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The Christmas Murder Game

Alexandra Benedict



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30 November 2021
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?

12 clues, 12 keys and 12 days of Christmas for the heirs of Endgame House to find their inheritance, but how many will die before Twelfth Night?
Imprint:   ZAFFRE
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   592g
ISBN:   9781838775384
ISBN 10:   1838775382
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Alexandra Benedict read English at Cambridge and studied creative writing at Sussex. She composed film and television soundtracks, as well as performing as a musician before becoming a full-time writer in 2012. As A. K. Benedict, she published the critically acclaimed The Beauty of Murder and The Evidence of Ghosts. Find out more at or follow her on Twitter @ak_benedict

Reviews for The Christmas Murder Game

A perfectly plotted festive mystery woven around a cleverly constructed game. It's all fun and games until someone gets killed! This book is beautifully unique, with an ending so incredibly well-done, I re-read it over and over. A clever, classic whodunnit that will see you through the bleak winter nights * Susi Holliday * Utterly original and breathtakingly intriguing, The Christmas Murder Game is a twisty-turny masterpiece. With captivatingly quirky characters, a spooky country house mansion, and clues and riddles galore this pacy mystery keeps you hooked to the very last page. A must read this Christmas. * Steph Broadribb * With The Christmas Murder Game, Alexandra Benedict has created the perfect updating of the classic Christmas Country House mystery, and in Lily has created a brilliant, brave and wonderfully human heroine. The traditionalists will love the sensual descriptions of Endgame, the amazing food served there and the crisp falling snow that traps the inhabitants therein, while those who love their Holiday reading a little more modern will find much to admire in the manners and mores of the wonderfully bickering family. Puzzle fans, meanwhile, will adore the games-within-games in this smart, sassy, sexy and brilliantly written Holiday mystery. If you love Christmas, corsets, mysteries, murders and puzzles, then your Holiday reading is sorted. The Christmas Murder Game is the perfect escape from the craziness of Christmas, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Fabulous festive fun. Just read it, and thank me later * Derek Farrell * The perfect Christmas read, with a taut plot, a central character you will want to cheer on and puzzles galore for both readers and the players of the game * W.C. Ryan * Curl up by the fire (and lock all the doors) for this Christmas cracker of a book. Hugely entertaining * CS Green * Perfectly pitched for cold nights and warm fires. A lovely Golden Age tribute * Sinead Crowley * This book gripped me from start to last page and didn't let go even after I finished. This gripping, twisty, claustrophobic thriller is an atmospheric, tense, unrelenting brilliant read from Alexandra Benedict * Merilyn Davies * One for book lovers that can't get enough of mystery fiction - even during Christmas * The Sun * This Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery is superbly written and so cleverly plotted. Readers will enjoy the challenges set by the author to solve anagrams and spot the titles of her favourite country house festive mysteries hidden within the text. You'll be drawn in by the lavish, atmospheric setting and there's a definite sense of being trapped alongside the dysfunctional family. Like Lily, you'll have no idea who to trust . . . * My Weekly * This is the perfect Christmas book. Get it for yourself to read when the nights are cold and dark and give it as a present. To everyone! * Martyn Waites * As rich and satisfying as figgy pudding, this classic who's-doing-it find cousins competing in the annual family treasure hunt, and this year the winner will take all. So, who will live to see Twelfth Night? Anagrams are buried in the text for extra spice * Saga Magazine *

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