27 October 2011

Forgotten Book: MURDER FOR CHRISTMAS, Thomas Godfrey & Gahan Wilson

This contribution to Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books comes my records in 1990.

Better World Books says
This offbeat Christmas collection of 26 tales of seasonal mayhem by 26 best-selling authors, including Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Dorothy L. Sayers, Charles Dickens, and others, is sure to make the holidays frightful fun.

Amazon records this as on the back cover.
(NOTES FROM THE BACK COVER:) Here is the perfect stocking stuffer for the person who has everthing - and plans to leave it to you. Come to a unique Christmas celebration and rub adverbs with such greats as Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Stanley Ellin, and Ellery Queen. The great detectives of literature are also invited: Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Albert Campion, Father Brown and Bombay's inspector Ganesh Ghote, all tackling the type of cases that made them famous. Here is a literary feast prepared with something for every taste: cheating, killing, spying, shoplifting and kidnapping. In short, everything to make the holidays bright. Merry Christmas. And God help us, everyone.

However I think it may be part of a series with the same titles, or at least two different books. Take a look at this cover which definitely says Volume II.

Another cover is similar to the top one, but says 1982, 1989.

Library Thing has an interesting collection of covers for the title.

2 comments:

Richard R. said...

I have this one, and I don't recall a second volume, but your image does say Volume II. I'll have to look into that, I enjoy reading such collections once December comes around.

Anonymous said...

Hey -

The hardcover is all 26 stories. They split the paperbacks into two volumes, each with 12. I recall II being better, but it's been a while.

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