Thursday, December 14, 2017

Book Beginnings: The Mistletoe Murder

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories, by P.D. James (2016). This is the first sentence of the book's first story:
One of the minor hazards of being a bestselling crime novelist is the ubiquitous question, "And have you ever been personally involved with a real-life murder investigation?"; a question occasionally asked with a look and tone which suggest that the Murder Squad of the Metropolitan Police might with advantage dig up my back garden.

About the Book:
Four previously uncollected stories from one of the great mystery writers of our time--swift, cunning murder mysteries (two of which feature the young Adam Dalgliesh) that together, to borrow the author's own word, add up to a delightful "entertainment." 
Initial Thoughts:

P.D. James was one of my favorite writers — I loved all her books, but especially her Adam Dalgliesh mysteries. When she died back in 2014, the thought of never having another Dalgliesh to read was a little depressing. So I was very excited to discover this book of stories, and I'm looking forward to getting started on it. Perfect for the season.

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday.  As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


  1. That is most definitely perfect for the season! I also like a collection of short stories for the holidays. Maybe because we are always running and busy over the festive season, but can normally have a quick sit-down for a short story.

    Hope you enjoy them and have a good weekend! Here's my Friday Meets:

  2. You know, I've not actually read this! It would be a great choice for my #blogmas feature... Sounds brilliant, and I love her work.

    Here's mine:

    Have a great weekend!
    Luv Sass x

  3. A collection of stories sounds like a great way to check out an author's writing...and I've been meaning to read this author for a while.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. Oh, dear! Still another author I've never read. I do love the beginning you quote. This week I'm reading Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton from my TBR mountain. Happy reading!

  5. What a find! I love P.D. James, too.

    You and Gilion are on the same page today.


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