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Christmas is Murder

A Short Story Collection

By Val McDermid

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Spend Christmas with this deadly duo of classic crime short stories, by number one Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid

Spend Christmas with this deadly duo of classic crime short stories, by number one Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid

In this collection of two short stories, the peace of a picture-perfect Christmas in the Cotswolds is shattered by an unexpected turn of events, and DI Maggie Staniforth takes centre stage in a deadly tale of hardship at Christmas.

Containing all of the atmosphere and tension of Val McDermid's masterful crime novels, Christmas is Murder is the perfect short read to settle down with this festive season.

* Includes the first chapter of Val McDermid's latest Sunday Times bestselling novel, Broken Ground - out now*

Praise for Queen of Crime, Val McDermid:

'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent

'Beguiling . . . A compulsively readable tale' Irish Times

'No one can tell a story like she can' Daily Express

This duo of short stories contains 'A Traditional Christmas' and 'A Wife in a Million'.

Biographical Notes

Val McDermid is a No.1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over fifteen million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010 and received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011. In 2016, Val received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.

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  • ISBN: 9781405525923
  • Publication date: 07 Dec 2012
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  • Imprint: Sphere
Very smart and memorable . . . both stories are great reminders of a time when McDermid was sharpening her teeth on the crime fiction genre and the great writer she was to become . . . an excellent aperitif before the next McDermid novel — Crimesquad
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