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Murder for Christmas A festive mystery for the holiday season mulled wine mince pies and murderWhen Mordecai Tremaine arrives at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame on Christmas Eve he discovers that the revelries

  • Title: Murder for Christmas
  • Author: FrancisDuncan
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A festive mystery for the holiday season mulled wine, mince pies and murderWhen Mordecai Tremaine arrives at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame on Christmas Eve, he discovers that the revelries are in full swing in the sleepy village of Sherbroome but so too are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.When midnight strikes, the partygoers discover that presenA festive mystery for the holiday season mulled wine, mince pies and murderWhen Mordecai Tremaine arrives at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame on Christmas Eve, he discovers that the revelries are in full swing in the sleepy village of Sherbroome but so too are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.When midnight strikes, the partygoers discover that presents aren t the only things nestled under the treeere s a dead body too A dead body that bears a striking resemblance to Father Christmas With the snow falling and suspicions flying, it s up to Mordecai to sniff out the culprit and prevent anyone else from getting murder for Christmas.

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    1. Julie on said:

      Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan is a 2015 Vintage Digital publication. (Originally published in 1949) A ‘Dickensian’ Christmas tradition gone horribly awry.This story is billed as a classic Christmas mystery, but in all honesty, I’d never heard of Francis Duncan or this book until about a month ago. I was intrigued, especially since I have no problem finding holiday romances, but struggle to find a Christmas mystery that isn’t a part of a very long running series. As it turns out, [...]

    2. BrokenTune on said:

      NO one could have foretold how it was going to end.Not even the murderer.Well, that's not quite true I had the murderer picked out @41% and even had a hunch about the motive because the setup of this story reminded me of a Graham Greene story.The downside of all this was that the following 59% of the book were pure tedium.It is a shame because the Preview of the book, where we get a snap shot of the discovery of the victim before the story has even been set up, made for fun reading. Unfortunate [...]

    3. Mayke on said:

      Book review to come and see for other reviews and posts my blog (bio)-----------------------------------------------------------------------------What a fun classic murder mystery to read around this time. I felt quite cozy and easy to read. The amount of characters felt overwhelming in the beginning, but I managed to distinguish and seperate them well. Overall a nice relaxing read for the December month.

    4. Raven on said:

      Billed as a classic Christmas mystery with mulled wine, mince pies and murder, I have taken a small step out of my comfort zone, as traditional country house murders are not usually my thing. However, it is with some delight that I can report that I really rather enjoyed this Christie-esque mystery with its oddball cast of characters, and a rather intriguing amateur detective, Mordecai Tremaine…Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spe [...]

    5. Jess on said:

      I normally fall in love with the quintessential British murder mystery landscape. A house party, a smattering of assorted guests with hidden agendas, a sleuth in the midst, and ultimately a murder. You would even think I'd love this one more so since it takes place at Christmas! Yet, despite a few Agatha Christie references, this one fell flat. I just couldn't get into the story and it felt like a rehearsed play devoid of depth. If that makes sense? The characters were somewhat interesting, yet [...]

    6. Judy on said:

      I found this a very enjoyable Golden Age mystery, with a strong festive atmosphere. It's set at a house party, with a motley selection of guests, including Duncan's series detective, mild-mannered tobacconist Mordecai Tremaine, who has a secret passion for romantic literature. Inevitably, Tremaine finds himself having to investigate a murder and unravelling the secrets of his fellow-guests. The book is very well written, witty and readable, and kept me guessing to the end (I did guess the killer [...]

    7. Fee on said:

      That was an entertaining classic murder mystery and it was exactly what I expected it to be. I wasn't expecting something extraordinary but rather a nice little guessing game. I got this thanks to the likable Mordecai Tremaine, who is an elderly hobby detective and a very good observer. He was invited to spend Christmas in a big country house with a lot of different people. Of cause there is a murder and of cause our detective starts to investigate by observing his surroundings and by talking wi [...]

    8. Barb in Maryland on said:

      Very clever mystery with an absolutely charming amateur detective.Mordecai Tremaine is 60+ yr old bachelor with a fondness for solving mysteries. By nature an optimist and a romantic, with a hefty dose of sentimentality, he really wants to believe that people are good. However, he also possesses a sharp intellect and the willingness to confront evil when it appears. I loved him.The author has a fine style and a nice touch with the characters, all of whom were deftly presented. This is a classic [...]

