The Santa Klaus Murder (ARC) Review

The Santa Klaus Murder: A British Library Crime Classic

Title: The Santa Klaus Murder

Author: Mavis Doriel Hay

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Pages: 252 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery/Mystery/Classic

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsisWhen it comes to Christmas stories, one typically thinks of those that embody the spirit of the season, such as O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” and Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’.

The Yuletide-themed murder mystery is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. But in 1936, Mavis Doriel Hay wrote ‘The Santa Klaus Murder’, one of three detective novels she published in the 1930s.

A classic country-house murder mystery, ‘The Santa Klaus Murder’ begins with Aunt Mildred declaring that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gathering at their country residence Flaxmere. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered — by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus —with a bullet in his head on Christmas Day, the festivities are plunged into chaos.

Nearly every member of the party stands to reap some sort of benefit from Sir Osmond’s death, but Santa Klaus, the one person who seems to have every opportunity to fire the shot, has no apparent motive. Various members of the family have their private suspicions about the identity of the murderer, but in the midst of mistrust, suspicion, and hatred, it emerges that there was not one Santa Klaus but two.

This new addition to the British Library Crime Classics series is a must-have for all fans of classic murder mystery and will delight anyone looking for a thrilling read during the holidays.”


my reviewI recieved an ARC copy of this from NetGalley.

This was a pretty good book, I enjoyed it.

First and foremost I’d like to say that this book was originally written in the 1930’s so the writing style is not modern, yet modern enough that it is still easy to read.

I love the feel of this book. It reminds me of olden day England. There’s a huge house, a master of the house, the children, the father tells his kids who they can and cannot marry. All the joys of old society!

Since the cover and title obviously suggest Christmas, this is definitely a festive book. The master of the house throws a party at his estate and invites many. It is on this day that the Murder occurs!

While reading the book I had no idea who the killer was which always makes me enjoy a good mystery.

This book also had a very Agatha Christie “And then there were none” quality to it. If you like Agatha Christie I am fairly certain you will like this festive read!

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