Friday, September 6, 2019

Book Review and Giveaway - Silent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery) by Vicki Delany

Book Synopsis
Residents of Rudolph keep the spirit of Christmas alive year-round—but their joy is threatened when a group of grinches visits the town, in the charming fourth installment of the Year-Round Christmas series. 

It’s the week before Thanksgiving, and Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is preparing for a weekend reunion of her mother’s college friends. But when the group of women comes into Merry’s shop, Merry is met with frosty attitudes and cold hearts. 

The women argue amongst themselves constantly, and the bickering only intensifies after one of the friends is poisoned. With her father’s role as Santa in danger due to his proximity to the crime, Merry will need to use all of her investigative gifts to wrap this mystery up and save Santa and her favorite holiday.

My Review
Silent Night, Deadly Night is a cozy mystery set in the town of Rudolph, where Christmas is celebrated year-round.  Merry Wilkinson owns a Christmas shop, and she grew up in the town.  When her mother has a college reunion with five contentious old friends, one of the women ends up dead.  Merry decides to solve the mystery.

I wanted to read this book because I enjoy cozy mysteries, love holiday theme reads, and have often thought it would be fun to own a small Christmas shop. 

This is my first read in the Year Round Christmas Mystery series.  Despite the fact that there is a large cast of characters in the book, I had no problem jumping right in and enjoying this book as a standalone read.  The author did an especially good job at delineating the characters from the casual college reunion.  They each had very distinct personalities.

I really liked Merry as a protagonist -- as a shop owner, daughter, and amateur detective!  She is smart and plays the detective in a savvy way that does not put herself into unnecessary danger.  She even has a lovable dog (a Saint Bernard), which is a plus in any cozy mystery for me!

I have already marked the other books in this series as "want to read" at Goodreads, and hope to catch up with the other books in the future.  Silent Night, Deadly Night was an enjoyable holiday mystery, and will certainly please other cozy mystery fans.

Author Bio
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than thirty books:  clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea By The Sea mysteries, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, the Year Round Christmas mysteries and, as Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series.  

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Linda May said...

Love the cover and I would love a chance to win it. Thanks for your great generosity.

Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for your review on "Silent Night, Deadly Night" by Vicki Delany and for being part of the book tour.

Fabulous author, another great sounding book and my TBR definitely has this book on it.
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