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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 health fA 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 health 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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ISBN : 9780425280812
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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We Wish You a Murderous Christmas Reviews

  • James
    2019-05-22 05:30

    4+ stars to Vicki Delany's We Wish You a Murderous Christmas, her second novel in the "Year-Round Christmas Mystery" cozy series. Whether it's Christmastime or not, you need to unwrap this gift and dive into the great fun packaged into this holiday treat.StoryRudolph, New York, also known as America’s Christmas Town, is home to the famous Yuletide Inn which has been a staple of this adorable village for years. When one of the owners has a heart attack, his son Gord moves back home to help take care of his father and the Inn until he recuperates. Unfortunately, Gord hasn’t changed since he was a kid growing up in Rudolph and still has a ruthless, money-hungry attitude which leads to one of his enemies stabbing him with a knife from the Yuletide Inn. Gord was secretly looking for ways to cut costs and make the Yuletide appear even more profitable for a potential buyer.Merry Wilkinson, daughter of Rudolph’s previous mayor, also moved home recently but she came back full of Christmas spirit hoping to help revive the town and grow their tourist industry. When her father (also known as the town’s Santa Claus) is suspected of murdering Gord in support of his long-time friend who had a heart attack, Merry is on the case. She conducts her own “off the books” investigation working closely with her friends and family to try to uncover as much about Gord’s life back in California before he moved home to Rudolph.With a cast of at least 6 to 8 suspects, including a rival town that hopes to sink Rudolph so they can be the tourist capital of upstate NY, Merry has her hands full trying to figure out who is telling the truth and who lacks all Christmas spirit. Add a few side stories (blossoming romance with 2 suitors, a hunky new chef who’s lusting after her best friend, a Santa Claus being fired from his job due to being the primary suspect and the on-going battles with the current mayor and a rival shop owner) and you’ve got quite a mystery to solve.In the end, Merry of course solves the case with her friends and family’s help, but it ends in a risky unexpected confrontation where someone pulls a weapon with intent to harm Merry and her family. She survives, helps the local police capture the criminal and also walks right into the next mystery about to unfold in the third book to launch in this enjoyable series.Strengths1. The cast of characters is dynamic and complex. Sometimes an author will create too few characters or cast too wide a net such that you can’t keep track of all the options. Even with 6 to 8 potential suspects in this story, each person is well-described, has distinct motives and pops up throughout the stories in all the right places. It’s easy to keep track of everyone which also makes it very easy to figure out who you like and who you don’t like.2. Who doesn’t love Christmas? Ok, so if you don’t, then why are you reading this book? Nevertheless… it’s the perfect balance of story and backdrop setting: you can enjoy the story without realizing it’s all about Christmas or you can totally immerse yourself in the drama and mystique of the holiday. The settings and descriptions really add to the story and help you believe in a town that thinks about Christmas all year long. You want to run out now to visit it even though it’s Halloween (OK, it is for me when I just read the book)… but you also want to meet the people and see the village store windows.3. The story is complex. It winds around in all the right places. And it drops tons of red herrings not only in this book, but back in book 1. (If you haven’t read book 1 in this series, you MUST read that one first and then read this one – you’ll enjoy it even more knowing what you missed previously).Suggestions1. The character of Jackie… I’m a little uncertain of how I feel about her. In the first book, I liked her even when she occasionally rubbed me the wrong way in how she treated Merry, her boss. I blamed it on her boyfriend’s (Kyle) influence; however, in this book, Jackie supported Kyle too much over the whole replacement Santa storyline. I am not sure if I’m supposed to like her or dislike her – and I’d like to figure that out sooner rather than later. Perhaps she’s being saved for a future book, which would be fine – but I’d like to see a different balance here -- either good or bad. There are already a few other women who are part love / part hate (Betty, Sue-Anne, etc.)2. I want more of Merry’s siblings! We hear about the three of them but never see them. Get them to Rudolph soon please…..Final ThoughtsAs far as cozies go, this one is very good. You can immerse yourself in the entire book and really feel as if you are part of the story and the setting. If I had to pick a cozy series that would help get more readers to the genre, this could be an option. Readers would have to be good with a “Christmas” theme, but as far as characters, plot, setting, romance, fun, et al, this is at the top. If you read book 1 and were on the fence, you must check out book 2. If you haven’t read this series, start with book 1 (Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen) and then read this one. It’ll take a few hours for each book and it’s well worth it.

  • Maureen
    2019-06-15 03:17

    Great Christmas mystery. Will read more by this author.

