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Crime Vault Christmas Reindeer Madeleines

  The fifteenth day of our Crime Vault advent calendar brings you a recipe idea from our very own Jade. This recipe is fun to make for kids and grown-ups alike and will impress Christmas visitors […]

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Alex Marwood: Away in a Manger

 Away in a Manger by Alex Marwood ‘Have you got a receipt?’ The young woman shakes her head, bounces the baby strapped to her chest with an awkwardness that suggests that this might well be […]

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Killer Cocktails

KILLER COCKTAILS What with all that going out and partying in December you’re sure to need a morning-after pick-me-up at some point and, for me, the best solution is a Bloody Christmas Mary! This is […]

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Alison Gaylin: The Truth about Santa

Alison Gaylin: The Truth about Santa (Not suitable for those who are still visited by Santa!) Christmas means a lot of different things – carols and snow drifts and twinkling lights, sumptuous meals shared with […]

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Neil White: Christmas at the Police Station

Neil White: Christmas at the Police Station On Christmas Day 1996, when my writing amounted to just screwed-up paper, I was a defence lawyer at a firm I had joined a couple of months before. […]

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Emma’s Festive Gingerbread Victims

The eighth day of our Crime Vault advent calendar brings you a recipe from our very own Emma who made her recipe with a little help from her daughter (you can catch Emma every Thursday […]

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DK Wilson: A Tudor Twelfth Night

This excerpt from DK Wilson’s Tudor crime novel, The First Horseman, gives us a glimpse into a merry Tudor Twelfth Night. ‘At the Sign of the Swan we celebrated Twelfth Night in style. I owed it […]

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Alex Gray: ‘A Christmas Samaritan’

A Christmas Samaritan: A Festive Tale in Verse By Scottish author Alex Gray   (Originally published in Life and Work magazine)   It wis Christmas week and the shops were thrang wi’ folk buyin’ gifts […]

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Jeff Abbott: The Gift of Reading

 Jeff Abbott: The Gift of Reading  Most influential Christmas present: a stack of ten Hardy Boys mystery novels, under the tree, when I was nine years old. I’d started reading mystery novels at my school […]

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Dagmar Winther: The Sarah Lund Christmas Jumper

Dagmar Winther (one half of Danish writing duo Sander Jakobsen): The Sarah Lund Christmas Sweater I bought a Christmas jumper a couple of years back. You know, before it was famous. I like to think of […]

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Elizabeth Haynes: A Festive Treat – for Grown Ups

Elizabeth Haynes: A Festive Treat – for Grown Ups This slightly unusual combination of food items was brought to my thirtieth birthday party by my good friend John. (Incidentally, at that party he met his […]

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Val McDermid: Our Village Christmas Lights

 Val McDermid: Our Village Christmas Lights In our Northumberland seaside village, a bunch of dedicated volunteers design, build and erect the Christmas lights. Our population of four hundred revels in more than forty individual lights. […]

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