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Murder Goes Mumming by Alisa Craig
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Murder Goes Mumming (original 1981; edition 1981)

by Alisa Craig

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Title:Murder Goes Mumming
Authors:Alisa Craig
Info:Doubleday (1981), Edition: 1st ed, Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Canada, cozy, English country house, fiction, Madoc Rhys, mystery, snowed in, stranded

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Murder Goes Mumming by Alisa Craig (1981)

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Nice little mystery. I enjoyed Madoc and Janet's relationship.
It is the 2nd in a series. I haven't read the 1st one yet, but I would like too.

Published in 1981 Janet works as a typist in the Secretarial pool. So this was before Microsoft took over and offices still had people actually using type writers. ( )
  nx74defiant | Sep 1, 2017 |
This was a quick and satisfying read. I got a little tired of "Jenny" being so beautiful and virtuous and modest but the other characters were much more interesting.

This is the second in the Madoc and Janet Rhys series by this author (a pseudonym for Charlotte Macleod). They get engaged at the start of the book and married at the end. While they are celebrating their engagement with Madoc's mother, a Fredericton arts connoisseur (and Janet's employer) comes over to the table to greet Lady Rhys. It is only a few days before Christmas and when he learns that Madoc and Janet are going to be alone for the holidays he invites them to the family home, Graylings, in the north of New Brunswick. Graylings is a large and unmodernized house with all the requisite secret passages and doorways for a murder mystery. The family includes the Squire, his mother-in-law, four grown children of the Squire, three grandchildren and a maiden aunt. There is also a faithful retainer, cook and other assorted help in residence. On the night Janet and Madoc arrive the mother-in-law dies and Madoc, an RCMP detective, is sure she was smothered. A huge snowstorm means that he can expect no help for some time so he, with Janet's help, must discover the murderer without falling prey themselves. Another death occurs before they can do so but, of course, the mountie gets his wo/man.

There is lots of local colour and what could be more Canadian than having a Mountie as the investigator? This certainly qualifies for the challenge. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 9, 2017 |
OK, but not great. And the detective, who solves the case, has the advantage of knowing things that we, the reader, don't. ( )
  raizel | Jul 5, 2015 |
This mystery featuring Madoc Rhys, from the RCMP, takes place in an isolated house in New Brunswick. Think country house party mystery Canadian style...

Madoc has a four day Christmas holiday and ends up at the annual Christmas celebration of the Condrycke family. Ms. MacLeod often writes about eccentric families full of quirky personalities and she has given us one here, as well as a murder for her detective and his new fiance to solve. While not a favorite author I've decided that her books do make a good occasional change of pace.
  hailelib | Dec 28, 2013 |
Entertaining fluff. Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys and his fiancee are members of a Christmas houseparty when murder outs him and he is forced to find out who killed the two old ladies. ( )
  Bjace | Apr 5, 2011 |
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A Christmas party takes place on a Canadian estate during a snowstorm. RCMP Madoc Rhys and his fiancee, Janet, are invited (his family are famous Brits, musicians, father "Sir Rhys"). An old lady is found dead in bed; family assumes it's natural causes. Then her sister dies, frozen outside in the snow. Rhys tricks a confession out of another relative (a "ghost ship" is involved).
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In the frigid Canadian north, Madoc and Janet try to keep warm and stay alive Though he may not look the part, Madoc Rhys is a Mountieand his keen sense of detection tells him it's time to ask Janet Wadman to marry him. They have just gotten engaged when Christmas rolls around, and Janet's boss invites them to his family estate for a last holiday fling before Janet leaves her job. After a long helicopter ride, they are at Graylings, ancestral home of the Condryckes, a family so strange that Canada's shortest Mountie fits right in. There is a psychic old woman, an erudite butler, and a family patriarch who is the spitting image of an English country squire. And when the elderly Mrs. Condrycke is found murdered, Janet will be glad she brought Madoc along. Though civilization is far away, when there is a Mountie in the house, justice is close at hand.… (more)

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