What day is today? Why it’s Christmas, of course.
You are probably checking the calendar and wondering what on earth I’m talking about, but let me explain.
In Rudolph, New York, we love Christmas so much we celebrate it all year round. We’re a Year Round Christmas destination.
My name is Merry Wilkinson and I am the proud owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, located on Jingle Bell Lane. I stock everything you need for holiday decorating, as well as gifts such as jewellery and a special line of toys. Many of my goods are things you won’t find anyplace else – hand made by local artisans.
Everyone gets into the spirit of the thing. Victoria’s Bake Shoppe is famous for its gingerbread. There’s Candy Cane Sweets, the North Pole Ice Cream Parlour, The Elves Lunchbox, Cranberries Coffee Bar, Touch of Holly Restaurant, The Yuletide Inn, the Carolers Motel. (Looking at this list it seems as though the residents and visitors to Rudolph like to eat a lot. Come to think of it, we do.)
My dad, Noel, is Santa Claus. Yes, I know he isn’t really Santa, but sometimes I do wonder. He has a way of knowing exactly what you want before even you do.
We have two Santa Claus parades, the big one in December and a fun one for Christmas in July. This year I have high hopes for winning best in parade trophy for my float, the Elves Workshop. My strongest completion will be from my best friend, Vicky Casey, owner and chief baker at Victoria’s Bake Shoppe.
After the parade, we’re having a reception at the town community center. Vicky will be catering with her special gingerbread and hot apple cider. I’ve heard whispers there’s a reporter from a major international travel magazine in town, ready to do a feature on America’s Christmas Town. I certainly hope nothing goes wrong at the reception to put a Grinch into our Christmas.
You can read more about Merry in Rest Ye Murdered Gentleman, the first book in the NEW “Year-Round Christmas” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime.
About Rest Ye Murdered Gentleman
In Rudolph, New York, it’s Christmastime all year long. But this December, while the snow-lined streets seem merry and bright, a murder is about to ruin everyone’s holiday cheer. . .
As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays. That’s why she thinks her float in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade is a shoe-in for best in show. But when the tractor pulling Merry’s float is sabotaged, she has to face facts: there’s a Scrooge in Christmas Town.
Merry isn’t ready to point fingers, especially with a journalist in town writing a puff piece about Rudolph’s Christmas spirit. But when she stumbles upon the reporter’s body on a late night dog walk—and police suspect he was poisoned by a gingerbread cookie crafted by her best friend, Vicky—Merry will have to put down the jingle bells and figure out who’s really been grinching about town, before Vicky ends up on Santa’s naughty list. . .
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About the author
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of the Year Round Christmas mystery series, set in Rudolph New York, “America’s Christmas Town.” The first book in the series, Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen will be released on November 3rd. from Berkley Prime Crime. Under the pen name of Eva Gates, she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library series, the latest of which is Booked for Trouble. Vicki is also the current president of the Crime Writers of Canada.