In this first Rex Graves short story, the resourceful Scottish barrister is called to London at the behest of a prominent cabinet minister to solve his daughter's hit-and-run murder. Her ambitious partner in the haute couture firm, her playboy fiancé, jealous socialite sister, even the enigmatic chauffeureach and every one of the beautiful victim's entourage must be probed and vetted to discover the blood-chilling truth.
Novelette (10,000 words, British spelling).
By the bestselling author of Christmas Is Murder, published by Midnight Ink.
**Starred** Review from Booklist: "The first installment in this new mystery series is a winner... At times, it seems we are playing Clue or perhaps enjoying a contemporary retelling of a classic Agatha Christie tale (And Then There Were None, or At Bertram's Hotel) with a charming new sleuth. A must for cozy fans." ~Booklist (American Library Association)
"C.S. Challinor's Christmas Is Murder dishes up an English manor house mystery with the traditional elements: a murder, a small contingent of suspects thrown together, and an engaging and witty sleuth... Challinor will keep most readers guessing as she cleverly spreads suspicion and clues that point in one direction, then another." ~Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
"It's a charming novel, especially since the violence occurs offstage. Christmas Is Murder is full of people with interesting characters and clues... Ms. Challinor was educated in Scotland and England, which explains how she writes so convincingly of both her setting and her characters." ~Florida Weekly
"Christmas Is Murder has all the elements traditional English cozy fans have come to love. The plot is tight, suspects limited, and an investigation uses Rex's wit rather than a lot of outside sources. The setting is lovely and the characters entertaining without being so overdrawn as to appear as caricatures. A great start to a new series that is sure to become a modern favorite traditional English cozy series." ~The Mystery Reader **** (4-Star review = Recommended)