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Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries

Crimson Snow Winter Mysteries Crimson Snow brings together a dozen vintage crime stories set in winter Welcome to a world of Father Christmases behaving oddly a famous fictional detective in a Yuletide drama mysterious tracks in

  • Title: Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries
  • Author: Martin Edwards
  • ISBN: 9781464206757
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • Crimson Snow brings together a dozen vintage crime stories set in winter Welcome to a world of Father Christmases behaving oddly, a famous fictional detective in a Yuletide drama, mysterious tracks in the snow, and some very unpleasant carol singers There s no denying that the supposed season of goodwill is a time of year that lends itself to detective fiction On a coldCrimson Snow brings together a dozen vintage crime stories set in winter Welcome to a world of Father Christmases behaving oddly, a famous fictional detective in a Yuletide drama, mysterious tracks in the snow, and some very unpleasant carol singers There s no denying that the supposed season of goodwill is a time of year that lends itself to detective fiction On a cold night, it s tempting to curl up by the fireside with a good mystery And than that, claustrophobic house parties, with people cooped up with long estranged relatives, can provide plenty of motives for murder Including forgotten stories by major writers such as Margery Allingham, as well as classic tales by less familiar crime novelists, each story in this selection is introduced by the leading expert on classic crime, Martin Edwards The resulting volume is an entertaining and atmospheric compendium of wintry delights.

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    1. I'm so glad to have had the opportunity once again to preview one of Martin Edwards' story collections drawn from the "golden" era of British detective fiction. He manages to continue finding authors known and new to me who have really interesting contributions to the canon. This is the second Christmas collection I've read, after Silent Night: Christmas Mysteries, and I heartily recommend both. I definitely liked at least three quarters of the eleven stories very much, and disliked none at all. [...]

    2. Martin Edwards’ first anthology of Golden Age mystery short stories set at Christmas proved to be a delight. Like most anthologies, Silent Night: Christmas Mysteries had a few lumps of coal amongst the lovely presents, but Edwards, an English solicitor and a mystery writer in his own right, did a great job selecting the stories. Unfortunately, Edwards didn’t fare as well with his second anthology of British Yuletide mystery short stories, Crimson Snow. Only one author from Silent Nights reap [...]

    3. Deep and crisp and evenThe latest addition to the British Library themed anthologies of classic crime, this one includes eleven stories all set around the festive season. A great time for people to get together in family gatherings or country house parties, and bump each other off. Who amongst us hasn't thought that the one thing that would improve Christmas would be the quick dispatching of one of our nearest and dearest, or that the only way to pay for all those gifts would be to hasten the in [...]

    4. Crimson Snow presents a series of festive cosy crime tales, all of which are, unsurprisingly, set in wintertime. The authors included are far outside the box; there are no Agatha Christies or Edmund Crispins here, and indeed, Edwards makes much of telling the reader that he has focused upon those stories and authors which have been lost to the annals of time, and rediscovered only recently during his extensive research for this tome. There is a Margery Allingham tale, albeit not one of her best, [...]

    5. Twelve crime stories from masters of the genre are collected together in this book. Some authors represented here will be well known to readers of crime fiction, though some authors may be unfamiliar. All the stories are set in and around the Christmas season. The story which has remained in my mind after I finished the book is The Carol Singers by Josephine Bell which involves a particularly unpleasant murder in circumstances which could easily have happened in the twenty first century. The oth [...]

    6. Crimson Snow is one of this month’s read at the Kindle English Mystery Club. Rather than a novel, it is a collection of classic short mysteries, all with a Christmas theme. My hands down favorite was a Christmas “ghost” story, The Ghost’s Touch. I always enjoy a Christmas ghost story and this one had fun twists and characters. There is also a selection from Margery Allingham featuring her sleuth Mr. Campion, The Man with the Sack, which was also quite good. Some of the other selections f [...]

    7. Good for winter bedtime reading, some better than others of course. I particularly enjoyed the Victor Gunn novella.piningforthewest/2017/1

    8. I received an e-ARC of this book through NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press.I love reading short stories and having one centered on a specific theme just makes it that much better for me. This collection from Martin Edwards gave me more enjoyment than any I've read in a long time. Not only are there Christmas themed stories, but there are also different styles of stories; one is written as a play and one doesn't give the solution - the reader gets to match wits with the author and truly try to fig [...]

    9. date read: 7/12/16date published: 3/1/17I would like to thank netgalley and poisoned pen press for the opportunity to read this book. This is the second book of crime short stories edited by Martin Edwards I have read. He does a a brilliant job in finding all of these stories. I love the idea of him searching for the stories that have either been lost or wrongly accredited. Each story is easy to pick up and get into and I love the little bio's about each author.The ghosts touch - 5 stars The cho [...]

    10. This was a collection of short stories from the early 1900's compiled by author Martin Blake. 11 stories set around Christmas. Old fashioned mysteries and a couple of ghost stories. All seemed so innocent blood, rape, vampires, etcLOL. The stories all held my interest and were clever. I was surprised to find that they held up well for such old stories. I guess that a good story, good writing and good characters will always hold up. I would recommend this to anyone who likes simple "Agatha Christ [...]

    11. Anthologies can be a bit of a curate's egg but this one is consistently good. Some very different styles of storytelling; and some where the puzzle is the thing, others where the puzzle is hardly anything. The Victor Gunn novella in the middle could stand up on its own. Kudos to the editor for the order of the contents and the particularly fine, if poignant, ending.

