Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Hark The Herald Angels Slay by Vicki Delany

Christmas Town and the Essence of a Cozy Mystery

The essence of a cozy mystery, as I see it, is real life, with some components stretched and exaggerated for effect.

Cozy writers take the things we love – families, friends, hobbies, crafts, even places – and write them with a loving hand to be slightly larger than life. And then, we thrust murder and sometimes mayhem into the mix.

When it comes to real life, is there anything we love more than Christmas?

The food, the decorations, the lights, the gifts, maybe even the weather. Above all the gathering of family and friends, and the enjoyment of celebrating with them. So when I set about to create the Year Round Christmas Series for Berkley, I took all the things we love about the holidays, tossed them together and added a suitably Christmas murder (a string of wooden tree decorations or poisoned gingerbread cookies).

In my fictional town of Rudolph, New York, location of the Year Round Christmas Mysteries from Berkley,  they love Christmas so much they celebrate it all year round.  And no one loves the holiday more than Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, on Rudolph’s main street, Jingle Bell Lane. Merry’s father, Noel, is the town’s Santa Claus. Merry knows her dad isn’t really Santa, but sometimes she does wonder how he knows what people want before they so much as say so.

Another element of the cozy is often ambition or competition out of control (or perhaps just more out in the open than it is in real life). And Rudolph, New York, is determined to beat out Snowflake, Arizona or North Pole, Alaska to be officially known as America’s Christmas Town

In cozy mysteries, the ditzy friend is ditzier, the nasty neighbour is nastier, the handsome man in town is handsomer (even better if there are two of them) and the exasperating parents are more exasperating.

Real life, writ large, with a touch of murder thrown in.

In the third book in the series, Hark the Herald Angels Slay, it’s July and time for Santa Claus’s annual vacation at the lake. This year Santa arrives in style, in a boat parade, and the whole town is out in force to meet him. But Merry Wilkinson, playing Mrs. Claus, has forgotten the basket of candy canes back at the shop, and hurries back to get them. Where she finds that someone has used a Christmas tree decoration with evil intent.

Guest post provided by the publisher.

Series: A Year-Round Christmas Mystery (Book 3)
Publisher: Berkley (November 28, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425280829
ISBN-13: 978-0425280829
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Santa’s summer vacation plans turn deadly in this festive mystery from the author of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen and We Wish You a Murderous Christmas.

The town of Rudolph, New York, has the Christmas spirit all year long—but when homicide heats up a summer holiday, it’s up to shop owner Merry Wilkinson to wrap up the case.

In Rudolph, Christmas in July heralds Santa’s arrival by boat to begin his summer vacation at the lake, and Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is looking forward to a busy weekend. But she’s caught off guard when her ex-fiancé, Max Folger, unexpectedly arrives with a team from a lifestyle magazine wanting to do a feature on the July festivities.

It’s clear that Max’s visit has less to do with business and more to do with winning back Merry’s heart. Merry has too much on her plate to deal with an old flame, but when Max is found strangled to death in Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, she must find out who wanted him dead—and stop a killer from ruining the summer holiday cheer.

Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of Hark the Herald Angels Slay to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on January 7th


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Winner will have 48 hours from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

vicki“It’s a crime not to read Delany,” so says the London Free Press.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most varied and prolific crime writers. Her popular Constable Molly Smith series (including In the Shadow of the Glacier and Among the Departed) have been optioned for TV by Brightlight Pictures.

She writes standalone novels of modern gothic suspense such as Burden of Memory and More than Sorrow, as well as a light-hearted historical series, (Gold Digger, Gold Mountain), set in the raucous heyday of the Klondike Gold Rush. She is also the author of a novel for reluctant readers, titled A Winter Kill.

Having taken early retirement from her job as a systems analyst in the high-pressure financial world, Vicki is settling down to the rural life in bucolic, Prince Edward County, Ontario where she rarely wears a watch.

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  1. Paula Adams says:

    I do so need Hark the Herald Angels Slay so that I will be caught up on this series.  I am currently reading We Wish You a Murderous Christmas and enjoying it very much.  I love the town of Rudolph and the closeness/gossiping of the small town.

  2. I love the titles and can't wait to read all of the series! <3 Merry Christmas Everyone! A new year with more reading time ahead!! 🙂 Blessings to all and to all a good night.

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