C S Challinor Books in Order

The C S Challinor books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the C S Challinor books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Rex Graves Mystery Books

Christmas is Murder

Challinor, C.S. 2008

Christmas in the English countryside―what could be more charming? Not even a blizzard can keep Rex Graves away from Swanmere Manor, a historic hotel in East Sussex. But instead of Christmas cheer, the red-haired Scottish barrister finds a dead guest.

Was it a stroke that killed old Mr. Lawdry? Or an almond tart laced with poison? When more guests die, all hopes for a jolly holiday are dashed. Worst of all, the remote mansion is buried under beastly snow. No one can leave. Confined with a killer, no one can enjoy their tea without suspicion and scrutiny.

Rex takes it upon himself to solve the mystery, but the most intriguing evidence―a burnt manuscript―offers few clues. Could the killer be the sherry-swilling handyman? The gay antiques dealer with a biting wit? The quarreling newlyweds? Surely, it's not Helen d'Arcy, the lovely lass Rex seems to be falling for .

. . Praise:"CHRISTMAS IS MURDER is the first book in a new series featuring Rex Graves as barrister and sleuth. The book is an enjoyable and quick read. The setting is great, a Victorian hotel in England in modern times, the characters are interesting and the mystery is engaging.

I couldn't figure out who the murderer was―any of the guests could have done it! This is not a very 'Christmasy' book. It could be read just about anytime of the year. I look forward to more books in this series."~The Friendly Book Nook"Agatha Christie fans, here you go! You have been waiting for a mystery writer that can hold the torch, well we found her: C.

S. Challinor. CHRISTMAS IS MURDER is her first book in the Rex Graves series, and we didn't solve the mystery! In fact, we were not even close. She told such a wonderful story that we were lost in her world for a while!"~Suspense Magazine"CHRISTMAS IS MURDER is an engaging whodunit populated with an interesting and imaginative mix of characters and a very appealing and charming sleuth in Rex Graves.

The story effortlessly combines elements of a classic country house mystery with an Agatha Christie-style denouement to great effect. With some of the guests concealing secret objectives for being present, this quick-reading mystery will keep readers guessing until the end.

"~Mysterious Reviews"Authors are sometimes compared to Dame Agatha but, in my opinion, few of their books have those characteristics and―more important―the overall feel of hers. CHRISTMAS IS MURDER does."~Cozy Library "Wanted to let you know I just finished the book and enjoyed it very much.

I'm thinking of pairing it up with a large assortment box of shortbread at the holidays. Eat some shortbread, make a cup of tea and curl up with a good book." ~Barbara Selvaggio, Walkers Shortbread US "Cozy fans will want to find CHRISTMAS IS MURDER tucked into their stockings for a cold, winter's night read.

This is one to help you while away the hours without scaring you out of your slippers; a delectable tidbit of a puzzle that will leave you hungry for the next Rex Graves Mystery."~Mysterical-E Magazine

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Murder in the Raw

Challinor, C.S. 2009

When beautiful French actress Sabine Durand mysteriously disappears, Rex Graves flies to the Caribbean paradise of St. Martin to investigate. But no one told the Scottish barrister that the island's white sand beaches would be filled with people walking around starkers.

Apparently, Sabine was staying at an exclusive nudist resort. Not even a few pints of Guinness can prepare Rex for all the brazenly exposed body parts he encounters. Keeping his gaze well above the shoulders, Rex interviews Sabine's friends. It seems everyone has something to hide―from her rich older husband to the sexy self-made millionaire to Monsieur Bijou, an influential developer on the island with a fetish for jewels.

Alibis unravel and motives are revealed as Rex works to uncover the culprit of this crime au naturel. Praise: "Murder in the Raw is a clever variant on the locked room mystery. With a host of colorful characters, a dose of humor and a balmy locale, you will want to devour this well-plotted mystery.

"―Mystery Scene "Murder in the Raw is one of the more recent contributions to a growing library of mystery novels of interest to naturists, and naked readers will especially enjoy how Challinor 'gets it right.'"―N: Nude and Natural "A solid choice for traditional mystery fans, Murder in the Raw provides some new twists on something old and familiar.

"―The Mystery Reader

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Phi Beta Murder

Challinor, C.S. 2010

Book 3 in the Acclaimed Red Graves Mystery Series Scottish barrister Rex Graves will never understand why the devil his son Campbell chose to go to college in Florida rather than attending university in bonny Scotland. During Rex's visit across the pond, tragedy strikes when a student is found hanging from a rope in his locked dorm room.

Did the poor lad commit suicide, or was it murder? With one student dead and his own son in danger, Rex Graves vows to learn the truth. In between trying not to worry about Campbell and trying to please his new love, Helen d'Arcy (while keeping ex-girlfriend Moira at bay), Rex conducts his own investigation.

What he finds is a maze of sordid secrets in the university's not-so-hallowed halls. Praise for the Rex Graves mystery series by C. S. Challinor: "A winner...a must for cozy fans."―Booklist (starred review) "A clever variant on the locked room mystery.

