Eleven Pipers Piping by C.C Benison Book Recommendation

Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Delacorte Press
ISBN
0385344465 (ISBN13: 9780385344463)

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.

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.

To read an excerpt go to: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/205588/eleven-pipers-piping-by-c-c-benison/9780385344463/#excerpt

 

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Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie~~ Released July 2013 ~~ Book Recommendation

 

Close My Eyes
by Sophie McKenzie

About Close My Eyes

GONE GIRL meets BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP in this riveting psychological thriller about a grieving mother who finds out years after her daughter’s death that her child may still be alive.

It’s been eight grief-filled years since Geniver Loxley lost her daughter, Beth. Once a writer, Gen has settled into a life of half-hearted teaching while her husband, Art, makes his name and their fortune — and pressures her into trying IVF once again. For Gen, it would feel like a cruel act of replacement; life without Beth is inconceivable, unbearable — but still it goes on.

And then a woman arrives on Gen’s doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was spirited away as a healthy child, and is out there, waiting to be found. So why is Art reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or is it something else…something more sinister? What is the truth about Beth Loxley?

CLOSE MY EYES is a deeply chilling and addictively compelling page-turner that grabs onto the reader and doesn’t let go.

Author

Sophie McKenzie is also the bestselling author of more than 15 novels for children and teens in the UK, including the award winning GIRL, MISSING and SISTER, MISSING. She has won numerous awards, was one of the first Richard and Judy children’s book club winners, and has twice been longlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. When she’s not writing herself, McKenzie works as a creative writing teacher. She lives in London with her son.

Source: Bookreporter.com