Christmas Crimes - Edited by Cynthia Manson - 1996 Signet Books Paperback

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"Tis the season to be jolly because this new mystery collection is all wrapped up and ready for you.

Christmas Crimes features twelve outstanding writers who have penned whodunits to die for, locked room mysteries to ponder, old-fashioned cozies to snuggle up to, and police procedurals to peruse. Georges Simenon's "Maigret's Christmas" uses psychology and expert questioning to find out what a bedridden child really saw when Father Christmas committed a felony. Peter Lovesey's "Pass the Parcel" turns the fun and games at a Christmas party into a chilling experience. Margery Allingham's "The Case is Altered" sends Albert Campion and guests to a country house where love notes and blackmail are delivered with equal villainy. And there are nine more tales to savor in this special holiday treat for everyone who prefers well-done stories to a cooked goose....

(Christmas CRIMES”