstones buyers often ordered books by the covers and so BLCC had invested quite a lot in having special paintings done for the covers if they couldn't find suitable ones from the old Railway posters.
      So you are not alone. As I never buy new books I don't buy by the covers at all

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  3. My reading mojo has gone into hibernation, perhaps I need to do a book crawl round a few charity shops. I do miss reading but look through my shelves and sigh because there is nothing to read.

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    1. You are rather busy with the knitting, hope you are felling better than a week or two ago

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  4. Just been listening to "The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding" and will soon be listening to "Hercule Poirot's Christmas" both by Dame Agatha of course. I shall have a look at those you suggest as well. Radio 4 used to do a super series at Christmas called "Murder at Christmas" with feature length dramatisations and I wish they still did. I do enjoy a good murder!

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    1. They do have proper endings - that's what I like about crime fiction

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  5. I'm looking forward to starting to read some of my own books as it's about time! I'm not a huge fan of all these Christmas titles but any port in a storm so to speak.
    Some good news for my village ~ the library is now back to being open two full days a week again and run by volunteers on Saturday mornings too!

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    1. We've been so lucky in Suffolk with how things have gone since the council handed the library service over to community interest groups......as long as it carries on the same it will be OK

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  6. Glad you've been able to find some Christmassy books that are your style. I've read a couple recently that have been utter tripe. Not far from being so ridiculous they'd have got away with the last line being 'and then I woke up and it was all a dream'!

    Do you remember recommending Few Eggs and No Oranges to me ages ago? It's on my Christmas present list from Mark - really looking forward to getting that. xx

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    1. Few Eggs is HUGE and a good read as long as you like diaries - hope you enjoy it.

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  7. These sound fascinating! Do let us know if they are any good. It would make a nice gift idea for next year x x

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    1. Some books written in the 30's 40's seem really dated and others not so much. I'm enjoying publishers reprinting so many old books

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  8. I am too busy knitting baby clothes to do much reading at present, but I am reading Van Gogh's Ear, which I am finding fascinating.

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    1. I've read so little non-fiction this year which is not good but thanks to your poetry post the other week I've requested a couple of anthologies of poets I know nothing about just to see what they are like

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  9. Hello, British Library Crime Classic have recently published another Winter Mysteries collection- Crimson Snow, I just picked up a copy from our library to enjoy thru December. I'll look to see if they have any of the titles you mention above.

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    1. For some reason our library hasn't got that one yet and I forgot to suggest it but I'll do it now

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  10. I am a sucker for Christmas books like this.

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    1. Hello and welcome back to the world of bloggyness.

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  11. I've got lots of lots of books that I need to get rid off, I love books, but don't have the space for the numbers I have in my tiny flat. I suspect some will go to hospital, the more specialist ones to Oxfam.

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    1. Try Ziffit.com and you could make a bit of cash with your books it's very easy

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  12. Ooooh exciting - I love crime books and I love Christmas...perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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