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Publisher Description

Father Tom Christmas moves to the picturesque English hamlet of Thornford Regis to become its new vicar and to seek a peaceful haven. But inside the empty village hall, the huge Japanese o-daiko drum that’s featured in the May Fayre festivities has been viciously sliced open—and curled up inside is the bludgeoned body of Sybella Parry, the daughter of the choir director. Realizing this village is not the refuge he’d hoped for, Father Tom comes to a disturbing conclusion: Sybella’s killer must be one of his parishioners. No one is above suspicion—not Sebastian John, the deeply reserved verger, nor Mitsuko Drewe, a local artist, nor Colonel Northmore, survivor of a World War II prison camp. And over all hangs the long-unsolved mystery of a sudden disappearance, one that brought Father Tom to this picture-perfect place to live—or die.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from C. C. Benison's Eleven Pipers Piping.

Mysteries & Thrillers
October 25
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

I JZ ,

Twelve drummers drumming

Likable characters, good plot,verrrrry sloooow read. Lots of unnecessary verbiage.

Maddys mom 2 ,

Wonderful Book

I loved this book. I felt like I was watching Father Brown and Mid Summers Murders. These are both brilliant shows and this book is right there with them. I'm getting ready to start the second one. The characters are wonderful and I love the letters to Madruns mom. If you like mysteries, especially British ones, you'll love this.

JRTerrier17 ,

A Slow Read

Though the plot was interesting, the book is just too slow and overburdened with the main character's musings. I almost gave up on it at one point but was curious enough about who dunnit to finish reading it.

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