Saturday, December 12, 2015

Review ~ REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN by Vicki Delany

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery, #1)
by: Vicki Delany
Series: A Year-Round Christmas Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Penguin: Berkley


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…
REVIEW
Christmas is my favorite time of the year.  Add in a Christmas mystery in Rudolph, New York aka Christmas Town and I’m a happy girl.  Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is the first book in the A Year-Round Christmas Mystery series by Vicki Delany.  Vicki is an author that’s new to me and she has made me a new fan.

Rest Ye Murdered Gentleman is what a cozy mystery should be.  I loved that I was able to snuggle under the covers, get all cozy, and read this book.  Immediately, I liked all the characters and became invested in the story.  Merry Wilkinson is the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures specializing in Christmas decorations.  Her father is Noel, who happens to look a lot like Santa Claus himself.  Merry has returned from Manhattan to find herself in the middle of an interesting tug of war for her heart.  There’s Russ Durham the editor-in-chief of the Rudolph Gazette and Alan Anderson a toy maker she dated in high school.

When Merry’s best friend, Vicky is accused of poisoning an international reporter, Merry goes on the hunt to find the true culprit.  It seems someone is out to ruin Christmas in Rudolph.  I thought this was a fabulous story.  I had absolutely no idea who the killer was until the big reveal.  I found myself wondering how I missed all the clues.  Vicki Delany added wonderful red herrings that kept me guessing.  I am soooo looking forward to the next book in this series.

**Received a copy from Penguin Berkley for an honest and unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 5


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