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The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

Written by: Otto Penzler
Narrated by: Cat Gould,Matthew Lloyd Davies
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Publisher's Summary

Have yourself a crooked little Christmas with The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects more than 50 of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories - many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else. From classic Victorian tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy, to contemporary stories by Sara Paretsky and Ed McBain, this collection touches on all aspects of the holiday season, and all types of mysteries. They are suspenseful, funny, frightening, and poignant. 

Included are puzzles by Mary Higgins Clark and Isaac Asimov; uncanny tales in the tradition of A Christmas Carol by Peter Lovesey and Max Allan Collins; O. Henry-like stories by Stanley Ellin and Joseph Shearing; comic gems from Donald E. Westlake and John Mortimer; and many, many more. Almost any kind of mystery you're in the mood for-suspense, pure detection, humor, cozy, private eye, or police procedural - can be found in this book.

©2013 Otto Penzler (introduction and compilation) (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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So glad I purchased!

I loved it! Lots a variety, good narrations, very pleased with it! It's becoming one of those reads that I listen to over and over

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okay

There are a few gems here. However, I found it quite hard to maintain my focus on several of the stories and just couldn't bother to replay them to hear what I missed.

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  • MztCB
  • 2020-02-25

Not unabridged missing several stories

There are a handful of stories from this book not included on this audio production. The carol singers by Josephine bell (which is the story I was looking forward to hearing the most) is nowhere to be found. Even though it’s mentioned in the intro by penzler. Also the Agatha Christie story the Christmas pudding the very first story in the book is also nowhere to be found. As I went through the titles and tracks I found 3-4 other stories like the Santa Claus club is in the book not on here. What a shame. I was very excited for this release.

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  • John
  • 2020-12-22

Female Narrator Needs Breathing Lessons

I would have gladly given this book a full 5 star rating but for the female narrator s issue with the cadence of her breathing... it is most bizarre..
She stops in the middle of a word pushing out her breath,.. only to hurry along pell mell running the ending sentence into the start of the next one.
It was most disturbing,.. and I can’t fathom why no one caught the issue.

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  • Roberta L. Ruben
  • 2022-12-01

Not Complete Book

Not all 100 stories that appear in the hard bound book are read in the Audible version. Including “Sister Bessie,” “A Christmas Tragedy”.

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  • Darlene
  • 2022-11-14

Disappointed

Some of the stories had foul language in them some of the stories are weren’t very good ,some of the narrators were irritating. I was totally expecting some light Christmas/ even humorous mysteries but got some depressing annoying stories .
Even from a author I liked.

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  • Jeannie
  • 2021-11-08

Boring!

When I read a Christmas novel, I want it to hold my interest. None of this collection did that for me.

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  • ka&freddy
  • 2021-02-22

All my favs!

all my faves. made me want to go back and read the authors again. Interesting!