Original Sin (Peter Brichter, #4)
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Original Sin (Peter Brichter #4)

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When cousin Evelyn takes a fatal bump on the head, murder makes an uninvited announcement at Peter and Kori Brichter's holiday house party. The gathering turns into the scene of a hard-core investigation. And as a blizzard rages outside, trapping all the guests--and the murderer--in the Brichter's farmhouse, the dashing detective discovers another corpse.
Paperback, 241 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Diamond/Charter (first published 1991)
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John Hood
A cracking good locked-parlor mystery. Young Kori Brichter has put together an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas for her small unconventional, but close-knit "family." A new addition to the this group is a maiden aunt Kori has never met, flying in from Arizona. The aunt arrives, just ahead of a savage blizzard, such as only central Illinois can provide... Six people are trapped in the house when the maiden aunt is found dead, by a single forceful blow to the head. Kori and her husband Detective...more
I enjoy Mary Monica Pulver so I can tolerate her idiosyncrasies, including re-hashing the clues forty 'leven times and people being stupidly uncommunicative.

That said, despite several editing errors in the Kindle edition, this was an enjoyable summer read. The traditional snowstorm that traps everyone (very English country manor murder-y), the traditionally lovely Christmas trappings, and the oh-too-short and why-didn't-she-include-recipes traditional English fare made this a very traditional, a...more
Sally Malkowski
In the mood for a Christmas mystery? Is that an oxymoron? Whoever heard of a murder in a proper family right before Christmas, complete with an heirloom house, secret stairways, a plethora of likable - if not at times British stiff - characters, a baby and a dog? Did I get your attention yet? Mary Monica Pulver has created quite an interesting, seasonal read for the December time of year. But don't even attempt this until your Christmas shopping, baking, card writing, etc. are under control.
I found that I did not really like a couple of main characters, and the behaviors and reactions seemed at times melodramatic and unrealistic. The plot was okay, but the suspense could have been heightened a notch or two. The time frame for the story was a bit muddled; it had the feel of a Victorian era tale, but was actually placed in late 20th century Colorado. If this is a series, I will not be reading any additional entries--sorry!
Sharon Michael
Readable, but I found myself reaching a little with this storyline and there were just a few more more coincidences than I could easily accept.

I am also a character-driven reader and the character development is somewhat shallow for me as well. The previous book was in a setting I enjoyed that is rarely done accurately (horse show world) but this book had a few too many issues for me.
I really liked this book and it reminded me of Agatha Christie novels. There was a lot of detail with the house description and furnishings, clothes, etc. That didn't bother me, but might bother some people. I didn't guess the ending, which was fun.
I haven't read any of the others in this series, but now I want to. I found this thoroughly engaging and I really enjoyed the twist ending.
A closed-house mystery set at Christmas, with a very clever twist. Good read!!
Snowed in, Christmas murder mystery. Unpredictable.
Good read
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Mary Monica Pulver (her maiden name) is an incidental Hoosier -- Terre Haute, Indiana, had the hospital closest to her parents' home in Marshall, Illinois. She spent the later part of her childhood and early adult life in Wisconsin, graduating from high school in Milwaukee. She was a journalist in the U.S. Navy for six and a half years (two in London), and later...more
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