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An all-new collection of winter-themed stories from the Queen of Mystery, just in time for the holidays—including the original version of Christmas Adventure, never before released in the United States! There's a chill in the air and the days are growing shorter . . . It's the perfect time to curl up in front of a crackling fire with these wintry whodunits from the legendar An all-new collection of winter-themed stories from the Queen of Mystery, just in time for the holidays—including the original version of Christmas Adventure, never before released in the United States! There's a chill in the air and the days are growing shorter . . . It's the perfect time to curl up in front of a crackling fire with these wintry whodunits from the legendary Agatha Christie. But beware of deadly snowdrifts and dangerous gifts, poisoned meals and mysterious guests. This chilling compendium of short stories—some featuring beloved detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple—is an essential omnibus for Christie fans and the perfect holiday gift for mystery lovers. INCLUDES THE STORIES: - Three Blind Mice - The Chocolate Box - A Christmas Tragedy - The Coming of Mr Quin - The Clergyman's Daughter/Red House - The Plymouth Express - Problem at Pollensa Bay - Sanctuary - The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge - The World's End - The Manhood of Edward Robinson - Christmas Adventure


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An all-new collection of winter-themed stories from the Queen of Mystery, just in time for the holidays—including the original version of Christmas Adventure, never before released in the United States! There's a chill in the air and the days are growing shorter . . . It's the perfect time to curl up in front of a crackling fire with these wintry whodunits from the legendar An all-new collection of winter-themed stories from the Queen of Mystery, just in time for the holidays—including the original version of Christmas Adventure, never before released in the United States! There's a chill in the air and the days are growing shorter . . . It's the perfect time to curl up in front of a crackling fire with these wintry whodunits from the legendary Agatha Christie. But beware of deadly snowdrifts and dangerous gifts, poisoned meals and mysterious guests. This chilling compendium of short stories—some featuring beloved detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple—is an essential omnibus for Christie fans and the perfect holiday gift for mystery lovers. INCLUDES THE STORIES: - Three Blind Mice - The Chocolate Box - A Christmas Tragedy - The Coming of Mr Quin - The Clergyman's Daughter/Red House - The Plymouth Express - Problem at Pollensa Bay - Sanctuary - The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge - The World's End - The Manhood of Edward Robinson - Christmas Adventure

30 review for Midwinter Murder: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amalia Gkavea

    ‘’It was nearly dark. The house felt suddenly very quiet and empty. It was a lonely house, two miles from a village, two miles, as Molly put it, from anywhere. She had often been alone in the house before - but she had never before been so conscious of being alone in it.’’ Welcome to the wintry world of crime and mystery. ‘’The snow beat in a soft flurry against the window - panes. It made a whispery, uneasy sound.’’ Three Blind Mice : Utterly brilliant! The well-known Christie technique ‘’It was nearly dark. The house felt suddenly very quiet and empty. It was a lonely house, two miles from a village, two miles, as Molly put it, from anywhere. She had often been alone in the house before - but she had never before been so conscious of being alone in it.’’ Welcome to the wintry world of crime and mystery. ‘’The snow beat in a soft flurry against the window - panes. It made a whispery, uneasy sound.’’ Three Blind Mice : Utterly brilliant! The well-known Christie technique of using haunting childish rhymes that hide the essence of the mystery delivers an exciting story. A young couple decides to turn their estate into a guest house. The assembly of newcomers is very particular, not to the mention that they are in grave danger of being murdered. Two blind mice have already gone down. Who shall be the third? ‘’It was a wild night. Outside, the wind howled malevolently, and the rain beat against the windows in great gusts.’’ The Chocolate Box : Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings discuss one of the unsuccessful cases of our beloved Belgian detective over a chocolate box. ‘’There was what I can only describe as a curiously eerie feeling in the air. There seemed to be something weighing on us all. A feeling of misfortune.’’ A Christmas Tragedy : Miss Marple narrates the chronicle of a murder foretold by the evil disposition of the killer. A Christmas tragedy indeed… ‘’A good night for ghosts to walk’’, said Portal with a reckless laugh. ‘All the devils in Hell are abroad tonight.’ The Coming of Mr Quin : On New Year’s Eve, a group of upper-class people find themselves involved in a crime of sadness and strange visitors. This one was rather perplexing, requiring my utmost attention. Brilliant! The Clergyman’s Daughter : Tommy and Tuppence, our quirky duo, are called to investigate a poltergeist case that threatens the happiness of a charming girl. This was a wonderfully spirited story but quite predictable. ‘’They are so busy knocking that they do not notice that the door is open.’’ The Plymouth Express : The little grey cells of Poirot are called in to solve the murder of a woman found in a first-class compartment of the Plymouth Express. Problem at Pollensa Bay : Majorca in the winter. What could be more enticing? Add a questionable social circle, a mother who behaves like a dictator, an oppressed young man and the suspicious behaviour of a potential gold digger. In my opinion, this story was rather boring and had nothing to offer to the collection. Sanctuary: A man mortally wounded is discovered in a church by Miss Marple’s brightest goddaughter. Is it a suicide or a well-planned murder? The two women form the perfect dup and London hides all the answers. The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge : Captain Hastings replaces Poirot when a crime is committed in an isolated manor in the moors of Devonshire. But not even influenza can stand in the way of our Belgian genius. The World’s End : An isolated village in Corsica hides the secret of a strange theft and a man who was wrongly accused. A very atmospheric story. The Manhood of Edward Robinson: Yes, this story is as weird and melodramatic as its title. A brilliant example of social satire. Christmas Adventure : A bunch of teenagers believe they are a match for Hercule Poirot. Yeah, right. Twelve stories to be read in the heart of winter, in the company of a hot cup of cocoa. ‘’After all, said Poirot reflectively, ‘it was an experience! I, who have undoubtedly the finest brain in Europe at present, can afford to be magnanimous!’’ Many thanks to William Morrow and Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.word...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vikas Singh

