Christmas comes to Zinnia, Mississippi—Sarah Booth Delaney must solve a case as the holiday approaches, in this new cozy mystery from Carolyn Haines.
Christmas is just around the corner and Sarah Booth and Tinkie are preparing for a festive holiday season. After a turbulent season of solving cases, they’re ready for some holiday cheer. Sarah Booth and Sheriff Coleman Peters have finally gotten together, and this is the first holiday they’re celebrating as a couple. Sarah Booth busies herself with decking the halls and daydreaming about romantic Christmas nights with Coleman.
Then her friend Cece Dee Falcon shows up needing Sarah Booth’s help—right now. She shows Sarah Booth a box that was delivered by courier and left at Cece’s front porch. It contains a lock of hair, a photograph of a pretty young woman, very pregnant, and a note demanding ransom for the return of the teen. Cece reveals that this is her cousin’s daughter, Eve Falcon, and that she’d lost touch with this part of her family years ago. Eve and Cece had been close, until the family had a terrible falling out, and banished Cece from their lives. The countdown begins as the kidnapper pushes for payment—or else, he threatens, Eve will meet her maker. It’s up to Sarah Booth and her friends to find the girl before something terrible happens on what should be the merriest day of the year.
Carolyn Haines’s trademark humor and lovable characters are back, in a heartwarming Christmas story that will enchant and delight readers looking for a suspenseful mystery wrapped in joyful holiday merriment.
Haines's light as a snowflake 19th mystery featuring Zinnia, Miss., PI Sarah Booth Delaney (after Charmed Bones) finds Sarah Booth looking forward to celebrating Christmas with her new love, Sheriff Coleman Peters. Meanwhile, Sarah Booth's journalist friend, Cece Falcon, needs her help. Cece has received a ransom note demanding $130,000 for the safe return of her pregnant cousin, Eve Falcon, whose delivery date is Christmas Eve. Eve is estranged from her parents, which may explain why the kidnapper, who threatens to kill Eve if Cece brings in the law, approached Cece instead. Sarah Booth and assistant PI Tinkie Richmond resolve to rescue Eve and bring the kidnapper to justice without telling Coleman. Sarah fears her relationship with her beau will suffer as result, but she can always rely on her family home's ghost, Jitty, to keep up her spirits. Amid the holiday frivolity, Haines touches on such themes as family loyalty, reconciliation (or not), and acceptance. Fans of cozies with a paranormal slant will be rewarded.