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Christmas related crime fiction anthologies

This page lists a selection of Christmas related crime fiction anthologies.


Christmas related anthologies of crime fiction

Crime At Christmas: A Seasonal Box Of Murderous Delights

Editor: Jack Adrian

Equation / HarperCollins


The contents are:

  • A Problem in White (Nicholas Blake)
  • Detectives Day Off (John Dickson Carr)
  • Santa-San Solves It (James Melville)
  • Herlock Sholmess Christmas Case (Peter Todd)
  • The Three Travellers (Edward D. Hoch)
  • Murder in Store (Peter Lovesey)
  • Waxworks (Ethel Lina White)
  • Serenade to a Killer (Joseph Cummings)
  • Stuffing (Edgar Wallace)
  • No Room at the Inn (Bill Pronzini)
  • Sister Bessie (Cyril Hare)
  • Murder Under the Mistletoe (Margery Alllingham)
  • Christmas Train (Will Scott)
  • A Present for Christmas (Robert Arthur)
  • The Santa Claus Club (Julian Symons)
  • The Secret in the Pudding Bag (Herlock Sholmes)
  • The Great Christmas Train Mystery (Anthony Burgess)
  • The Plot Against Santa Claus (James Powell)
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Crimes for a Summer Christmas

Editor: Stephen Knight

Allen and Unwin


"An entertaining collection of previously unpublished Australian crime stories, from contributors such as Peter Corris, Marele Day, Garry Disher, Marion Halligan, Mudrooroo Narogin, Kate Stephens and Renate Yates."
The contents are:
  • Ladies’ Day (Jennifer Rowe)
  • Logan’s Comet (Peter Corris)
  • Westralian Lead (Mudrooroo Narogin )
  • Neighbourhood Fortress (Marion Halligan)
  • The Widder Tree Shadder Murder (Elizabeth Jolley)
  • The Caretaker (Ian Moffitt)
  • The Stinging Tree (Marele Day)
  • The Night of the Eclipse (Martin Long)
  • Songs of the Sea (Archie Weller)
  • The Perfect Murder (Renate Yatesi)
  • Pioneers (Michael Wilding)
  • The Manly Shooting (Nigel Krauth)
  • Cody’s Art (Garry Disher)
  • Tanners End (Kate Stephens)
  • Mugger’s Game (Robert Hood)
  • Killing Time (John Sligo)
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More Crimes for a Summer Christmas

Editor: Stephen Knight

Allen and Unwin


"The second collection of stories by Australian writers of crime, mystery and psychic violence, including Alex Juniper, Peter Corris, Claire McNab, Marele Day and Jennifer Rowe."
The contents are:
  • The Icecream Bursts (Marion Halligan)
  • Old Ground (Garry Disher)
  • For Mr Voss or Occupant (Janette Turner Hospital)
  • The Big Lie (Peter Corris)
  • The Long Way Home (Kate Stephens)
  • Australian-American Collaboration in the Fight Against World Terrorism (Richard Hall)
  • The Vanishing of Jock McHale’s Hat (Kerry Greenwood)
  • Follow Me (Marele Day)
  • The Merchant of Parramatta (Martin Long)
  • White Christmas (Jennifer Rowe)
  • The Healer (Mudrooroo Narogin )
  • An Old Husbands’ Tale (Susan Geason)
  • Hitmen on Holidays (Robert Hood)
  • High-Rating Death (Claire McNab)
  • Winston Goes Straight (Steve Wright)
  • The Amateur Hangman (Kel Richards)
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Blood on the Holly: An Anthology of Christmas Mysteries

Editor: Caro Soles

Baskerville Books


"Blood on the Holly is an anthology of Christmas crime featuring short fiction by Crime Writers of Canada members and friends. Murder is served up with a dash of maple syrup as this anthology offers a twisted take on the festive season with 24 stories, ranging from the hilarious to the serious, by award-winning authors, favourite series writers, and first timers."
The contents are:
  • Chestnut Roasting (Lyn Hamilton)
  • Blue Christmas (Peter Robinson)
  • Swiped (Linwood Barclay)
  • Christmas Crossing (Edward D. Hoch)
  • Water Like A Stone (Rosemary Aubert)
  • Turning On The Christmas Blights (Mary Jane Maffini)
  • Christmas In Alice (M. Harris-Callway)
  • A Christmas Bauble (Therese Greenwood)
  • The Sun Sets In Key West (Sylvia Maultash Warsh)
  • Christmas Bonus (Michael Hennessey)
  • Wreckwood (Maureen Jennings)
  • Lucky (R.G. Willems)
  • As Long As We Both Shall Live (Rick Mofina)
  • Hell Bunny (Dick Noble)
  • Gifts (Peter Sellers)
  • Mother Always Kept A Gun (C.J. Papoutsis)
  • Buon Natale Johnny Toronto (Dennis Richard Murphy)
  • The Parrot And Wild Mushroom Stuffing (J.C. Szasz)
  • The Santa Game (Jane Burfield)
  • Christmas Can Be A Killer (Stephen Gaspar)
  • How Silently, How Silently (Sandy Conrad)
  • Mamma's Girl (Mary Keenan)
  • The Hounds Of Winter (D.J. Mcintosh)
  • A Bigfoot Christmas (James Powell)
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The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

