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Silent Night, Deadly Night: A Year-Round Christmas Mystery By Vicki Delany: Review/Giveaway

IN THE November 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Silent Night, Deadly Night. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

In their goal of being officially designated as “America’s Christmas Town,” the town of Rudolph, New York, celebrates the holiday throughout the year with its main street shops on Jingle Bell Lane specializing in Yuletide wares. This week before Thanksgiving marks the beginning of when business truly heats up, and Mrs. Claus’s Treasures owner Merry Wilkinson is preparing to focus entirely on work for the next six weeks. Merry’s mother Aline, a former opera singer but still a bit of a diva, is anticipating the arrival of her five friends for their first reunion since they first met in college forty years ago. Perhaps there’s a good reason that the women never remained close, as it’s not long before they are making snarky remarks about one another’s weight, relationships, wealth, children, and careers.

mysteryMerry and her mother hoped to smooth tensions over with a potluck dinner, one in which Merry forces her own bakery owner friend Vicky Casey to attend as a buffer. Unfortunately, the sly insults and catty remarks continue throughout the meal, right up until Karla Vaughn collapses due to a fatal peanut allergy reaction. With no one admitting to putting peanuts in one of their dishes and Karla’s EpiPen mysteriously absent, it doesn’t take long for Detective Diane Simmonds to declare it a suspicious death. With police warning the women not to leave town, Merry’s mother feels obligated in allowing her “friends” to remain as her guests despite their renewed hostilities and suspicions. The local newspaper’s lurid headlines have father returning early from a Florida fishing trip, just in time for them to learn of a plot to undermine his usual position as their official Town Santa. Infuriated by the attempt to oust Noel Wilkinson from the Santa Claus Parade and worried for her mother’s safety, Merry and her friends begin investigating the secrets the women have been keeping and the lies the continue to tell.

Despite the high body count, Rudolph continues to be an enviable town devoted to what is arguably one of the most beloved holidays. A former lifestyle magazine editor, Merry has found happiness and purpose back at home with her quirky, Christmas-obsessed family. Merry’s adorably huge Saint Bernard Matterhorn not only provides comfort and protection, he helps lead them to slobbery clues. An exasperating shop assistant, possible shoplifter, and multiple blackmail plots all jeopardize Merry’s normal goodwill-to-all-mankind outlook, but with the help of her friends and family Christmas has an excellent chance of being saved. Perfect for any time of the year, this complex mystery by the prolific author Vicki Delany delivers more than its share of laughs, plot twists, and realistically quirky characters.

To enter to win a copy of Silent Night Deadly Night, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “silent” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 16, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters read by local actors. A new episode went up this week!

Click on this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alicia November 9, 2019 at 9:04am

A great series from a great author!


2 Dianne B November 9, 2019 at 9:08am

Thank you for the giveaway. I am really enjoy seasonal themed mysteries.


3 Dawn Moore November 9, 2019 at 10:14am

Sounds like a good book! Thanks!


4 Jeanne Kennedy
Twitter: @jeanneakr
November 9, 2019 at 10:17am

You had me with the book cover!! I love cozy mysteries and would love to read this.


5 Bertha Hammond November 9, 2019 at 11:02am

Thanks so much for a chance to win a copy of this book.


6 Taylor R. Williams November 9, 2019 at 11:07am

Sure would love to win, thanks for the chance


7 Lori Thomas November 9, 2019 at 11:57am

This sounds good. Love Christmas books. Thx for the chance!!


8 Glen Davis November 9, 2019 at 12:04pm

Sounds interesting. Count me in!


9 Carol Knudtson November 9, 2019 at 12:28pm

This sounds like such a good series. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com


10 Donamae November 9, 2019 at 12:39pm

Sounds really interesting and fun to read. Thanks for the chance quirky characters and humor plus plot twists. ? Donakutska7@gmail.com


11 Tiffany smith November 9, 2019 at 12:42pm

I would love to win a copy it’s perfect for the holidays coming up


12 Betsy Pauzauskie
Twitter: @betsypauzauskie
November 9, 2019 at 1:23pm

Silent Night, Deadly Night strikes a perfect murder mystery chord! However, I’d hope a get-together with my classmates would end on a better note! The Saint Bernard touches my heart, as my brother-in-law’s family had a big old loveable one for years. Matterhorn’s impressive cover presence is delightful. And, the theme provides a perfect holiday read.


13 Faith Creech November 9, 2019 at 1:29pm

Thanks so much for the chance to win this book! Would love to read it! Sounds so good! Cover is so cute!


14 Anne
Twitter: @anne
November 9, 2019 at 2:56pm

Vicki Delany’s mysteries and novels are fascinating and enjoyable. All of her books are wonderful.


15 Angela
Twitter: @tea_withfriends
November 9, 2019 at 4:12pm

Great review, and since I enjoyed earlier books in the series, I’d love to be entered to win this one. Thanks!


16 Kathleen C Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
November 9, 2019 at 4:14pm

thanks for the review. Looks like a fun read.
kckendler at gmail dot com


17 Marilyn
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
November 10, 2019 at 2:26am

I love Christmas Books and this sounds like a good one.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


18 Dianne Casey November 10, 2019 at 2:24pm

Sounds like a great holiday read. Thanks for the chance.


19 JoAnn Chilcote November 10, 2019 at 6:08pm

I love cozy mysteries as much as I love the holidays. So a book with both is super exciting.


20 DOWARD WILSON November 10, 2019 at 6:39pm

Sounds like a wonderful read.


21 Sheryl Sens
Twitter: @naninani
November 12, 2019 at 4:02pm

Love holiday theme cozy mysteries, this one sounds great!!!


22 Donna Caldwell
Twitter: @Donna
November 12, 2019 at 9:18pm

I would love to read this series.


23 marylouh November 13, 2019 at 10:12am

Good series. Looking forward
to next installment.


24 Kara Marks November 13, 2019 at 3:21pm

I’d love to read this!



25 Bernice Kennedy November 13, 2019 at 8:05pm

I love cozy mysteries! This book has a catchy title! I would love to win it to read. Thanks for the chance!


26 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
November 14, 2019 at 6:13am

Yes please, I would love to add this to my collection. It’s a fun series which is very well written.
A recent post from Nora-Adrienne: Late Again! Here are the new titles for November.My Profile


27 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
November 25, 2019 at 10:10am

We have a winner!


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