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A Murder For Christmas (#4 - Sanford Third Age Club Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

David W Robinson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Christmas and the Sanford Third Age Club are living it up at the Regency Hotel. But on a snowy Christmas morning, there’s murder afoot, and it’s up to Joe, Sheila and Brenda to find the killer.

There are so many questions to answer.

How much hatred flows round the hotel, what game is Jennifer playing, what is the meaning of the cryptic pictogram found near the victim, how does a long lost penny fit into it all and how many times will Joe have to search the hotel dustbins?

For the Yorkshire sleuths, it’s a taxing mystery, marinated in a yuletide party atmosphere.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing (27 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Y6JAA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

David Robinson is a Yorkshireman living on the outskirts of Manchester, northwest England, with his wife and a crazy Jack Russell Terrier named Joe (because he looks like a Joe).

David writes in several genres under different pseudonyms, but his mainstay is crime and mystery. In January 2012 Crooked Cat Publishing picked up the first of his popular Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries, The Filey Connection. Since then a further eleven STAC Mysteries have been published by Crooked Cat and more titles are planned for 2015.

He also produces darker, edgier thrillers, such as The Handshaker, The Deep Secret and Voices; titles which are aimed exclusively at an adult audience and which question our perceptions of reality.

In a more light-hearted mood again, he uses the sledgehammer humour of his alter-ego Flatcap, to reflect on the absurdities of the world at large. Four Flatcap volumes are currently available for download.

As at October 2014, he is working on the 13th STAC Mystery, working title, A Theatrical Murder, which will be set in Skegness (a British seaside resort) in January. He is also preparing for the launch of the second Spookies Mystery, The Man In Black, which is due out late November.

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Twitter handle: @DW96

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Read 31 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Sanford Third Age Club are spending Christmas at the Regency Hotel. When another guest - belonging to the Leodensian Historical Society - is found murdered and one of the STAC members is the number one suspect, sleuths Joe, Sheila and Brenda have to dig deep to find the answer.

The premise for A Murder for Christmas is a missing rare coin and, like all the best whodunits, the pages are peopled with likely and not-so-likely characters who have a reason to see the back of the victim.

Filled with all the usual STAC mystery and humour, this entertaining story will satisfy long after the turkey and Christmas pudding have been eaten.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Cracker of a Case... 24 Jan. 2012
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This is the third book flying under the STAC Investigates colours, that I have had the pleasure to read.

This time around, we find Joe, Brenda, Sheila and the rest of the Sanford Third Age Club taking a festive break at the Regency Hotel in Leeds. Also in attendance are members of the Leodensian Historical Society.

When one of the Leodensian members is found murdered in her hotel room, the finger of suspicion appears to fall firmly in the direction of STAC member and all round 'Ladies Man' George Robson, last seen heading out of the party together.

George is arrested and spends time in the custody of West Yorkshire CID. As usual, Joe and his partners in crime (solving) are having none of it and determine to prove George's innocence.

Joe's investigations unearth some conflicting information about the victim and the plethora of suspects she has left in her wake. What does her murder have to do with the Middleton Penny, a missing rare coin? Where is that missing laptop and just which one of her former suitors did the deed?

What I really like about this book is, that in addition to all the usual banter and humour, David Robinson has extended the length and we also get to see a little more of Joe's character, a little of his tender underbelly that is usually kept well hidden behind his outwardly grumpy, spendthrift persona.

Well worth a read.

A Murder for Christmas (STAC Investigates)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quintessentially English 14 Jan. 2013
By jlbwye
The STAC mysteries get better and better! I've warmed to this one faster than the first in the series. It provides interesting insight into the customs, history and places around Leeds, and the characters are less starkly caricatured. There's also some cheeky repartee which even I can understand.
I'm not surprised it soared rapidly up the ranks over the festive season. The plot progresses in a tightly structured way, and I am quickly drawn into the story.
The close of chapter 2 pulls the main characters together in skilful fashion, and I like the revelation of Joe the detective's character:

"`Christmas,' he said to the ornate ceiling as he lay on the bed. `Humbug.'
Scrooge had chickened out in the end, he thought as his eyes closed and he drifted into sleep. `The silly old sod fell for the supposed magic.'
It was not a mistake Joe Murray would ever make."

