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We Wish You a Murderous Christmas by Vicki Delany
A Year-Round Christmas Mystery #2
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…
1) What is your favorite part of being a writer?
When I decided to become a writer about the last reason I did it was because I thought I’d meet interesting people and make new friends. But that has turned out to be the very best part. I cherish the many, many friends I have made, from all across Canada and around the world.
2) If you could write from anywhere in the world, where would you like to write from and why?
I’m pretty spoiled in that I can’t imagine many places better than where I live. I have a small property in the country and it suits me perfectly to work here. In the summer I set on the deck beside the pool, and in the winter I have a special working area where I can write standing up.
But…I do keep thinking I’d love to go to a Caribbean resort for a week or two by myself, write in the morning, and then swim and read in the afternoon in the sun. The one problem with writing where I live is that I don’t have anyone to cook for me or clean up after me.
3) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing? Oh, that. In the summer I spend a lot of time outside, around the pool and in the garden. In the winter, I do a lot of jig-saw puzzles. I read a good deal and I watch an hour or two of Netflix most evenings. At home I lead a pretty quiet life, but I travel a lot, both for research and book promotion and for pleasure. I am just back from a jaunt to The Netherlands and Tunisia and will be going to India and Nepal in February.
4) Do you have any favorite holiday traditions?
We’re pretty traditional in my family. The turkey, the tree, the presents on Christmas morning, stockings for all the children (meaning my mom gives me one!). Usually everyone comes here and we all cram into my tiny house and that’s what we’re doing this year as well. My children are increasingly taking some of the cooking tasks on, and that’s nice.
5) What are you currently working on?
The third book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. The first book will be out on March 14th from Crooked Lane Books, and is titled Elementary, She Read. I’m having enormous fun with it.
We Wish You a Murderous Christmas by Vicki Delany is a delightful book that I give four stars. In this second book in the Year-Round Christmas Mystery series, Merry Wilkinson finds herself entangled in yet another murder. But this time, Santa might be taking the fall…and since Merry’s dad is Santa, she has no choice but to try to find out whodunnit.
This was a great story to follow up the first enjoyable mystery in this fun, Christmassy series. I really like Merry and I was delighted to sleuth along with her through the town of Rudolph again. I especially enjoyed reading this series near Christmas time. It added a little something extra to the story, to be able to read it with my Christmas tree in the room. I can’t wait for more in this series. The characters feel like old friends, and I am looking forward to developing relationships.
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