Merry Wilkinson and the Grinch in America’s Christmas Town by Vicki Delany

We Wish You a Murderous ChristmasWhew! I’m glad that’s over. The investigation into the murder of Nigel Pierce was solved and the reputation of Rudolph, New York as American’s Christmas Town was saved! (see Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen).

The lead up to Christmas Day isn’t exactly relaxing for me, seeing as to how I own a shop called Mrs. Claus’ Treasures on Jingle Bell Lane, but it is nice to have that nasty business no longer hanging over me or my best friend Vicky Casey, owner of Victoria’s Bake Shoppe, my favourite place for lunch and guilty treats.

Although . . . Rumours are swirling around town about Gord Olsen and his plans. Gord’s father Jack owns the Yuletide Inn, one of the nicest hotels in Rudolph. The gardens adjoining the inn are a major tourist attraction, winter and summer.

Jack had a heart attack, a bad one, and Gord has been summoned from California to help run the inn. I remember Gord Olsen from back in high school. Let’s just say that he doesn’t seem to have changed much, personality wise.

Anyway, as I said rumours are flying. Burley men in construction boots have been seen stomping around the gardens, jotting down notes and measuring things, and other men in suits and ties have sat at tables in the Elves’ Lunch box consulting mysterious binders stuffed full of papers and drawings.

Rumours say they are here from Fine Budget Inns and Mega-Mart.

The Yuletide Inn –quaint, charming, historic — is one of the highlights of Rudolph and people come from far and wide to visit the beautiful gardens.

Some of the townspeople are not happy at the thought that Gord might be planning to sell the place out from under his father. Not the least of whom is my own father, Noel, our town’s official Santa Claus and one of the its biggest boosters.

Dad was heard to threaten Gord if he goes ahead with his plans. I sure hope nothing happens to escalate the situation.

Is there a Grinch in America’s Christmas Town? Can Christmas be saved? Find out in We Wish You A Murderous Christmas.

We Wish You a Murderous Christmas is the second book in the Year-Round Christmas mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, November 2016.

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. . .

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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 twenty-three published crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series.

Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.

Connect with Vicki at, on Facebook, and at @vickidelany and @evagatesauthor.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of We Wish You a Murderous Christmas. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends November 2, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

44 responses to “Merry Wilkinson and the Grinch in America’s Christmas Town by Vicki Delany

  1. Thank you for the chance at a great sounding Christmas book!

  2. Thanks so much for offering a chance to win this book!! It sounds good!!

  3. Doward Wilson

    Thanks for the giveaway! Great post! I loved the first book & can’t wait to read this one!

  4. Vicky Delany is one of my favorite authors – love Molly Smith particularly. I’d love to win this.

  5. I enjoy Christmas themed mysteries, regardless of the season. Looking forward to reading this.

  6. A favorite author and Christmas – what’s not to love!

  7. Sounds like a must read for this time of year! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I really enjoy books by this author.

  9. Thank you for the giveaway. So need to get caught up in my reading.

  10. This is a fun series, I look forward to the new book. Thank you for the chance to win.

  11. elainehroberson

    I love reading Christmas mysteries during the season. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  12. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this new cozy.

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  13. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  14. Cannot wait to read this book!! Loved the first! You go, Vicki!

  15. Peggy Hyndman

    I enjoy reading Christmas themed mysteries and am looking forward to reading this. Thank you for this chance!

  16. wonderful feature and giveaway. Thanks.

  17. If a person is not in the frame of mind yet for Christmas, your cover will certainly help to change it, Vicki. Thanks Dru for including Vicki Delaney’s We Wish You A Murderous Christmas on your blog. Your service helps me determine if I want to add a book to my list or not. Thanks also for the giveaway.

  18. Sounds like a great read.

  19. Barb Bristol Wiesmann

    I’m really looking forward to reading this!

  20. I always enjoy holiday themed mysteries. They are so much fun to read approaching the special day. Thanks for the contest.

  21. Brian Frauenknecht

    I loved the first book and would love to win this one. Thank you for the chance Dru!!

  22. Love the cover and would love to read We Wish You a Murderous Christmas! Thanks Dru and Vicki!

  23. I read the first book in the series and loved it! I would love to get the next one. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  24. It is good to know that the “bad guys” get what they deserve in cozies.

  25. I loved the first book. This one is on my TBR list!

  26. “We Wish You a Murderous Christmas” sounds like a great holiday read. Looking forward to reading. Love holiday reads this time of year.

  27. I have the first one that I need to get started on, can someone give me a few more hours in the day? LOL. Thanks for the chance to win this one.

  28. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  29. Love this series!



  31. I am looking forward to a return trip to Rudolph! Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. I enjoyed the first book in this series.

  33. Vicki Highley

    I love to read Vicki and/or/whoever Eva’s books. Thanks for the chance.

  34. Sounds like a good read for the holiday season

  35. Della Williamson

    It does look like a most interesting read. I hope to read it sooner. Rather than later.

  36. Sounds like a good read for the Christmas season.

  37. Can’t wait to read this book/series, it looks so good. Nothing like a Christmas book to get you in the spirit. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. I really enjoyed the first book in this series. I’m looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  39. Thanks everyone for chiming in! Good luck in the contest, and many many thanks (as always) to Dru for hosting me.

  40. I’d love to read this. Sounds soooo good! And the Christmas theme is the icing on the cake for me. I just bought 2 Christmas cds at a thrift shop. I’ll be ready early!

  41. Haven’t read any books by her yet, but I love Christmas books. Sounds like a good one.

  42. This once sounds like the perfect book for me, mysteries and Christmas combined!

  43. patricia sarka

    Patricia Sarka
    Loved the first book. Can’t wait to read the second book in the series!

  44. Loved the first book and am looking forward to this next installment. Thank you for a chance to win a copy