Murder For Christmas

by Various

Other authorsGahan Wilson (Illustrator), Thomas Godfrey (Editor)
Hardcover, 1982



It is often noted that people are at their best during the holidays and this is most certainly true for our most celebrated mystery writers. Ranging from classic to contemporary, these authors spin 26 ghastly yuletide tales that will put you in the Christmas spirit in no time.


(38 ratings; 3.6)

User reviews

LibraryThing member MrsLee
I find it very difficult to find a collection of short mystery stories with more than one or two which I enjoy in it. This book exceeded my expectations, but then it was full of stories from authors I love. There were some I had not read, however, and of those I will pursue at least three to see if I enjoy their longer works. In addition to the stories, the introduction written by Thomas Godfrey was delightful. The illustrations and interesting Christmas "facts" between tales made for much amusement. All in all, a great Christmas read.… (more)
LibraryThing member Kaethe
It's a rare book that takes me 387 days to complete. I got it after Christmas last year, read the first story (an old favorite) and then put it aside in favor or other books until I broke out the yuletide books this year.

And I don't have the book with me, nor can I find the contents online, so this is somewhat worthless as a meaningful consideration.

So, with that carton of salt: some of the stories hold up very well, some do not hold up at all*, although the writers are an impeccable group. There is a strong emphasis on British Country House murders, which I find charming. Some of the Gahan Wilson cartoons make no sense because they are so poorly reproduced, others are clear and morbidly funny.

It's an uneven collection, but for whatever reason I like my holiday full of blood and mayhem (Die Hard is so a Christmas film, and one of the best!)

*I'm looking at you, Nero Wolfe. Gah!

Personal copy.
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LibraryThing member vickimarie2002
I finally read this whole book!! I have probably owned it for 25 years. My mom got this for me when I was about 10 or so and it was too much for me. The stories were written around the 30’s or earlier and a lot of English authors. Some of them were still hard for me to focus on but there were also some really good stories. It was a fun way to celebrate the Christmas holiday. I read it like an advent calendar.… (more)



Wings Books (1982)

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