The Santa Klaus Murder

The Santa Klaus Murder - British Library Crime Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

'This extremely clever country-house murder mystery is the perfect holiday gift for the avid cosy crime fan. It has an aristocratic setting, a dead earl, and a major suspect ... There are loads of clues, red herrings, and twists in a truly classic Christmas mystery with all the golden age patina.' --Globe and Mail

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781464204951
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press, Inc.
Imprint: Poisoned Pen Press
Pub date:
Edition: First edition
DEWEY: 823.912
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 243
Weight: 454g
Height: 203mm
Width: 133mm
Spine width: 25mm