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Available together in ebook for the first time ever, this duo of brilliant short stories featuring a guest appearance by DI Tom Thorne showcases the crime writing talent of number one Sunday Times bestseller Mark Billingham. Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night When young Jack finds 'Father Christmas' dead beneath the tree, DI Tom Thorne, who has volunteered to work on Ch Available together in ebook for the first time ever, this duo of brilliant short stories featuring a guest appearance by DI Tom Thorne showcases the crime writing talent of number one Sunday Times bestseller Mark Billingham. Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night When young Jack finds 'Father Christmas' dead beneath the tree, DI Tom Thorne, who has volunteered to work on Christmas Day, must get to the truth with the help of his reliable team and some incriminating evidence. Stepping Up When a retired boxer is persuaded to join an exercise class by his daughter, he sees a woman whose face has haunted him for forty years. He used to be a minder for underworld criminals and Zoe was always in their circle. So when she gets in trouble with another class member, he's there to protect her, as he used to - whatever it takes.


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Available together in ebook for the first time ever, this duo of brilliant short stories featuring a guest appearance by DI Tom Thorne showcases the crime writing talent of number one Sunday Times bestseller Mark Billingham. Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night When young Jack finds 'Father Christmas' dead beneath the tree, DI Tom Thorne, who has volunteered to work on Ch Available together in ebook for the first time ever, this duo of brilliant short stories featuring a guest appearance by DI Tom Thorne showcases the crime writing talent of number one Sunday Times bestseller Mark Billingham. Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night When young Jack finds 'Father Christmas' dead beneath the tree, DI Tom Thorne, who has volunteered to work on Christmas Day, must get to the truth with the help of his reliable team and some incriminating evidence. Stepping Up When a retired boxer is persuaded to join an exercise class by his daughter, he sees a woman whose face has haunted him for forty years. He used to be a minder for underworld criminals and Zoe was always in their circle. So when she gets in trouble with another class member, he's there to protect her, as he used to - whatever it takes.

30 review for Thorne at Christmas: A Short Story Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    Two, not so special, short stories.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I have no idea why it took me so long to discover Mark Billingham, but, this year, I finally got around to reading some of the Tom Thorne books and I love them. If you have, as I am sure you must have, discovered Thorne earlier than me, then you will have some idea of what is in this ebook, containing two short stories. Obviously, this will not be full of jolly seasonal spirit, but there is some light among the darkness. We have unrequited love, gangsters, some suspicious suicides and, oh yes, S I have no idea why it took me so long to discover Mark Billingham, but, this year, I finally got around to reading some of the Tom Thorne books and I love them. If you have, as I am sure you must have, discovered Thorne earlier than me, then you will have some idea of what is in this ebook, containing two short stories. Obviously, this will not be full of jolly seasonal spirit, but there is some light among the darkness. We have unrequited love, gangsters, some suspicious suicides and, oh yes, Santa found dead under the tree... Billingham captures perfectly the way that the Christmas season makes everything more extreme. People who go to work that day rather than stay at home to have their personal failures magnified, the feeling of loss and lonliness that many experience. Of course, Thorne is his usual, slightly grumpy, argumentative self. Personally, I wouldn't have him any other way. Just be aware that this is a short read - it probably took me about twenty minutes from start to finish. As Mark Billingham has become one of my favourite crime authors, I really enjoyed this, and I am sure that I will read it again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    4* The first short story was a straight 1.5* on the proviso that there was no surprise element and was a school-type story. The second was a worthy 3* rounded down as feel that the ending needed more of a finesse.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    First of all I feel I should complain about the format of this. It opens with an extract from The Dying Hours, the latest Tom Thorne novel. For one thing this should probably be at the back but it was really bad that the extract was put in with no mention of what it actually was. There I was reading a prologue and chapter from a book I've already read thinking "this seems familiar" because the publishers cocked up. Still, my thoughts on the short stories themselves: Underneath the Mistletoe Last First of all I feel I should complain about the format of this. It opens with an extract from The Dying Hours, the latest Tom Thorne novel. For one thing this should probably be at the back but it was really bad that the extract was put in with no mention of what it actually was. There I was reading a prologue and chapter from a book I've already read thinking "this seems familiar" because the publishers cocked up. Still, my thoughts on the short stories themselves: Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night: Thorne is called into a murder scene on Christmas Day where a boy has found that Santa has been murdered. It's actually the boy's father and Thorne uses his great intuition to work it. Everyone you want in a Thorne short story, although it felt like it was resolved a little too quickly. Stepping Up: This was an odd little story about a former criminal-minder who protects a woman he meets at an exercise class. I suppose it was all about not being able to do the things you used to be able to do when you get old. Cheery, festive stuff... Not the greatest collection ever but certainly an enjoyable treat for Thorne fans as we await the next book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    This is a great big MEH! I almost didn't read this because it starts with a portion of The Dying Hours, and I thought that was all it was. The Christmas story was the best part, that second story didn't really make too much sense to me. This is a great big MEH! I almost didn't read this because it starts with a portion of The Dying Hours, and I thought that was all it was. The Christmas story was the best part, that second story didn't really make too much sense to me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    I really enjoyed this kindle delight from Mark Billingham. Two short stories, "Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night", which was my favourite, and "Stepping up". Also contains a preview of "The Dying Hours" the most recent Tom Thorne novel. I really enjoyed this kindle delight from Mark Billingham. Two short stories, "Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night", which was my favourite, and "Stepping up". Also contains a preview of "The Dying Hours" the most recent Tom Thorne novel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gill's likes reading

