Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen By Vicki Delany: Review/Giveaway

Nov 28, 2015 | 2015 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen and a link to purchase it.

You can never have too much holiday spirit: that’s the philosophy of the residents of Rudolph, New York, where Christmas is celebrated throughout the year and is the theme for attracting tourists to its Yule-themed stores and restaurants. As the new owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson is disheartened when her decorated float stalls out and is disqualified during the town’s semiannual Santa Claus parade. The news that it may have been an act of intentional sabotage is overshadowed by the death of a famous travel magazine journalist, poisoned by a tainted gingerbread cookie.

Having lost both a relationship and her dream job at a Manhattan magazine in one fell swoop, Merry returned home to Randolph to fully embrace the town’s holiday spirit. With her best friend’s bakery on the line as the one responsible for providing the fatal treat, Merry is fully invested in who seems intent on destroying Rudolph’s Yuletide joy. British reporter Nigel Pearce managed to alienate more than a few locals, although nearby Muddle Harbor and their “Muddites” have no little amount of antipathy toward the neighbors they believe are stealing tourists away and bankrupting their town.book

This absolutely charming debut mystery series by the author of the Lighthouse Mystery Series as well as the Constable Molly Smith Series succeeds in deftly avoiding cozy mystery clichés or expected stereotypes. Her characters are fully formed and entirely realistic, with even the most unlikable personalities revealing moments of vulnerability.

Delany crafts an entire history for the town of Rudolph, where an unfortunate discovery put an end to its appeal as a patriotic commemorative destination, forcing them to rebuild around the Christmas holiday and a more appealing reindeer namesake. Merry is a standout as a protagonist; she is extremely smart, funny, and occasionally exasperated by her loving and exuberant parents. Just as refreshing is that a hinted-at love triangle avoids eye-rolling pitfalls by all being so skittish that they can barely begin a rivalry. Witty writing, an unexpected solution, and truly likable characters ensure that the appeal of this holiday-themed series will last long past the Yule season.

To enter to win a copy of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Gentlemen,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 5, 2015. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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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).

16 Comments

  1. I’m looking forward to reading this book. I love the Constable Molly books.

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  2. Sounds delightful! I’m so, so thankful for cozy mystery writers!!

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  3. yes please.

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  4. I enjoy holiday themed cozy mysteries, and this book sounds delightful. Thank you for the chance to win.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Love to read this Book and the Christmas themed ones in particular I look for this time of year. Thanks for the Contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  6. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book.

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  7. Like Christmas themed books – and this sounds like a really terrific book for me to read. A new to me series, so look forward to reading this one.

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  8. Would love to read this book
    Hope I win

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  9. This is on my TBR list and I would love to win it.

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  10. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen.

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  11. Sounds like a great holiday mystery series – would love to start it at the beginning! Congrats!

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  12. Sounds like a great read!!

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  13. This sounds like a great new series. Looking forward to starting it, and would love to win a copy.

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  14. I think this new series and its’ holiday theme seem like a winner!

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  15. holiday cozy – always fun – new author also great

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  16. We have a winner!

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