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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (164 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. C. Benison Narrator: Jean Gilpin, Steve West Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Father Christmas Mysteries Release Date:
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Father Tom Christmas, the recently widowed vicar adjusting to life in the English village of Thornford Regis, would do almost anything to avoid attending the annual Robert Burns Supper at the local hotel. But as chaplain to a traditional Scottish pipe band, Father Tom must deliver the grace, and contend with wailing bagpipes, whiskey-laced parishioners reciting poetry, and the culinary abomination that is haggis.

As snow falls to unprecedented depths, the revelers carry on, briefly interrupted by an enigmatic stranger seeking shelter. Then Will Moir, proprietor of the hotel and a dedicated piper, inexplicably goes missing, only to be found dead in the hotel’s dark tower from what appears to be a heart attack.

Father Tom’s own heart sinks when he learns the actual cause of Will’s demise. When word gets out, the flurry of innocent speculation descends into outlandish gossip. And, for all its tranquil charm, Thornford Regis has plenty to gossip about, illicit trysts, muted violence, private sorrows, and old, unresolved tragedies.

The question is: Who would benefit most from the piper’s death? Suspicion swirls around many, including Will’s beautiful widow, their shadowy son, Will’s obnoxious brother-in-law, and even the mysterious party crasher, who knows more than she lets on about the grudges she left behind, but never forgot.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bebe (Sarah) Brechner | 2/20/2014

    " Picked this second of a series based on a starred review of the first book in Library Journal. Excellent! Deeply satisfying with a contemporary vicar as the main character. Thoughtful and leisurely in tone, complex characters, and a picturesque setting. A lovely read. I am looking forward to the third entry - Ten Lords A-Leaping! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris | 2/17/2014

    " A fun addition, but not as fun as the first one. I'll try the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Larraine | 2/5/2014

    " Despite the fact that author C.C. Bennison's character is named Father Christmas, and he uses the "Twelve Days of Christmas" as a basis for his book titles (the first was last year and was titled "Twelve Drummers Drumming"), the books are not "holiday" or "Christmas" mysteries at all. Father Christmas is actually a recently widowed young Anglican priest with a young daughter living in a pretty town in the south of England. We met Father Christmas last year when he had just moved to his new parish after losing his beloved wife to brutal, and as yet unsolved, murder. He is still grieving for his wife, but is also attracted to the local village bobby, an attractive young woman. The story takes place shortly after Christmas. An unusual very deep snow has fallen on the night of the dinner for a local piping group. Haggis will be served - something Tom (aka Father Christmas) is not looking forward to eating. However, he serves as Chaplain to the group so he can't miss it. One of the members dies from an apparent heart attack that evening. However, because of his age an autopsy is done which shows that he actually was poisoned. This was one of the more complex mysteries. I really appreciated all of the twists and turns that the author presented. Father Tom Christmas is an appealing and interesting character. His dead wife was a physician and also a Jew so his daughter is being raised in that faith. So cozy up and enjoy this with a cup of tea and, perhaps, a biscuit (aka cookie!) or two! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan Earle | 2/5/2014

    " I had been looking forward to this second instalment in what I think is a solid mystery series. And although I did enjoy it, I found the plot to be over-written. There were far too many "detailed coincidences" needed to make it all work out. Plausibility was stretched to the breaking point. Benison set us up for the third instalment, revealing who the eleven lords leaping will be. I"m hoping he resists forcing the plot for this next one. "

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