Day: December 23, 2017

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C.H.B. Kitchin: Crime at Christmas

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 8 – Hanukkah Murder on Hampstead Heath Book themes for Hanukkah: Any book whose main character is Jewish, any story about the Jewish people –OR– where the miracle of light plays a significant part in the story’s plot. Well, “miracle” is putting it a bit strongly, maybe, but […]

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J. Jefferson Farjeon: Mystery in White

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 7 – St. Lucia’s Day Midwinter Snowstorm Book themes for Saint Lucia’s Day: Read a book set in Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden – and Finland for the purposes of this game) or a book where ice and snow are an important feature. A snowstorm stopping a train […]

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Mavis Doriel Hay: The Santa Klaus Murder

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 13 – Christmas All the Right Feels Of all of my Christmas reads this year to date, I can’t think of a more fitting candidate for the Christmas holiday book bonus joker.  This is a nicely plotted Golden Age country house holiday party mystery, with decidedly more likeable […]

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Anne Meredith: Portrait of a Murderer

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 4 – Penance Day Soul searching … or is it? Book themes for Penance Day: Read a book that has a monk, nun, pastor / preacher, priest or other representative of the organized church as a protagonist, or where someone is struggling with feelings of guilt or with […]

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Georgette Heyer: Envious Casca

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 13 – Christmas Unseasonable Squabblers This was a season- (and 16 Festive Tasks-) induced reread; Envious Casca actually is, however, my favorite among all the Georgette Heyer mysteries I’ve read so far.  Recently republished under the title A Christmas Party (shame on anybody hearing a cash register tinkling […]

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An early Christmas present!

… my beautiful, magical physical “16 Festive Tasks” card, courtesy of MbD and her husband, which got here just in time for Christmas all the way from Australia.  Thank you both — it’s beyond gorgeous, and I’m just sooo happy!  This will be a much-treasured memento of our mad dash putting together and hosting this […]

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