    9. John Frankham on said:

      Good fun in this golden age whodunit. If a Father Christmas is murdered, is it the man intended? And perhaps more than one house guest was dressed as him and seen out in the house and garden that Xmas eve!The GR blurb:'A festive mystery for the holiday season: mulled wine, mince pies and murderWhen Mordecai Tremaine arrives at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame on Christmas Eve, he discovers that the revelries are in full swing in the sleepy village of Sherbroome--but so too are tensions [...]

    10. Donna Maguire on said:

      donnasbookblog.wordpress/I really enjoyed this book, it was reminiscent of the books written by Agatha Christie and it had an almost cosy murder feel to it.  It is a well written book from that period and I really enjoyed the word play and the detail put in to the characters and the story itself.The majority of books released at the moment are quite gruesome and this one was quite a nice refreshing change (it was released initially back in 1949) and I really enjoyed it - 4 stars from me and it [...]

    11. Maxine on said:

      Amateur detective Mordecai Tremaine has been invited to spend the Christmas holidays at the home of Benedict Grame. Although this is Tremaine’s first invitation to this annual party, most of the guests are regular visitors. Along with his invitation, he had received a note from Grame’s secretary, Nicholas Blaise, who is worried that something may be wrong with Grame. Tremaine may be an amateur but he is determined to keep an eye on everyone. And it turns out that Blaine had reason to worry. [...]

    12. Maddie O. on said:

      I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley, though all opinions are my own.I thought that this was a charming cozy mystery perfect for the holiday season. I'm glad that the publisher has decided to resurrect Mordecai Tremaine, and I look forward to reading more of Francis Duncan's work.

    13. Susan on said:

      Gentle, sentimental Mordecai Tremaine is not your average detective, but a retired businessman with a nose for crime. He's been invited by an acquaintance to spend a good, old-fashioned Christmas at his country estate, but the other guests seem fidgety and uneasy--and that's before Father Christmas is found murdered beneath the richly-ornamented Christmas tree. Originally published in 1949, this is not a fast-moving novel by any means, but it has its charms.

    14. Christine on said:

      I wanted to like this book so much, but I really didn't. I felt the author did not do enough to establish the necessary mood of suspicion and fear. Too many characters, none well defined, so I didn't care about any of them. I just didn't enjoy it.

    15. Kay (aka) Miss Bates on said:

      Miss Bates launches her annual Christmas romance reviewing month with a Christmas-set murder mystery, a “not-a-romance” review of Francis Duncan’s 1949 Murder For Christmas. (Duncan’s work was recently reissued, revived, and thank the Good Lord for that, because it’s glorious.) And yet, Murder For Christmas contains a vein of commentary about Miss Bates’s most beloved and oft-read genre in the voice of Duncan’s romance-reading, old-bachelor, amateur sleuth, Mordecai Tremaine, an en [...]

    16. Serendipity Loves on said:

      A golden age, style mystery murder. This has the feel of Agatha Christie - Miss Marple - and we love her. Mordecai Tremaine A classic mystery, set in Sherbroome House at Christmas time. A home owned by Benedict Grame, a house full of festive cheer, guests all around a Christmas tree. Nicholas Blaise, Grame's secretary fears something is a miss and has invited Mordecai Tremaine to spend the festive season with them. On Christmas Eve, a woman’s scream is heard, Father Christmas is found sprawled [...]

    17. Judy King on said:

      2016 Christmas book Reading binge -- Amid the mulled wine, mince pies, stern butler and new fallen snow, amateur detective and lover of romance novels Mortecai Tremaine finds a cluster of oddly tense city folks gathered at Benedict Grame's annual Manor house Christmas party near the in the small country village. Tipped by the title, the body of a guest, dressed as Father Christmas is discovered in the midnight hours of Christmas Eve, sprawled, under the Christmas tree. In Agatha Christie fashion [...]

    18. Jill on said:

      thoroughly enjoyable. Mordecai Tremayne is not your usual British sleuth.

