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Murder Most Merry (2002) [Anthology]
by Thomas Adcock Margery Allingham George Baxt Lawrence Block Anthony Boucher Ann Cleeves Arthur Conan Doyle Ennis Duling Ron Goulart Malcolm Gray Edward D. Hoch Peter Lovesey John D. MacDonald John Mortimer Patricia Moyes Francis M. Nevins, Jr. James Powell Herbert Resnicow Jeffry Scott Georges Simenon Rex Stout Dan Stumpf Robert Turner Jacqueline Vivelo Martin Werner Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Series: Murder Most

Summary (From the publisher):

Edited by: Abigail Browning

A great holiday gift for mystery fans, this short story collection of over thiry tales of Christmas crime contains contributions from the world's leading mystery writers, including John D. MacDonald, Georges Simenon, Margery Allingham, Lawrence Block, John Mortimer, Patricia Moyes, Rex Stout, Edward D. Hoch, James Powell, and many others. From sinister Santas involved in who-done-its, to a grandma sleuth investigating a missing Christmas bear, these varied stories explode the traditions of the season while—surprisingly—often reflecting them.

In "Murder Under the Mistletoe," a revenge killing on Christmas Eve leads to the solving of an infamous jewel robbery. John Mortimer's Rumpole of the Bailey makes his appearance in two cases focusing on the kindness of the Christmas spirit. An eyewitness to a robbery is "Dead on Christmas Street," but the obvious suspects seem more like bad boys than killers. A stand-in St. Nick meets the real Grim Reaper in a department store's Elfin Grove in Patricia Moyes' "Who Killed Father Christmas?" Edward D. Hoch's Nick Velvet helps a mother and daughter solve a yuletide riddle involving cryptic messages in a Christmas stocking. And in "Grists for the Mills of Christmas," a writer investigating the disappearance of holiday travelers finds out firsthand the connection between vanishing people and a murderous legend of Christmas yore.

These Christmas tales with a malicious twist—like "I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus"—will chase the humbug out of your holiday. And after reading these stories, you will understand why you should never turn your back on an elf. So beware of hanging mistletoe and stuffed stockings this season, as you celebrate a creepy Christmas with Murder Most Merry.


  • Introduction by Abigail Browning
  • A Winter’s Tale by Ann Cleeves
  • Grist for the Mills of Christmas by James Powell
  • As Dark as Christmas Gets by Lawrence Block
  • Rumpole and the Spirit of Christmas by John Mortimer
  • Dead on Christmas Street by John D. MacDonald
  • Miss Crindle and Father Christmas by Malcolm Gray
  • Mystery for Christmas by Anthony Boucher
  • The Case Is Altered by Margery Allingham
  • Christmas Cop by Thomas Larry Adcock
  • The Theft of the Christmas Stocking by Edward D. Hoch
  • The Christmas Bear by Herbert Resnicow
  • The Shape of the Nightmare by Francis M. Nevins, Jr.
  • Christmas Gift by Robert Turner
  • Santa’s Way by James Powell
  • I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus by George Baxt
  • Supper with Miss Shivers by Peter Lovesey
  • Appalachian Blackmail by Jacqueline Vivelo
  • On Christmas Day in the Morning by Margery Allingham
  • Santa Claus Beat by Rex Stout
  • White Like the Snow by Dan Stumpf
  • Rumpole and the Chambers Party by John Mortimer
  • The Spy and the Christmas Cipher by Edward D. Hoch
  • Inspector Tierce and the Christmas Visits by Jeffry Scott
  • Christmas Party by Martin Werner
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Embezzler’s Christmas Present by Ennis Duling
  • Believing in Santa by Ron Goulart
  • Pass the Parcel by Peter Lovesey
  • The Theft of Santa’s Beard by Edward D. Hoch
  • A Matter of Life and Death by Georges Simenon; trans. by Geoffrey Sainsbury
  • Murder Under the Mistletoe by Margery Allingham
  • Who Killed Father Christmas? by Patricia Moyes

Original title: Murder Most Merry
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryCrime/Caper

The following works are contained within this one:
     Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, the (1891) [Short Story]
      Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
     Theft of the Christmas Stocking, the (1989) [Short Story]
      Author: Edward D. Hoch
     Spy and the Christmas Cipher, the (1990) [Short Story]
      Author: Edward D. Hoch
     Supper with Miss Shivers (1991) [Short Story]
      Author: Peter Lovesey
     Theft of Santa’s Beard, the (1992) [Short Story]
      Author: Edward D. Hoch
     Pass the Parcel (1993) [Short Story]
      Author: Peter Lovesey

Edition #1: Murder Most Merry

Murder Most Merry (2002)
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Language: English

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Murder Most Merry (July 2, 2002)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Gramercy
ISBN: 0517221195
Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.3 x 1.1 in
Pages: 384

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