Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Twelve Drummers Drumming by C. C. Benison

When is a Christmas book, not a Christmas book?  When it is a mystery by C. C. Benison, the author of the Father Tom Christmas mystery novels.  The second in the series, Eleven Pipers Piping has just been released, but today, I'm going to focus on the debut novel, Twelve Drummers Drumming, which first appeared about a year ago.

In this novel, Father Tom Christmas and his daughter Miranda relocate to the small village of Thornford Regis.  He is recently widowed following the brutal murder of his wife.  He is anxious to begin a new life with his daughter in the small village, away from the scene of his wife's murder.  The tranquility of the village is shattered when the bludgeoned body of a young woman is found inside a Japanese o-daiko drum.  To Father Tom's consternation, there is no shortage of suspects for the murder and he soon learns that life is not as idyllic as first appears.  Through it all though an interesting group of characters emerge in a caring community.

The thought that came to mind when I read this novel was Agatha Christie meets the 21st century.  I'm looking forward to the further adventures of Father Tom Christmas, and catching up with the wonderful characters in Thornford Regis.

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