Not a Creature Was Stirring
For former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian, retirement has just come to an abrupt end. What started as a mysterious summons to a Christmas Eve feast at multimillionaire Robert Hannaford;s isolated country estate was now an invitation to a murder scene. Demerol and a blood-covered statue had ensured that.
Red ribbon, green wreaths, and...more
The middle and end of this one were full of building suspense and as a whodunit, it was clever.
This is the 1st book in the wonderful Gregor Demarkian series. These books may be read alone or in order. I chose to go back to the beginning after reading 10 Demarkian novels. This story reveals the roots of Demarkian's new chapter in his life after retiring from the FBI and the start of his relationship with a future significant person.
The Hannaford Siblings:
Bennis: successful author.
Ann Marie: frustrated spinster/caregiver.
He has ...more
The book centers around the Hannaford family who gather together for Christmas. The Hannafords who are wealthy made their fortune several generations ago through the railroad. The family is dysfunctional. The mother is very ill and close to death. The father is not liked by his childrem. He is rather ...more
As a story it’s all pretty cosy and really the equivalent of a familiar Country House mystery set in 1990 Philadelphia. I thought more than once that it was very like a Poirot and then one of the characters said almost exactly that (although the denouement ...more
This was a well crafted mystery and I liked the ethnic dash of the Armenian American community. Though, it is packaged to look like a cozy mystery, I would qualify it as such. Good read.
I love the Armenian-American background; as I grew up in a town with a lot of Armenians, many aspects of this background remind me of my hometown.
Gregor Demarkian is an Armenian-American former FBI analyst, who retired from his job because his wife Elizabeth was suffering from cancer. Now a widower, Gregor lives alone in an apartment in his old neighborhood. While it is still heavily Armenian, it is more upscale now, though the residents don't seem entirely comfortable with ...more
Gregor Demarkian is an unusual character and person. I wouldn't have known this when I first read them, but now he kind of reminds me of the "Monk" character on TV. A very intelligent, natural and even a gifted detective, but with his ...more
It was a little disappointing because I knew who the murderer was before I began the book - because I read ...more
This book is a ...more
I'd recommend it for the plotting and Demarkian and the other lead character Bennis Hannaford, but less so for the "old world" characters that don't seem to be a part of today's reality.
If the books get mired in religion they will lose me.
I just discovered this author and this is the first of her books I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing was very good and the story kept me wanting to turn the pages. I will continue with the series.
Jane Haddam (b. 1951) is an American author of mysteries. Born Orania Papazoglou, she worked as a college professor and magazine editor before publishing her Edgar Award–nominated first novel, Sweet, Savage Death, in 1984. This mystery introduced Patience McKenna, a sleuthing scribe who would go on to appear in four more books, including Wicked, Loving Murder (1985) and Rich, ...more