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Although the themes of Christmas and crime might seem to be diametrically opposed, the Yuletide season has always brought out the best in mystery writers, who find endless inspiration in the trappings of the holiday. A stocking stuffed with 26 entertaining stories, this anthology samples the delicious wares of such noted masters of mystery as Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Ngaio Marsh, Ellery Queen, and John Dickson Carr. It also includes some unexpected tidbits from authors outside the crime canon: Thomas Hardy, Damon Runyon, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, even Woody Allen!
Celebrate the holidays with tales of murder, deceit, shoplifting, kidnapping, and murder 'round the wassail bowl! Illustrated with wonderfully malevolent black and white line drawings and cartoons by the ghoulish Gahan Wilson, this collection of holiday mysteries will chill the cockles of a crime lover's heart.