Everyone dreams of a picture-perfect small-town Christmas, but when murder is in the cards, some holiday greetings are addressed to kill . . .
CHRISTMAS CARD MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
In the midst of holiday home renovations, Lucy Stone unwraps a murder mystery decades in the making when she discovers an old Christmas card with a nasty message inside. The case may be colder than a New England Christmas, but Lucy’s determined to sort it out before Santa comes to town.
DEATH OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL by LEE HOLLIS
The Island Times Christmas soiree gets off to a scroogey start when Hayley Powell, Mona Barnes, and Rosana Moretti receive a Christmas card from the town flirt, Carol Waterman, who threatens to run off with one of their husbands! The ladies chalk it up to an imprudent prank . . . until they find Carol mistletoe-up under her tree . . .
DEATH OF A CHRISTMAS CARD CRAFTER by PEGGY EHRHART
Slay bells ring when the body of Arborville High School’s beloved art teacher (and annual Christmas card designer), Karma Karling, is discovered on the first day of the Holiday Craft Fair. Now, Pamela Paterson and the Knit and Nibble crew must swap swatching for sleuthing in order to put a Christmas killer on ice.
“Entertaining . . . a welcome anthology. Cozy readers seeking undemanding escape from real-life holiday hoopla will be satisfied.”
A Christmas card provides the starting point for each of the three entertaining novellas, which star a series protagonist from each of the authors, in this welcome anthology. In the title tale, bestseller Meier's Lucy Stone, a reporter for the Tinker's Cove, Maine, Penny Saver, is in the midst of renovating her home when she comes across a decades-old Christmas card addressed to a girl, now a deceased adult, with a disturbing message inside related to a crime. Her quest to discover the story behind the card leads her to revelations about a more recent crime. In "Death of a Christmas Carol," Hollis echoes the plot of the 1949 film A Letter to Three Wives when Hayley Powell, office manager for the Bar Harbor Island Times, and her two best friends receive a collective Christmas card telling them that one of their husbands has run away with a local temptress. "Death of a Christmas Card Crafter" finds Ehrhart's Pamela Paterson, founder and mainstay of the Arborville, N.J., Knit and Nibble knitting club, investigating the death of a much-loved art teacher and Christmas card designer. All feature appealing characters and straightforward plots. Cozy readers seeking undemanding escape from real-life holiday hoopla will be satisfied. \n