Fiction. Shortlisted for the Crime Writers of Canada Award for Best Novella. Cozy mystery fans rejoice, The Reverend Tom "Father" Christmas is at it again. Brimming with wit, full of cunning, and featuring one of the most memorable (and unlikely) detectives in mystery fiction, C. C. Benison's latest Father Christmas mystery will delight readers with twists that are sure to astound readers. THE UNPLEASANTNESS OF THE BATTLE OF THORNFORD shows the detective Tom Christmas at his best and marks yet another brilliant entry in the Father Christmas annuls.
“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
Review on A Bookworm's World
C.C. Benison is the nom de plume of Doug Whiteway. His first book, Death at Buckingham Palace won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. He followed that series with the Father Christmas mysteries, featuring, as amateur sleuth, the vicar of the English village of Thornford Regis, Tom Christmas. Titles include Twelve Drummers Drumming, Eleven Pipers Piping and Ten Lords A-Leaping. Benison lives in Winnipeg.Author City: WINNIPEG, MB CAN