Thursday, October 29, 2015

PLOT BOILER by Ali Brandon

Book 1 in the Year-Round Christmas Mystery series 
by Vicki Delany


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…


A year round Christmas mystery? Yes, please!

Christmas is my favorite holiday, so to say I’ve been looking forward to author Vicki Delany’s new, Year-Round Christmas Mystery series would be an understatement. And Ms. Delany is off to a strong start with REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN.

The town of Rudolph, New York, also known as Christmas Town, seems like such a magical please. Well, if you don’t count murder. Lead character, Merry Wilkinson is fun and scrappy, which leads to some truly hysterical situations. All the characters in this book are very well written, as is the extremely well plotted mystery itself.

This was a real page turner, full of intrigue, action and fun. There were as many twists and turns as twinkle lights on a Christmas tree. I was guessing right up until the exciting reveal and still got it wrong! 

REST YE MURDERED GENTELMEN is a yuletide treat that readers are sure to enjoy!


Book 5 in the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series 
by Ali Brandon 

The New York Times bestselling author of Literally Murder returns to Pettistone’s Fine Books, where the silence of Hamlet the cat speaks volumes about two mysterious deaths…

It’s almost Fourth of July, and to boost customer traffic in their Brooklyn neighborhood, bookseller Darla Pettistone decides to throw a block party. All the local shop owners are thrilled—except the proprietor of Perky’s Coffee Shop, who thinks Darla is trying to poach his customers by selling her own caffeinated brew in her new bookshop cafĂ©.

But when Hamlet comes upon the owner’s not-so-perky wife, it’s clear a killer has crashed the party. And when a second local business owner shuffles off this mortal coil—as Hamlet’s namesake would say—Darla and her curious cat must perform some fancy footwork to shine a spotlight on a secret worth killing for… 


PLOT BOILER is an example of how a series can get better and better with each installment.

I’ll admit that the first Black Cat mystery, DOUBLE BOOKED FOR DEATH, was not my favorite book. Therefore I wondered if I’d ever care for the series. Author Ali Brandon has really grown this series into a solid one.  I just love the addition of the coffee bar to the bookstore. It’s exactly what was needed. PLOT BOILER is the best installment to date.

Ms. Brandon keeps the action going in this story with not one, but multiple deaths. The story is fast paced and wonderfully plotted. A whodunit that will kept me guessing, and a finale that I never saw coming.

I’m looking forward to the next tome author Brandon has brewing for us!

Both of these great titles are available for pre-order

Release date: 
November 3, 2015

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  1. I will be adding these books to my TBR list. REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN sounds like the perfect book to read during the winter season. Thank you Lisa!

  2. I think they both look great, especially, the holiday themed one :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  3. Thanks Lisa. I love Christmas-themed cozies!

  4. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is on my want to read list for Christmas time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Year Round Christmas is my kind of theme! I listen to year round Christmas music on TuneIn Radio on my IPad. There are several stations that play Christmas music year round. I would love this book series! The other one sounds great also.

  6. I love the title of REST YE MURDERED GENTELMEN. It sounds like a great novel/series. I like that the setting is in New York. I'll put it on my TBR list. Thank you, Lisa.