Twelve Drummers Drumming

C.C. Benison. Delacorte, $22 (384p) ISBN 978-0-385-34445-6
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 Thornford Regis. Five months earlier, Christmas lost his wife to an unknown murderer in London. Soon after this tragedy, while visiting Thornford, he stepped in to officiate at a funeral service after the incumbent vicar, Peter Kinsey, failed to show. He subsequently replaced Kinsey, who has vanished. 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. Rejecting the easy explanation, that something in Parry’s drug-addicted past led to her demise, Christmas begins to dig, and discovers that Thornford’s placidity is only skin-deep. An intelligent and empathic protagonist and skillful prose make this a winner. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/05/2011
Release date: 10/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
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