Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Fatal Winter by G. M. Malliet (Minotaur)

This mystery takes place in a small English village named Nether Monkslip where murders have taken place at the century’s old Chedrow Castle during the coming Christmas holidays. The castle is inhabited by Lord Oscar Footrustle, his sister Lady Letitia Baynard, and a young woman named Lamorna. A raucous, money hungry group of their grown and young children have gathered at the castle for the holidays. Ah, so many motives for murder in one place! The main protagonist is Reverend Max Tudor who in his former life worked for MI5. Murder and death is the order of the season, but of the many suspects—who committed the crimes? Detective Cotton has requested that Max turn his attention away from his religious duties and affairs of his own heart to solving the baffling murders. The story twists and turns among each of the family members. The ending, appropriately, is a surprise!

This is a well written whodunit that keeps you guessing. There is a cast of characters and family tree presented before the start of the story, so you can keep track of the relationships and names. I enjoy English mysteries the most, especially those written by Dick Francis.

--Nancy Petrillo

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