Finalist for The Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery!
🎄⭐🎄 Silent Night, Deadly Night 🎄⭐🎄
With Christmas just over a week away, ’tis the season for grinning elves, maddeningly jolly Muzak, and a guilty Nut Goodie addiction. But the holidays are marred by something far worse—a serial killer leaving candy canes as his calling card.
His target? Thirty-something brunettes who look just like Mira James. When a woman from her high school graduating class becomes his latest victim, Mira plows through a case of online dating turned deadly with Mrs. Berns at her side and dreamy Johnny Leeson standing by.
Will she earn her detective stripes...or end up deader than the Ghost of Christmas Past?
⭐ "[A] breathtaking finale!"―Publishers Weekly
⭐ Jess Lourey named to BookRiot's "10 Funny Mystery Authors Like Janet Evanovich" list!
The innocuous Christmas candy cane assumes monstrous connotations when it becomes the calling card of a serial killer in Lourey's wryly comic eighth Murder-by-Month mystery (after November Hunt). Librarian Mira James discovers to her dismay that not only is she temporarily unemployed but also she fits the profile same age, weight, and hair color of the victims the killer is now targeting in small Minnesota towns. Afraid she's being stalked, Mira continues to pursue her PI license and self-defense classes, and teams with an unlikely ally, feisty 80-year-old Mrs. Berns, whose salty wisecracks and poor judgment keep the story humming. Despite amateurish bungling and annoying the FBI in major ways, determined Mira is able to gather invaluable leads from her local connections that go back to grade school. Lourey, who keeps her secrets well, delivers a breathtaking finale.