The Mistletoe Murder by P. D. James
And Other Stories

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This is a small book and would make a marvelous holiday present for anyone who loves to read and enjoys a twist at the end of a story. Definitely belongs on the bookshelf.
-NY Journal of Books

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Four previously uncollected stories from one of the great mystery writers of our time--swift, cunning murder mysteries (two of which feature the young Adam Dalgliesh) that together, to borrow the author's own word, add up to a delightful "entertainment."

The newly appointed Sgt. Dalgliesh is drawn into a case that is "pure Agatha Christie." . . . A "pedantic, respectable, censorious" clerk's secret taste for pornography is only the first reason he finds for not coming forward as a witness to a murder . . . A best-selling crime novelist describes the crime she herself was involved in fifty years earlier . . . Dalgliesh's godfather implores him to reinvestigate a notorious murder that might ease the godfather's mind about an inheritance, but which will reveal a truth that even the supremely upstanding Adam Dalgliesh will keep to himself. Each of these stories is as playful as it is ingeniously plotted, the author's sly humor as evident as her hallmark narrative elegance and shrewd understanding of some of the most complex--not to say the most damning--aspects of human nature. A treat for P. D. James's legions of fans and anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a masterfully wrought whodunit.


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About P. D. James

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P. D. James is the author of twenty previous books, most of which have been filmed for television and broadcast in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Policy departments of Great Britain's Home Office, and has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. The recipient of many honors and prizes, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991 and was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame in 2008. She divides her time between London and Oxford.
 
Published October 25, 2016 by Vintage. 162 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jul 28 2016

...no hint of how these four stories came to be selected from among the author’s 20. Still, no one would take exception to the concluding sentiment in McDermid's introduction: “These stories are a delicious gift to us at a time when we thought we would read no more of P.D. James’s work.”

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Judith Reveal on Oct 27 2016

This is a small book and would make a marvelous holiday present for anyone who loves to read and enjoys a twist at the end of a story. Definitely belongs on the bookshelf.

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Reviewed by Dennis Drabelle on Dec 23 2016

I won’t tell you any more, except to note that the story shows the brilliant Dalgliesh being less nettlesome than usual. And to say what a pleasure it is to have The Boxdale Inheritance and its three siblings as postscripts to James’s oeuvre.

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