A Stillness in Bethlehem

A Stillness in Bethlehem

by Jane Haddam

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ISBN-13: 9781453293058
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Series: Gregor Demarkian Series , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 339
Sales rank: 385,564
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jane Haddam is the pen name of American author Orania Papazoglou. She has worked as a college teacher and magazine editor and is best known for her series of mystery books featuring former FBI Agent Gregor Demarkian. Her first book Death's Savage Passion was nominated for an Edgar Award in 1985. Her 1991 novel Not a Creature was Stirring was also nominated for an Edgar Award and an Anthony Award.

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A Stillness in Bethlehem (Gregor Demarkian Series #7) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great well developed characters. Well developed story line. Very well written.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite of the Gregor Demarkian series so far. Gregor, Father Tibor, and Bennis go to Bethlehem, Vermont for the 6-day Nativity festival. The festival brings in tourists by the droves, and it pays about a third of the city's budget. Since the nativity play is on public property, one villager plans to sue, but she and another woman are killed in what seem to be hunting accidents. The owner of the local newspaper and the police chief are fans of Gregor's and ask him to look into the deaths.I've read enough of this series to know that they follow a pattern. Gregor gets asked to come somewhere, murders happen. Haddam shows us the inner thoughts of the people involved, and they seem scarily accurate pictures of people. Gregor figures out who committed the murders, but can't prove it until something else happens. It is, though, a formula that works.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
#6 in the Gregor Demarkian Holiday Mystery series.Father Tibor Kasparian has worked himself into physical collapse in his efforts to assist Armenian refugees arriving in his parish. His doctor prescribes rest and if possible a change of scene. Tibor has always wanted to see the Nativity Celebration put on in Bethlehem, Vermont. Re-enacted annually since 1934, the Celebration has grown from a simple, rough-hewn affair to a 3-week long extravaganza drawing tourists from all over the Northeast and beyond, and earning the town fully 1/3 of its annual budget. A worried Demarkian and Bennis Hannaford shepherd Tibor to the event.Just before the celebration and the Cavanaugh St. contingent's arrival, 2 deaths take place that are pronounced hunting accidents by the State Police. But Franklin Morrison, the town's police chief, is not so sure. When he hears that Demarkian has arrived in town, Morrison is delighted; Demarkian's fame has definitely preceeded him, and Morrison is desperate to take advantage of Demarkian's murder-solving talents.This book, as in quoth the Raven, really is a showcase for Haddam's talents in creating a zoo out of various holiday celebrations. This is obviously a take-off, although a very gentle one, on those towns, their residents, and tourists, who get themselves involved in celebrations and tourists events that may have started out simply but have evolved into ever more complicated stage shows. Haddam does this very well with the Nativity Celebration; the Celebration itself becomes a major character in the story.Haddam also makes spousal and child abuse an integral part of the story, the first time she has really used social themes in a major way. the latter is a central part of the plot. She also does an outstanding job of showing in a brief but believable way how the bonds holding together small town society can ravel rather quickly, and how fast ordinary people can turn into a dangerous mob.Since this is a Haddam book, there's plenty of humor. Without the usualCavanaugh St. gang to depend on, Tibor's conviction that Bennis is a case of anorexia nervosa and his efforts to get her to eat provide the main comic relief (outside of wandering camels).The book is well written, the plot works, and Haddam does not overwork the social themes. As always, her recurring characters--Demarkian, Bennis, and Tibor, in this case--are well-drawn and comfortable.Light-weight police procedural with thoughtful use of sobering themes. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who pays attention its another state