Monday, October 24, 2016

We Wish You a Murderous Christmas (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery #2) by Vicki Delany

Last year, close to this time, we all took a trip to Rudolph, New York, where we met Merry for the first time. I had so much and recommend you all join me in this festive series. Coming November 1st is, We Wish You a Murderous Christmas (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery #2) by Vicki Delany. I was lucky to get an early peek at this, and loved it just as much as the first part.

From the back of the book:

A grinch is spoiling the holiday cheer and causing fear in the latest from the author of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen...

It’s Christmastime three hundred sixty-five days a year in Rudolph, New York, and as Christmas Day approaches, shop owner Merry Wilkinson is enjoying a rare evening off at the Yuletide Inn when she runs into owners Grace and Jack Olsen. With Jack's health failing, Merry is relieved to hear that his son Gord will be taking over the day-to-day running of the Inn.

But then Gord reveals that his new plans have no room for Christmas at the Inn, and Merry and the other shopkeepers start to fret about the effect a bland franchise hotel could have on their livelihoods.

When Gord is found stabbed to death, there’s an entire town of potential suspects—and it’s up to Merry to find whoever brought homicide home for the holidays.

My thoughts:

You might recall last time I mentioned the characters, my favorite being Merry's dad. He was back, and still my favorite, though this time Alan gave him a run for the first place in my heart. Santa and the toy maker! I'm such a kid at heart during this season. It was great to see the growth between the characters we met last time. I enjoyed seeing some new faces, and learning about some shocking history.

The mystery was well paced and there were several reasonable suspects. I was totally caught off guard at the reveal. It had a sad feeling hanging over the tension that gave me a sympathy for the killer. I found it so well written and moving. I really look forward to seeing these characters continue to grow together. This is a fabulous series, and one I hope is long lived.

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