Day: December 12, 2017

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Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Silent Nights (BLCC)

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 5 – Advent Golden Age Christmas Vignettes Book themes for Advent: Read a book with a wreath or with pines or fir trees on the cover. Silent Nights is the first of (at this point) two Christmas mystery short story anthologies in the British Library’s “Crime Classics” series, […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Eighth Square – Hanukkah and Las Posadas

Hanukkah (December 12th – 20th) Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid (Macedonian Greek) Empire (167 to 160 BC).  Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according […]

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Anne Perry: A Christmas Visitor

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 9 Reads — Yuletide Book themes for Yuletide: Read a book set in the midst of a snowy or icy winter. Anne Perry’s Christmas novellas are spin-offs of her major Victorian series (Thomas & Charlotte Pitt, and William Monk, respectively), featuring supporting characters from those series as their […]

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Ngaio Marsh: Colour Scheme

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 9 Reads — Winter Solstice Book Joker Bonus Holiday Book Joker as Bonus Joker: A book set on Winter Solstice (or Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere) One of my favorite mysteries from Ngaio Marsh’s Roderick Alleyn series, here served up in an unabridged reading by Ric Jerrom.  […]

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Christina Rossetti: The Poetry

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 9 Reads — Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night Book theme for Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night: Read a book of poetry. A wonderful reading of some of Christina Rossetti’s best-known poems by David Shaw-Parker and Ghizela Rowe, including her long narrative The Goblin Market, which I also own (and reread, […]

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