The Christmas Egg by Mary Kelly

The Christmas Egg by Mary Kelly was first published in 1958 but it was reprinted by British Library in 2019.

The setting is London and it begins just a few days before Christmas. Chief Inspector Nightingale and Sergeant Beddoes have been called to a poverty stricken flat in Islington. An elderly lady has died, she’s emaciated looking, and her ‘flat’ is really just one room. She didn’t even have  a proper bed to die in. It’s all very dirfferent from the life she was born into becaue she was a White Russian before the revolution and her name was Princess Olga Karukhin. She managed to escape from Russia with her son and a box full of goodies, jewels, porcelain, ikons, some Faberge, and she had hoarded them for years. But now she has been murdered and her box is empty.  It transpires that she had recently had her treasures appraised by a well-known firm of jewellers, it’s all a bit suspicious.

Olga’s grandson is a drunk. Ivan is well-known in the local pubs and to the police. He’s also apt to boast to everyone that he’s really a Russian prince and that he’s looking forward to getting his inheritance.

There’s a lot of action in this book and some likeable characters, it added up to an enjoyable read. There is of course an interesting Introduction by Martin Edwards.



4 thoughts on “The Christmas Egg by Mary Kelly

  1. I own this, maybe I should give a try this weekend to get myself in the spirit. The only Christmas book I’ve read this month was A Highland Christmas by M.C. Beaton – very funny and fast.

    • Anbolyn,
      I’ve read a lot of M C Beatons but not that one. There’s not really anything Christmassy about The Christmas Egg it’s just set then.
      Have a Merry Christmas whatever.

  2. I have this one too but will need to save it for next year. This month got unexpectedly hectic and I am in the middle of several books I don’t have time to finish and wrap by tomorrow.

    Merry Christmas!

    • Constance,
      Merry Christmas to you! We have been very busy – too busy to blog. We’ve just celebrated a certain person’s big birthday so we’ve been over in the west for the last couple of days!

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