Editor: Otto Penzler

Vintage / Black Lizard


"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."
The contents are:
  • The Adventure Of The Christmas Pudding (Agatha Christie)
  • Gold, Frankincense And Murder (Catherine Aird)
  • Boxing Unclever (Robert Barnard)
  • The Proof Of The Pudding (Peter Lovesey)
  • The Adventure Of The Dauphin's Doll (Ellery Queen)
  • Morse's Greatest Mystery (Colin Dexter)
  • More Than Flesh And Blood (Susan Moody)
  • The Butler's Christmas Eve (Mary Roberts Rinehart)
  • The Trinity Cat (Ellis Peters)
  • The Burglar And The Whatsit (Donald E. Westlake)
  • Dancing Dan's Christmas (Damon Runyon)
  • A Visit From St. Nicholas (Ron Goulart)
  • The Thieves Who Couldn't Help Sneezing (Thomas Hardy)
  • Rumpole And The Spirit Of Christmas (John Mortimer)
  • A Reversible Santa Clause (Meredith Nicholson)
  • A Scandal In Winter (Gillian Linscott)
  • The Christmas Client (Edward D. Hoch)
  • The Secret In The Pudding Bag & Herlock Sholmes's Christmas Case (Peter Todd)
  • Christmas Eve (S.C. Roberts)
  • The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle (Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • Dead On Christmas Street (John D. Macdonald)
  • Crime's Christmas Carol (Norvell Page)
  • Serenade To A Killer (Joseph Commings)
  • The Haunted Crescent (Peter Lovesey)
  • A Christmas In Camp (Edmund Cox)
  • The Christmas Bogey (Pat Frank)
  • The Killer Christian (Andrew Klavan)
  • The Ghost's Touch (Fergus Hume)
  • A Wreath For Marley (Max Allan Collins)
  • The Carol Singers (Josephine Bell)
  • Waxworks (Ethel Lina White)
  • Cambric Tea (Marjorie Bowen)
  • The 74th Tale (Jonathan Santlofer)
  • The Uninnocent (Bradford Morrow)
  • Blue Christmas (Peter Robinson)
  • Noel, Noel (Barry Perowne)
  • Death On Christmas Eve (Stanley Ellin)
  • The Chinese Apple (Joseph Shearing)
  • And All Through The House (Ed Mcbain)
  • An Early Christmas (Doug Allyn)
  • The Live Tree (John Lutz)
  • Three-Dot Po (Sara Paretsky)
  • Mad Dog (Dick Lochte)
  • Sister Bessie (Cyril Hare)
  • That's The Ticket (Mary Higgins Clark)
  • Death On The Air (Ngaio Marsh)
  • The Thirteenth Day Of Christmas (Isaac Asimov)
  • The Christmas Kitten (Ed Gorman)
  • The Santa Claus Club (Julian Symons)
  • The Flying Stars (G.K. Chesterton)
  • Christmas Party (Rex Stout)
  • The Raffles Relics (E.W. Hornung)
  • The Price Of Light (Ellis Peters)
  • A Present For Santa Sahib (H.R.F. Keating)
  • The Christmas Train (Will Scott)
  • Markheim (Robert Louis Stevenson)
  • A Chaparral Christmas Gift (O. Henry)
  • The Chopham Affair (Edgar Wallace)
  • A Christmas Tragedy (Agatha Christie)
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Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries

Editor: Martin Edwards

British Library Publishing / Poisoned Pen


"Crime writers are just as susceptible as readers to the countless attractions of Christmas. Over the years, many distinguished practitioners of the genre have given one or more of their stories a Yuletide setting. The most memorable Christmas mysteries blend a lively storyline with an atmospheric evocation of the season. Getting the mixture right is much harder than it looks.This book introduces readers to some of the finest Christmas detective stories of the past."
The contents are:
  • The Blue Carbuncle (Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • Parlour Tricks (Ralph Plummer)
  • A Happy Solution (Raymund Allen)
  • The Flying Stars (G.K. Chesterton)
  • Stuffing (Edgar Wallace)
  • The Unknown Murderer (H.C. Bailey)
  • The Absconding Treasurer (J. Jefferson Farjeon)
  • The Necklace Of Pearls (Dorothy L. Sayers)
  • The Case Is Altered (Margery Allingham)
  • Waxworks (Ethel Lina White)
  • Cambric Tea (Marjorie Bowen)
  • The Chinese Apple (Joseph Shearing)
  • A Problem In White (Nicholas Blake)
  • The Name On The Window (Edmund Crispin)
  • Beef For Christmas (Leo Bruce)
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The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers

Editor: Peter Lovesey

Soho Press


"Nine mall Santas must find the imposter among them. An elderly lady seeks peace from her murderously loud neighbors at Christmastime. A young woman receives a mysterious invitation to Christmas dinner with a stranger. Niccolò Machiavelli sets out to save an Italian city. Sherlock Holmes’s one-time nemesis Irene Adler finds herself in an unexpected tangle in Paris while on a routine espionage assignment. Jane Austen searches for the Dowager Duchess of Wilborough’s stolen diamonds. These and other adventures in this delectable volume will whisk readers away to Christmases around the globe, from a Korean War POW camp to a Copenhagen refugee squat, from a palatial hotel in 1920s Bombay to a crumbling mansion in Havana."
The stories are:
  • Jane and the Midnight Clear (Stephanie Barron)
  • Red Christmas (James R. Benn)
  • Cabaret aux Assassins (Cara Black)
  • Bo Sau (Vengeance) (Henry Chang)
  • The Prince (of Peace) (Gary Corby)
  • There's Only One Father Christmas, Right? (Colin Cotterill)
  • The Cuban Marquise's Jewels (Teresa Dovalpage)
  • Blue Memories Start Calling (Tod Goldbe)
  • A Mother's Curse (Mette Ivie Harrison)
  • The Usual Santas (Mick Herron)
  • When the Time Came (Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis)
  • Martin (Ed Lin)
  • PX Christmas (Martin Limon)
  • Supper with Miss Shivers (Peter Lovesey)
  • Hairpin Holiday (Sujata Massey)
  • Queen of the Hill (Stuart Neville)
  • An Elderly Lady Seeks Peace at Christmastime (Helene Tursten)
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Last updated July 2018