Christmas Eve, 1938. The Westbury family and assorted friends have gathered for another legendary celebration at their beautiful country house. The champagne flows, the silverware sparkles and upstairs the rooms are ready for their occupants.
But one bed will lie empty that night. On Christmas morning, David Campbell-Scott is found dead in the snow. There's a pistol beside him and only one set of footprints.
Yet something doesn't seem right to amateur sleuth Hugh Gaveston. Campbell-Scott had just returned from overseas with untold wealth - why would he kill himself? Hugh sets out to investigate...
'If you're a fan of historical mysteries, then Murder Most Festive should be at the top of your to-read list' Cultured Vultures
Wonderfully atmospheric, with charming wit and brilliant plotting, Murder Most Festive is perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, M.C. Beaton and James Runcie's Grantchester series.
December 1935. Director Chester Harrison's production of A Christmas Carol has had a troubled run on its tour of regional theatres. With tensions amongst the cast running high, the company reach their final stop - London's Theatre Royale - a few days before Christmas.
Catastrophe, however, strikes on opening night: 'Scrooge' dies on stage, seemingly due to a heart attack. But the show must go on. Until, that is, an old rival of Chester's is murdered in a dressing room. Are those associated with the production being picked off one by one? Journalist Daphne King is determined to reveal the truth...
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'Brilliant...full of twists and turns'
'A modern rival to Agatha Christie'
'A new festive favourite'
A harmless game of Murder in the Dark? Or an invitation to die for?
The brand new, festive murder mystery for 2023 from 'modern rival to Agatha Christie' Ada Moncrieff
It's Christmas 1936 and an eclectic list of guests and staff have gathered for the grand reopening of Maybridge castle, a newly renovated yet still crumbling hotel deep in the Cumbrian countryside.
Amongst them are a doctor and his new wife, tarot readers, a journalist, an elderly amateur sleuth and her cat. By the time the first sherries have been drunk a person will be dead. An innocent game of murder-in-the-dark turns into a real game of life and death. Someone has changed the rules...but who?
Readers love Ada Moncrieff:
'An absolute delight of a book'
'Compelling and engaging Christmas historical crime'
'Her prose remind me of the brilliant PG Wodehouse'
'A cosy mystery with the added charm of a Christmas setting. What more could a reader want'
'Beautifully written, funny and gripping. Can't wait to see what Moncrieff comes up with next.'
'The ending reminded me of Poirot getting all his suspects together in one room and finally revealing the
murderer. Loved it !'
'I absolutely loved this! A fantastic, fun Christmas read full of mystery and intrigue. The writing is fantastically well
done. Highly recommend!'