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The Happy Birthday Murder (Christine Bennett #14)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  6 reviews

Suburban sleuth Christine Bennett is moved and intrigued by two poignant mementos treasured by her late Aunt May. The first is a sad little note mourning the death of a young man lost in a Connecticut wood; the other, an obituary honoring a wealthy local manufacturer who committed suicide just after his splendid fiftieth birthday celebration.

Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 29th 2002 by Fawcett
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#14 in the Christine Bennett series. Although I'm not a big fan of cozy mysteries, I thoroughly enjoy this series about an ex-nun in her thirties, married and with a four year old son. Chris lives in the house she inherited from her aunt about the time she left the convent. Weeding old papers from some cardboard boxes in the basement she come across messages from two people afflicted by tragedies about 12 years earlier and thanking her aunt for her sympathies. She decides to track down these peo ...more
Jul 16, 2011 Bev rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
I always enjoy these. Light reading and yet I rarely figure out the answer before Christine.
Another pleasant Bennett outing, but weak entry in series...

Having read all 14 of the murder tales about ex-nun Chris Bennett, we are starting to see the series flag a little in zest and credibility. Chris has always specialized in solving (as an amateur) cold crimes that the police were unable to conclude, mostly through long sets of questions with innumerable witnesses and family members of the victims. Plots with just enough suspense and complications, with little or no violence, have given
This story just did not pull any emotion from me. There were many scenarios that should & could have brought tears, anger, etc. but the feeling was just not IN this book for me. The narration was just flat & so non-emoitional for the most part. The few scenes in the story that emotion was indicated, just missed it's mark. It didn't go to the heart. Just to the mind. The mystery itself was fairly good but the facts and "what if's" were so so long & drawn out throughout the book that i ...more
Jun 27, 2010 Sandra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sandra by: Grandmother
Was very interesting book. Started off somewhat slow, and toward the end made me so excited i finished the book when I should have been sleeping. This one in the Christine Bennett series really shows even more how naive she really is as a character. But overall it was a great book.
Julia Walker
Sad to find a dead person on your birthday but fun to solve
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A pseudonym used by Syrell Leahy.

Lee Harris is the author of the mystery novels featuring ex-nun Christine Bennett, who first appeared in The Good Friday Murder, an Edgar Award nominee. She also writes the New York Mysteries, which debuted with Murder in Hell's Kitchen. In 2001, Lee Harris received the Romantic Times magazine Career Achievement Award for her distinguished contribution to crime wri
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Christine Bennett (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • The Yom Kippur Murder (Christine Bennett, #2)
  • The Christening Day Murder (Christine Bennett, #3)
  • The St. Patrick's Day Murder (Christine Bennett, #4)
  • The Christmas Night Murder (Christine Bennett, #5)
  • The Thanksgiving Day Murder (Christine Bennett, #6)
  • The Passover Murder (Christine Bennett, #7)
  • The Valentine's Day Murder (Christine Bennett, #8)
  • The New Year's Eve Murder (Christine Bennett, #9)
  • The Labor Day Murder (Christine Bennett, #10)
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