by Cynthia Chow
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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.
Merry 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.
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