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Number 1 in Kindle Sales
Tuesday, December 13, 2011  12:27:00 PM

by C. S. Challinor



Mystery/Suspense
CHRISTMAS IS MURDER, a Christmas mystery novel by C.S. Challinor, topped #1 on the Kindle Bestsellers List this week.

Reviews for Christmas Is Murder by C.S. Challinor:
 

**STARRED** Review from Booklist: "The first installment in this new mystery series is a winner... At times, it seems we are playing Clue or perhaps enjoying a contemporary retelling of a classic Agatha Christie tale (And Then There Were None, or At Bertram’s Hotel) with a charming new sleuth. A must for cozy fans."
—Booklist (American Library Association)

"C.S. Challinor's CHRISTMAS IS MURDER dishes up an English manor house mystery with the traditional elements: a murder, a small contingent of suspects thrown together, and an engaging and witty sleuth... Challinor will keep most readers guessing as she cleverly spreads suspicion and clues that point in one direction, then another.”
—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

"Shades of Agatha Christie. A disparate group of guests snowed in at an English hotel await Christmas and death. Rex Graves, QC,...uses his prosecutorial expertise to work his way through method and motive until he announces the murderer in a denouement in the classic style. Challinor's debut is a pleasant modern knockoff of Christie."
—Kirkus Reviews

"It's a charming novel, especially since the violence occurs offstage. CHRISTMAS IS MURDER is full of people with interesting characters and clues... Ms. Challinor was educated in Scotland and England, which explains how she writes so convincingly of both her setting and her characters."
—Florida Weekly

"CHRISTMAS IS MURDER has all the elements traditional English cozy fans have come to love. The plot is tight, suspects limited and an investigation uses Rex’s wit rather than a lot of outside sources. The setting is lovely and the characters entertaining without being so overdrawn as to appear as caricatures. A great start to a new series that is sure to become a modern favorite traditional English cozy series."
—The Mystery Reader **** (4-Star review = Recommended)

"CHRISTMAS IS MURDER is the first book in a new series featuring Rex Graves as barrister and sleuth. The book is an enjoyable and quick read. The setting is great, a Victorian hotel in England in modern times, the characters are interesting and the mystery is engaging. I couldn’t figure out who the murderer was—any of the guests could have done it! This is not a very 'Christmasy' book. It could be read just about any time of the year. I look forward to more books in this series."
—The Friendly Book Nook

"Agatha Christie fans, here you go! You have been waiting for a mystery writer that can hold the torch, well we found her: C.S. Challinor. CHRISTMAS IS MURDER is her first book in the Rex Graves series, and we didn't solve the mystery! In fact, we were not even close. She told such a wonderful story that we were lost in her world for a while!"
—Suspense Magazine

"CHRISTMAS IS MURDER is an engaging whodunit populated with an interesting and imaginative mix of characters and a very appealing and charming sleuth in Rex Graves. The story effortlessly combines elements of a classic country house mystery with an Agatha Christie-style denouement to great effect. With some of the guests concealing secret objectives for being present, this quick-reading mystery will keep readers guessing until the end."
—Mysterious Reviews

"Authors are sometimes compared to Dame Agatha but, in my opinion, few of their books have those characteristics and—more important—the overall feel of hers. CHRISTMAS IS MURDER does."
—Cozy Library

Wanted to let you know I just finished the book and enjoyed it very much. I'm thinking of pairing it up with a large assortment box of shortbread at the holidays. Eat some shortbread, make a cup of tea and curl up with a good book."
—Barbara Selvaggio, Walkers Shortbread US

"Cozy fans will want to find CHRISTMAS IS MURDER tucked into their stockings for a cold, winter's night read. This is one to help you while away the hours without scaring you out of your slippers; a delectable tidbit of a puzzle that will leave you hungry for the next Rex Graves Mystery... Challinor, a longtime fan of Agatha Christie, knows that a good plot is essential to a story, and that characters give it a life of its own. CHRISTMAS IS MURDER has an element of romance but is not a love story. There is something, or someone, in the storyline to appeal to readers across the genre...the English setting in her story is spot on... The cast is full-bodied and as enjoyable as a glass of brandy on a cold night, meant to be sipped slowly and savored. Although cozy and comfortable, Challinor's story unfolds in a modern, if timeless, setting. Humor, both dry and bold, makes it all the more enjoyable. Barrister Rex Graves is a character you'll embrace and look forward to. Cozy up, grab a cuppa, and visit Swanmere Manor for a Christmas to remember!"
—Mysterical-E Magazine

