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decent start to a cozy mystery series
on November 2, 2013
I thought this first in a new cozy series would be a Christmas mystery. It isn't. It features a vicar in a British village. The Christmas-sounding title is due to the fact that the vicar's name is Tom Christmas, not to mention the title is taken from the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Anyway, it's not bad. It's got some interesting characters. Tom Christmas, the vicar who is a former professional magician who moves to the village, along with his 9-year old daughter, after his wife was murdered. Christmas tries to solve several village crimes at one time, making the plot somewhat interesting.
The book does go on and on, though. I think better editing would've been helpful. Perhaps a quarter of the book could've been cut.
Nonetheless, I liked it well enough to continue with the series.