Twelve Drummers Drumming

Introducing a series utterly perfect for cozy fans of Alan Bradley, Alexander McCall Smith, and Louise Penny. The Reverend Tom “Father” Christmas, the newest vicar of Thornford Regis, an idyllic rural town in England, turns detective when one of his parishioners turns up dead in a drum, and everyone in town seems to have something to confess. Tom Christmas came to picturesque Thornford Regis with his young daughter to escape the terrible experience of losing his wife in the city. Her murder sent him packing to the bucolic and charming town, where violent crime isn’t supposed to happen and the greatest sin is supposed to be nothing a member of the clergy can’t handle. Then, at the town fair, a woman is found murdered. Tom soon learnsthat everyone in Thornford Regis has a secret to hide–infidelity, theft, even past murders. Twelve Drummers Drumming showcases a lovely place to live and/or die, and marks the debut of a planned twelve-book mystery series featuring the brilliant Father Christmas.

Reviews

C.C. Benison has concocted a charming and deliciously convoluted mystery for the Reverend Tom Christmas, new vicar of Thornford Regis, which is an updated version of St. Mary Mead. Indeed, Twelve Drummers Drumming is a crime novel that Agatha Christie might have been justly proud to claim as her own.” 
—Margaret Maron, New York Times bestselling author of Christmas Mourning
 
CC Benison brings the English village mystery into a more demanding era, crafting a story with dimension and subtlety, in which resoundingly real characters grapple with loss and danger and matters of immortality–without losing the whimsy, the tight plotting, and the palpable delight in Traditional England found in his predecessors.  I look forward to the further adventures of “Father” Christmas.” 
—Laurie King, New York Times bestselling author of God of the Hive
 
Twelve Drummers Drumming is a beautifully written mystery set in an enchanting English village. May Fr. Christmas (he prefers Tom) long share his wisdom and goodness.” 
—Carolyn Hart, nationally bestselling author of Dead by Midnight