Day 11 of 25 Days of Christmas Books

Benedict Brown

A company of famous actors throw a Christmas party in an ancient mansion on a snowbound English moor. When an uninvited stranger stirs up trouble in the house, bodies start to fall. Secrets, scandal and rivalries come to light but will renowned detective Lord Edgington solve the case in time for Christmas Day? A warm-hearted and witty 1920s mystery with twists, charm and plenty of Christmas spirit.

Where/when is your book set?
Each book in my 1920s series, “Lord Edgington Investigates…” is set in a different beautiful part of Great Britain. This one takes place on Dartmoor in the southwest of England during Christmas, 1926. Dartmoor was also the setting for “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and Agatha Christie’s “The Sittaford Mystery”

Who is your main character?
My detective is a seventy-five-year-old lord who was previously a police superintendent. With his well-meaning grandson Christopher, who narrates the books, he uses his skills, experience and impressive brainpower to solve the murders and mysteries they come across.

Why is Christmas so important to the story or you?
This is my third Christmas novel in as many years (I also have a Christmassy novella) and I have always been obsessed with the season. I started writing Christmas stories for my family as presents every year when I was a teenager and, two decades later, I’m finally making my living as a full-time writer. I go crazy at Christmastime, attempting to recreate the magical memories of my childhood for my own four-year-old daughter, Amelie. She thinks I’m very silly, but likes all the cakes, lights and decorations I spend a month organising.

Vicctoria LK Williams


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