    Delightful collection of twelve stories of mystery and suspense Though titled Murder not all the stories deal with murder. Five Poirot exploits include the only case where he was successfully deceived and the case which he described “perfect murder”. The two Mr. Quinn stories have the eerie and paranormal feel. The solo Tommy and Tuppence adventure add a bit of light hearted fun to the collection. The two Miss Marple stories do not fail to bring a smile to the lips as you marvel how an old frail Delightful collection of twelve stories of mystery and suspense Though titled Murder not all the stories deal with murder. Five Poirot exploits include the only case where he was successfully deceived and the case which he described “perfect murder”. The two Mr. Quinn stories have the eerie and paranormal feel. The solo Tommy and Tuppence adventure add a bit of light hearted fun to the collection. The two Miss Marple stories do not fail to bring a smile to the lips as you marvel how an old frail lady manages to hoodwink the culprits. The solo Parker Pyne story is a great introduction to his ‘marriage suitability’ test. The twelfth story does not feature any of her well-known characters but is a solo but past paced thriller. Overall, between its 240 pages you get a glimpse of all Christie’s characters. The added bonus is an essay by Christie- ‘Christmas at Abney Hall’.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Midwinter Murder is a new collection of old stories from the Queen of Crime, loosely based around a winter theme. Some of the stories are almost 100 years old, but still manage to entertain. It's light, fluffy & easy on the brain. A pleasant antidote to these troubled times. Midwinter Murder is a new collection of old stories from the Queen of Crime, loosely based around a winter theme. Some of the stories are almost 100 years old, but still manage to entertain. It's light, fluffy & easy on the brain. A pleasant antidote to these troubled times.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    I've actually read most of the stories featured in various other collections, but I couldn't resist this stunning hardback edition to add to the collection. In truth this is more of a showcase of the various characters that Christie has created. As you'd expect Poriot features heavily and the two Marples are also enjoyable. It's the inclusion of Mr. Quinn, Parker Pyne aswell as Tommy and Tuppance that gives this a nice range of stories. I personally prefer Christie novels as feel a little unsatisfie I've actually read most of the stories featured in various other collections, but I couldn't resist this stunning hardback edition to add to the collection. In truth this is more of a showcase of the various characters that Christie has created. As you'd expect Poriot features heavily and the two Marples are also enjoyable. It's the inclusion of Mr. Quinn, Parker Pyne aswell as Tommy and Tuppance that gives this a nice range of stories. I personally prefer Christie novels as feel a little unsatisfied with short stories, though this collection would be a perfect gift for someone who's not familiar with her works.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Megan

