Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Solved: mystery of Christmas whodunnit that was a hit 66 years after publication
A new edition of a 1949 crime novel has won critical praise, but its publisher knew almost nothing about the author – until now
There is nothing more festive than an unexplained death, it seems, at least if it occurs in the pages of a seasonal whodunnit. Among a number of crime novels that did surprisingly good trade this Christmas was a title with an extra element of mystery. Murder for Christmas, a new edition of a book that first appeared in 1949, became an unexpected hit with readers and critics. Reviewers rounding up the best titles this holiday season noted the sure narrative style and suspenseful handling of the plot. But who was the author, Francis Duncan? More