Thursday, December 24, 2020

Top ten Christmas crime stories

Peter Swanson's novels include The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year; Before She Knew Him, and Eight Perfect Murders. His books have been translated into over 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine.

A graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and cat.

At the Guardian, Swanson tagged ten of his favorite Christmas crime stories. One title on the list:
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (2011)

Three Pines, the fictional Quebec town that is the locale of Penny’s mystery novels, is tailor-made for Christmas tales. This is the second of the Inspector Gamache series and the holiday setting is beautifully described. The opening line sets the festive, murderous tone: “Had CC de Poitiers known she was going to be murdered she might have bought her husband, Richard, a Christmas gift.”
Read about another entry on the list.

My Book, The Movie: A Fatal Grace.

--Marshal Zeringue