The Santa Klaus Murder (British Library Crime Classics)

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9780712356305: The Santa Klaus Murder (British Library Crime Classics)

Aunt Mildred declared that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gatherings at their country residence Flaxmere. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered - by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus - with a bullet in his head on Christmas Day, the festivities are plunged into chaos. Nearly every member of the party stands to reap some sort of benefit from Sir Osmond's death, but Santa Klaus, the one person who seems to have every opportunity to fire the shot, has no apparent motive. Various members of the family have their private suspicions about the identity of the murderer, and the Chief Constable of Haulmshire, who begins his investigations by saying that he knows the family too well and that is his difficulty, wishes before long that he understood them better. In the midst of mistrust, suspicion and hatred, it emerges that there was not one Santa Klaus, but two. The Santa Klaus Murder is a classic country-house mystery that is now being made available to readers for the first time since its original publication in 1936.

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M. Doriel Hay (1894-1979) was a novelist of the golden age of British crime fiction. Her three detective novels were published in the 1930s and are now rare and highly collectable books. She was an expert on rural handicraft and wrote several books on the subject.

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“Charming. . . . Following the convention of different characters narrating individual chapters popularized by Wilkie Collins in The Moonstone, the novel reflects the preoccupations of the period with its complex timetables, concealed doors, and alternate wills. Readers seeking to keep details in order may need to consult the cast of characters and floor plan provided, but they are part of the enjoyable universe of this Golden Age mystery.” (Publishers Weekly)

“This extremely clever country-house murder mystery by Mavis Doriel Hay is the perfect holiday gift for the avid cozy-crime fan. . . . There are loads of clues, red herrings, and twists in a truly classic Christmas mystery with all the Golden Age patina.” (Globe and Mail)

“Engaging [and] clever.” (Pretty Sinister Books)

“The Santa Klaus Murder is a good, workmanlike job, with plenty of suspects and a fair number of clues in what is certainly a fine puzzle-oriented mystery. . . . It’s good reading on a cold winter's night, particularly with Christmas just around the corner.” (Classic Mysteries blog)

“The Santa Klaus Murder is a re-issue of a forgotten British cozy that warrants attention as both a classic British mystery novel and as a holiday read. . . . It moves stealthily toward an intriguing and not altogether predictable conclusion.” (Shelf Awareness)

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Descrizione libro The British Library Publishing Division, United Kingdom, 2015. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. New edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. Aunt Mildred declared that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gatherings at their country residence Flaxmere. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered - by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus - with a bullet in his head on Christmas Day, the festivities are plunged into chaos. Nearly every member of the party stands to reap some sort of benefit from Sir Osmond s death, but Santa Klaus, the one person who seems to have every opportunity to fire the shot, has no apparent motive. Various members of the family have their private suspicions about the identity of the murderer, and the Chief Constable of Haulmshire, who begins his investigations by saying that he knows the family too well and that is his difficulty, wishes before long that he understood them better. In the midst of mistrust, suspicion and hatred, it emerges that there was not one Santa Klaus, but two. The Santa Klaus Murder is a classic country-house mystery that is now being made available to readers for the first time since its original publication in 1936. Codice libro della libreria AAR9780712356305

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Descrizione libro The British Library Publishing Division, United Kingdom, 2015. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. New edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. Aunt Mildred declared that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gatherings at their country residence Flaxmere. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered - by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus - with a bullet in his head on Christmas Day, the festivities are plunged into chaos. Nearly every member of the party stands to reap some sort of benefit from Sir Osmond s death, but Santa Klaus, the one person who seems to have every opportunity to fire the shot, has no apparent motive. Various members of the family have their private suspicions about the identity of the murderer, and the Chief Constable of Haulmshire, who begins his investigations by saying that he knows the family too well and that is his difficulty, wishes before long that he understood them better. In the midst of mistrust, suspicion and hatred, it emerges that there was not one Santa Klaus, but two. The Santa Klaus Murder is a classic country-house mystery that is now being made available to readers for the first time since its original publication in 1936. Codice libro della libreria AAR9780712356305

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Descrizione libro The British Library Publishing Division, 2015. Condizione libro: New. Aunt Mildred declared that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gatherings at their country residence Flaxmere. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered - by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus - with a bullet in his head on Christmas Day, the festivities are plunged into chaos. Series: British Library Crime Classics. Num Pages: 288 pages. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 2AB; 3JJ; FFC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 132 x 190 x 22. Weight in Grams: 268. . 2015. New edition. Paperback. . . . . . Codice libro della libreria V9780712356305

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Descrizione libro The British Library Publishing Division. Condizione libro: New. Aunt Mildred declared that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gatherings at their country residence Flaxmere. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered - by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus - with a bullet in his head on Christmas Day, the festivities are plunged into chaos. Series: British Library Crime Classics. Num Pages: 288 pages. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 2AB; 3JJ; FFC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 132 x 190 x 22. Weight in Grams: 268. . 2015. New edition. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Codice libro della libreria V9780712356305

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