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Review: Death on Christmas Eve


  • Title: Death on Christmas Eve
  • Author: Stanley Ellin
  • Hardback
  • Released: 1956
  • Genre: Short story
  • Pages: 8
  • My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Celia was Charlie’s sister. He’s wife was dead for 20 years, but in the house where they both lived with Celia still was morning. Everyone thought Celia pushed Jessie and she got killed, the inquest cleared her. Charlie hadn’t accepted it.

*My opinions are my own.

*My contain spoilers.

At first I was really into this story.  I liked that it started in the middle of the action, well at least what you thought what the middle.  At the end I felt like I was watching and episode of The Twilight Zone.

I am not fond of a book where it leads the reader to believe one thing and then at the very end with not explanation leaves you with a twist.  I am not opposed to a twist, I just want it to happen at a point where you can enjoy the results.

I realize that some people like these type of stories and for these people this is a definite read.  This story is good its just not my style.  Mr Ellin’s writing is great and well thought out.  I would consider reading more of his work if I came across it, this one story in no way dissuaded me from his writing as a whole.



I was a bibliophile before I learned the alphabet. From an early age I have used books to relieve the pressures of reality. I was I teenager before I appreciated the learning power of books. Now, as an adult, I read books for both learning and relaxation.

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