- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (December 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312287755
- ISBN-13: 978-0312287757
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daisy is writing a magazine article on the venerable old house, its impressive contents, and its legends. Her mother Lady Dalrymple has managed to wangle an invitation for herself and Daisy's family to spend Christmas at Brockdene. It's handy that Alec Fletcher, Daisy's husband of Scotland Yard, is one of the party, since there will be a murder to solve.
It's cute that there are kids among the guests -- Derek, Daisy's nephew, and Belinda, Alec's daughter. They snoop all over the grounds looking for clues, getting muddy in the woods and covered with cobwebs indoors. They pretend their puppy is a bloodhound, although he tends to chew up the clues.
This is one of the he more successful Christmas mysteries I have read. The characters are well drawn, the plot is believable, the setting is perfect, and the 1920s period ambiance is fun. Daisy continues to be both a charming amateur sleuth and an admirable independent woman. Reading the series in order is best, but you could jump in here if you're dying for a good Christmas mystery.
The best part of the book was reading about some of the Christmas traditions we don't have in the United States. I really hope that the author tries to write another Christmas mystery because like I said, I have really enjoyed most of her other books.
When her family arrives, she is excited to begin celebrating. On Christmas Day, however, a visiting chaplain fails to show up for the service. In the ensuing days, everyone becomes involved in finding the criminal.
Readers of this series will enjoy this book: the characters are aptly drawn, and it's fun to see young Belinda and her cousin join in as detectives. The plot is interesting, a bit tangled and satisfying , but it is not riveting. Nevertheless, it's a fine read.