  • LORI CASWELL
    2019-06-13 05:02

    Dollycas’s ThoughtsAgain the wonderful cover drew me right into this book and the story held me tight.Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, and the rest of the town of Rudolph is getting ready for Christmas. The Yuletide Inn is a popular place to gather and Merry’s parents are best friends with the owners, Grace and Jack Olsen. After having dinner together Jack is rushed to the hospital for what looks to be a heart attack. With Jack out of commission for awhile and it being the busiest time of year, his son Gord and his wife come to Rudolph to help. But Gord is not happy just running the hotel. He has big plans that will not only change things at the inn but could change things for all of Rudolph. When Gord it found dead, there are plenty of suspects, even Santa Claus. Merry wants Christmas to shine without a murder overshadowing everyone’s festivities so sets out to catch this Grinch herself.I love this town and I love these characters.I want to visit Rudolph right now. What a special place to celebrate the holidays.Vicki Delany’s characters are so well developed they leap right off the pages and into your heart. Her dad, former mayor, and resident Santa Claus leads the town in a special way. Everyone loves him and wants to work with him to keep the town a happy place even when there is a murderer on the loose. I should say everyone, but the current mayor. She does get her nose out of joint when people defer to him instead of her. With daughter’s named Merry, Eve, and Carol, there is no doubting Noel Wilkerson loves Christmas. Guess when his birthday is? One of the characters, Jackie, Merry’s employee, is a bit Scrooge-ish, in the way she treats Merry, but Merry does leave her on her own quite a bit as she sleuths out the killer.Delany balances the Christmas theme with a magnificent mystery. With pretzel like twists and turns the reader is really kept on their stocking footed toes. I was so surprised at who the culprit actually was, I had no inkling at all. Love, love, love when that happens.The author also adds just the right amount of romantic and humorous elements to the story.This story checks all my cozy boxes and having it set at Christmas time in a wondrous Christmas village/town puts it over the top from A Perfect Escape to Paradise. Thank you Vicki Delaney, you have kicked started my Christmas Season in a grand way!

  • Tari
    2019-06-07 04:32

    It's almost Christmas in Rudolph, New York and all seems well until Jack, the owner of the Yuletide Inn takes ill and has to turn over the operations of the inn to his disagreeable son Gordon who is all about making big bucks even if it means not having much Christmas spirit. In Rudolph, that is just about unheard of as is not supporting your fellow small businesses. Gord's murder right before Christmas doesn't make for good publicity for Rudolph but the worst part is that their very own Santa, Merry Wilkinson's dad Noel, is the key person of interest since he seemed to have the most motive for wanting Jack's rotten son dead and was heard threatening him about the changes he wanted to make in the inn's keeping. Merry sets out to clear her dad's name as well as try to restore some Christmas cheer and good will to the town. The nasty Muddites in the neighboring town aren't making life any easier by sending one of their own reporters into Rudolph and printing all sorts of untrue articles. This was a great mystery set at Christmas as was the first book. I have the third one as well but I think I might wait till summer to read it since that's when it will take place. There were quite a few good suspects and lots of twists in this one. It kept me on the edge of my seat at times and when the killer was revealed I was blown away! I had never suspected that person. Once the killer was caught though, Christmas was able to continue normally and Noel reclaimed his rightful spot as Rudolph's Santa Claus. I like how the author didn't tell a lot of details about the first book's storyline which helps in not spoiling the plot of it for those who may have started with this book. She explained a few things in general that went on in the first book. In the first book it wasn't real clear as to which of the two adoring men that Merry has in her life she would choose to think of in terms of dating or having more than just a friendship with but this book seemed to make that a little bit clearer. There is Russ who is the town newspaper guy, very sweet and caring, always tells Merry to call him no matter what. There is also Adam, the shy and quiet toy maker whom Merry dated in high school. He's also sweet and attentive. You'll just have to read it to see which one, I won't say she exactly picks, but which one she feels is more suited for being her special guy instead of just a friend.

  • Jeanie Jackson
    2019-06-10 22:21

    Highly enjoyable mystery with a great plot and characters that I loved. The feeling of Christmas was delightful.

  • Terri Wino
    2019-06-02 23:31

    3-1/2 stars.I enjoyed book 2 in this quaint holiday mystery series. These books are great for holiday season reading when you want more than just a cozy romance story, but not too heavy of a mystery or a story with gore and gruesome details.I enjoy the characters in this series too, and look forward to seeing how things progress in the next book.

  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    2019-06-18 00:02

    3.5.

  • Nancy Haddock
    2019-05-31 03:08

    This second book in the series was fantastic! Great characters, pacing, and all the other elements that make a book well worth reading and then some! This may be a Christmas Town, but I'll read these books any time of year!

  • Linda
    2019-06-05 06:28

    I loved this charming sequel to Vicki Delany's first Year-Round Christmas Mystery. The characters blossomed, both the nice ones and the nasty ones. I didn't see the ending coming--it was a delicious shocker. I hope that a long run for this this unique series is tucked into Santa's sack of goodies!

