Murder Most Festive

Murder Most Festive

Christmas 1938. The Westbury family and assorted friends have gathered together for another legendary Christmas at the family seat in Sussex. The champagne flows, the family silver sparkles and upstairs the bedrooms are made up ready for their occupants. But one bed will lie empty that night? Come Christmas morning David Campbell-Scott is found lying in the snow, crimson st Christmas 1938. The Westbury family and assorted friends have gathered together for another legendary Christmas at ...

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Title:Murder Most Festive
Author:Ada Moncrieff
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Genres:Holiday
ISBN:Murder Most Festive
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Murder Most Festive Reviews

  • Annarella
    Jan 20, 2021
    I found this story entertaining and engrossing. I'm a fan of Golden Age mystery and appreciated how the author recreated the atmosphere of those mysteries and that age. The mystery is solid and kept me guessing, the character are interesting and I liked the atmosphere. Recommend...
  • Lucy
    Dec 18, 2020
    Actual Rating: 2.75/5 stars I love a cosy mystery, particularly at Christmas, but I wasn't really a fan of the writing in this and ended up skimming quite a bit! Actual Rating: 2.75/5 stars I love a cosy mystery, particularly at Christmas, but I wasn't really a fan of the...
  • Kirsty
    Nov 16, 2020
    A Christmas Murder (Murder Most Festive) - Ada Moncrieff I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review thanks to Vintage and Netgalley. Christmas 1938. The Westbury family and assorted friends have gathered together for another legendary Christmas at the family s...
  • Ruth
    Nov 15, 2020
    This is a fairly formulaic murder mystery - the historical setting adds a bit of interest, and there were moments I did enjoy, but I'm afraid I felt the writing was a bit clunky and I wasn't sure I would read until the end. I did, but the resolution didn't feel particula...
  • Melanie
    Nov 30, 2020
    What would Advent be without a Christmas mystery and this is a brand new one, published a few weeks ago. Set in 1938 and a debut mystery, set up in such a way that I believe other ones might be coming. Sort of a bit Allingham meets Heyer, although I do prefer the snark of the originals...
  • Fiona
    Dec 30, 2020
    A very enjoyable, if not very original, English country house murder mystery and just the thing for the post-Christmas dip. The setting is familiar, as are the characters including the ooh aars that belong to the local village. There are several red herrings and several possible suspec...
  • Tracey
    Dec 26, 2020
    A brilliant debut novel The Westbury's have invited some friends to join them for Christmas at Westbury Manor. When a body is found on Christmas morning , Hugh Gaviston, an amateur detective, tries to solve the case and work out if it was suicide or murder. Ada Moncrieff has w...
  • Sneha
    Dec 07, 2020
    While this was an interesting premise and fit for the season, i won't give it more than 3 stars. While i didn't dnf the book and was able to complete it, i don't think i will remember it in a few month's time because the plot and the characters were not extraordinar...
  • Ruth
    Jan 14, 2021
    Christmas Eve, 1938. The Westbury family and assorted friends have gathered for another legendary celebration at their beautiful country house. The champagne flows, the silverware sparkles and upstairs the rooms are ready for their occupants. But one bed will lie empty that night. O...
  • BrokenTune
    Nov 28, 2020
    2.5* Charming, but I am not the audience for this. I prefer the real deal - actual Golden Age mysteries. It was a light read and I enjoyed some of the dialogue. However, it isn't a riveting mystery and I had a strong hunch about the murderer and motive quite early on. As me...
  • Sal
    Jan 21, 2021
    This started off very well as a debut novel and I was looking forward to reading it; then came a murder and the local policeman arrives to investigate. He sounds like he had eaten a whole dictionary, and this sounds the first misstep for me in this book. It's 1938 and not a lot of...
  • Sarah
    Nov 03, 2020
    A Christmas Murder is packed full of characters and references one may expect from a novel based in 1938. Large house, Christmas party preparations, servants and an upper class family. Daughter Lydia a vegetarian in her 30's but unmarried ready to bite off anyone's head. Son ...
  • Paromjit
    Oct 19, 2020
    Ada Moncrieff writes a charming festive historical murder mystery set in 1938 amidst the ominous clouds of turbulence in Europe and the background of the upcoming WW2. In the village of Little Bourton in Sussex is the country house of Westbury Manor, the seat of the Westbury family. Lo...
  • Laura Peltell
    Nov 20, 2020
    Thank you to the publishers & author for a free ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I liked certain aspects of this book - the country house setting, the myriad of suspects, the festive atmosphere, the narrator and the timing just before WWII. I especially lov...