The book will of course appeal hugely to the UK market - and also in the US. It is quintessentially English, which is probably why I as a "foreigner" have been slow to appreciate the nuances and touches of humour.
And I hate to admit it, but the convoluted plot with its twists and turns lost me well before the final resolution. I never did get to understand the significance of one grubby piece of evidence.
Maybe I've been depending too much on the spoon-feeding provided by the Morses, Marples and Poirots of television. Maybe I should have read the book in one go while on holiday, instead of over 3-4 days... Nevertheless I was eager for the denouement and I did enjoy the read. Believe me, my tepid rating is not intended as an aspersion against the author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SO ENJOYABLE 16 May 2014
By Katey H
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I just love Joe, Brenda and Sheila they just bounce off each other . I am really enjoying this series. I'm now on number 8 and and purchased the whole series. Can't put these books down once I start reading. Admittedly the stories are a bit far fetched and I'm sure in reality the police wouldn't put up with this sort of interference from a member of the public but they are so entertaining. I love British crime novels and enjoy books with a lot of blood and gore. These don't have that but they are so entertaining. Please Mr Robinson don't stop writing about Joe and his girls. They are so lovable even though he's a grumpy old git. I wish I'd met someone like Joe during my time in the Police Service
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Yorkshire whodunnit 12 Jan. 2013
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Another fun read from the pen of David Robinson. Our grumpy hero and his two lady friends share a Christmas with a difference. I loved seeing Leeds through their eyes and hurried to get to the end to see if I'd "solved" the problem correctly. Lots of twists, turns and a good crowd of characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly entertaining read! 16 Mar. 2013
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I'm reading these in chronological order and this is probably my favourite in the STAC series so far. Another thoroughly entertaining murder mystery whodunit, Joe must use all his powers of deduction in order to save friend and STAC member George Robson from a lifetime in prison for murder. Searching through dustbins, ruffling feathers, Joe will stop at nothing to uncover the truth and once again cement himself as the sharpest mind outside of the police force. Terrific stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
entertaining light reading nothing strenuous
nice characters main characters well built
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellemt Murder Mystery
I have suddenly become a fan of murder mystery books and plots. I found this book more by accident than design, but I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. M. W. Wabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Again
A wonderful book to fill some spare time. Got to the who before the end and the why but the how was the bit I couldn't get.
Published 11 months ago by Jane
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and dull
I wanted to like this book and it's characters more - the basic idea and setting had great potential, but somehow it never lived up to it's promise. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A ripping good yarn!
A ripping good yarn! Thoroughly enjoyed it & great to read about older protagonists!
Have read these in order but there's no need to really.
Published 13 months ago by Essexelle
4.0 out of 5 stars a great cozy mystery
I love a good cozy mystery to read at night time. It was nice to have a British amateur sleuth as most cozy mysteries I have read are American. Read more
Published 13 months ago by DoctorDavros
5.0 out of 5 stars super.
super seasonal novel,read it in one sitting,very seasonal,with great ending,will read more by him.passed a good few hours.thourerly entertaining.many thanks
Published 14 months ago by Michael Levitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Good light read
Enjoyed this more for the places it is set rather than the strength of the storyline. An easy read with some likeable characters.
Published 15 months ago by J S Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars A murder for christmas
Best book in the series so far, the plot and setting kept me wondering "who did it to the end"
Published 15 months ago by Gerry french
4.0 out of 5 stars Seasonal mystery
Enjoyed the book . I did not foresee the murderer
I will read the other books some day as the author does have a sense of humour
Published 16 months ago by Les
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