A Christmas Guest
Grandmama Ellison has been pawned off on relatives for the holidays, and in spite of her tough, cantaknerous exterior, she's feeling like an unwanted, regifted fruitcake. Maude Barrington, who has lived abroad in wild places for the last 40 years is also thrust upon Caroline and Joshua Fielding for the holidays by her family.
At first Grandmama Ellison is outraged that she has to share the attention of her hosts with Maude, and she is also outraged, but secretly intrigued, by Maude's colorful ways.
When the robust Maude is suddenly found dead in her bed one morning, Grandmama Ellison suspects that the death might not have been from natural causes, and takes it upon herself to search for thre truth; belatedly realizing that she feels a kinship with this woman she had barely known.
I loved A Christmas Guest! The characters, especially Grandmama Ellison and Maude Barrington were wonderful! The plot was interesting, too. This was a great Christmas read altogether!