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Murder for Christmas

Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan SOURCEBOOKS Landmark Sourcebooks Landmark Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 01 Oct 2017


Murder for Christmas is a vintage mystery novel that has lost none of its charm over the vast number of years since its initial publication. It is a pleasure to read, particularly as winter nears. Mordecai Tremaine is an amateur criminologist, a kindly, grandfatherly figure with an easy nature and a perceptive eye. Though he doesn't have official status, he is respected by the police, and in this instance encouraged to ask questions and dig into the truth as the potential suspects are unlikely to open up to police.

Murder for Christmas can be considered a manor house mystery, as Tremaine and a number of guests are spending the holidays at the home of a wealthy eccentric. Benedict’s love of Christmas is well known, as is his habit of hanging gifts on the tree for each of his guests. This time, however things are different. Father Christmas is lying on the floor in a pool of blood and the gifts are missing. But to everyone's surprise, the victim isn't Benedict.

Murder for Christmas has a bit of everything- murder, blackmail, a bevy of suspects and a young couple deeply in love. It makes for the perfect escape, whether or not the holidays are upon us.

5 / 5

I received a copy of Murder for Christmas from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



A classic mystery for the holiday season! Mulled wine, mistletoe…and murder. Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist turned amateur sleuth, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome. Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full swing—but so too are tensions among the assortment of guests. Midnight strikes and the partygoers discover that it’s not just presents nestled 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 suspicions flying, it’s up to Mordecai to sniff out the culprit—and prevent someone else from getting murder for Christmas.

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