This is not a short story or a novella, it's just a few pages that for real Agatha fans (like me)is a huge dissapointment. It took me less than 30 minutes to read, which is probably longer than it took M C Beaton to think up the "plot", write it and send to her publisher. Like many of the other reviewers I had pre ordered this "book", there was no mention of it being a "short story" although I notice now that Amazon have added this to the tag line but buyer beware. I have had many free short stories on my Kindle from well known authors which were longer and much better than this "book". Indeed most of the samples on kindle to try before you buy are longer than this sorry tale. The idea that Agatha would invite old people (who in general she despises)into her home for Christmas is unbelievable and totally out of character. The issue of the Christmas pudding in the "story" is quite frankly an insult to readers intelligence. I have read all M C Beaton's Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin books, but from now on will spend my money on authors who take pride in their readers and not treat them like idiots. Amazon should refund the money to all readers who were duped into buying this nonsence before they tagged it as a "short story". Stay clear of this latest rubbish from M C Beaton and spend your money on something much better - try Andrea Frazer's Falconer Files books, they are a good soft crime read that don't cost a fortune, and all eight books she has written so far in the series plus short stories are available on Kindle.