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  6. 4 out of 5

    exploraDora

    ***2,5 stars*** Midwinter Murder: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery is a collection of 12 old short stories, all (loosely) happening in winter. Some are more entertaining than others, but altogether none of them delivered anything special to the mystery genre. Because I am an Agatha Christie newbie and I am only familiar with Poirot, I pretty much only enjoyed the four stories he appeared in. For or die-hard fans, reading about all these other, (some) lesser known detectives could be exciti ***2,5 stars*** Midwinter Murder: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery is a collection of 12 old short stories, all (loosely) happening in winter. Some are more entertaining than others, but altogether none of them delivered anything special to the mystery genre. Because I am an Agatha Christie newbie and I am only familiar with Poirot, I pretty much only enjoyed the four stories he appeared in. For or die-hard fans, reading about all these other, (some) lesser known detectives could be exciting as well.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    2.5 stars. Although I liked the Tuppence and Tommy short story, and the first couple of Poirot's, this didn't really give me anything outstanding or new to the mystery genre. And although it professes to be about specifically Midwinter related stories, they honestly could have been set during any season. Being short stories, they also just feel that little bit too lacking in depth and substance. There's no build up or atmosphere, preferring to rely on sharp reveals and lacklustre endings. 2.5 stars. Although I liked the Tuppence and Tommy short story, and the first couple of Poirot's, this didn't really give me anything outstanding or new to the mystery genre. And although it professes to be about specifically Midwinter related stories, they honestly could have been set during any season. Being short stories, they also just feel that little bit too lacking in depth and substance. There's no build up or atmosphere, preferring to rely on sharp reveals and lacklustre endings.

  8. 4 out of 5

    PorshaJo

    Rating 3.75

  9. 5 out of 5

    Javier

    "Midwinter Murder" is a collection of winter themed short stories by Agatha Christie. In case you don't know it, Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors ever and the one responsible for my love of reading nowadays. I think I've read practically all of her novels, but not her short stories cause I tend to be disappointed with short stories on a general basis. And that was the case here too. Here we have stories for everyone, starring all her main characters (Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tu "Midwinter Murder" is a collection of winter themed short stories by Agatha Christie. In case you don't know it, Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors ever and the one responsible for my love of reading nowadays. I think I've read practically all of her novels, but not her short stories cause I tend to be disappointed with short stories on a general basis. And that was the case here too. Here we have stories for everyone, starring all her main characters (Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, Mr. Parker Pyne & Mr. Quin) and some standalones like maybe one of her most famous ones "Three blind mice" (I had read the play several years ago so it was like reading it for the first time). That one was hands down my favorite story here with the ones starring Poirot (sorry Jane, I've got a soft spot for the guy!). Some of the other stories I didn't find as good, specially "The manhood of Edward Robinson"; and I say "as good" not to say I directly didn't like it. It didn't even seem like an Agatha Christie story. A 3 stars read, with its ups and downs good for long time fans, but if it's your first time reading one of her stories I would definetely recommend going straight to one of her novels. Thanks to EW and Harper Collins William Morrow Paperbacks for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    NILTON TEIXEIRA

    This is a clever new compilation! Quite entertaining. It presents Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy & Tuppence and Mr. Parker Pyne. Such a great selection of short stories that makes me want to re-read all of the books, especially the ones with Tommy & Tuppence.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    An enjoyable compilation. Not all are murders and some are more like Roald Dahl Tales of the Unexpected than standard Agatha Christie. I enjoyed the Poirot and Marple stories more than the others and sincerely hope that the reading gods will help me avoid the intensely irritating Tommy and Tuppence in future! An enjoyable compilation. Not all are murders and some are more like Roald Dahl Tales of the Unexpected than standard Agatha Christie. I enjoyed the Poirot and Marple stories more than the others and sincerely hope that the reading gods will help me avoid the intensely irritating Tommy and Tuppence in future!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Razor

