The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
Set in Depression era England, the 6th novel in this series is even sillier than usual. But if you enjoyed the earlier adventures of penniless but pedigreed Lady Georgiana Rannoch, you’ll appreciate this one too, far fetched as it is.
I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
I adored the first novel in the Flavia de Luce series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, but my enthusiasm soon flagged. An eleven-year-old, precocious protagonist is tiresome over the long haul.
However, I couldn’t resist the Christmas novel, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows–very Agatha Christie.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
- the de Luce family-Father; sisters, Ophelia, Daphne, and Flavia
- Dogger-faithful retainer
- Phyllis Wyvern-famous film star
- Val Lampman-famous Director
- Ilium films crew, Buckshaw staff, villagers
Buckshaw-enormous and decrepit home of the de Luce family. Location of the latest Lampman film
During a charity performance of Romeo & Juliet at Buckshaw to benefit the church roof fund, a violent storm traps all the characters (suspects) in the house overnight
If you aren’t familiar with this series, it is fun in small doses.