Eleven Pipers Piping by C. C. Benison
A Father Christmas Mystery

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The welcome return of C. C. Benison’s delectable series featuring Father Tom Christmas—“an irresistible addition to the ranks of clerical sleuths” (Julia Spencer-Fleming)
 
Father Tom Christmas, the recently widowed vicar adjusting to life in the English village of Thornford Regis, would do almost anything to avoid attending the annual Robert Burns Supper at the local hotel. But as chaplain to a traditional Scottish pipe band, Father Tom must deliver the grace—and contend with wailing bagpipes, whiskey-laced parishioners reciting poetry, and the culinary abomination that is haggis.
 
As snow falls to unprecedented depths, the revelers carry on—briefly interrupted by an enigmatic stranger seeking shelter. Then Will Moir, proprietor of the hotel and a dedicated piper, inexplicably goes missing—only to be found later in the hotel’s dark tower, alone and dead from what appears to be a heart attack.
 
Father Tom’s own heart sinks when he learns the actual cause of Will’s demise. When word gets out, the flurry of innocent speculation descends into outlandish gossip. And, for all its tranquil charm, Thornford Regis has plenty to gossip about—illicit trysts, muted violence, private sorrows, and old, unresolved tragedies. The question is: Who would benefit most from the piper’s death? Suspicion swirls around many, including Will’s beautiful widow, their shadowy son, Will’s obnoxious brother-in-law, and even the mysterious party crasher, who knows more than she lets on about the grudges she left behind—but never forgot.
 
Brimming with wit, full of genuine surprise, and featuring one of the most memorable (and unlikely) detectives in mystery fiction, C. C. Benison’s second Father Christmas mystery will delight readers with a puzzle that truly defies solution.
 
Praise for C. C. Benison’s first Father Christmas mystery, Twelve Drummers Drumming
 
“Splendid . . . An intelligent and empathic protagonist and skillful prose make this a winner.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Benison does an admirable job balancing humor with suspense. . . . Father Christmas’s first case leaves you eager for his next.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“A crime novel that Agatha Christie might have been justly proud to claim as her own.”—Margaret Maron, New York Times bestselling author of Christmas Mourning
 
“Highly recommended . . . [a] marvelous series debut.”—Library Journal
 
“The perfect treat for suspense fans in a holiday mood.”—BookPage
 

About C. C. Benison

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C. C. BENISON worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Winnipeg Free Press in the 1980s. As an independent writer, he has contributed to numerous magazines, newspapers, and corporate communications. Currently associate editor of Canada's History magazine, he also writes award-winning mystery novels. He lives in Winnipeg, where he is at work on his next Father Christmas mystery, Ten Lords A-Leaping.








Author Residence: Winnipeg, Canada.







Author Hometown: Winnipeg, Canada
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Delacorte Press. 497 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Reverend Tom Christmas and his daughter, Miranda, settled in Thornford Regis after the murder of his wife devastated his family.

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Publishers Weekly

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Canadian author Benison successfully applies a classic Agatha Christie framework to a contemporary setting in his impressive second whodunit featuring Rev. Tom Christmas (after 2011’s Twelve Drummers

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Publishers Weekly

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Canadian author Benison successfully applies a classic Agatha Christie framework to a contemporary setting in his impressive second whodunit featuring Rev.

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The Washington Post

“Downton Abbey’s” Lady Sybil would find a kindred spirit in Lady Elspeth Douglas, who conceals her title to become a nurse during World War I in .

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Reviewing the Evidence

Despite the title's reference to the Christmas carol, this second in CC Benison's series starring the Reverend Tom Christmas begins at another celebration, the annual Robert Burns Night Supper, and ends with yet a third, the Devon homage to the apple tree, the Wassail.

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Night Owl Suspense

Father Tom Christmas, the recently widowed vicar adjusting to life in the English village of Thornford Regis, would do almost anything to avoid attending the annual Robert Burns Supper at the local hotel.

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