Snow is a very powerful tool for a detective novelist. It can create a sinister atmosphere, keep suspects and murderer stormbound, and preserve the footprints of anyone who dares to escape. What could be more seasonal or festive than that?
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Books and sources:
—Murder on the Orient Express (1934) by Agatha Christie
—Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938) by Agatha Christie
—Mystery in White (1937) by J. Jefferson Farjeon
—Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries (2015) edited by Martin Edwards
—The Sittaford Mystery (1931) by Agatha Christie
—The Nine Tailors (1934) by Dorothy L. Sayers
—“The Erymanthian Boar” in The Labours of Hercules (1947) by Agatha Christie
—An English Murder (1951) by Cyril Hare
—Death and the Dancing Footman (1942) by Ngaio Marsh
—Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (1950) by Agatha Christie
—Stairway to Murder (1959) by Osmington Mills
—There Came Both Mist and Snow (1940) by Michael Innes
—The Sad Variety (1964) by Nicholas Blake
—Blood Upon the Snow (1944) by Hilda Lawrence
—The Slype (1927) by by Russell Thorndike
— Hangman’s Holiday (1933) by Dorothy L. Sayers
—Groaning Spinney / Murder in the Snow (1950) by Gladys Mitchell
—The Case of the Abominable Snowman (1941) by Nicholas Blake
—1222 (2011) by Anne Holt
—The Snowman (2007) by Jo Nesbo
—Whiteout (2011) by Ragnar Jonasson
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