Eleven Pipers Piping (Father Christmas Mystery #2) by C.C. Benison

Eleven Pipers Piping (Father Christmas Mystery #2)

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.As snow falls to unprecedented de...


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TitleEleven Pipers Piping (Father Christmas Mystery #2)
ISBN9780385344463
Author
Release DateOct 30th, 2012
PublisherDelacorte Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Holiday, Christmas, European Literature, British Literature
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Reviews Eleven Pipers Piping (Father Christmas Mystery #2)

  • Petra
    2017-12-04
    A light mystery that reminded me a little bit of an Agatha Christie novel. There's the same companionship between the characters, the rifts, the loyalty, etc. There's also the same easy going, everyday chatter where clues, hints & red herrings are dropped. Things meander along until the end when a flurry of activity winds things up. It's all good, cozy and interesting.The names are a bit corny: Father Christmas and Detectives Bliss & Blessing. Ho...
  • cenobyte
    2013-03-20
    Mystery. Sarcasm. Biting humour. Bad weather. Did I mention mystery? I'm not normally a fan of mysteries, but this one...this one had me riveted from the first sentence. You know how sometimes you read a book, and you develop a kind of internal narrator? Kind of like a mix between the librarian in grade one and Magnum, P.I.? Well the narrator for Eleven Pipers Piping is Patrick Stewart. In my head. And he's perfect. Benison's characters do more t...
  • Kirsten
    2016-11-22
    Another enjoyable and well crafted mystery by C.C. Benison. I loved his first series (only 3 books!!) featuring Queen Elizabeth II, and this series featuring Father Tom Christmas, C of E, widower and father, ex-magician is good too.He makes the village so real and makes me wish I could move there, snow or no snow. (Especially considering they have the NHS.) The Christmas and post-Christmas festivities are charming. But the mystery and the motivat...
  • Luanne Ollivier
    2012-11-13
    Aha! I know what you're thinking - it's another Christmas book review. Well....yes and no. The main character is Tom Christmas - a vicar in England - you could refer to him as Father Christmas. The book is set during the winter. And the title - well, the first book in this series was titled Twelve Drummers Drumming. And if you're looking for a great book for the reader on your Christmas list this year, Eleven Pipers Piping would be a really good ...
  • Carl Brookins
    2013-07-25
    When this book arrived pre-armed as a traditional British mystery, I was prepared for just that. Upon reflection I should not have been surprised at the depth of character development, the intricate plot with several surprising twists and turns, the careful and even loving development of understanding and human insight residing in the pages.The writing draws one in almost instantly and never really lets go until the end. Yes, the book is long, ye...
  • Larraine
    2012-11-28
    Despite the fact that author C.C. Bennison's character is named Father Christmas, and he uses the "Twelve Days of Christmas" as a basis for his book titles (the first was last year and was titled "Twelve Drummers Drumming"), the books are not "holiday" or "Christmas" mysteries at all. Father Christmas is actually a recently widowed young Anglican priest with a young daughter living in a pretty town in the south of England. We met Father Christmas...
  • Julie Durnell
    2016-12-05
    An engrossing mystery with village vicar, Father Christmas, at the center of it all. He is a most complex man and this second in the series gives the reader more insight into his lifestory. The book is quite longish and not a quick read but it is a mystery you can sink your teeth into! I definitely will be reading the next in the series.
  • Lori
    2015-03-22
    What an enjoyable series this has turned out to be. I am saddened to see that currently there is only one book remaining at this time and can only hope more are to follow to see this series to the end of its Christmas song verses. Despite the Christmas song titles and the main character being named Father Christmas, this is not a Christmas-themed serial but actually a very engaging and intricate "WhoDunnit". Father Tom Christmas is still adjustin...
  • Jennifer
    2013-02-04
    Eleven Pipers Piping is the second in the Father Christmas Mystery series, which I already adore. Father Christmas, an Anglican priest and widower, lives with his daughter Miranda in a small English village. Escaping in the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Miranda and Father Christmas (Tom), are newcomers in the village and, as such, offer a fresh perspective on the residents and their going-on. The author uses the Christmas' housekeeper, Madrun,...
  • PopcornReads
    2012-11-09
    What would Christmas be without The 12 Days of Christmas? Eleven Pipers Piping is Book #2 in the Father Christmas mystery series by C.C. Benison (yep, he’s counting backward). You’ll be happy to know that this English cozy mystery reads quite well as a stand-alone novel. Cozy mysteries and the holidays just seem like a perfect fit to me, and who can resist a vicar named Father Christmas? Read the rest of my review at http://popcornreads.com/?...
  • Plum-crazy
    2017-11-03
    This was an enjoyable enough read, which on beginning made me think of a Louise Penny/Agatha Christie hybrid....though as it turned out the characters, while credible enough, weren't as quirky or eccentric as those of Penny's. In some ways it's quite a slow book. The murder happens fairly early on & it's not until nearly the end of the book that something else crucial happens (don't want to be too specific, wary of spoilers!). But while it could ...
  • Fredrick Danysh
    2017-10-13
    Father Tom Christmas is invited to a gathering of bag pipers during his first year at his new church. During the meal the owner of the inn drops dead quickly followed within days by two more deaths. Soon a tail of lies and, lust, and revenge are uncovered.
  • Ray Palen
    2014-12-25
