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Publisher's Summary

A classic mystery for the festive season: mulled wine, mince pies...and murder.
Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome, at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame.
Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow - but so, too, are tensions amongst the assortment of guests. Midnight strikes, and the partygoers discover that it's not just presents nestling under the tree...there's a dead body, too. A dead body that bears a striking resemblance to Father Christmas.
With the snow falling and the suspicions flying, it's up to Mordecai to sniff out the culprit - and prevent someone else from getting murder for Christmas.
©2016 Francis Duncan (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"With some 20 crime novels to his credit, a relaunch seems long overdue." (Daily Mail)
"Who can resist a seasonal whodunnit? This is a bah-humbug's ideal read." (Lady)
"The book nods towards Agatha Christie but retains a crackling atmosphere of dread and horror that will chill the heart however warm your fireside." (Metro)
"A wonderfully cosy read and a great way to while away a winter's evening." (Nudge)
"This is a golden age murder mystery that'll certainly appeal to lovers of Agatha Christie - or anyone who enjoys a good, old-fashioned whodunit.... This is a book that could be read at any time of year but would certainly make perfect festive reading. It has humour, excellent characterisation and a gentle tone that would sit well following the after-Queen's Speech nap." (crimefictionlover)
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By Ms. Jenny M. Stone on 11-14-16

Fantastic narrator

Just brilliant period mystery and the narrator was exactly as you would expect Morticai to sound like

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By Mrs. H. L. Rider on 12-18-16


perfect for the cold, dark nights. compelling story with that feeling of a good old fashioned Christmases of childhood, the warmth it engendered expertly blended with an equally good old fashioned murder. the performance of this piece just added layers of tinsel, snow and something sinister. perfect match!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By sarah on 02-15-18

an<br /><br />Another great plot from Francis Duncan

the plot is well developed to keep you guessing without giving it away. a great listen

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