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
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.
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.
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.
Website – www.vickidelany.com
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