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A Slightly Different English Mystery,
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This review is from: Twelve Drummers Drumming: A Father Christmas Mystery (Hardcover)
This book is a perfect example of not judging a book by it's cover. The cover shows us a depiction of a favorite Christmas holiday song. The only connection to Christmas is the sleuth's last name. He is Tom Christmas, who along with his nine year old daughter, Miranda is new to his position of, Vicar to the sleepy village of Thornford Regis in England.
The drums suggested in the title are actually Japanese Taiko drums. The book opens at the village fair where a group of male students are going to perform with the drums. We learn not everyone is happy about this. This becomes evident when the largest drum is found with a body of a young woman inside.
In this village lies deception, marital discord, memories of a war that won't ease, and strongly held views of the world. Nothing is exactly as it first appears.
What secrets are being held and why does Sebastian John hide his past so tightly? Where did the previous Vicar go? Why was the girl murdered? What is wrong with the marriages of Tom's Sister-In-Law, and the village Bistro owner? What and Why is the Colonel so filled with hatred of all things Japanese and how far would his hatred go? Who may be next in harms way?
This book is a complex but fascinating read. I will look for more works by this Author.
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Initial post: May 31, 2016, 4:55:52 PM PDT
Surprised you didn't you read the description of the book before you bought it?
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