Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lisa Ks Book Reviews blog is proud to bring to you

This is a weekly online publication focused on connecting cozy mystery readers to favorite cozy characters by way of their town's newspapers. 

The Cozy Times will be available every Wednesday right here on Lisa Ks blog.

Today I'm featuring the 
Rudolph Reporter!

It's Christmas every day in Rudolph, New York! 
Why not think cooling thoughts and visit Rudolph this July! 

Merry Christmas from Rudolph, New York!

It may be July. You might be cranking up the air-conditioning or heading for the park with a picnic supper. You might be planning a day at the beach or lounging around the lake. Maybe you’re floating in the backyard pool.

Why not come up to Rudolph, New York this July?   You can do all of that, and celebrate Christmas too.

It’s Christmas in Rudolph. 

Because it’s always Christmas in Rudolph.

Rudolph, New York proudly calls itself America’s Christmas town.

In Rudolph we never let a little heat or humidity spoil the Christmas spirit. 
Nestled on a quiet bay on the Southern Shores of Lake Ontario, Rudolph truly is your Year Round Christmas holiday destination.

Why not join Santa when he takes his summer vacation in Rudolph?  He can often be found down at the beach on Lake Ontario, swimming, sunning himself and talking to kids and parents. The Chief Toymaker might be there also, ready to write down a child’s Christmas wishes.

This year, Santa will be arriving on Saturday July 23 to begin his vacation. The whole town will turn out to greet him in proper Rudolph style with a parade.

After the parade, take the kids to the beach to meet Santa and his elves. The adults might enjoy a tour of the spectacular gardens of the Yuletide Inn, or getting a start on their holiday shopping.  Grab some lovely new decorations, maybe pick up some linen and dishes for your Christmas table. Mrs. Claus’s Treasures is definitely the place to go. 

The restaurants on Jingle Bell Lane: Candy Cane Sweets, Victoria’s Bake Shoppe, The Elves Lunch Box, Cranberry Coffee Bar, are always ready to serve gingerbread cookies, shortbread, hot chocolate with a candy cane stir stick, along with more seasonal fare such as ice cream, iced coffee and tea,  cold soups  and salads made from fresh seasonal ingredients.    

Christmas in July.

What better place to celebrate than Rudolph New York?


That's another edition of 
The Cozy Times!

Are you the Christmas spirit now? 
I am!

Thank you to Vicky Delany for sharing this wonderful article with us.

You can thank Vicki too by leaving a comment.

Another great way to say thanks is reading and reviewing Vicki's books.

To learn more about Rudolph, NY and its residents, read the

Year Round Christmas Mysteries
by Vicki Delany!

Book One

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…

Book Two

A grinch is spoiling the holiday cheer and causing fear in the latest from the author of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen...

It’s Christmastime three hundred sixty-five days a year in Rudolph, New York, and as Christmas Day approaches, shop owner Merry Wilkinson is enjoying a rare evening off at the Yuletide Inn when she runs into owners Grace and Jack Olsen. With Jack's healthv failing, Merry is relieved to hear that his son Gord will be taking over the day-to-day running of the Inn. 

But then Gord reveals that his new plans have no room for Christmas at the Inn, and Merry and the other shopkeepers start to fret about the effect a bland franchise hotel could have on their livelihoods. 

When Gord is found stabbed to death, there’s an entire town of potential suspects—and it’s up to Merry to find whoever brought homicide home for the holidays...

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Vicki Delany is so in the Christmas mood 
she's having a 


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Vicki Delany is one of Canada's most varied and prolific crime writers. Most recently, she is the author of the Year Round Christmas cozy mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime and (writing under the pen name of Eva Gates) the Lighthouse Library mysteries also from Berkley.

She writes in several different subgenres: Cozies for Berkley Prime Crime (REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN and READING UP A STORM - under the pen name of Eva Gates); Standalone novels of suspense (Scare the Light Away, Burden of Memory, MORE THAN SORROW from Poisoned Pen Press), traditional village/police procedural (The Constable Molly Smith Series from PPP - the eight of which is UNREASONABLE DOUBT) and the lighthearted Klondike Gold Rush series (Gold Digger, Gold Fever, GOLD MOUNTAIN from Dundurn Press). She also writes Rapid Reads novellas for Orca Books including the mulit-award-nominated JUBA GOOD.

Vicki is the current president of the Crime Writers of Canada, a member of Capital Crime Writers, and Sisters in Crime.

Also by Vicki, writing as Eva Gates 
the Lighthouse Library Mysteries!

BOOK ONE                                 BOOK TWO


The author of By Book or By Crook returns to the Outer Banks and the Lighthouse Library, where Lucy Richardson must shed light on a shocking murder…

Lucy has finally found her bliss as a librarian and resident of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. She loves walking on the beach, passing her evenings with the local book club, bonding with the library cat, Charles, and enjoying the attention of not one, but TWO eligible men. But then her socialite mother, Suzanne, unexpectedly drops in, determined to move Lucy back to Boston—and reunite her with her ex-fiancĂ©.

To make matters worse, Suzanne picks a very public fight at the local hotel with her former classmate Karen Kivas. So, when Karen turns up dead outside the library the next morning, Suzanne is immediately at the top of the suspect list. Now Lucy must hunt down a dangerous killer—before the authorities throw the book at her poor mother…

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  1. Thanks, Lisa (and Vicki). It was Christmas in July, when I used to work for Hallmark, because their ornament premiere is in July. It was a little strange playing Christmas music in July. :)

  2. Thanks Lisa and Vicki for a great edition and the chance to win a great book.

  3. I too work at Hallmark, so we have celebrated Xmas in July with our Keepsake Ornament Premier. I love all the excitement surrounding the reveal of the ornaments. This book will be a great read, I am sure.

  4. This sounds very good love the cover, thanks for the review

  5. I would love to live in Rudolph New York!Christmas all year round would be awesome! I love the cover! Thanks for the chance!

  6. I have Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen on my TBR shelf. July sounds like the perfect month to cool off with a Christmas story! And I need to catch up on Lucy's adventures as well !

  7. Reading about Christmas in July in Rudolph, New York seems like a great way to beat the real July heat we're experiencing now in Ontario. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this first book.

  8. Vicki, I love your covers. Christmas in July...Perfect!

  9. I'm always in the mood for Christmas! I loved that the Hallmark channels had Christmas movies on this month. I am sad that I have to wait until November for more.

  10. I love Christmas anytime. I am one of those people who started shopping already!