Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Book Review: A Stillness in Bethlehem

Title A Stillness in Bethlehem (Gregor Demarkian Holiday Mysteries)
Author Jane Haddam
Rating ****1/2
Tags mystery, series, gregor demarkian, christmas 

This is one of my favorite of the Gregor Demarkian series so far. Gregor, Father Tibor, and Bennis go to Bethlehem, Vermont for the 6-day Nativity festival. The festival brings in tourists by the droves, and it pays about a third of the city's budget. Since the nativity play is on public property, one villager plans to sue, but she and another woman are killed in what seem to be hunting accidents. The owner of the local newspaper and the police chief are fans of Gregor's and ask him to look into the deaths.

I've read enough of this series to know that they follow a pattern. Gregor gets asked to come somewhere, murders happen. Haddam shows us the inner thoughts of the people involved, and they seem scarily accurate pictures of people. Gregor figures out who committed the murders, but can't prove it until something else happens. It is, though, a formula that works.

Publication Crimeline (1993), Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Publication date 1993
ISBN 0553293907 / 9780553293906

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