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.
Will she earn her detective stripes...or end up deader than the Ghost of Christmas Past?
December Dread is a laugh-out-loud, suspenseful comic caper mystery, perfect for readers who enjoy the humorous mysteries of Liliana Hart, Chelsea Field, Gina LaManna, Janet Evanovich, Denise Grover Swank, Amy Vansant, and Stephanie Bond. If you love to laugh while reading a page-turning mystery, this series is for you!
December Dread is the eighth in an ongoing series featuring Mira James, an urban woman with rural Minnesota roots. The books can be read in any order; each novel stands alone. Get all the Mira James mysteries today!
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PRAISE FOR DECEMBER DREAD
"Awesome read! Even with threat of a hurricane, nothing could make me put this book down." ―Dru Love (online reviewer, five stars)
"Loved it! I have read and enjoyed all of the murder by month books by Jess Lourey. December Dread - all I can say is that I couldn't put it down. Well written, suspenseful and great characters." ―Deborah Jackson (online reviewer, five stars)
"Excellent mystery. Can't wait to read more by this author. Loved the characters. It was a page turner—very easy to read." ―Maggie Hubbard (online reviewer, five stars)
"Lourey pulls out all the stops in this eighth case." ―Library Journal
"Lourey creates a splendid mix of humor and suspense." ―Booklist
"Lourey, who keeps her secrets well, delivers a breathtaking finale." ―Publishers Weekly
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.