When barrister Rex Graves and his fiancée Helen d’Arcy host a New Year’s Eve party at Gleneagle Lodge, friends and colleagues alike enjoy the evening with drinks flowing freely. Despite the oncoming storm, unlucky number of guests, and argument over long-lost treasure, Rex has high hopes that it will be a memorable and murder-free night of celebration.Read more...
When barrister Rex Graves and his fiancée Helen d’Arcy host a New Year’s Eve party at Gleneagle Lodge, friends and colleagues alike enjoy the evening with drinks flowing freely. Despite the oncoming storm, unlucky number of guests, and argument over long-lost treasure, Rex has high hopes that it will be a memorable and murder-free night of celebration.
But as the clock strikes midnight and the power goes out, Ken and Catriona Fraser are found dead. Suspecting they were murdered for money or revenge, Rex starts to investigate. Will his formidable intellect and detection skills be enough to uncover the culprit?
"A classic country-house mystery, with modern day twists and turns adding to the fun."—Booklist
“What could be better for Agatha Christie whodunit fans than an old-fashioned, Scottish country house murder on New Year’s Eve?"—Mystery Scene
“Murder at Midnight will delight all cozy and Agatha Christie fans. C.S. creates devilishly complex characters keeping the reader on edge until the final page. . .C.S.'s best work to date.”—Suspense Magazine
- ISBN-13: 9780738739762
- ISBN-10: 0738739766
- Publisher: Midnight Ink
- Publish Date: August 2014
- Page Count: 216
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds
Series: Rex Graves Mystery #6
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Challinor’s tedious sixth Rex Graves mystery (after 2012’s Murder of the Bride) finds the Scottish barrister celebrating New Year’s (“Hogmanay” in Scottish parlance) at his Highlands retreat. The 13 guests—an unlucky number, as one of them is quick to point out—are having a merry time making resolutions, sipping whisky, and discussing a local mystery: long-lost Jacobite gold that’s said to be buried in the area. At midnight, the power goes out, a knock sounds at the front door, and two of the revelers, a couple who entered into a late-in-life marriage of convenience, are found dead. Who among Graves’s guests was plotting murder amid the holiday cheer? The red herrings are easy to spot, and the killer’s identity is equally unsurprising, despite a strained motive. The characters are so superficially developed that the opening dramatis personae list proves utterly necessary to keeping them straight. (Aug.)