    Three Blind Mice: 4.5🌟s The Chocolate Box: 3.5🌟s A Christmas Tragedy: 4🌟s The Coming Of Mr Quin: 3.5🌟s The Clergyman's Daughter: 4.25🌟s The Plymouth Express: 2.5🌟s Problem At Pollensa Bay: 3.5🌟s Sanctuary: 4🌟s The Mystery Of Hunters Lodge: 3🌟s The World's End: 2.5🌟s The Manhood Of Edward Robinson: 4.5🌟s Christmas Adventure: 4🌟s exceptional short story collection❤❤! Three Blind Mice: 4.5🌟s The Chocolate Box: 3.5🌟s A Christmas Tragedy: 4🌟s The Coming Of Mr Quin: 3.5🌟s The Clergyman's Daughter: 4.25🌟s The Plymouth Express: 2.5🌟s Problem At Pollensa Bay: 3.5🌟s Sanctuary: 4🌟s The Mystery Of Hunters Lodge: 3🌟s The World's End: 2.5🌟s The Manhood Of Edward Robinson: 4.5🌟s Christmas Adventure: 4🌟s exceptional short story collection❤❤!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    I still consider myself an Agatha Christie novice, but since I read the autumn-themed collection released last year, I couldn't pass up this new, winter-themed one—although it was rather weird to be reading this during the scorching summer we've been having! The two big favorites, Poirot and Marple, make repeat appearances, but so do some of the lesser-known Christie detectives, such as Tommy and Tuppence, Mr. Quin, and Parker Pyne, all of whom I wasn't familiar with before reading these stories. I still consider myself an Agatha Christie novice, but since I read the autumn-themed collection released last year, I couldn't pass up this new, winter-themed one—although it was rather weird to be reading this during the scorching summer we've been having! The two big favorites, Poirot and Marple, make repeat appearances, but so do some of the lesser-known Christie detectives, such as Tommy and Tuppence, Mr. Quin, and Parker Pyne, all of whom I wasn't familiar with before reading these stories. The rating works out the same as for last year's collection, but while that one was closer to 1.5 stars, this one is an easy 2.5—the stories included here are mysteries with logical explanations rather than supernatural ones, which weren't Christie's strong suit. As most collections of short stories, this is a mixed bag, but there are some very enjoyable ones included, and it would make for a great way to pass an evening in front of a crackling fire while snow is blanketing the world outside. Three Blind Mice · ★★★★ The first story takes up a little over a quarter of the book, and is arguably Christie's most well-known short story, which was a radio-play written for Queen Mary's eightieth birthday first, and the worlds' longest-running play, The Mousetrap, later. I got to see the play in London a couple of years ago, where it has been continuously running (well, up until COVID-19 happened, that is) since it was originally staged in 1952. With it taking place at a snowed-in boarding house, it can be considered a locked-room mystery, and with a children's rhyme as part of the plot, it does bear some superficial resemblance to Christie's most acclaimed novel, And Then There Were None . Despite the fact that this story kind of subverts the classic whodunnit trope, I had effectively forgotten the plot twist, so it still felt relatively fresh to me, like a half-remembered dream—but I do think that it works better as a play. The Chocolate Box · ★★ In this story, the ever-annoying Hastings wonders whether the ever-cocky Poirot makes mistakes, so the Belgian tells him about one early case back in France, prior to WWI and his emigration to Britain, which he considers a failure for having jumped to the wrong conclusion—the mysterious death of a French politician, in which the only clue was a box of chocolates. This is a rather early offering in Christie's career, and I harbor a dislike for the Belgian detective, so it's not a surprise that I found it just okay. The Christmas Tragedy · ★★★ Miss Marple tells the story of how she met a newly-wed couple and immediately knew that the husband meant to kill the wife. Of course she had no evidence to go on but her intuition, which she then calls into question when the wife is indeed found murdered, but the husband has an alibi... I enjoyed the twists and turns of this bite-sized tale, and didn't see the solution coming. The Coming of Mr. Quin · ★★½ This was my introduction to Mr. Harley Quin, the most mysterious of Christie's recurring detective characters. I'd never even heard of him, which isn't all that surprising, considering that he only appears in a dozen short stories and no full-length novels, despite being cited as her personal favorite character she's come up with. In this tale, a group of friends sit around on New Year's Eve, and the subject turns to their mutual friend, who had committed suicide in that very house ten years prior, which had left everyone mystified. Mr. Quin suddenly appears and asks for shelter while his chauffeur fixes his broken down car, and his mere presence and well-placed comments and questions act as a catalyst, ultimately leading to the real circumstances surrounding the decade-old suicide to surface. I can't say that I much enjoyed this one, it all felt too neat and coincidental for me to really get invested in the supposed mystery, but I find the character of Mr. Quin intriguing, he seems to be pretty much the opposite of Poirot—letting others figure the mystery out on their own, rather than lecturing. The Clergyman's Daughter/The Red House · ★★★ In my first ever Tommy and Tuppence story, a woman inherits a large house from her wealthy old aunt. She refuses offers to sell it, and instead opts to take in lodgers... who all take off running after some recurring poltergeist activity. Without tenants, she doesn't have the means to maintain the house, but she wants the detective couple to investigate the prospective buyer before selling. It wasn't hard to see the solution to this mystery from miles away, but I enjoyed the banter. The Plymouth Express · ★★★ When the daughter of a wealthy American is found stuffed under a train seat, Poirot is hired to find the murderer, as well as the over one hundred thousand dollars worth of jewels that went missing. This was my favorite Poirot story I've read to date, despite the fact that I figured it out right off the bat, and it was also one of the earliest Poirot stories written, which Christie later expanded into a full-length novel titled The Mystery of the Blue Train, with some changed details and characters. Problem at Pollensa Bay · ★ This story—which has nothing to do with Christie's usual mystery murder fare—stars Parker Pyne, another somewhat obscure detective character whom Christie used in just fourteen short stories. He is on holiday in Mallorca, and despite hoping for some peace and quiet, he is recognized and asked to sabotage a young romance by an overbearing and disapproving mother. I thought it incredibly predictable and trite. Sanctuary · ★★★½ Bunch, an intuitive vicar's wife, finds a man dying on the chancel steps, and with his final words he asks for sanctuary. When his relatives arrive to pick up his few possessions, she senses that something is amiss, and turns to her Godmother for help, Miss Marple. Her involvement came as a surprise, because so far I'd only encountered her in Tuesday Night Club stories, but this continues the tradition of my enjoying mysteries she pops up in. The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge · ★★★ Poirot can't investigate a murder case himself because he's still recovering from influenza, so he sends Hastings in his stead... but ends up solving the case from his bed. I may be warming up to Poirot, because this is the second one I've actually rather enjoyed, although I could've done without the put-on "poetic justice" ending. The World's End · ★½ If I thought the other Mr. Quin story was too full of coincidences, then this was way past the point of my willingness to suspend disbelief. At least in The Coming of Mr. Quin all the involved parties had a reason to be together, and it was just his appearance that was very convenient, but here the most random yet unknowingly connected people just so happen to all meet in a remote village on a mountain in Corsica? Light is consequently shed on the conviction of a jewel thief the year before, and the implications are pretty upsetting, actually. The Manhood of Edward Robinson · ★★ As far as Christie mysteries are concerned, this was on the light, humorous, and even romantic side—or what passed for romance in Christie's days, anyway. The protagonist leads a sensible, dull life with a sensible, dull fiancee, but fantasizes about an adventure as exciting as some of the plots of the romance novels he likes to read. When he wins some money in a competition and decides to buy a sleek car without consulting his fiancee, the adventure he dreams of soon ensues, and he comes out of it a bolder man. Christmas Adventure · ★★★ This story was previously uncollected in the US, but don't get excited, Christie fans—it's just an early draft of the longer The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding. Since I haven't read that one, I had no expectations one way or the other, and rather enjoyed it, considering that it's a Poirot story; no investigating was actually involved in the solving of this "case", it was all clever psychology employed by a detective with a romantic streak. ————— Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    NAT.orious reads ☾

