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Not a Creature was Stirring by Jane Haddam
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Not a Creature was Stirring (1990)

by Jane Haddam

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Series: Gregor Demarkian mystery (1)

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Well written. Look to read well from Jane Haddam. ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
This is the first mystery in the Gregor Demarkian (retired FBI agent) holiday series. Demarkian is invited to Christmas Dinner by multi-millionaire Robert Hannaford. The seven adult Hannaford children are also coming home for the holiday. But just before Demarkian arrives, his host is found murdered in his study. Who did it? Why? The plot is somewhat plodding, and the characters not sufficiently fleshed out, but I see promise, and I think Demarkian is a hero I could come to care about. So, I’m rounding up my 2.5** to 3*** ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 22, 2016 |
Liked this book a lot. I will definitely continue with this series! ( )
  EadieB | Jan 19, 2016 |
Widower and retired FBI agent Gregor Demarkian has moved back to the Armenian neighborhood in Philadelphia where he spent his childhood. Just before Christmas, a local Armenian priest asks Gregor for a favor. Gregor is to go to Engine House, the Bryn Mawr mansion of the Hannaford family, as a dinner guest. In return, Mr. Hannaford will give Gregor a briefcase containing $100,000, destined for the Armenian church. Hannaford arrives to find a murder scene. Robert Hannaford is dead, and the murderer must have been someone inside the house. The pool of suspects is limited to Hannaford's seven children, all of whom he hated and who hated their father in return. The local police hire Gregor as a consultant. Solving the case becomes increasingly urgent and the pool of suspects narrower as more murders occur.

I enjoyed this first-in-series mystery. The holiday setting in a mansion with a limited number of suspects is similar to the vintage country house murder mysteries that are always a favorite with me. The cultural setting in Philadelphia's Armenian community is also appealing. I look forward to reading additional books in this series. ( )
  cbl_tn | Dec 31, 2015 |
Gregor Demarkian is ex-FBI. He lives somewhere in the Philadelphia area. His priest asks him to attend a dinner at the large country estate of a wealthy man. The priest has been promised a large donation if he can get Mr. Demarkian to attend. When he arrives, the estate is a crime scene, and Demarkian encounters an investigating officer that is not his favorite. However, the police need his help on this one, and as the death toll mounts, his ability to make sense of things becomes invaluable. Although this book has a Christmas setting, it is one which could be read any time of the year as Christmas is very marginal to the plot. It's a pleasant way to spend a few hours. I found the plot seemed to drag in a place or two, but overall I continued to care about the outcome and kept plugging away. As far as the family members are concerned, the only one that was likeable in any manner was the sister who wrote novels. It was a nice start to a series. I have the second one already on hand to read next year. ( )
  thornton37814 | Nov 18, 2013 |
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For former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian, retirement has just come to an abrupt end. What started as a mysterious summons to a Christmas Eve feast at multimillionaire Robert Hannaford;s isolated country estate was now an invitation to a murder scene. Demerol and a blood-covered statue had ensured that.

Add the late patriarch's penchant for making enemies, seven siblings with ample reasons for wanting Daddy dead, plus a murderer with a genius for mayhem, and you've got local police begging the Bureau's aging former ace to take up society sleuthing. But as the pieces fall into place, so do the bodies.
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For former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian, retirement has just come to an abrupt end. What started as a mysterious summons to a Christmas Eve feast at multimillionaire Robert Hannaford's isolated country estate was now an invitation to a murder scene. Demerol and a blood-covered statue had ensured that . [...] Add the late patriarch's penchant for making enemies, seven siblings with ample reasons for wanting Daddy dead, plus a murderer with a genius for mayhem, and you've got local police begging the Bureau's aging former ace to take up society sleuthing. But as the pieces fall into place, so do the bodies. And Gregor can hear the jingle bells toll--it's going to be a lethal Yule. -- Back cover.… (more)

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