The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay
An Agatha Christie-esque story of murder, mystery and family suspicions showing that the gossip of one could influence the fate of others in an instant. This book is filled with police investigations and arising allegations towards ‘loved’ ones as the traits of selfishness and self-service take control.
Although this book has a Christmassy setting it should not be confined to that time of year. A murderous Santa? A scheming relative? Or a jealous acquaintance? The murderer remains unclear throughout the investigation until the very end keeping you guessing and on your guard with every character. Even in the moments when you believe you almost know who it could be, the author remains you of your own nagging doubt.
Encounter the Melbury family as they come together, at Flaxmere, around Christmas time and reluctantly indulgence their father’s extravagant ‘Santa Klaus’, who will bring Christmas cheer to a cheerless household. Each relative is only present to further their favour with Sir Osmond or to please him at least. But when Sir Osmond is shot, alone in his study, the house is thrown into chaos as family turns on family and innocence seems irrelevant. With so many people in the house, each with a plausible motive but also a valid alibi, it proves difficult to find the criminal among the masses.
The Santa Klaus Murder is the perfect book for you if you are looking to read something captivating but not too long, and ready to question the morals of the characters and yourself. It is true: no one can be trusted, not friends, not spouses, not even siblings, when their futures are on the line.
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