  • Gemma
    Dec 22, 2020
    * I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review * A lovely little murder mystery set at Christmas in 1938, it kept my attention and was a nice little read after a difficult year. I liked the characters, they each had a distinctive personality, my favourites being Hugh an...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    Oct 29, 2020
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK for an advance copy of Murder Most Festive, a country house murder mystery set in Sussex in 1938. Lady Westbury has invited her family and friends to spend Christmas at Westbury Manor but the festivities are interrupted on Christma...
  • Katy Crowe
    Nov 13, 2020
    This is exactly the sort of book that I normally love but there was something missing here. I finished it but the ending didn?t come as a huge surprise and there was just something a bit ?thin? about it. I can?t quite point to what except that unusually for a murder mystery not...
  • Stacy Sarling
    Nov 05, 2020
    Christmas 1938, The Westbury family are gathering to spend Christmas together with their closest friends and a special guest invite. Christmas with the Westbury?s is always a fun affair and they hope it will be no different this year. However, things will be out of their control come...
  • Lucy
    Dec 13, 2020
    I am very sorry but I thought this was pretty bad It was really weird having Hugh throwing murder accusations around over the entire course of the holidays, only to finally find out who did it, and then giving this killer a glass of sherry and try to taLK to him about it. Like yo...
  • Eric
    Nov 03, 2020
    The market for festive murder mysteries, especially for the modern take on GAD tropes, is especially competitive, and success depends on finding that "something" which catches the reader's attention in a special way. It could be a plot twist or an unusual detective or a ...
  • James Andrew
    Dec 18, 2020
    A rattling good read I had worked out the Murderer by page 26 - and yes, that was before the murder happened. This is disappointing because otherwise this is a well told tale. What seem at first shallow characters turn out to have surprising depths. The language used is skilful and ...
  • Nadishka Aloysius
    Nov 16, 2020
    A lovely way to get in the mood for Christmas... The year is 1938. On the brink of WW2 the British elite are determined to celebrate in the usual way and we join the Westbury family and friends as they prepare to enjoy the holiday with sumptuous food and hunting. However a body in the...
  • Bridget
    Dec 08, 2020
    Murder Most Festive by Ada Moncrieff is a wonderful, historical murder mystery set in 1938 with WW2 looming. Based in a large country manor in Sussex with a houseful of suspects, it centres around Hugh Gaveston, a dogged and determined amateur sleuth who is investigating a killing....
  • Motherbooker
    Dec 27, 2020
    There's nothing quite like a murder mystery at Christmas to get the blood pumping. The stark contrast between the warmth of the festive spirit and cold-blooded murder just works perfectly. It's something that many writers knew during the Golden Age of crime fiction and most o...
  • Katie Griffiths
    Nov 22, 2020
    Murder Most Festive was a fun whodunnit style murder mystery, complete with house party, murdered guest, a full house of suspects with various motives and means to commit murder, and a would-be detective determined to get to the bottom of things. I found the narrative voice to be q...
  • Maddie Pink
    Nov 07, 2020
    Situated in Christmas of 1938, we join a group of high-class characters in the luxurious Westbury Manor with Lord and Lady Westbury hosting this extravagant celebration. But, on Christmas morning, Lord Westbury?s oldest friend, David Campbell-Scott is discovered with crimson tarnishi...
  • MonsieurMarple
    Nov 04, 2020
    ?If anyone was going to turn out to be a murderer, my money was on you? - Too early for a Christmas read!? NOOO NEVER! And what a wonderfully Christmassy whodunnit to start me off! - The story begins on a Christmas Eve night in Westbury Manor, the inhabitants are preparing for ...
  • Karen M
    Dec 26, 2020
    I began reading sure that I wasn?t going to like this modern take on one of my favourite genres. The first chapters introduced many characters, many male characters, and my Freddies and my Hughs were in danger of merging. But then it all started to click into place and a picture of a...
  • Vanessa Linden
    Nov 25, 2020
    A Christmas murder mystery set in England's 1938. The Westbury family invites relatives and friends for a big Christmas celebration. There is a lot of strain and energy between the different characters paving the way for a chaotic Christmas. On top of that a murder occurs. Very ...
  • Josie ✨
    Dec 31, 2020
    Actual rating: 3.4/5 A quick little holiday mystery that cosplays a 'Downton Abbey' vibe with varying degrees of success. The much anticipated Christmas festivities hosted by Lord and Lady Westbury come to a screeching halt with the discovery of a body on Christmas morning...