This is the third book flying under the STAC Investigates colours, that I have had the pleasure to read.
This time around, we find Joe, Brenda, Sheila and the rest of the Sanford Third Age Club taking a festive break at the Regency Hotel in Leeds. Also in attendance are members of the Leodensian Historical Society.
When one of the Leodensian members is found murdered in her hotel room, the finger of suspicion appears to fall firmly in the direction of STAC member and all round 'Ladies Man' George Robson, last seen heading out of the party together.
George is arrested and spends time in the custody of West Yorkshire CID. As usual, Joe and his partners in crime (solving) are having none of it and determine to prove George's innocence.
Joe's investigations unearth some conflicting information about the victim and the plethora of suspects she has left in her wake. What does her murder have to do with the Middleton Penny, a missing rare coin? Where is that missing laptop and just which one of her former suitors did the deed?
What I really like about this book is, that in addition to all the usual banter and humour, David Robinson has extended the length and we also get to see a little more of Joe's character, a little of his tender underbelly that is usually kept well hidden behind his outwardly grumpy, spendthrift persona.
Well worth a read.
A Murder for Christmas