Clara Chapman receives a cryptic invitation to spend Christmas at a country manor house with the caveat that if she stays for 12 days, then she will receive a substantial reward. Clara has been living in genteel poverty with her aunt after her fiancé was sent to prison for embezzling her family’s fortune. Encouraged by her aunt to accept the summons, Clara embarks on a curious winter holiday that is reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. It is full of engaging characters, including Clara’s former fiancé. All of the guests have their own peculiar motivation to completing the mandated 12 day stay with surprising outcomes for each one. This delightful story has all the hallmarks of a Victorian novel. This is the perfect little indulgence after trimming the tree. Draw an armchair up to the fireplace, pour a glass of sherry and sink into this simple little tale. Pub. Date Sept. 2017
I always tell people that Clayton "just" runs the business, I am the one who reads the books. We like to travel and no matter where we go, I've got books tucked in every piece of luggage, audio books downloaded on my phone and a batch of books on my Kindle.