Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Secret Santa (Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 25), by Matthew Costello (author), Neil Richards (author), Neil Dudgeon (narrator)

Lübbe Audio, December 2017

Bill Vokes has been the Cherringham Santa Claus for years, an important part of a happy community celebration. This year, though, he changes into his Santa costume--and disappears. At first there is more puzzlement and annoyance than alarm; Bill has a habit of disappearing for short periods, though doing so in the hour or so prior to his scheduled appearance as Santa seems atypical.

By the next morning, though, some people are growing concerned, and Jack and Sarah are asked to look into his disappearance, since there is not yet enough basis for the police to do so.

They soon find that Bill Vokes seems to have no existence prior to the time, years ago, when he and his wife Emily arrived in Cherringham. And although he seemingly has a comfortable income, everyone has a different story about where he got his modest wealth.

What's going on, and what does it have to do with Bill's disappearance?

This is a clever and interesting Christmas short story. I really liked Jack, Sarah, and their friends.


I bought this audiobook.

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