Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham

Campion is contacted by Joyce Blount, who is engaged to a friend of his. Joyce lives in Socrates Close, Cambridge, surrounded by the old, eccentric Faraday family. The matriarch of the family is Caroline Faraday, widow of a famous academic. However, Uncle Andrew has gone missing and all is not …

The Christmas Egg by Mary Kelly

Three days before Christmas, Inspector Nightingale is called to the scene of a suspicious death. An elderly woman has been found dead in her bed. It may have been natural cause, but she has been robbed. Nightingale discovers she was a Russian princess who had fled to Britain during the …

Lord James Harrington and the Christmas Mystery by Lynn Florkiewicz

The Christmas Mystery is the first of the Harrington series I’ve read. James and his wife Beth live in the small village of Cavendish and have converted the Harrington manor house into a hotel catering to the well-to-do. It’s Christmas time and the Harrington’s are hosting their annual Christmas dinner …

The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham

I knew going in that The Crime at Black Dudley is not the best of Allingham’s Albert Campion series, but it’s the first even if he is only a minor character, and if you can start a series at the beginning, why not? Allingham, along with Christie, Sayers, and Marsh, …