"Rex gives the reader just enough hints to keep them guessing until the very end when the final pieces to the puzzle are revealed. Look out, Hercule Poirot; Rex Graves will give you a run for your money."
—Once Upon A Romance

njoyable as a glass of brandy on a cold night, meant to be sipped slowly and savored. Although cozy and comfortable, Challinor's story unfolds in a modern, if timeless, setting. Humor, both dry and bold, makes it all the more enjoyable. Barrister Rex Graves is a character you'll embrace and look forward to. Cozy up, grab a cuppa, and visit Swanmere Manor for a Christmas to remember!"
—Mysterical-E Magazine

"Rex gives the reader just enough hints to keep them guessing until the very end when the final pieces to the puzzle are revealed. Look out, Hercule Poirot; Rex Graves will give you a run for your money."
—Once Upon A Romance

 

 

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MURDER AT MIDNIGHT: Booklist Review - 7/3/2014 6:26:00 AM

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SAY GOODBYE TO ARCHIE: A Rex Graves Mini-Mystery by C.S. Challinor - 8/13/2013 8:30:00 AM

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MURDER AT THE DOLPHIN INN Now on Nook - 9/27/2012 7:24:00 AM

MURDER AT THE DOLPHIN INN, New Release by C. S. Challinor - 9/17/2012 10:26:00 AM

MURDER OF THE BRIDE $1.99 Kindle Special - 8/22/2012 8:54:00 AM

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FREE Flash Fiction Story at OMDB! - 3/14/2012 10:54:00 AM

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MURDER ON THE MOOR: Reviewing The Evidence - 3/29/2011 10:49:00 AM

The Washington Post Reviews MURDER ON THE MOOR by C.S. Challinor - 3/23/2011 11:44:00 AM

Review from ROMANTIC TIMES - 3/17/2011 9:48:00 AM

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MURDER ON THE MOOR Paperback $8.60 at Amz - 2/12/2011 8:55:00 AM

PHI BETA MURDER Review from Librarything.com - 12/17/2010 9:18:00 AM

ForeWord Magazine Interview with Mystery Author - 6/23/2010 7:15:00 AM

Review in The Rue Morgue - 6/7/2010 8:23:00 AM

Malice Domestic Panel with C.S. Challinor (Rex Graves Mysteries) - 4/28/2010 9:32:00 AM

Review in ForeWord Magazine: Phi Beta Murder by C.S. Challinor - 4/18/2010 8:36:00 AM

Jacksonville Magazine Reviews Phi Beta Murder by C.S. Challinor - 4/6/2010 9:07:00 AM

Mystery Scene Magazine Reviews PHI BETA MURDER by C.S. Challinor - 3/3/2010 3:58:00 PM

Murder Mystery at Nudist Resort - 2/26/2010 7:22:00 PM

Sun, surf, secrets—spring break can be murder... - 2/8/2010 11:54:00 AM

Mystery Book Signing in Fort Myers Beach, Florida - 11/25/2009 9:02:00 AM

Latest in the Rex Graves Mystery Series - 10/15/2009 11:26:00 AM

MURDER IN THE RAW Nominated for Agatha Award - 10/7/2009 10:18:00 AM

2 Chicks Review - 9/23/2009 7:38:00 AM

MURDER IN THE RAW Reviewed in Kansas - 8/14/2009 8:43:00 AM

Kindle Editions - 7/28/2009 12:27:00 PM

Suspense Magazine's Recommended Reading List - 6/6/2009 9:37:00 AM

MURDER IN THE RAW Review - 6/6/2009 9:21:00 AM

MURDER IN THE RAW Review from Mystery Scene Magazine - 4/27/2009 11:48:00 AM

New Contract in the Rex Graves Mystery Series - 3/27/2009 7:50:00 AM

Review from The Friendly Book Nook - 12/17/2008 12:32:00 PM

Christmas Is Murder in Large Print Hardcover - 12/17/2008 12:22:00 PM

Review from Cozy Library - 11/21/2008 11:29:00 AM

Review from Once Upon A Romance: Look Out, Hercule Poirot - 11/19/2008 11:01:00 AM

Review in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine - 11/18/2008 7:10:00 AM

4-Star Review (Recommended) from The Mystery Reader - 11/4/2008 8:53:00 AM

Review from Mysterical-E Magazine - 10/11/2008 7:56:00 AM

Starred Review from Booklist - 10/9/2008 3:03:00 PM

Review from Mysterious Reviews - 9/11/2008 7:03:00 AM


Books by
C. S. Challinor



Murder at Midnight

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SAY MURDER WITH FLOWERS: A Rex Graves Mini-Mystery

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Murder at the Dolphin Inn

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SAY GOODBYE TO ARCHIE: A Rex Graves Mini-Mystery

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Murder of the Bride

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Murder on the Moor

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