From the blurb: As the acknowledged 'Queen of Crime', P. D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. Four of the best of these have been drawn from the archives and published here. P. D. James's prose illuminates each of these perfectly formed stories, making them ideal reading for the darkest days of the year. While she delights in the secrets that lurk beneath the surface at family gatherings, her Christmas stories also provide tantalizing puzzles to keep the reader guessing.
I love a good mystery, but had not yet made my way to P.D. James work. The Mistletoe Murder and other stories gave me a 'sampler' - the four short stories were interesting, miniature puzzles within themselves and gave me a taste for the writing and characters of P.D. James.
The stories were short and it was easy to get lost in each one. The situations she came up with were intriguing and the twists she caught you with were delightful. After this short exposure, I can understand why P.D. James has such a following.
If you are a P.D. James fan, you will love seeing how she engages with the short form. As short mystery stories, they are hard to surpass in quality. Or if you like a good challenge, these short stories will have you thinking about who the real culprit is.