Excellent Company

What could be better than a warm cuppa and a classic English mystery on a chilly January day? I have fallen hard for the British Library Crime Classics from Poisoned Pen Press, a series that is rekindling interest in authors from the pre-Second World War “golden age” of crime writing.  Each book is a little gem, rediscovered.  My mystery reading group thoroughly enjoyed Mystery in WhiteA Christmas Crime Story by J JEFFERSON FARJEON in December.  Many re than 70 years after its original publication, the novel was a surprise bestseller when it was re-released in 2014, outselling Gone Girl at Waterstones that year.

The novel begins with a train becoming stranded in a snowstorm in the middle of the countryside and a group of interesting strangers who decide to take their chances in the storm, heading out on foot, stumbling across a nearby estate.  They find a warm fireplace aglow, with a recently abandoned meal waiting and the tea kettle still warm–yet no one is at home.  The strangers make themselves comfortable and that is when the real trouble begins…

Fans of Agatha Christie and classic mysteries will love the British Library Crime Classics, excellent company for the cold days ahead.  I am tucking into Sergeant Cliff Stands Firm by GIL NORTH next.