Early in Patricia Moyes's career, Vivian Mort wrote that she "put the who back into whodunit," and The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection called her "one of the finest practitioners in the classic form." Who Killed Father Christmas? contains twenty short stories ranging from holiday homicides to Caribbean crimes to village villainies. The book also has a short detective novel, "The Holly Wreath" set at Christmastime. Each is told with quiet warmth and urbane charm.