    Alright, I'm discontinuing this. It was not grabbing me at all and I've got enough other books that have a higher chance of bringing me joy. I'd love to say this is an "It's not you, it's me" case. But it really isn't. Alright, I'm discontinuing this. It was not grabbing me at all and I've got enough other books that have a higher chance of bringing me joy. I'd love to say this is an "It's not you, it's me" case. But it really isn't.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Les Wilson

    Although I’d read the stories before it did not inhibit my enjoyment in reading them again. Still the queen of crime writers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    TS Chan

    3.5 stars. A rather eclectic collection of short stories, which despite what the title said, were not all about murders. Some of the stories were good, and some just okay. I do liked the one starring Tommy and Tuppence quite a bit, which made me want to read their books as I liked the dynamics between the two of them. The best of the lot for me was the first and the longest story, Three Blind Mice, which I believe was the source material for the longest running play in the history of London's Wes 3.5 stars. A rather eclectic collection of short stories, which despite what the title said, were not all about murders. Some of the stories were good, and some just okay. I do liked the one starring Tommy and Tuppence quite a bit, which made me want to read their books as I liked the dynamics between the two of them. The best of the lot for me was the first and the longest story, Three Blind Mice, which I believe was the source material for the longest running play in the history of London's West End - The Mousetrap.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pretty Little Bibliophile