    I typically read at least 3 books simultaneously and have never had an issue jumping in and out of the different narratives. One book I reserve for my 'bed-time' reading --- typically a book being read for pleasure and not review purposes.During this holiday season I started the Christmas-themed mystery ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING. It is the second mystery in the Father Tom Christmas series and, even though there is not much yuletide in it, the setting ...
  • Bobby Title
    2014-03-04
    I like mysteries; I like contemporary english settings; I like series; and I like books with a religious touch in them. So how could I not like Eleven Pipers Piping! I tend to mostly read ponderous non-fiction, so running into Father Christmas, first in his "12" iteration and now in his "11", has just been a total delight. My incination is to immediate go for "10" ... but like setting aside a delicious cookie to eat tomorrow instead of gobbling i...
  • Jen
    2013-03-05
    Eleven Pipers Piping by C.C. Benison is also a Net Galley read. Classified as a cozy (and the titles in this series, the setting, and the main character are definitely part of the cozy genre), the novel has deeper characterization and some edgier elements than many cozy mysteries.Once you get over the Father Christmas nomenclature and begin to view Tom Christmas as a real man and not as a caricature, the characters and situations become more intr...
  • Nancy
    2012-11-29
    I dragged myself through this book for the first 35%. I would have given the book one star at this point. I had checked out four books, and this book was due at the library. I thought this book was a Christmas story. The Vicars name was Mr. Christmas. I read the book on my kindle, and the library doesn't allow renewals. I started getting into the story two days before it was due. I thought it was way to long. The chapters didn't flow into each ot...
  • Carol Heiss
    2013-01-08
    I would have given this book a higher rating if it weren't so long. The plot was inventive and the characters well developed but that was compromised by the convolutions of both along the way. To people who stick with it, the ending is a major surprise. I'm glad I finished it, but along the way I alost put it down many times. If you are expecting an excapist cozy mystery, this is not it. the I'm really not sure I'll read his next book, and at thi...
  • Gabi Coatsworth
    2016-12-31
    A Christmas CrimeEnjoyable novel with plenty of red herrings and twists. The Canadian author has the nuances of contemporary English down perfectly. Since the sleuth is a minister, he cannot tell the police what he's told by suspects, which makes for complications. Other characters are well-rounded and interesting too. Recommended for someone who likes their British cozies with a twist.
  • Kyrie
    2012-12-09
    I liked it and I didn't figure out the whole mystery until the end. The references to past events, the current events, all tangled together to make a story that has enough twists to satisfy Christie. Fortunately, they're all out in the open, so you do stand a chance of figuring it out.
  • Patrice Fischer
    2017-01-30
    I agree with other reviewers who said this could have been about 100 pgs. shorter. That said, it was a pretty good story. Not sure that I will seek out more from this author.
  • Barbara
    2013-03-23
    perfect mystery,perfect mixture of old England charm and modern trouble. looking very much forward to "ten ....."
  • Christy
    2013-01-04
    I finally finished this book! It took a long time to get into the story. I think I will pass on reading future books in this series.
  • EditorialEyes
    2012-09-19
    4/5. This and other reviews available at EditorialEyes Book Blog.~*~Murder doesn’t take a holiday in C.C. Benison’s Father Christmas Mysteries. In Eleven Pipers Piping, the second in his new series, Father Tom Christmas just can’t seem to find the “quiet” part of a quiet country life.Tom, a widowed vicar, is still settling into Thornford Regis, his home for the past ten months. He’s moved himself and his young daughter Miranda to the ...
  • Cecily Kyle
    2017-12-18
    Wayyyyyyy too much book for all that is said in this novel. I am reading this for a Christmas challenge, and if not it surely would have been a DNF. It doesn't help the narrator was so boring in the audiobooks, it was like listening to a prof that always makes you fall asleep. The story itself, if condensed could actually be decent, but it was sooooo drawn out. Meh
  • Linda
    2018-01-14
    This was better than the first one! Father Christmas is in the thick of things, as people tend to "spill the beans" to him. Well written; some of the descriptions of the area or the night made me stop to re-read them. Lovely!
  • Badseedgirl
    2017-06-24
    This cozy series is too good to be included in a light and fluffy reading list, in spite of the glib titles. Will put the last (so far) published book in the series on the back burner until the fall.
  • Joy
    2017-12-03
    I never saw the twist at the end coming. very seldom do I not have it figured out before the end.
  • Stephanie Thompson
    2017-12-07
    Father Christmas mystery. Vicar and his dtr Miranda with housekeeper. Intelligent story. Real characaters.
  • Marie
    2013-05-08
    In Eleven Pipers Piping, Father Tom Christmas isn’t that excited to attend the annual Robert Burns supper at the hotel. He’s even less excited to eat the haggis that is traditionally served. As the chaplain to a traditional Scottish pipe band, he’s been invited to deliver the grace and is obligated to attend. As the supper commences, Will Moir, the hotel owner, goes missing and is later found dead. When the cause of death is determined to b...
  • Reggie Billingsworth
    2016-03-31
    Had serious doubts about this one at first. While the concept remains a promising one, and Benison's writing impressive in character delineation and atmosphere, the conceits of a Christmas theme offer a false promise of a cosy angle so popular in this genre. I suspect Benison wants to work against type though and so his Eleven Pipers Piping presents a thoughtful illustration of how family secrets and relationships can lead to tragedy in the class...