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English Country House Murders (1989) — Redaktør; Introduktion — 488 eksemplarer, 11 anmeldelser
Murder for Christmas (1982) — Redaktør — 453 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
Murder for Christmas, Vol. 2 (1982) — Redaktør — 89 eksemplarer
Das große Krimi Lesebuch II (1991) 2 eksemplarer
Murder for Christmas [audio abridgement] (1989) — Redaktør — 1 eksemplar

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Godfrey III, Thomas Finley



I finally read this whole book!! I have probably owned it for 25 years. My mom got this for me when I was about 10 or so and it was too much for me. The stories were written around the 30’s or earlier and a lot of English authors. Some of them were still hard for me to focus on but there were also some really good stories. It was a fun way to celebrate the Christmas holiday. I read it like an advent calendar.
vickimarie2002 | 5 andre anmeldelser | Feb 19, 2020 |
Thomas Godrey has edited and introduced a volume of "classic crime fiction of Britain's upper crust." English country house murders is the best of the genre with stories beginning with Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and ending with James Miles' Sherlock Holmes with all the usual suspects in between. Christie is represented by her detective, the mysterious Mr. Quin; Chesterton by Father Brown; Wodehouse by Wooster and Jeeves; Sayers by Lord Peter Wimsey; and many more. The main introduction by Godfrey is hilarious and gets the idea across. The house has to be huge and in the country. The crime needs to be murder but theft will do, especially of jewelry or paintings. For murder, poison or a bop on the head preferred although defenestration is not used enough (throwing a person out of a window). Servants must be present but the butler is best; however the butler shouldn't do it, unless he really isn't a butler. Characters need not be bel;evable, just identifiable. There is so much more in the introduction to be enjoyed. Each story has its own introduction in the grand style and is full of information on author and story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this set of short stories and can highly recommend them.
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fdholt | 10 andre anmeldelser | Jun 30, 2019 |
It's a rare book that takes me 387 days to complete. I got it after Christmas last year, read the first story (an old favorite) and then put it aside in favor or other books until I broke out the yuletide books this year.

And I don't have the book with me, nor can I find the contents online, so this is somewhat worthless as a meaningful consideration.

So, with that carton of salt: some of the stories hold up very well, some do not hold up at all*, although the writers are an impeccable group. There is a strong emphasis on British Country House murders, which I find charming. Some of the Gahan Wilson cartoons make no sense because they are so poorly reproduced, others are clear and morbidly funny.

It's an uneven collection, but for whatever reason I like my holiday full of blood and mayhem (Die Hard is so a Christmas film, and one of the best!)

*I'm looking at you, Nero Wolfe. Gah!

Personal copy.
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Kaethe | 5 andre anmeldelser | Oct 16, 2016 |
If you enjoy the classic English murder that is commemorated in the game of Clues you will probably enjoy this collection of short stories that spans the history of the genre. Works by well known authors such as Doyle, Christie and Sayers are included as well as lesser known writers such as Cyril Hare, Ethel Lina White and James Miles. Good introduction.
ritaer | 10 andre anmeldelser | Jun 24, 2016 |


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Agatha Christie Contributor
Margery Allingham Contributor
Dorothy L. Sayers Contributor
Ngaio Marsh Contributor
G.K. Chesterton Contributor
Robert Barr Contributor
Nicholas Blake Contributor
Ethel Lina White Contributor
Philip MacDonald Contributor
James Miles Contributor
R. Austin Freeman Contributor
Christianna Brand Contributor
Cyril Hare Contributor
Michael Innes Contributor
P. G. Wodehouse Contributor
P. D. James Contributor
Wilkie Collins Contributor
John Dickson Carr Contributor
Ruth Rendell Contributor
John Collier Contributor
Stanley Ellin Contributor
Marjorie Bowen Contributor
Woody Allen Contributor
Arthur Conan Doyle Contributor
Lillian de Torre Contributor
Thomas Hardy Contributor
Baroness Orczy Contributor
Rex Stout Contributor
Charles Dickens Contributor
Carter Dickson Contributor
Baynard Kendrick Contributor
A. A. Milne Contributor
O. Henry Contributor
H. R. F. Keating Contributor
Edward D. Hoch Contributor
Damon Runyon Contributor
Georges Simenon Contributor
Ellery Queen Contributor
Arthur Conan Doyle Contributor
Gahan Wilson Illustrator
Miriam Campiz Cover designer
David Birney Narrator
Robert Culp Narrator
John Standing Narrator


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