Spalding bookshop recommends a good read for winter’s evening

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Bookmark in Spalding has chosen Murder under the Christmas Tree by Cecily Gayford as its book of the week.

Murder most festive: a selection of puzzling Christmas mysteries from the crème de la crème of crime writers.

Murder most festive... A locked room mystery solved with a flourish on Boxing Day. Blackmail on Christmas Eve... A missing jewel discovered in a very festive hiding place. A body slumped in a chair on Christmas morning, still listening to carols. The midnight theft of a gift intended for a saint.

Crime doesn’t take a holiday, so these – and many more – are the puzzles that make up Murder under the Christmas Tree, a collection of festive mysteries featuring fictional sleuths from Lord Peter Wimsey to Sherlock Holmes, Cadfael to Father Brown. This is the very best of Christmas murder and mayhem, so settle into your armchair, put another log on the fire and take a bite of your mince pie. Just make sure it’s not poisoned...

Featuring Arthur Conan Doyle, Ngiao Marsh, Ellis Peters, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Edmund Crispin, Dorothy L Sayers, Carter Dickson and GK Chesterton.

The book retails for £7.99 but there is a 20 per cent off voucher in the Spalding Guardian of November 10.