Murder in the Manger by Debbie Young

Synopsis

When Sophie Sayers’ plans for a cosy English country Christmas are interrupted by the arrival of her ex-boyfriend, her troubles are only just beginning. Before long, the whole village stands accused of murder.

Damian says he’s come to direct the village nativity play, but Sophie thinks he’s up to no good. 

What are those noises coming from his van? 
Who is the stranger lurking in the shadows? 
And whose baby, abandoned in the manger, disappears in plain sight? 

Enjoy the fun of a traditional Cotswold festive season, with echoes of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as Sophie seeks a happy ending for her latest village mystery – and for her new romance with charming local bookseller Hector Munro.

My review

This is a fabulous, fun read. Sophie, our heroine and narrator, is a lovely character. She’s kind, empathetic, clever and lively, and we really care both for her and about what happens to her. She has a new boyfriend, Hector, so the last thing she needs is for her ex to show up in her small village, especially when he announces his intention to stay with her. He’s going to be directing the nativity play Sophie has written for the villagers, another imposition she really doesn’t need. She shows amazing tact and resilience dealing with him, as he’s decidedly pushy. She really is a great girl!

The pace is fast and exciting, perhaps not what you’d expect from a story set in a small, sleepy village. But appearances can be deceptive, and village life is every bit as complicated as town or city living. Especially here.

This is a delightful, original, quirky cosy mystery with a warm, festive feeling and theme.  

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