Over Thanksgiving, I read a fantastic mystery book (with some spy elements) set in 1950s England. A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson is the first in a series of books known as "A Very English Mystery"--and seriously, who could pass up a series with such a title. Sadly the series will be limited to three books because the author unexpectedly passed away just before finishing the third book. Her son, who happens to be an author himself, was able to finish that book, but has made clear that will be the last in the series.
Reading A Man of Some Repute put me in my happy place. There is nothing I love better than an British murder mystery set in the English countryside. Throw in some snow or perhaps a blizzard that keeps all the suspects trapped together in a run down estate and I'm oh so very happy. It gave me an idea. What if I spent December reading British murder mysteries set at Christmas. I embraced the idea and had a thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery December.
One of the first books I read was Charles Finch's Gone Before Christmas, which is a short novel in his Charles Lenox series. I thoroughly enjoy the Charles Lenox series, which is set in Victorian England and follows a gentleman detective who dabbles in politics. In Gone Before Christmas, Lenox must find out what happened to a soldier who mysteriously disappears from a railway station cloakroom. It is a charming read and leaves the reader in a joyful Christmas spirit.