Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press / Recorded Books, Inc.
Release Date: October 10, 2017 (Reprint Edition)
Genre: Adult Fiction / Mystery
A classic mystery for the festive season: mulled wine, mince pies…and murder.
Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame.
Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow – but so too are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.
Midnight strikes and the party-goers discover that it’s not just presents nestling under the tree…there’s a dead body too. A dead body that bears a striking resemblance to Father Christmas.
With the snow falling and the suspicions flying, it’s up to Mordecai to sniff out the culprit – and prevent someone else from getting murder for Christmas.
Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan was originally released in 1949 and you can tell it is a classic. I loved the old-school whodunnit feel and the audio really puts you in the mood for the setting. The narrator is John Curless, and he was the perfect person to voice this book. It is told completely from the viewpoint of our main character Mordecai Tremaine, and he is such a fun viewpoint. Listening to this book reminded me of a game of Clue, or maybe the movie Knives Out, in the best possible way. There are tons of suspects and I for one did not guess the killer.
I thought it was pretty suspenseful throughout and I loved the setting in a country mansion. Lots of readers have mentioned that this is a Golden Age mystery, and I definitely agree with that. I haven’t read too many books set in this period, but I have loved all of the ones I have, and now I can add Murder for Christmas to that list. This was my first time reading this author and I had actually never even heard of him before, so I am looking forward to reading more of his books and the other books in this series. It seems they are being re-released now plus they are on audio, so I will be taking advantage of that. Even though this is book four of the Mordecai Tremaine series, it didn’t feel like I was missing anything, so I would consider it great as a standalone. If you are looking for a classic whodunnit this is the perfect read for December!
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions and thoughts are my own.