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So Much for a Restful Christmas
on 12 December 2012
Lady Georgiana is not looking forward to Christmas in 1933. It looks like she will be stuck in the family castle in Scotland with her sister-in-law's horrid relatives. Then she sees an advertisement for a member of the English nobility to act as co-hostess of a Christmas house party. She's thrilled when she gets the job and sets out for the small village of Tiddleton-under-Lovey.
When she arrives, she finds the house in an uproar. A man has died in their orchard from a self-inflicted gun shot while climbing a tree to pull a prank. It's unsettling, but when another body is found the next morning, Georgie begins to worry. The locals are chalking it up to a curse, but is more happening? Can she find the connection between the crimes? Or are they even crimes?
Reading this at the beginning of December certainly put me in the Christmas mood. And while I have never observed a proper English Christmas (being American and all that), I enjoyed seeing their traditions. Georgie and the supporting cast of regulars are all charming as always (yes, even Queenie when I warmed to her again), and I enjoyed the new comers as well.
I figured out a key plot point long before Georgie did, and I was beginning to get frustrated waiting for her to get there. Once she did, I forgave her since the lapse was explained quite believably. From there, it was a race to the finish, and I couldn't put it down.
Fans of the series certainly won't be disappointed. And anyone looking for a Christmas cozy will be delighted by the find.