    Thanks so much to HarperCollins India for sending me this cozy and wonderful book! Agatha Christie books have been a part of my childhood. Among the various treasures I have inherited from my mother's side of the family, I have to admit that the humongous book collection is the one I value the most. And a major portion of this collection is made up of many AC books that made my mom and aunts' childhoods much more awesome! And so it is no wonder that I fell in love with Christie's writing. There is Thanks so much to HarperCollins India for sending me this cozy and wonderful book! Agatha Christie books have been a part of my childhood. Among the various treasures I have inherited from my mother's side of the family, I have to admit that the humongous book collection is the one I value the most. And a major portion of this collection is made up of many AC books that made my mom and aunts' childhoods much more awesome! And so it is no wonder that I fell in love with Christie's writing. There is a reason why she is undoubtedly THE QUEEN of Crime! I loved the characters she created but I admit, Hercule Poirot holds a special place in my heart. But of course as I grew up, I left AC in the past. This December I had the wonderful opportunity to relive my childhood all thanks to HCI. MIDWINTER MURDER is a collection of short stories set in the winter months and I had a beautiful time reading them all, curled up under a blanket and a cup of chocolate milk by my side. I loved trying to figure out the culprits and had a blast of a time. At the end, Hercule Poirot still rules my heart, but I admit I have warmed a bit towards Miss Marple and Mr. Quin. I hope you all pick it up if you are looking for something warm and cozy yet with a little bit of thrill, this winter. I also think that the hardcover makes a wonderful gift!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Wilson

    A great mixture of stories. I especially loved the 1st one Three Blind Mice and another story about a car theft adventure:)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Great collection of short stories from one of my favorite authors! I listened to the audiobook and it was delightful. I had heard most of the stories but there were a few that were new to me, so that was fun. Three Blind Mice - 5 stars One of the stories I hadn't heard before. A man and a woman have just opened up a new bed-and-breakfast in an estate they inherited. Just as they get snowed in with their first set of guests, they learn it's possible a murderer is staying with them. He's already ki Great collection of short stories from one of my favorite authors! I listened to the audiobook and it was delightful. I had heard most of the stories but there were a few that were new to me, so that was fun. Three Blind Mice - 5 stars One of the stories I hadn't heard before. A man and a woman have just opened up a new bed-and-breakfast in an estate they inherited. Just as they get snowed in with their first set of guests, they learn it's possible a murderer is staying with them. He's already killed once and left a calling card about "three blind mice." I really liked this story. It's a bit longer than the others, more like a novella. The Chocolate Box - 4 stars This is one that I had heard a couple times, but I think this was the first time I really paid attention and understood what was going on. Lol. A Christmas Tragedy - 5 stars A Miss Marple Story, and one of the few I hadn't heard before. I really enjoyed it. Miss Marple shares the story of when she knew a man was going to murder his wife but couldn't prevent it and how he almost got away with it. The Coming of Mr. Quin - 4 stars A group of friends are staying at a house where a man died 10 years ago. They get to talking on that when there is a loud bang at the door. Enter Mr. Quin. Mr. Quin walks the men through a series of questions that leads them to the truth of the death 10 years ago. Then as mysteriously as he arrived, Mr. Quin departs. The Clergyman's Daughter - 3 stars A Tommy and Tuppence story. A woman and her mother have inherited a large estate but have little money to maintain it. Now a suspicious man keeps coming around trying to buy it from them. The woman isn't sure why he's so insistent. The Plymouth Express - 5 stars A young woman is found dead on a train and all her jewels are gone. The father hires Poirot to find out who murdered his beloved daughter. Problem at Pollensa Bay - 4 stars Parker Pine is forced to work on his vacation. A woman greatly dislikes her son's fiancé. Parker Pyne makes some elaborate plans and works out a solution to the dilemma. Sanctuary - 5 stars A fun Miss Marple. A man shows up at the church and claims sanctuary just before he dies. With the help of Miss Marple, the parson's wife sets out to figure out what he meant and what happened to him. The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge - 5 stars Poirot is too ill to travel so he sends Hastings to gather the facts of a murder. Hastings presents his points and Poirot solves the whole thing from bed. Was is it the wife, the maid, the nephew, or a mysterious stranger? The World's End - 3 stars Another one I hadn't heard before and probably my least favorite. It's a Mr. Quin story involving a missing jewel and an overly dramatic young lady. The Manhood of Edward Robinson - 3 stars Another I hadn't heard before. I didn't love it. It was about a guy buying a car, and accidentally driving the wrong car away which led him on a crazy adventure. Christmas Adventure - 5 stars Hercule Poirot is visiting a country estate for Christmas. He's warned not to eat the pudding and that very night a large jewel is found hidden in the Christmas pudding. What's going on here? It was really fun to listen to these. Agatha Christie is always such a treat for me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    patri

