Twelve Drummers Drumming: A Father Christmas Mystery by C. C. BenisonTwelve Drummers Drumming: A Father Christmas Mystery by C. C. Benison

Twelve Drummers Drumming: A Father Christmas Mystery

byC. C. Benison

Paperback | October 30, 2012

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Tom Christmas came to picturesque Thornford Regis with his young daughter to escape the trauma of losing his wife. Her murder sent him packing to the bucolic and charming town, where violent crime isn't supposed to happen and the greatest sin is supposed to be nothing a member of the clergy can't handle. Then, at the town fair, a woman is found murdered. Tom soon learns that everyone in Thornford Regis has a secret to hide--infidelity, theft, even past murders. Twelve Drummers Drumming showcases a lovely place to live and/or die, and marks the debut of a planned twelve-book mystery series featuring the brilliant Father Christmas.

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 h...
Title:Twelve Drummers Drumming: A Father Christmas MysteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.01 × 5.17 × 0.87 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385677790

ISBN - 13:9780385677790


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twelve Drummers This novel's plot took many a turn, making it a true mystery reader's delight. The characters are very well developed and remain true to the author's interpretation of them. They never wander out of character and commit acts or say things that would be out of place. The true mystery of the murder(s) will keep the reader speculating anew on "who done it?" with every new chapter. All in all, a great start to a new series of mysteries.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cozy new series I was off sick one day last week, cuddled up under a quilt on the couch, just waiting for it to pass. I picked up C.C. Benison's latest book Twelve Drummers Drumming to spend the day with me. What a perfect choice this cozy little mystery was! The Reverend Tom Christmas takes a new posting in the village of Thornford Regis after his wife was murdered in the city. He hopes this English village will offer a place to heal and and a chance to move on for both himself and his nine year old daughter Miranda. But the new vicar is not long into his new posting when one of his young parishioners turns up dead - stuffed in a large drum at the local May Fayre. Father Tom's natural curiosity has him quietly asking questions and discovering that this sleepy little village is not as idyllic as he had hoped. Father Tom is a great character - very likable and real. He's struggling with coming to terms with his grief and trying to move on. Yes, he's a vicar, but the book never gets overly 'preachy' at all. I enjoyed his honest and thoughtful observations on life and people. The village is populated with many, many characters - a 'who's who' list is at the front of the book. Quirky, suspicious, friendly, nosy, secretive, helpful - there's no lack of suspects in this parish! The whodunit has many possibilities. There are actually a few mysteries tucked into the pages of Twelve Drummers Drumming. The plot kept me engaged and I enjoyed following the vicar as he pieced together the clues. But the real strength of this book is in the village, the inhabitants and this great new protagonist. I look forward to seeing what happens next in Thornford and seeing the residents again. Benison has nicely set up the framework for future books in this new series featuring Father Christmas. Care to garner a guess on what the next one is called?!
Date published: 2011-10-26

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Twelve Drummers Drumming
"A satisfying, character-driven read. The author presents a full plate of options, leaving the reader puzzling through the possible motives of an intriguing ensemble cast. The likeable vicar and his Nancy Drew-loving daughter should become reader favorites."
—Library Journal (Starred)