Name: Midwinter Murder: Fireside Mysteries from the Queen of Crime
Author: Agatha Christie
Number of Pages: 320 (ebook)
Published: October 1st 2020
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Short Stories
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 fireplace with this winter-themed collection from legendary mystery writer Agatha Christie. But beware of deadly snowdrifts and dangerous gifts, poisoned meals and mysterious guests. This 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.
Midwinter Murder offers up a collection of twelve short stories of mystery involving an array of Christie’s well-known characters including Poirot and Miss Marple.
The collection begins with Poirot and Hastings sitting beside a fire as Poirot tells of a time when he considers that he did in fact, shockingly, fail to solve a case.
From there we’re introduced to Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, Mr. Parker Pyne and Mr Quin.
This latter is a character I’ve never come across before and I was quite taken with the stories involving him. He’s very mysterious, just apparently appearing on the scene, involving himself and having some part to play in events before disappearing again, almost like some kind of ghost. There’s definitely a slight touch of the eerie or supernatural about his presence, especially in the second story in which he features in this collection. I’ve since discovered that Mr. Quin appears in his own story collection, so I do think I’ll probably end up seeking them out at some point.
As for the rest, I think I prefer the full-length Poirot tales to short stories, but then that‘s true generally. I seem to go for longer novels most of the time.
So far I’ve yet to read any Miss Marple and I’m not sure whether I’d find the same enjoyment in them as I do in Poirot, but I wouldn’t rule out trying at least one just to find out.
Midwinter Murder is an enjoyable read to dip into for a story to fill a short space of time. I picked it up as I wanted a festive Christie read, and it offers a nice glimpse into Christie’s characters for anyone wondering whether to try a Poirot novel, or a Tommy and Tuppence tale. For now I think I’ll be sticking to the Poirot novels, but Mr Quin is mysterious and intriguing enough to read more about too.