Murder in the Falling Snow: Ten Classic Crime Stories (Vintage Murders)

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Murder in the Falling Snow: Ten Classic Crime Stories (Vintage Murders)

Murder in the Falling Snow: Ten Classic Crime Stories (Vintage Murders)

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Outstanding is The Chopham Affair by Edgar Wallace, in which a smooth-talking conman finally picks the wrong mark. By today's standards these stories are quaint but may be worth a read if you are interested in early detective fiction.It begins with the description of the cushy and immoral life of an international gigolo and ends with justice being dealt out on a cold, snowy Christmas Eve in freezing London.

Some of the stories are a little obscure, but I really enjoyed The Chopham Affair, The Adventure of the Abbey Grange and The Mystery of Felwyn Tunnel. I enjoyed some of these tales, but it seemed quite an uneven and random collection and not really very wintry at all. There is no information given about the authors or the background to the stories, and some authors are better known than others, e. This is one of the shortest of these short stories (some are actually far too long-winded) and it's one where a thick blanket of snow is crucial to the solution of a murder mystery. An enjoyable quick read, it's just 182 pages, the stories all work, some better than others, of course.This collection of short winter chills boasts tales from GK Chesterton, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy L Sayers and more.

Unbelievably, this is the seventh seasonal collection in this series of cosy crime short stories edited by Cecily Gayford.T. Meade and Robert Eustace, possibly the standout story here for me, but I remembered it fairly well from reading it somewhere else, possibly in one of the British Library collections. Some of the stories are also in other collections - I really like The Mystery of Felwyn Tunnel by L. JANICE HALLETT, THE SUNDAY TIMESIt's only the afternoon, but dusk is already falling and a log fire burning in the grate. My favourites in this were the Sherlock Holmes (which I've read many times), The Chopham Affair, and Haunted House, but my absolute favourite was The Mystery of Felwyn Tunnel, which is very like The Signalman by Charles Dickens, a story that I love.

Innes was reliably clever, Sayers terse and entertaining with a well crafted red herring character, but I did rather enjoy R. Loved the plots and characters, such of which would not look out of place on a television adaptation now. A reasonable selection of classic crime stories, but there is no editor's introduction and it is disappointing that no sources or dates of publication are given.

The Michael Innes story is also great - less wordy than his full-length Appleby novels, and very clever. The sub-title "Ten Classic Crime Stories" gives it away that Cecily Gayford put these stories together. Cecily Gayford studied English at the University of Oxford, where she wrote her thesis on the 'golden age' detective stories of the 1930s and 1940s.

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