Murder After Christmas
January 3, 2022 12:24 AM - Subscribe

"A war's on and a murder has been committed―and we sit here talking nonsense about almond whirls and mince pies!"

Good old Uncle Willie―rich, truculent and seemingly propped up by his fierce willpower alone―has come to stay with the Redpaths for the holidays. It is just their luck for him to be found dead in the snow on Boxing Day morning, dressed in his Santa Claus costume and seemingly poisoned by something in the Christmas confectionery. As the police flock to the house, Willie's descendants, past lovers and distant relatives are drawn into a perplexing investigation to find out how the old man met his fate, and who stands to gain by such an unseasonable crime.
posted by scorbet (2 comments total)
This was a fun, even if all the characters were a bit odd. It’s one of those wartime books where you see the effects of the war (rationing or at least references to people getting aro7nd rationing!) but at the same time it doesn’t seem to have a major effect on anyone.

(I only noticed when posting it that it isn’t out in the US until next year)
posted by scorbet at 12:37 AM on January 3, 2022

While it's true you can google, I feel like adding the author's name would be good. (At least, I am assuming this is the Rupert Latimer book that came up first.)
posted by tavella at 9:03 AM on January 3, 2022 [1 favorite]

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