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Crimson snow : winter mysteries
2016
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Edwards's second winter-themed anthology (after 2015's Silent Nights) in the British Library Crime Classics series is a standout. As in the most successful of such volumes, the editor's expertise results in a selection of unusual suspects, expanding readers' knowledge. The longest and best of the 11 selections is by Victor Gunn, whose "Death in December" features Bill "Ironsides" Cromwell, an endearingly irascible Scotland Yarder. Ironsides joins a young colleague on a family visit to Derbyshire, only to encounter multiple impossibilities, starting with a man who crosses their path without leaving footprints in the snow and continuing with the appearance, and disappearance, of a bloody corpse from a locked and supposedly haunted room. Fergus Hume, best known for the novel The Mystery of the Hansom Cab, offers a nice whodunit with supernatural trappings in "The Ghost's Touch." More familiar contributors include Margery Allingham and Julian Symons. Edwards even offers an entry with a challenge to the reader, "Mr. Cork's Secret," featuring Macdonald Hastings's canny insurance investigator, which originally came with a cash prize for the most logical solution. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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<p>WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MARTIN EDWARDS</p> <p> 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.</p> <p>On a cold night, it's tempting to curl up by the fireside with a good mystery. And more than that, claustrophobic house parties, with people cooped up with long-estranged relatives, can provide plenty of motives for murder.</p> <p>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.</p>
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