Father Christmas (Benison)

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 220 ratings

Twelve Drummers Drumming Publisher's Summary

Introducing a series utterly perfect for cozy fans of Alan Bradley, Alexander McCall Smith, and Louise Penny. The Reverend Tom "Father" Christmas, the newest vicar of Thornford Regis, an idyllic rural town in England, turns detective when one of his parishioners turns up dead in a drum, and everyone in town seems to have something to confess. Tom Christmas came to picturesque Thornford Regis with his young daughter to escape the terrible experience of losing his wife in the city. Her murder sent him packing to the bucolic and charming town, where violent crime isn't supposed to happen and the greatest sin is supposed to be nothing a member of the clergy can't handle. Then, at the town fair, a woman is found murdered. Tom soon learnsthat everyone in Thornford Regis has a secret to hide - infidelity, theft, even past murders. Twelve Drummers Drumming showcases a lovely place to live and/or die, and marks the debut of a planned twelve-book mystery series featuring the brilliant Father Christmas.

©2011 C.C. Benison (P)2011 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Twelve Drummers Drumming

    • A Mystery
    • By: C.C. Benison
    • Narrated by: Steve West, Jean Gilpin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 68

    Tom Christmas came to picturesque Thornford Regis with his young daughter to escape the terrible experience of losing his wife in the city. Her murder sent him packing to the bucolic and charming town, where violent crime isn't supposed to happen and the greatest sin is supposed to be nothing a member of the clergy can't handle. Then, at the town fair, a woman is found murdered. Tom soon learnsthat everyone in Thornford Regis has a secret to hide - infidelity, theft, even past murders. Twelve Drummers Drumming showcases a lovely place to live and/or die....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • One Random Vignette After Another

    • By Sara on 11-02-14

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 2

    • Eleven Pipers Piping

    • A Father Christmas Mystery
    • By: C. C. Benison
    • Narrated by: Steve West, Jean Gilpin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    Father Tom Christmas, the recently widowed vicar adjusting to life in the English village of Thornford Regis, would do almost anything to avoid attending the annual Robert Burns Supper at the local hotel. But as chaplain to a traditional Scottish pipe band, Father Tom must deliver the grace - and contend with wailing bagpipes, whiskey-laced parishioners reciting poetry, and the culinary abomination that is haggis.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Multi-layered, character-driven mystery

    • By Constance on 10-29-13

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 3

    • Ten Lords A-Leaping

    • A Father Christmas Mystery
    • By: C. C. Benison
    • Narrated by: Steve West, Jean Gilpin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love it!

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-14-15

    Regular price: $35.00