Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales.
Booklist Reviews 2017 October #1
Here's a treat for fans of the late P. D. James' crime fiction: a collection of six short stories, polished gems that spotlight her skills at plotting, building realistic characters, and conveying the subtlest hints of subtext through dialogue. Here are stories about a man who remembers becoming complicit in a killing 60 years earlier; another man who plots the murder of his ex-wife's new husband, with shocking consequences; a crime-fiction writer who played a role in the murder of his uncle; a girl who learns the truth about the deaths of her father and grandmother; a man who apparently tried to murder his wife; and a man who confesses, perhaps only in jest, to killing his own brother. Every one of these stories is first-rate, and every one of them is vintage James. A must-read for fans of one of the most influential crime-fiction authors of the twentieth century. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2017 October #2
In this posthumously published compilation (after The Mistletoe Murders and Other Stories), the clues sometimes lead the reader astray, and the innocent may actually be guilty. In "The Yo-Yo," an old man looks back at a childhood Christmas holiday that challenged his sense of right and wrong and forever changed his life. "The Victim" describes a mild-mannered teacher in love with a beautiful yet mistreated woman. "The Murder of Santa Claus" is a locked-room mystery turned on its head by the "honesty" of a child. James ventures lightly into the realm of horror with "The Girl Who Loved Graveyards," as the main character, obsessed with caring for the dead, revisits her childhood home. A bully is the focus of "A Very Desirable Residence," although, the identity of the culprit may surprise you. Finally, an elderly man makes sure that he will be relocated from his depressing retirement home by his ungrateful children in "Mr. Millcroft's Birthday."
PW Reviews 2017 September #3
The selections in this solid second posthumous collection from MWA Grand Master James (after 2016's