When a costumed, pike-spiked body turns up after a traditional historic reenactment of the 1645 Battle of Thornford, the Reverend Tom “Father” Christmas and the villagers of Thornford Regis find themselves in a battle of their own as they deal with events from the murky, more recent past.
C.C. Benison’s latest intriguing and delightful Father Christmas mystery will leave cozy mystery readers puzzling over the outcome and, like a refreshing English cream tea, wishing there were more.
Shortlisted for the Best Novella Award.– Crime Writers of Canada
Benison’s novella rips along at a satisfying pace. Father Tom Christmas finds himself, once again, deep in the stew of human comedy and frailty that simmers under the calm surface of Thornford Regis.– Catherine Macdonald, award winning author of Put on the Armour of Light
Father Tom Christmas makes a most welcome return in C.C. Benison’s The Unpleasantness at the Battle of Thornford. When a bizarre death occurs at a Civil War reenactment, Father Christmas suspects there is more to the story than a mere accidental death. With his customary humanity, shrewdness, and compassion, the good father sorts it all out. As far as I’m concerned, this Father Christmas is welcome all year round, and the more often the better!– Miranda James, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author