With a host of colorful characters, a dose of humor and a balmy locale, you will want to devour this well-plotted mystery."―Mystery Scene Phi Beta Murder is not affiliated or associated with the Phi Beta Kappa Society or any of its members or affiliated organizations.

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Murder on the Moor

Challinor, C.S. 2011

Book 4 in the acclaimed Rex Graves Mystery Series                                                           A Killer Housewarming in the Scottish HighlandsWhen barrister Rex Graves invites a group of friends to Gleneagle Lodge, he doesn't anticipate the arrival of an old flame--much less a dead body or serial killer.

Rex's house-guest and colleague Alistair, who recently made an unsuccessful attempt to convict a man for the notorious Moor Murders, now finds himself under the same roof as the killer. Rex must use his skills of intellect, observation and logic to save Alistair's career and bring the murderer to justice.

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Murder of the Bride

Challinor, C.S. 2012

A MYSTERY GUILD BOOK CLUB PICKScottish Barrister Rex Graves and his fiancée Helen have traveled to Aston-on-Trent in Derbyshire, England to attend the wedding ceremony of one of Helen's former students. The dreary gray skies and bickering families underscore Rex's private reservations about the unlikely couple's long-term prospects.

But when people connected to the ill-fated wedding start falling faster than the gloomy May rain, Rex must determine who among the sniping wedding guests is the killer in this traditional locked-room mystery. Murder of the Bride is book 5 in the Rex Graves Mystery series.

Praise:"A winner . . . A must for cozy fans."‒BOOKLIST, starred review"A welcome diversion from today's style of writing . . . The writing is crisp and the story fast-paced."‒BELLAONLINE"Skillfully choreographed."‒WASHINGTON POST"Contemporary in setting but classic in style and voice, it'll have you guessing to the very end.

Four stars."‒RT BOOK REVIEWS"Fans of manor house mysteries will not be disappointed with Murder of the Bride."‒MYSTERIOUS REVIEWS

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Murder at the Dolphin Inn

Challinor, C.S. 2012

* "A winner. . . A must for cozy fans." ~BOOKLIST starred review Cozy up with a margarita or a cup of tea and settle in for a contemporary whodunit a la Agatha Christie.When Scottish barrister Rex Graves and fiancee Helen disembark in Key West during a cruise to Mexico, they stumble upon a B & B where a bizarre double murder has just taken place.

Victims Merle and Taffy Dyer, dressed as clowns in celebration of Key West's Fantasy Fest, have been served up cold for breakfast in their own kitchen. The intrepid, resourceful and downright curious Rex, gaining recognition as a world-famous sleuth, is all for abandoning the cruise and delving into murder instead.

Little does he suspect what horrors fill the gingerbread-trimmed Dolphin Inn, and who among the guests, family and friends may be a killer in disguise. "Traditional mystery fans will appreciate the retro Agatha Christie style." ~PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Murder on the Moor) "With a host of colorful characters, a dose of humor and a balmy locale, you will want to devour this well-plotted mystery.

" ~MYSTERY SCENE MAGAZINE (Murder in the Raw) "This is a well-crafted read and a logical and well-plotted conclusion." ~Top Five Books of 2011 Selection by CRIME FICTION LOVER and MYSTERY GUILD BOOK CLUB pick (Murder of the Bride)

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Say Murder With Flowers

Challinor, C.S. 2013

By #1 Kindle bestselling author of Christmas Is Murder.In this first Rex Graves short story, the resourceful Scottish barrister is called to London at the behest of a prominent cabinet minister to solve his daughter’s hit-and-run murder. Her ambitious partner in the haute couture firm, her playboy fiancé, jealous socialite sister, even the enigmatic chauffeur…each and every one of the beautiful victim’s entourage must be probed and vetted to discover the blood-chilling truth.

Novelette (10,000 words, British spelling).

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Say Goodbye to Archie

Challinor, C. S. 2013

A BRITISH MYSTERY FOR CAT LOVERS AND COZY FANS by #1 Kindle bestselling author of Christmas Is Murder.Scottish barrister Rex Graves lets the proverbial cat out of the bag in this most unconventional case by investigating the murder, not of a person, but of a pet! And not just any pet.

This is Archie, the cat belonging to famous author Patricia Forsyth and the inspiration for her popular children’s stories. Who in the idyllic village of Woodley could have curtailed the life of her feline muse and beloved companion of eighteen years? Events turn downright nasty as neighbour turns on neighbour, family members feud, and Patricia’s closest collaborators fall under bitter suspicion.

Novella (20,000 words).

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Murder at Midnight

Challinor, C.S. 2014

"What could be better for Agatha Christie whodunit fans than an old-fashioned, Scottish country house murder on New Year's Eve?" ~Mystery SceneRinging in the New Year turns deadly at Rex's Hogmanay celebration When barrister Rex Graves and his fiancée Helen d'Arcy host a New Year's Eve party at Gleneagle Lodge in the Scottish Highlands, an oncoming storm threatens to ruin the festivities.

