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Head of Zeus
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries
09 Dec 2021 * TRADE PAPERBACK * £18 * 9781800249721

A special edition of the 100 best Yuletide whodunnits.

Fiction / DQ (Anthologies)
Extent: 752 pages  Format: 240 x 170 mm
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The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries: 100 of the Very Best Yuletide WhodunnitsAnthosedited by Otto Penzler

A special reissue from Head of Zeus's bestselling anthology collection of the 100 best Yuletide whodunnits.

A Times Book of the Year 2014.

This Christmas crime anthology stars Poirot, Marple, Rebus, More, Rumpole, Sherlock, Cadfael and many, many more. Festive felonies, unscrupulous santas, deadly puddings, and misdemeanors under the mistletoe...

From Victorian detective stories to modern mysteries, police procedurals to pulp fiction, comic gems to cozy crime, there's something for every festive mood in this must-read collection starring sixty of the world's favourite detectives.

Featuring an all-star cast of authors including Isaac Asimov, Mary Higgins Clark, Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, Colin Dexter, Thomas Hardy, H.R.F. Keating, Ngaio Marsh, John Mortimer, Ellis Peters, Sara Paretsky, Robert Louis Stevenson and – of course – Agatha Christie, this is the biggest and best Christmas crime anthology in print today.

Series editor Otto Penzler is the founder of the Mysterious Press (1975), Mysterious Press.com (2011) and New York City’s Mysterious Bookshop (1979). He has won a Raven, the Ellery Queen Award, two Edgars and lifetime achievement awards from Noircon and The Strand Magazine. He has edited more than 70 anthologies and written extensively about crime fiction.

The biggest ever anthology of Christmas mysteries, including 60 stories from the greatest crime writers in history.

One of ten special reissues for HoZ's anniversary: handsome flexi-bound editions with foil detailing and specially commissioned cover illustration.

HoZ's bestselling anthology series has sold 250,000 copies across all formats.

MARKET: crime fiction afficionados.


'Some famous names appear, as do quite a few writers unknown or unjustly forgotten and there are many gems. This is not a literary meal to be consumed too quickly. A diet of four stories a day is suggested' The Times, Books of the Year

What better Christmas gift for crime fiction addicts than this mighty tome... Hugely enjoyable' Irish Independent

'Anyone who cares about the best mystery writing of the past century and beyond would be lucky to receive this thick volume during the holidays' Washington Post

'It should keep thriller fans entertained well into the New Year' Herald, The Year's Best Books for Gifts

There's something for every festive mood in this must-read collection... This is the best Christmas crime anthology in print today' Urban Fox

A great book to keep you company on those drawn out winter evenings... Full of tales that are especially worthy of reading aloud' This England

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