    Good short stories to read when you have time to kill. It was nice to have short stories about DCI Thorne.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ann James

    Loved the other books by Mark Billingham, but totally confused with this collection of very brief stories (all read in 30mins). Think I'm more suited with his other novels that have more depth. Loved the other books by Mark Billingham, but totally confused with this collection of very brief stories (all read in 30mins). Think I'm more suited with his other novels that have more depth.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gerald Hornsby

    A great couple of short stories. Mark is the master of British crime fiction in both short and long forms.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Baines

    3.5 Stars OK, I really enjoyed the excerpt from The Dying Hours and I loved the first story Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night, however, I wasn't so keen on Stepping Up - the second short story. I think it would have worked as a full length novel but as a short story - not so much. 3.5 Stars OK, I really enjoyed the excerpt from The Dying Hours and I loved the first story Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night, however, I wasn't so keen on Stepping Up - the second short story. I think it would have worked as a full length novel but as a short story - not so much.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sean Harding

    Two short stories featuring Detective Thorne. The first was much stronger than the second. Overall pretty average.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Sinclair

    Two very short and pretty unexciting short stories, only one of which features Thorne. Don't be fooled by the reading time - much of that is a preview of a Thorne novel. Two very short and pretty unexciting short stories, only one of which features Thorne. Don't be fooled by the reading time - much of that is a preview of a Thorne novel.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    First story ok, second a bit strange

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Very short, short stories. Easy read, nothing super memorable about either story but both enjoyable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    R Smith

    Too short

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zoya

    too little, really just smt the author put together in a time span of one pint.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jane Fenn

    Loved the first story, not so keen on the second....

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    Utter rubbish. Mark Billingham is one of my favourite authors, but this was just waste of time, and money.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Enjoyed the Father Christmas mystery and a taster of the next book - a good festive "put me on" to the new book. Enjoyed the Father Christmas mystery and a taster of the next book - a good festive "put me on" to the new book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Liz Isbell

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lata

  22. 5 out of 5

    Roeland

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tony Rampling

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cris Smith

  26. 4 out of 5

    MRS CHRISTINE WHITTAKER

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Geraldine Sidoli

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Brown

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jo

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