    3.25/5 ⭐ I harbour a bunch of nostalgia about Agatha Christie's murder-mystery series, having gotten acquainted with stacks of them (hand-me-downs from a grandma I sadly never met) during the stretched-out, aimless summer afternoons of my childhood, and I'll always connect any adaptation of (or homage to) her work with the sunny weekends spent spread-eagled on the sofa with my nose wedged in one of the head-scratching conundrums she spun to awed audiences and worldwide success, accompanying M. Po 3.25/5 ⭐ I harbour a bunch of nostalgia about Agatha Christie's murder-mystery series, having gotten acquainted with stacks of them (hand-me-downs from a grandma I sadly never met) during the stretched-out, aimless summer afternoons of my childhood, and I'll always connect any adaptation of (or homage to) her work with the sunny weekends spent spread-eagled on the sofa with my nose wedged in one of the head-scratching conundrums she spun to awed audiences and worldwide success, accompanying M. Poirot and Miss Marple on their countless adventures solving one whodunnit after another with the subtle mastery they're noted for. a mix-and-match of cunning crimes set in cosy settings across the spectrum of the cold of winter, the stories collected in Midwinter Murder couple sleuthing characters both old-hat and new getting tangled up in myriad contexts with chancey stakes (which more often than not amounts to the cunning snares and crucifying hubris of homicide suspects). through the medium of her charmingly shrewd and much-celebrated crime-solvers, Christie never misses an opportunity for sardonically humourous observations on her all-too-human subjects and the charade-like characteristics of the society she wrote of with one-of-a-kind astuteness. there's also the much-appreciated comfort of the surety that whatever twists the nooks and crannies of Christie's artful narrative manoeuvres in setting up a case might bring, there's - almost always, anyway - a satisfying conclusion to wrap up whatever crime has been committed awaiting just around the corner to console you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Howes

    Note: These are in order I read them, not in the order they appear in the book. 1) Christmas Adventure - A Poirot story. Very seasonal and entertaining. 2) A Christmas Tragedy - Not particularly festive - only one mention of Christmas shopping. A Miss Marple tale. 3) The Chocolate Box - A Poirot story of his one and only failure. 4) The Coming of Mr Quin - A cold case discussed on New Year's Eve. 5) The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest - A dead man in a chest. Poirot investigates. 6) The Clergyman's Daugh Note: These are in order I read them, not in the order they appear in the book. 1) Christmas Adventure - A Poirot story. Very seasonal and entertaining. 2) A Christmas Tragedy - Not particularly festive - only one mention of Christmas shopping. A Miss Marple tale. 3) The Chocolate Box - A Poirot story of his one and only failure. 4) The Coming of Mr Quin - A cold case discussed on New Year's Eve. 5) The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest - A dead man in a chest. Poirot investigates. 6) The Clergyman's Daughter - A problem with an inheritance. Tommy and Tuppence investigate. 7) The Plymouth Express - A murder on a train. Poirot investigates. 8) Problem at Pollensa Bay - My least favourite story so far. No crime. Mr Parker Pyne sorts a family problem. 9) Sanctuary - Miss Marple helps a dying man claiming sanctuary in a church. 10) The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge - Poirot solves a mystery from his sick bed. 11) The World's End - Mr Satterthwaite goes on holiday with a Duchess. Another disappointing tale. 12) The Manhood of Edward Robinson - Edward Robinson has an adventure. Disappointing. Overall a decent collection.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Jane Thorne

    Midwinter Murder features winter themed short stories by Agatha Christie. Some of Christie’s most popular characters such as Pirot and Miss Marple make appearances throughout the stories. This is the first book by Christie which have read although I have seen several of the television shows based on her characters. I thought that the stories were interesting and I enjoyed the whodunit mystery. I also liked the introduction from Christie which recalled a memory of a time that she spent Christmas Midwinter Murder features winter themed short stories by Agatha Christie. Some of Christie’s most popular characters such as Pirot and Miss Marple make appearances throughout the stories. This is the first book by Christie which have read although I have seen several of the television shows based on her characters. I thought that the stories were interesting and I enjoyed the whodunit mystery. I also liked the introduction from Christie which recalled a memory of a time that she spent Christmas at Abney Hall. I would definitely be interested in reading more of Christie’s work. I recieved an advanced copy for free, and this is my honest opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Lawrence

