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Twelve Drummers Drumming by C. C. Benison

Introducing Father Tom Christmas, the wise, warmhearted new vicar of a picturesque English village that seems to be a haven of peace. But appearances can be very deceiving. . . .

Thornford Regis has never been lovelier: larks on the wing, lilacs in bloom, and the May Fayre in full swing. But inside the empty village hall, the huge Japanese o-daiko drum that’s featured in the festivities has been viciously sliced open—and curled up inside is the bludgeoned body of Sybella Parry, the beautiful nineteen-year-old daughter of the choir director.

That she was too young to die, everyone agrees. But did Sybella’s apparent affinity for Goth and the black arts, and her rumored drug use, attract a shady element that led to her distressing demise?

Father Tom Christmas, still haunted by the tragedy that has left him a widower and his nine-year-old daughter motherless, soon realizes that this idyllic village is not the refuge he’d hoped for. He also comes to a disturbing conclusion: Sybella’s killer must be one of his parishioners. No one is above suspicion—not Sebastian John, Father Tom’s deeply reserved verger, nor Mitsuko Drewe, a local artist, nor irritable Colonel Northmore, survivor of a World War II prison camp. One by one, infidelity, theft, and intrigue are exposed. And over all, like an approaching storm, hangs the long-unsolved mystery of a sudden disappearance, one that brought Father Tom to a picture-perfect place to live—or die.

Smart, funny, edgy, and packing a terrific emotional charge, Twelve Drummers Drumming is a brilliant launch for C. C. Benison’s series starring Father Tom Christmas, an appealing new detective on the mystery scene.

Cuyahoga Library has 17 copies, Cleveland Public Library has 39.

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  • Patricia M.

    Sorry that I wasn't able to attend the December meeting. My car is not running and I have to depend on public transportation now. I read the book and fully intended to be at the meeting, but I had to run errands and somehow the time just slipped away. Maybe I can manage to get to the next one. Happy Holidays or what's left of them.

    December 27, 2013

  • Kerrie M.

    just downloaded it to my Kindle (gotta LOVE the library!)

    November 15, 2013

    • Caroline G.

      Kindle library loans have saved my bacon on multiple occasions! Sometimes I get so busy I'm checking out the book club selection on Thursday evening. :)

      November 15, 2013

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