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Ten Lords A-Leaping

C. C. Benison

The delightful Father Tom Christmas returns, and the cozy hamlet of Thornford Regis comes to life, in C. C. Benison's witty, beautifully written series that is "a must-read for lovers of classic English mysteries" (Kirkus Reviews). Although Father Tom Christmas serves his little church in enchanting Thornford Regis with a glad and faithful heart, he never expects to find himself skydiving to raise money for it. Nor, safely back on the ground, to see two of the other divers leap from the plane, then tangle in a midair punch-up and begin falling to the earth. To say that there is tension between the men in question-Oliver, the 7th Marquess of Morborne, and his brother-in-law Hector, the 10th Earl of Fairhaven-would be an understatement. But the trouble among this ancient landed family really began a generation ago, when a marquess divorced his first spouse to marry his brother's wife, fathering in his two marriages a viper's nest of arrogant young aristocrats. Now they have all turned up for the show to witness this shocking event in the sky. Thankfully the men land safely, but death will not be slighted. Much to Father Tom's dismay, he later discovers Lord Morborne lying deceased on castle grounds. Rumors of bigamy, art forgeries, and upstairs/downstairs intrigue fly. So do whispers of unvicarly behavior between Tom and Oliver's beautiful half-sister, Lady Lucinda. In fact, the vicar may be headed for a very hard landing of his own. C. C. Benison gives a virtuoso performance in this gripping new puzzle, a compelling and wise holiday mystery with the irresistible allure of hot tea and warm scones on a cold winter's day. Praise for C. C. Benison's Father Christmas mysteries Ten Lords A-Leaping "A strong mystery reminiscent of P. D. James, with many well-developed characters, local color and a sensitive, intelligent investigator."-Kirkus Reviews "An affable lead with a sympathetic backstory anchors Benison's carefully crafted third Father Christmas mystery. . . . Readers will hope that Christmas

The delightful Father Tom Christmas returns, and the cozy hamlet of Thornford Regis comes to life, in C. C. Benison's witty, beautifully written series that is "a must-read for lovers of classic English mysteries" (Kirkus Reviews). Although Father Tom Christmas serves his little church in enchanting Thornford Regis with a glad and faithful heart, he never expects to find himself skydiving to raise money for it. Nor, safely back on the ground, to see two of the other divers leap from the plane, then tangle in a midair punch-up and begin falling to the earth. To say that there is tension between the men in question-Oliver, the 7th Marquess of Morborne, and his brother-in-law Hector, the 10th Earl of Fairhaven-would be an understatement. But the trouble among this ancient landed family really began a generation ago, when a marquess divorced his first spouse to marry his brother's wife, fathering in his two marriages a viper's nest of arrogant young aristocrats. Now they have all turned up for the show to witness this shocking event in the sky. Thankfully the men land safely, but death will not be slighted. Much to Father Tom's dismay, he later discovers Lord Morborne lying deceased on castle grounds. Rumors of bigamy, art forgeries, and upstairs/downstairs intrigue fly. So do whispers of unvicarly behavior between Tom and Oliver's beautiful half-sister, Lady Lucinda. In fact, the vicar may be headed for a very hard landing of his own. C. C. Benison gives a virtuoso performance in this gripping new puzzle, a compelling and wise holiday mystery with the irresistible allure of hot tea and warm scones on a cold winter's day. Praise for C. C. Benison's Father Christmas mysteries Ten Lords A-Leaping "A strong mystery reminiscent of P. D. James, with many well-developed characters, local color and a sensitive, intelligent investigator."-Kirkus Reviews "An affable lead with a sympathetic backstory anchors Benison's carefully crafted third Father Christmas mystery. . . . Readers will hope that Christmas
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The delightful Father Tom Christmas returns, and the cozy hamlet of Thornford Regis comes to life, in C. C. Benison's witty, beautifully written series that is "a must-read for lovers of classic English mysteries" (Kirkus Reviews). Although Father Tom Christmas serves his little church in enchanting Thornford Regis with a glad and faithful heart, he never expects to find himself skydiving to raise money for it. Nor, safely back on the ground, to see two of the other divers leap from the plane, then tangle in a midair punch-up and begin falling to the earth. To say that there is tension between the men in question-Oliver, the 7th Marquess of Morborne, and his brother-in-law Hector, the 10th Earl of Fairhaven-would be an understatement. But the trouble among this ancient landed family really began a generation ago, when a marquess divorced his first spouse to marry his brother's wife, fathering in his two marriages a viper's nest of arrogant young aristocrats. Now they have all turned up for the show to witness this shocking event in the sky. Thankfully the men land safely, but death will not be slighted. Much to Father Tom's dismay, he later discovers Lord Morborne lying deceased on castle grounds. Rumors of bigamy, art forgeries, and upstairs/downstairs intrigue fly. So do whispers of unvicarly behavior between Tom and Oliver's beautiful half-sister, Lady Lucinda. In fact, the vicar may be headed for a very hard landing of his own. C. C. Benison gives a virtuoso performance in this gripping new puzzle, a compelling and wise holiday mystery with the irresistible allure of hot tea and warm scones on a cold winter's day. Praise for C. C. Benison's Father Christmas mysteries Ten Lords A-Leaping "A strong mystery reminiscent of P. D. James, with many well-developed characters, local color and a sensitive, intelligent investigator."-Kirkus Reviews "An affable lead with a sympathetic backstory anchors Benison's carefully crafted third Father Christmas mystery. . . . Readers will hope that Christmas

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steve West, Jean Gilpin

Length:

15h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:09


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:25


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:35


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:30


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:04


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:46


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:48


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:17


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:00


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:19


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:21


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:11


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:34


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:16


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:44


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:13


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:44


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:29


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:00


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:17


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:41


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:01


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:08


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:46


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:58


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

09:51


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:24


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:42


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:38


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:47


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:47


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:31


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:51


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:47


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:18


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

09:06


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:25


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:54


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:46


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:20


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:43


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:23


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:34


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:47


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:16


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:18


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:41


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:52


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:32


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:54


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:06


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:17


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:51


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:26


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:30


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:21


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:21


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:40


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:27


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:24


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:45


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:05


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:46


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:20


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:15


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:37


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

09:39


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:58


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:12


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:43


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

08:07


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:03


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:37


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:57


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:24


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:01


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:11


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:03


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:01


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:08


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:25


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:59


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:36


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:13


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:29


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

00:31