Eleven Pipers Piping

Eleven Pipers Piping

A Mystery

Book - 2012
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Random House, Inc.
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

Baker & Taylor
When a performer at the annual Burns dinner at Thornford Regis is found dead under suspicious circumstances, town vicar Tom Christmas uncovers generations-old secrets in his quest for the truth.

Baker
& Taylor

When a performer at the annual Burns dinner at Thornford Regis is found dead under suspicious circumstances, town vicar Tom Christmas uncovers generations-old secrets in his quest for the truth. By the author of Twelve Drummers Drumming. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385344463
0385344465
9780385670159
Branch Call Number: Beni

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Dec 12, 2017

I enjoyed the device of the letter written by Madrun the housekeeper at the beginning of each chapter. The Twelve Drummers Drumming was all right but if I hadn't enjoyed Eleven Pipers Piping more I probably would not be looking for the Ten Leaping Lords, of which there was something of a lead in at the end.

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QED
Feb 11, 2014

I enjoyed the book as I have with all his prior mysteries. The only negative I can offer is that it gets a bit wordy in places and he could have kept the mystery intact with about 75 fewer pages

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alex59
Jan 30, 2014

Preferred his earlier book - 12 Drummers Drumming. Well-written and enjoyable but explanation of the murder rather far-fetched.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Apr 14, 2013

Great addition to this series. Who wouldn't like a character named Father Christmas. I put this in the Cozy mystery category - very enjoyable.

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Palomino
Feb 27, 2013

For a book with such cute characters (Father Christmas?!) this has a lot of plot twists, I was impressed.

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