Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review - Ten Lords A-Leaping by C.C. Benison

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing Ten Lords A-Leaping by C.C. Benison


Summary From Goodreads: Although Father Tom Christmas serves his little church in enchanting Thornford Regis with a glad and faithful heart, he never expects to find himself skydiving to raise money for it. Nor, safely back on the ground, to see two of the other divers leap from the plane, then tangle in a midair punch-up and begin falling to the earth.

To say that there is tension between the men in question—Oliver, the 7th Marquess of Morborne, and his brother-in-law Hector, the 10th Earl of Fairhaven—would be an understatement. But the trouble among this ancient landed family really began a generation ago, when a marquess divorced his first spouse to marry his brother’s wife, fathering in his two marriages a viper’s nest of arrogant young aristocrats. Now they have all turned up for the show to witness this shocking event in the sky.

Thankfully the men land safely, but death will not be slighted. Much to Father Tom’s dismay, he later discovers Lord Morborne lying deceased on castle grounds. Rumors of bigamy, art forgeries, and upstairs/downstairs intrigue fly. So do whispers of unvicarly behavior between Tom and Oliver’s beautiful half-sister, Lady Lucinda. In fact, the vicar may be headed for a very hard landing of his own.

C. C. Benison gives a virtuoso performance in this gripping new puzzle, a compelling and wise holiday mystery with the irresistible allure of hot tea and warm scones on a cold winter’s day.

Review after the jump!
Review: I was very excited to receive this book through Netgalley because I thought it was a Christmas themed mystery series set in England. However, despite my misunderstanding the book was still enjoyable. As a fan of the many british crime shows that air on Masterpiece Mystery, this novel fits into that category very nicely. However, the story does move at a rather slow pace making it seem drawn out at times, and the aristocratic family members are kind of hard to keep up with if you're reading the electronic format and can't just flip back and forth to the family tree for a reminder. Still, all in all I enjoyed the mystery and would suggest it if you're in the mood for a good English mystery.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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