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The Unpleasantness at the Battle of Thornford

A Father Christmas Mystery

by (author) C.C. Benison

At Bay Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2020
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2020
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When a costumed, pike-spiked body turns up after a traditional historic reenactment of the 1645 Battle of Thornford, the Reverend Tom "Father" Christmas and the villagers of Thornford Regis find themselves in a battle of their own as they deal with events from the murky, more recent past. C.C. Benison's latest intriguing and delightful Father Christmas mystery will leave cozy mystery readers puzzling over the outcome and, like a refreshing English cream tea, wishing there were more.

About the author

C.C. Benison is the nom de plume for Winnipeg writer Doug Whiteway. Prior to Death in Cold Type, he had written three mystery novels in the Jane Bee series -- Death at Buckingham Palace, Death at Sandringham House, and Death at Windsor Castle, which have been translated into three languages. He has recently begun a new Father Christmas series, of which Twelve Drummers Drumming, Eleven Pipers Piping and Ten Lords A-Leaping have already been released.

A Carleton University journalism school graduate, Doug worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Dauphin Herald in the 1970s, and for the Winnipeg Free Press in the 1980s. He was the associate editor of The Beaver, Canada's History Magazine for seven years. As an independent writer, Doug has contributed to numerous magazines, newspapers, and corporate communications. He has been a recipient of a National Magazine Award, two Western Magazine Awards, and an Arthur Ellis Award for best first mystery novel.

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Editorial Reviews

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', 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

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