Eleven Pipers Piping

Eleven Pipers Piping

A Father Christmas Mystery

Book - 2012
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The annual Burns dinner at Thornford Regis is an occasion for bagpipes, haggis and scotch. It ends up an occasion for tragedy when Will Moir, one of the pipers, is found alone, in a tower, dead of an apparent heart attack. Father Tom Christmas, the vicar of the town, is privy to all of the secrets of its inhabitants, and is one of the first to find out that Will Moir was poisoned. The town's suspicions go in many directions, and Christmas soon learns secrets that have been kept for generations--illicit trysts, even murders--the ramifications of which may have fallen onto poor Will Moir. Brimming with wit, laced with genuine surprise and featuring one of the most memorable (and unlikely) detectives in the cozy genre today, Eleven Pipers Piping mines the rich history of a small town to solve its most stunning crime.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2012
ISBN: 9780385670159
Branch Call Number: BENI
Characteristics: xi, 476 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 10, 2019

A complicated Tale, sort of A morality story. I like Father Christmas who attempts to solve the Mysteries. There were two deaths in this novel, and a surprise ending. Looking forward to the next one: Ten Lords a Leaping.

Dec 12, 2017

I enjoyed the device of the letter written by Madrun the housekeeper at the beginning of each chapter. The Twelve Drummers Drumming was all right but if I hadn't enjoyed Eleven Pipers Piping more I probably would not be looking for the Ten Leaping Lords, of which there was something of a lead in at the end.

Feb 11, 2014

I enjoyed the book as I have with all his prior mysteries. The only negative I can offer is that it gets a bit wordy in places and he could have kept the mystery intact with about 75 fewer pages

Jan 30, 2014

Preferred his earlier book - 12 Drummers Drumming. Well-written and enjoyable but explanation of the murder rather far-fetched.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Apr 14, 2013

Great addition to this series. Who wouldn't like a character named Father Christmas. I put this in the Cozy mystery category - very enjoyable.

Feb 27, 2013

For a book with such cute characters (Father Christmas?!) this has a lot of plot twists, I was impressed.

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