Monday, December 9, 2013

Book Review: Ten Lords A-Leaping: A Mystery

Ten Lords A-Leaping: A Mystery (Father Christmas Mystery #3)
Ten Lords A-Leaping: A Mystery by C.C. Benison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

The title does sound a bit Christmas-sy and the lead character is called Father Tom Christmas -- Father Christmas, geddit?

Father Christmas is a widower who is trying to raise funds for his church in Thornford Regis. It was believed that a skydiving show would encourage people to give generously to the church for Tom decided to jump out of a plane along with a few others. However, during his landing, he managed to twist his ankle and is unable to walk properly.

Because of his injury, he has been invited, along with his young daughter, to stay at Eggscombe Park which is an estate that is owned by one of the Leaping Lords (a group of expert skydivers). It is during his stay that one of the members of the Morborne family -- Oliver, the 7th Marquess of Morborne to be exact -- is found dead within the Labyrinth in the estate.

Oliver was clearly strangled and the most important thing now is to find the person or persons who killed him. The reactions of the members of the family are not as expected which makes the suspect list rather long. Oliver did not appear to be a very nice man and his half-siblings do not get along with him at all. Then there are people who may not have liked the way he did business. Plus, Oliver appears to have been selling important heirlooms and replacing them with fakes. 

Ten Lords A-Leaping is a good mystery that has some interesting twists and turns. Plus, there is no lack of possible suspects as the poor victim was not exactly a beloved man. However, the first half of the book goes rather slow (emphasis on s-l-o-w). It does pick up pace somewhere in the middle and the story proceeds nicely from there.


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My Christmas Wishlist for 2013

The holidays are just around the corner and there are a lot of gifts to be received and given. And being a grown-up does not mean I have stopped wishing to get some gifts this year... :)





To help me tell the time when I am engrossed in reading some great book. :)




To help keep my feet warm while I read ('tis getting cold)







These will help me keep my paperbacks and hardbacks in order (woof!)




Book Lover's Scrabble 



And these will help me keep me brains sharp!


What items are in your wishlist this holiday season?




If you would also like to help make the Holidays special for those who may not be as lucky, here are a few causes that may help you do just that:

One Simple Wish 
One Simple Wish helps make the wishes of children in the foster care system come true. 





The Philippine Red Cross is accepting donations for those people who suffered from the might of typhoon Haiyan (the local name in the Phils. is Yolanda)
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