    I absolutely loved these short mysteries, all set in winter, by the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie. Midwinter Murders: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery, is a collection of varied, short storied mysteries ranging in length, crime, tone and detectives. They are cozy and charming snd easily read individually as time allows, or collectively as a longer mystery anthology of sorts. They are festive, easily understandable and enjoyably entertaining. I highly recommend if you are a classic my I absolutely loved these short mysteries, all set in winter, by the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie. Midwinter Murders: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery, is a collection of varied, short storied mysteries ranging in length, crime, tone and detectives. They are cozy and charming snd easily read individually as time allows, or collectively as a longer mystery anthology of sorts. They are festive, easily understandable and enjoyably entertaining. I highly recommend if you are a classic mystery reader.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tess Liebregts

    What can I say? A masterpiece by the queen of crime. What else do you want? It's perfectly cosy and lovely, even though some people get murdered. Honestly, how does she do it? She thinks up the most intricate crimes and odd mysteries. What can I say? A masterpiece by the queen of crime. What else do you want? It's perfectly cosy and lovely, even though some people get murdered. Honestly, how does she do it? She thinks up the most intricate crimes and odd mysteries.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    "How are the little gray cells, eh? Going strong?" This was a wonderful set of short stories filled with the characters I love. I especially enjoyed the stories with Poirot and Miss Marple. The few with different narrators and the short with Tuppence and Tommy were fun as well. All around a great set of stories! "How are the little gray cells, eh? Going strong?" This was a wonderful set of short stories filled with the characters I love. I especially enjoyed the stories with Poirot and Miss Marple. The few with different narrators and the short with Tuppence and Tommy were fun as well. All around a great set of stories!

  26. 5 out of 5

    olivia

    stories in the collection started out good, but those toward the end were less so. the best imo were "three blind mice", "the chocolate box", "the clergyman's daughter/red house", and "the problem at pollensa bay" stories in the collection started out good, but those toward the end were less so. the best imo were "three blind mice", "the chocolate box", "the clergyman's daughter/red house", and "the problem at pollensa bay"

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Knew all the stories already, except one. What a delight to find something new by one of ny alltime favourite writers

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mrs B

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An enjoyable collection of 12 wintry mysteries (well, strictly speaking, 11, as Problem at Pollensa Bay is set in a warm climate where the “problem”’includes young ladies dressing in a skimpy holiday manner). Agatha Christie fans will appreciate that, by definition of these being short stories, the focus is on plot mechanics rather than motive. For example, in The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest, the devious and cunning explanation Poirot unravels to explain how a dead body came to be in that chest, An enjoyable collection of 12 wintry mysteries (well, strictly speaking, 11, as Problem at Pollensa Bay is set in a warm climate where the “problem”’includes young ladies dressing in a skimpy holiday manner). Agatha Christie fans will appreciate that, by definition of these being short stories, the focus is on plot mechanics rather than motive. For example, in The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest, the devious and cunning explanation Poirot unravels to explain how a dead body came to be in that chest, takes up the majority of the story, whilst the protagonist’s motive is explained in one sentence. So for this reason, I prefer the full novels. But these are fun, and each story is a quick read, with The Manhood of Edward Robinson being particularly enjoyable and full of dash and joie de vivre.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alix | The Bookish Alix

    Bow down to the queen! There’s honestly nothing better than reading some cozy mysteries in front of a fire. Okay it was the Netflix fire, but same difference. This is a book of short stories and they’re all set in and around London! So some of the stories revolve around her famous detective Hercule Poirot and some don’t. It’s a nice mix. Surprisingly there were a lot of stories set around jewel heists... This time around I listened to the audio (it's on Scribd!) And the narrator was good, just a l Bow down to the queen! There’s honestly nothing better than reading some cozy mysteries in front of a fire. Okay it was the Netflix fire, but same difference. This is a book of short stories and they’re all set in and around London! So some of the stories revolve around her famous detective Hercule Poirot and some don’t. It’s a nice mix. Surprisingly there were a lot of stories set around jewel heists... This time around I listened to the audio (it's on Scribd!) And the narrator was good, just a little too breathy for me. You can tell these stories were written in post war Brittain. But they entertain and I found myself trying to figure out whodunit before the big reveal. Mash-ups: cozy murder mysteries by the queen of crime. No mash-ups needed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    jennyreadit

    A collection of Agatha Christie’s short stories that take place during Christmas or in deep winter. A good way for newbies to meet Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence and Mrs. Christie’s undeniable genius. I prefer Miss Marple to Poirot, but since these are short stories, one can get to know the characters a bit better. Readers will recognize Three Blind Mice as being the basis for many present day best seller plot lines.

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