Despite the unlucky number of guests and an argument over the lost Jacobite gold, friends and colleagues alike are enjoying the evening with drinks flowing freely. But as the clock strikes midnight and the power goes out, Ken and Catriona Fraser -- the inheritors of Gleneagle Castle -- are found dead.

Suspecting the Frasers were murdered for monetary gain or revenge, Rex investigates who and what killed the couple. He must use his skills of intellect and detection to catch the culprit in this traditional locked-room mystery."Seek high, seek low For the Jacobite goldBrought over the seas in a stout ship's holdA princely sum raised by France and SpainThat Bonny brave Scotland might fight again.

Hidden in the glen where the eagle soarsAbove the loch where the burn in spring roarsFor forty-odd years buried long and deepHow many more yeas its secret to keep?"~ Gaelic poem containing clues to buried treasure

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Murder Comes Calling

Challinor, C.S. 2015

When a spate of murders takes place in the quiet riverfront community of Notting Hamlet in south-central England, Scottish barrister Rex Graves is called upon to lend his investigatory expertise. For the first time in his sleuthing career, Rex finds he has good reason to fear for his life.

"Smooth prose will keep cozy fans turning the pages." ~Publishers Weekly 

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Prelude To Murder

Challinor, C. S. 2015

British novella by the bestselling author of Christmas Is Murder.When a glamorous young couple, who appear to have everything going for them, are found dead in their house on his fiancée’s street in Derbyshire, Scottish barrister Rex Graves feels compelled to get involved in the case.

Helen is less enthusiastic. He had promised to dedicate the weekend to planning their wedding, not solving a juicy double murder.Includes SAY MURDER WITH FLOWERS: A Rex Graves Mini-Mystery in which the resourceful Scottish barrister is called to London at the behest of a prominent cabinet minister to solve his daughter's hit-and-run murder.

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Judgment of Murder

Challinor, C.S. 2016

It's a dark day for Scottish barrister Rex Graves when he learns that Lord Gordon Murgatroyd has passed away. Referred to as "Judge Murder" by Rex's colleagues, the famously severe judge supposedly died of natural causes―but his daughter Phoebe thinks otherwise.

Wanting to honor the man who'd always been uncharacteristically kind to him, Rex thinks it would be a good idea to follow up on Phoebe's suspicions . . . until a meeting with his first suspect. With a target on his back and a child abduction case gripping the region, Rex fears that the judge's death won't be an isolated incident.

Praise:"One of Challinor's best."―Kirkus Reviews "[An] intriguing mystery . . . Readers will eagerly await Rex's further adventures."―Publishers Weekly "Multiple plotlines, a long-distance romantic relationship, and a cast of interesting well-drawn characters add to this satisfying mystery.


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Upstaged by Murder

Challinor, C.S. 2018

A FLAWLESS MURDER IS PERFORMED ON STAGE, BUT IT'S NO ACTRex Graves and his new wife, Helen, attend the opening night of a play in which five famous literary sleuths of a bygone era are invited to Pinegrove Hall to solve the mystery of a missing heirloom.

When the heroine meets with a sinister end, the audience applauds, unaware the real drama has only just begun.Rex, a Scottish barrister and private detective, is called upon to help discover who among the cast and crew staged the death of the beautiful young actress.

But this challenging mystery has many complications waiting in the wings, and Rex must use all his skills to unmask the true culprit.Praise:"Challinor, who often modernizes and repurposes golden-age mystery ploys, this time takes the further step of recruiting the stars of those classic novels to help solve the case.

"―Kirkus Reviews"Fans―and there are many―will be shouting, "Bravo!"―BooklistALSO AVAILABLE IN LARGE PRINT.

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Challinor, C. S. 2012

Fireworks fly when Florida Realtor, Angelica Lane, receives a to-die for listing from a new client, the debonair Brit, Peter Bedford. Unfortunately, his intentions toward the ambitious and naïve young agent are less than honorable, and he won't take "no" for an answer.

That's only the beginning of Angelica's problems. It transpires his beachfront condo has a, quite literally, breath-taking view. Her prize listing is now the crime scene of a murder, and she becomes a prime suspect. Worse; when a female colleague goes missing, Angelica acts as sleuth and gets into even more trouble with the law as well as with her tyrannical boss, Broker Bob.

Only when she meets the unlikely private investigator hired to solve the case does she begin to unravel the mysteries surrounding the high-profile killing, making a few discoveries about love in the process. Set in Southwest Florida and on the exotic island of Kauai, BREATHTAKING provides a fun and satirical escape into romantic suspense.

(250 pages in print.) By #1 Kindle bestselling author of "Christmas Is Murder," published by Midnight Ink. “Satisfying whodunit ideal for a plane ride or lazy afternoon.” —Jacksonville Magazine (Phi Beta Murder) “The good writing is a delight.

” —Reviewing The Evidence (Murder on the Moor) “Hugely enjoyable piece of bedtime fiction.” —LibraryThing (Phi Beta Murder) “A wonderful read and great plot for cozy mystery lovers.” —Foreword Magazine (Phi Beta Murder)

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