    19. Nina Houghton on said:

      What a delightful, old-school mystery with an amateur sleuth who is more likeable than Hercule Poirot, but just as insightful and observant.

    20. Yun on said:

      Murder for Christmas is a quintessential old-fashioned English murder mystery, set during the holidays, complete with an old manor, shifty figures, secrets, and all the holiday trimmings. The story itself has a slow and delicious pace, perfect for reading while snuggling up with a blanket and a hot cup of tea. As the story went on, I started to see parts of what was going on, but it was still fun to read to the end and see how everything ties together. It's my first introduction to amateur detec [...]

    21. Laura Reading on said:

      The well described opening chapters of this book are a perfect mix of picturesque Dickensian Country Christmas and doom and gloom waiting-for-the -inevitable suspense of the beloved movie Clue.An odd assortment of characters gathers in the village's Big House. Most of the guests have been there many times before. The host, Benedict Grame, is known for his love of the holiday but also for eccentric behavior, as are the recurring guests.We meet a young woman, a sort of ward of the estate, who seem [...]

    22. Annie on said:

      Original review on my blog: here. Originally published in 1949, this is a classic golden age English country house murder. All the boxes are checked off: country house (✓), isolated by nature/weather/etc (✓), eccentric group of characters gathered together (✓), add one amateur sleuth to the mix, then add murder and stir well (✓). This reissue is being released in October by Sourcebooks and was originally written by Francis Duncan, aka William Underhill. There was also a mystery about the [...]

    23. The Cozy Review on said:

      Mordecai Tremaine arrives at the country estate of Benedict Grame on Christmas Eve. Soon he discovers that the holiday celebrations are in full swing in the sleepy village of Sherbroome. Yet, as festive as it may seem there is tension between the guests and the host.Benedict loves to set a mood of an older time for his guests, including dressing up as Father Christmas and placing gifts on the tree. At midnight, a scream rings out, and the guests discover that presents aren't the only things nest [...]

    24. Laura on said:

      Mordecai Tremaine is an amateur detective and he has been invited by Benedict Grame to his estate in the country for a Christmas house party. As often seems to happen to amateur detectives, murder seems to follow in Tremaine’s wake. The house party is shocked to discover one of its members murdered at the foot of the Christmas tree dressed as Father Christmas. Knowing a murdered is amongst their midst, the party is on edge and Mordecai Tremaine is on the case.I enjoyed this mystery and it was [...]

    25. Becky B on said:

      Mordecai Tremaine has been unexpectedly invited to spend Christmas with acquaintance Benedict Grame and friends. Mordecai has only met Benedict and his secretary once at a party, but he was intrigued enough to accept the invitation due to the post script added by the secretary about being worried something is going on. Mordecai arrives to find a very eclectic assembly of guests who seem to have not much in common except knowing Benedict and always being invited to his manor for Christmas. When S [...]

    26. Lindsay Boitnott on said:

      So yall may know that I am a sucker for holiday themed mysteries, especially Christmas (lets be honestHalloween is really the only other holiday themed mysteries I read). So I scoured Audible for a fun Christmas mystery and stumbled on Murder for Christmas. I couldn’t say no to a snowy British Christmas, a historic home, and a dead Father Christmas. Murder for Christmas turned out to be the perfect holiday read!I absolutely loved the setting! Mordecai Tremaine, amateur sleuth, is invited to a [...]

    27. Jonathan Maxfield on said:

      As an avid reader of British Classical Crime novels I thought I would give this 1949 Christmas Novel a go as I had heard it was good. As can be seen by my star rating for this review I have mixed feelings about this book. It is written in above average prose for a classical crime novel and Mordecai Tremaine's character is covered in the novel adequately unlike some series detectives who we end up knowing virtually nothing about and thus appear wooden. The plot is reasonable and the denouement is [...]

    28. Kim on said:

      If you enjoy Agatha Christie’s characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple you are certain to respect the quiet intelligence of Mordecai Tremaine, the creation of Francis Duncan (a pen name for William Walter Frank Underhill). Murder for Christmas contains all the best elements of a period mystery. The setting is Sherbroome House, an old estate house which has been lost by the original family to a new owner, Benedict Grame. The time is during the Christmas season. A house full of people, a large [...]

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