|Murder for Christmas|
ed. Thomas Godfrey
Date: 01 December, 1999 — used only — Book
Despite the title, most of these stories have little to do with murder. Most of them are, in fact, mysteries of the classic type: Maigret has to uncover the identity of a "Santa Claus" in a young child's bedroom; Father Brown effects the redemption of the thief Flambeau; Dickens chimes in with a ghost story; Poirot spends a classical English Christmas tracking down a stolen ruby. All in all, these stories are quite enjoyable, even if they don't live up to the title, and definitely fall on the mild (read "non-violent") side of the mystery spectrum.