By M. C. Beaton
Agatha is dreaming of a white Christmas–but who might be becoming a member of her below the mistletoe? throughout the darkish, gray days of early December Agatha is obsessed by way of in simple terms things–Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey.
Although she says she feels not anything for James now, she feels convinced that making plans the fitting Dickensian Christmas for all her neighbors will in some way reanimate her love. Even the homicide of a Mrs. Tamworthy, poisoned with hemlock on the neighborhood manor apartment, does little to distract Agatha from establishing her ideal xmas celebrations.
And but it's going to do, as Mrs. Tamworthy had written to Agatha, telling her that one among her family members desired to see her lifeless prior to the 12 months was once out. a little bit guiltily (and belatedly), Agatha units out to unravel the case with the aid of her new recruit, younger Toni Gilmour.
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This is my fuss closet," the professor said casually. "As you know, I have a rotten temper. And I lost it, just a few minutes before you came in, because I could not get the lid off that bloody jar downstairs! So, I came up here—as I always do in such cases—and I put on these clothes and took off my glasses and went into my fuss closet, and I fussed! I cursed and yelled and pounded the walls and floor. And you know, I feel much better now. " The professor heaved a deep, self-satisfied sigh and folded his arms.
A short, pale, bespectacled boy named Johnny Dixon was sitting in a big comfy easy chair in the parlor of his grandparents' house. Outside, it was snowing. Through the bay window you could see the flakes falling. The room was dark except for the faint yellow light that shone from the fan-shaped dial on the front of the big walnut Atwater Kent table-model radio that was next to the easy chair. Johnny's eyes were wide open. He was staring into the darkness and listening intently to the program. On his lap was a plate of Ritz crackers spread with pink pimiento-flavored cream cheese—Johnny always munched while he listened to the radio.
With a quick motion he flipped it back. And then he gasped. The inside of the book had been hollowed out. Only the outer part of each page was left. And in the hole that had been made were two things: a small rolled-up piece of yellowish paper tied with a faded red ribbon, and a strange little blue ceramic statue. The statue was shaped like an Egyptian mummy case. It had staring eyes and a tiny beaked nose and a smiling mouth and a scrolled goatee. The figure's arms were crossed over its breast in the Egyptian style.