    12. A collection of generally absorbing detective stories. The standard is good across the board, and one story, Death in December by Victor Gunn, is excellent.

    13. Not the best Christmas selection box but one or two stories stand out. Margery Allingham's The Man With The Sack and Victor Gunn's Death in December are well-worked and well-written. I'd like to read more of Gunn's tales of the irascible CI Bill 'Ironsides' Cromwell. Bill is such a pleasant name - most unsuitable!Most of the others leave little or no mark.

    14. Over on The Poisoned Pen's blog, I've asked a small group of mystery authors to write about what they're reading "In the Bleak Midwinter". I just finished the perfect book for that theme, Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries, edited by Martin Edwards. It's a collection of traditional crime short stories set in England by authors who were well-known in their time, such as Margery Allingham, Michael Gilbert, Julian Symons. I discovered stories I loved by authors I had not heard of, such as Victor Gunn a [...]

    15. Some of the stories in this collection were more heartbreaking than in Edwards' other collections, but they're all excellent.Note: I received a digital review copy of this book through NetGalley.

    16. This is a pleasant little set of vintage mystery short stories (often enough, detective stories) that a friend bought me as a Christmas gift last year. All the stories have a strong sense of Christmas, or sometimes just wintertime, in their setting. That I didn't find them overwhelmingly memorable shouldn't be a surprise: these are treats, sometimes trifles, and they often lack the more satisfying aspects of the full-blown detective novel. Still, they were delightful to read with a little mornin [...]

    17. This was a December selection for the Kindle English Mystery Book Club group and was an excellent recommendation by one of the members. It was easy to pick up and put down to accommodate the chaos of the holiday season. This is a from the British Library Crime Classics series, with a selection of vintage short stories dealing with winter and Christmas. Some of the stories were barely ok, but there were some gems as well. I had never read anything by Margery Allingham before, but I've now added h [...]

    18. This collection of short mysteries from the Golden Age of Crime set in the deep midwinter contains a number of stories I thought were really interesting. With the exception of Margery Allingham, I had not read any of the authors here before and I came away with a set of names I wanted to investigate further. My two favorite stories were Death in December by Victor Gunn and Mr. Cork's Secret by MacDonald Hastings.Each story contains a short introduction from Martin Edwards giving some background [...]

    19. Christmas and murder mysteries, they go hand-in-hand, right? Crimson Snow is the selected book for the Kindle English Mystery Club. This volume of short stories is perfect for the mystery lover during a hectic holiday season. You can read a story quickly. This is part of the British Library Crime Classics, the short story collection. There were authors I am not familiar with and I enjoyed most of the stories but none were brilliant. You can see the surprise ending fairly well. The Christmas ghos [...]

    20. I have a soft spot for short story compilations I think. Pleasant reading experience, i can't think of anything that stands out but it was nice"The Santa Claus Club" by Julian Symons was the only disappointment, it ends extremely abruptly and the murderer is someone who is given like 1 line of description and the motive is not really explained. "The Carol Singers" is pretty unconventional and feels a bunch more modern than the rest. Also a lot more miserable than this genre of mystery typically [...]

    21. Maybe 3.5 stars. Eleven short stories set in the British Isles. All in the Christmas season, all pre-1960, and all mysteries. One by Margery Allingham and one by Julian Symon's; but most by authors unfamiliar to me. The editor Martin Edwards has provided a few short paragraph at the start of each story to give the reader a sense of the author and their position as a writer of mysteries. Perfect read for mystery readers during the Christmas holidays. Thanks, Debbie.

    22. Every season, every holiday, mystery readers look for themed stories to get them in the spirit. Reading a full length book is fine but it may take awhile and not as many will be read. Martin Edwards has put together a wonderful mix of Christmas mysteries from 1900's to contemporary. Some of the Golden Age authors are Margery Allingham and Edgar Wallace. This is the second such collection and I hope to see a third.

    23. This is an outstanding collection of winter-themed mystery stories set in England during the holiday season. I have found several new authors I want to read. The very last story hit a bit too close to home but the author’s voice and style were compelling. From insurance fraud to burglary to murder, be prepared to be thoroughly entertained. These stories are perfect to read during the holidays.

    24. Enjoyed reading the Xmas mysteries. Some I had already read, but the new to me ones were fun and also were new golden age authors for me to discover. Always on the lookout for mysteries set in the winter holidays.

    25. Nice selection of short holiday mysteries, but I'd read 5 of the 11 stories previously, in The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries.

    26. The Ghost's Touch by Fergus HumeI had read The Mystery of a Hansom Cab and enjoyed it so I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed this short story as well. The narrator (Lascelles) is spending Christmas at Ringshaw Grange where the owner is very poor but has the family estate while his cousin is very rich but has no property. The narrator is invited to the family estate for Christmas where it turns out the entire party is all men under the age of thirty. Also at the family estate? A ghost that is suppo [...]

    27. This was a fun collection of mysteries written by authors unknown to me. All had a Christmas or Winter setting. This is a good book to take along with you if you only have short periods of time to read. Very entertaining.

    28. Interesting collection of crime stories from several other eras. Some worked better than others (the Sherlock Holmes play was one that didn't), in most it was obvious what the motive and who the villain was, but some were still genuinely puzzling.

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