Christmas Reading 2020

My usual Christmas reads / movies:

Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (book & movie)
Agatha Christie: The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (aka The Royal Ruby) (short story & TV adaptation)
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Blue Carbuncle (short story & TV adaptation)
Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors (book & TV adaptation)
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (book & movie)
Frances Hodgson Burnett: Little Lord Fauntleroy (movie)
Terry Pratchett: Hogfather (book)

— plus some or all of these:

Agatha Christie: Midwinter Murder: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery
Arthur Conan Doyle: Tales for a Winter’s Night
Ngaio Marsh: Death and the Dancing Footman (reread)
Ngaio Marsh: Tied Up in Tinsel (reread)
Ngaio Marsh: Off With His Head (aka Death of a Fool) (reread)
Georgette Heyer: Envious Casca (reread)
Patricia Wentworth: The Clock Strikes Twelve (reread)
Molly Thynne: The Crime at the ‘Noah’s Ark’
Brian Flynn: The Murders near Mapleton
Moray Dalton: The Night of Fear
Christopher Bush: Dancing Death
Michael Innes: There Came Both Mist and Snow
Martin Edwards (ed.), Various Authors: A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries
Charlotte MacLeod (ed.), Various Authors: Mistletoe Mysteries
Charlotte MacLeod (ed.), Various Authors: Christmas Stalkings
Cecily Gayford (ed.), Various Authors: Murder in Midwinter
Cecily Gayford (ed.), Various Authors: A Very Murderous Christmas
Cecily Gayford (ed.), Various Authors: Murder at Christmas
Ada Moncrieff: Murder Most Festive
Anne Perry: A Christmas Hope
Ellis Peters: The Raven in the Foregate (reread)
Susanna Gregory: A Killer in Winter
Michael Jecks: The Mad Monk of Gidleigh
John Banville: Snow
R.D. Wingfield: Frost at Christmas
Stuart MacBride: Twelve Days of Winter: Crime at Christmas

Matthew Costello, Neil Richards: Secret Santa (Cherringham)
Lesley Cookman: Murder in Midwinter
Lesley Cookman: Murder out of Tune

Donna Andrews: The Gift of the Magpie
Robert B. Parker: Silent Night
Ellery Queen: The Egyptian Cross Mystery
Otto Penzler (ed.), Various Authors: The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries
Otto Penzler: Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop
Various Authors: Midwinter Mysteries: A Christmas Crime Anthology
British Library (ed.), Various Authors: A Literary Christmas
Dennis Pepper (ed.), Various Authors: The Oxford Book of Christmas Stories
Various Authors: A Vintage Christmas
Various Authors: Classic Christmas Stories
Various Authors: Ghosts of Christmas Past
Angela Thirkell: Christmas at High Rising
Rosamunde Pilcher: Winter Solstice
Judith Flanders: Christmas: A History
Mark Forsyth: A Christmas Cornucopia

I’m probably not going to get to all of them (and some of the anthologies are “leftovers” from previous years’ Christmas reading lists anyway), but let’s see how far we get, shall we?


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