Finally, here we are at the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. We can now look forward to the days lengthening, back to dusk falling after dinner, leaving our coats in the closet and reading for hours with just the sunlight streaming through the window.
But, in the meantime, here's the opening paragraph of Ngaio Marsh's Death of a Fool, first published in 1956, and one of the few mysteries to include today's astronomical event:
"Over that part of England the winter solstice came down with a bitter antiphony of snow and frost. Trees minutely articulate shuddered in the north wind. By four o'clock in the afternoon the people of South Mardian were all indoors."
(Off with His Head is the original UK title, Death of a Fool is the US title)