Twelve Drummers Drumming by C. C. Benison
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Father Tom Christmas moves to the picturesque English hamlet of Thornford Regis to become its new vicar and to seek a peaceful haven. But inside the empty village hall, the huge Japanese o-daiko drum that’s featured in the May Fayre festivities has been viciously sliced open—and curled up inside is the bludgeoned body of Sybella Parry, the daughter of the choir director. Realizing this village is not the refuge he’d hoped for, Father Tom comes to a disturbing conclusion: Sybella’s killer must be one of his parishioners. No one is above suspicion—not Sebastian John, the deeply reserved verger, nor Mitsuko Drewe, a local artist, nor Colonel Northmore, survivor of a World War II prison camp. And over all hangs the long-unsolved mystery of a sudden disappearance, one that brought Father Tom to this picture-perfect place to live—or die.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from C. C. Benison's Eleven Pipers Piping.
 

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 25, 2011 by Delacorte Press. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his role as vicar, Tom finds himself privy to many confidences that reveal the sins his peaceful parish is hiding, stretching from theft and infidelity to murder.

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This splendid first in a new whodunit series from Canadian author Benison (Death at Windsor Castle) introduces the Rev. Tom Christmas, the new vicar of St. Nicholas Church in the English village of Th

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Christmas hopes bucolic Thornton will be a good place to rear his nine-year-old daughter, but once again he must deal with a violent death—that of Sybella Parry, the choirmaster’s grown daughter, whose body he finds inside a large drum.

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Benison’s mystery, Twelve Drummers Drumming, is a nice hook for a cozy mystery even if the story has absolutely no connection to the holiday.

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