The delightful Father Tom Christmas returns, and the cozy
hamlet of Thornford Regis comes to life, in C. C. Benison’s witty, beautifully
written series that is “a must-read for lovers of classic English mysteries” (Kirkus Reviews).
Although Father Tom Christmas serves his little church in
enchanting Thornford Regis with a glad and faithful heart, he never expects to
find himself skydiving to raise money for it. Nor, safely back on the ground,
to see two of the other divers leap from the plane, then tangle in a midair
punch-up and begin falling to the earth.
To say that there is tension between the men in question—Oliver,
the seventh Marquess of Morborne, and his brother-in-law Hector, the tenth Earl
of Fairhaven—would be an understatement. But the trouble among this ancient
landed family really began a generation ago, when a marquess divorced his first
spouse to marry his brother’s wife, fathering in his two marriages a viper’s
nest of arrogant young aristocrats. Now they have all turned up for the show to
witness this shocking event in the sky.
Thankfully the men land safely, but death will not be
slighted. Much to Father Tom’s dismay, he later discovers Lord Morborne lying
deceased on castle grounds. Rumors of bigamy, art forgeries, and
upstairs/downstairs intrigue fly. So do whispers of unvicarly behavior between
Tom and Lady Lucinda, Oliver’s beautiful half-sister. In fact, the vicar may be
headed for a very hard landing of his own.
C. C. Benison gives a virtuoso performance in this gripping
new puzzle, a compelling and wise holiday mystery with the irresistible allure
of hot tea and warm scones on a cold winter’s day. Download and start listening now!