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A short story from British Library Crime Classic The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories

Each year the Christmas card arrives from 'Leech', an unknown member of Timothy Trent’s family asking for money in return for their silence. But this year he’s determined to find out who is behind the cruel Christmas request and put an end to it once and for all.... 

©1950 Estate of Cyril Hare (P)2018 Soundings

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  • 06-12-18

A Christmas Story for the Whole Family

Your alcoholic stepbrother. Your old maid stepsister. Their faded, helpless mother. And that other stepfamily member, the one who found that compromising letter.

This is a superbly-written, chilling little tale. An underlying sibilance in the recording had cost one star, until I played it at home on Alexa and realized the problem was due to earbuds on public transportation. As with everything from this publisher, Gordon Griffin is once again pitch-perfect.

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  • 22-11-19

Seriously great

honestly, one of the best mystery short stories I've read, including even Christie's and G K Chesterton.

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