|Pages/Publication Date:||400 / 2012|
Father Tom Christmas moves to the picturesque English hamlet of Thornford Regis to become its new vicar and to seek a peaceful haven. But inside the empty village hall, the huge Japanese o-daiko drum that's featured in the May Fayre festivities houses the bludgeoned body of Sybella Parry, the daughter of the choir director. Realizing that Sybella's killer must be one of his parishioners, Father Tom takes a second look at Sebastian John, the deeply reserved verger; Mitsuko Drewe, a local artist; and Colonel Northmore, survivor of a World War II prison camp. And in this series debut, the mystery of a sudden disappearance hangs over it all, one that brought Father Tom to this picture-perfect place to live—or die.