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Christmas is Murder
By: C.S. Challinor
A Rex Graves Mystery #1
Christmas is murder… when you’re stranded with a killer
Not even a blizzard can keep Rex Graves away from Swanmere Manor, a secluded Victorian hotel in the English countryside owned by the eccentric Dahlia Smithings. But instead of Christmas cheer, the Scottish barrister finds a dead guest. Was it a stroke that killed old Mr. Lawdry? Or an almond tart laced with poison?
When more guests die, all hopes for a jolly holiday are dashed. Snowbound and terrified, no one can escape the cold-blooded killer. Rex takes it upon himself to unravel the mystery. A biography of President George W. Bush found charred in the fireplace might offer a few clues. Could the killer be the sherry-swilling handyman? The gay antiques dealer with the biting wit? The quarreling newlyweds? Surely it’s not Helen D’Arcy, the lovely lass Rex seems to be falling for...
"[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, starred review
"Challinor's debut is a pleasant modern knockoff of Christie."
"Graves's next case may be worth watching for."
—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“Challinor will keep most readers guessing as she cleverly spreads suspicion and clues that point in one direction, then another.”
—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
"Shades of Agatha Christie and all that. You may not even want to save this one for the holidays."
"C.S. Challinor has created a real who-done-it with Christmas is Murder...look out Hercule Poirot; Rex Graves will give you a run for your money."
"Authors are sometimes compared to Dame Agatha but, in my opinion, few of their books have those characteristics and – more important -- the overall feel of hers. Christmas is Murder does."
“Cozy up, grab a cuppa, and visit Swanmere Manor for a Christmas to remember!”
"Christmas is Murder is an engaging whodunit ...[t]he story effortlessly combines elements of a classic country house mystery with an Agatha Christie-style denouement to great effect."
"A great start to a new series that is sure to become a modern favorite traditional English cozy series.” 4 stars
"Agatha Christie fans, here you go! You have been waiting for a mystery writer that can hold the torch, well we found her: C.S. Challinor."
“Christmas is Murder is a most enjoyable first mystery in what promises to be a fantastic series. Challinor writes with wit and cheek, and with Rex Graves she has created a thoroughly charming sleuth.”
—Rick Miller, author of Bigger Than Jesus and host of ABC’s primetime hit series “Just for Laughs”
"C.S. Challinor has crafted a delectable murder mystery set in an old English manor turned hotel. Christmas is Murder has all the charm and ambience of a classic Agatha Christie novel. This is mystery at its very best! Challinor is an author to watch. I’ll be anxiously awaiting her next book!"
—Nancy Mehl, author of The Ivy Towers Mystery Series
"Eat some shortbread, make a cup of tea and curl up with a good book."
—Barbara Selvaggio, Walkers Shortbread US
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