Fifteen days before Christmas, the staff at Sylvia Duvet’s mansion discover she is missing. Her daughter arrives at Detective Carhill’s office in a panic, concerned the gossipers and media will create their own story, embarrassing the family name. After all, a wealthy widow only disappears if…she can’t bear to think of the possibilities. Detective Branson Carhill, a master of French, formal dance, dining, conversation, and all manners expected of one in the elite class, hides his true middle-class identity when on the job. His motto: Your case can be solved without notifying the media. So, Readers, it’s up to you to solve the mystery before Detective Carhill does. So, Readers, it’s up to you to solve the mystery before Detective Carhill does. Themes: You have worth, Hope is waiting for you
I picked this book up yesterday evening and devoured the whole thing. It’s just the right size for a quick Christmas read. I loved the detective. Like a lot of great detective novels Carhill both is and is not the main character. As he is investigating the mystery, we are coming to know the intimate life of the missing woman Sylvia. And we are seeing behind the facade of the wealthy elite just as we see the facade the detective is so carefully creating to fit in with them. I found the ending especially satisfying. Hope you enjoy the novel as much as I did!
Giving away too many details would spoil this fun read. Mary Vee gives the reader just enough detail to keep turning pages until the book is finished. Story line is mysterious and fun to follow. This book is definitely family friendly in plot, action, and conversation. It easily earns 5 stars.