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The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict
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About the book
Follow the clues. Find the fortune. Solve the Mystery. This Christmas is to die for. Let the game begin . . .
‘Endgame has kept our secrets for half a century, now it’s time for it, and its secrets, to have a new owner.’
When Lily returns home to her aunt’s manor house, she discovers that in order to inherit, she and her estranged cousins must stay together over the Christmas week and take part in a family tradition: the annual treasure hunt.
But as they are drawn deeper into the game, the clues seem to point not to the deeds to the manor house, but to the key to a twenty-year-old mystery: what really happened to Lily’s mother?
As a snowstorm cuts them off from the village, it becomes apparent that the game has turned deadly and that Lily is fighting for more than just an inheritance: she is now fighting for her life. Does she have what it takes to survive?
A locked room, or in this case, a locked house murder mystery, the book had the potential to be beaucoup exciting. This was my first book by author Alexandra Benedict. The clues written in the entire book caught my eye, I loved trying to solve them. It was like a scavenger hunt.
Lily’s aunt had left her a house in will with conditions where she and the rest of her cousins had to solve the clues to get all the keys, including the key to the hidden room. Whoever would get to the secret first would win the house. That sounded so exciting as I started reading the book. The clues written in were terrific, not that I could solve any. The author’s research into the subplots of the story was obvious.
Lily was interesting. Having lost her mother in the maze of this book, she had to find her courage to get to the bottom of it. Her mind was like a trap that never forgot anything taught by her elders. I liked that. Then the murders started occurring one by one. I could guess the killer right in the first few chapters. I spent the rest of my time getting to how Lily solved it.
The prose had a lot of simile and comparisons that made it not so thrilling to read. It was clunky, and some parts were a struggle to read. Only the concept compelled me to continue reading. Overall, a good locked room mystery.
Publication Date: September 2021
I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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