  • Once Upon a Romance Reviews
    2019-05-22 02:19

    3.5 StarsReviewed by: WendySexual Content: NoneLanguage (Profanity/Slang) Content: MildViolent Content: MinimalMerry Wiklkinson lives in Rudolph NY, a town dedicated to Christmas, all year long. Friends and local owners of the Yuletide Inn, Grace and Jack Olsen are hit hard when Jack has a heart attack. Jack’s son, Gord is then left in charge of the Inn along with Grace while Jack is recovering. But Gord had other ideas, including bringing in a franchise hotel to replace the Inn. He also wants to change the uniqueness of the town, so when Gord turns up dead, there are no lack of suspects including Merry’s dad who was due to play Santa in the local festivities.We Wish You A Murderous Christmas is an pleasant, appealing mystery with no lack of possible suspects. Gord had many enemies and it didn’t take him long once he was in town to alienate pretty much everyone, including his stepmother Grace.There are many characters in this story, but not so many that it’s confusing. There is a hint of romance between Merry and two possible suitors and of one between a new chef and Merry’s best friend. The author’s description of the shops really helps to add to the Christmas atmosphere in the town.The most unlikable characters in the book is Jackie, who works for Merry. She tends to rub you the wrong way, although I am not really sure why. She is a bit hard to figure out. The book works well as a standalone novel, although more insight may be gained into the characters by first reading Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen. Overall, a good mystery that kept me guessing until the end reveal. I really had no idea “who done it.”--WENDY

  • Dawn Halverson
    2019-05-24 05:13

    Welcome back to Rudolph, New York, where it is Christmas 365 days each year! We Wish You a Murderous Christmas is the second book in the charming series, A Year-Round Christmas Mystery series, by Vicki Delany. Our story begins in mid-December with Merry and her best friend, Vicky Casey, enjoying a delicious dinner at the Yuletide Inn. After they finish their dinner and are on their way out the door, Merry and Vicky run into Merry’s parents and their friends, Jack and Grace Olsen who are the owners of the Yuletide Inn. Before they can say their goodbyes though, Jack has a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital. Thankfully, Jack will recover, and his son, Gordon or “Gord,” has agreed to come to Rudolph to help run the inn for as long as he is needed. Merry is relieved that the Olsens will have the help they need while Jack recovers from his heart attack but soon realizes that Gord has some big changes in mind…the least of which is to turn the beautiful Inn into a tacky franchise hotel. Merry and the other merchants in town are worried about the impact that this kind of hotel will have on their businesses which creates a whole town full of suspects after Gord is found stabbed to death. Now it’s up to Merry to figure out who really murdered Gord before Christmas is forever ruined in Rudolph. This is an excellent second book in this series with very believable characters, an interesting plot, a little romance, and a wonderfully written mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. Can’t wait for the third book! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • K.A. Davis
    2019-06-15 03:11

    I just love the Christmas season and when I found out that Vicki Delany was releasing her new holiday-themed book, WE WISH YOU A MURDEROUS CHRISTMAS, I was elated! The catchy title with the clever play on Christmas carols definitely caught my eye along with the festive cover. The author starts off with a wonderful setting in the town of Rudolph which will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit. I loved the sights, the sounds, the smells of holiday cheer that Vicki Delany weaves into her story, along with a murderous plot that kept me turning pages and guessing until the reveal. There were plenty of suspects with believable reasons why they would have wanted Gordon Olsen dead, while the subplots added dimension to a terrific story without detracting from it. The author has also created memorable characters, especially with Merry’s father, Noel, who epitomizes Christmas and was born on Christmas day. By the end of this book, you’ll be left with a magical feeling that just maybe Santa does exist!I willingly provided a review after obtaining a copy from Netgalley.

  • Karen
    2019-06-07 05:12

    Tuesday I read and finished We Wish You A Murderous Christmas by Vicki Delany. Out November 1st, it was a true delight to get this early! The Title is fantastic don't you think? Vicki's series centers around main character Merry who's father Noel was not only born on Christmas, he runs the town too! This year round Christmas town of Rudolph, NY has no time to waste this close to Christmas. But when the son of the Yuletide Inn arrives to help his sick father and then is later found murdered. One does start to loose that Christmas Spirit! This mystery was interesting and I was very surprised by what happened and how Merry unravels the mystery. I really enjoy the idea of this series and this town, I found the characters easy to get to know and root for, the setting can not be beat either. This is a great holiday themed cozy that is much needed and enjoyed.

  • Andrew Kauffmann
    2019-06-17 06:28

    Solid 3.5 starsFairly standardish cozy mystery with enough of its own unique character to make it a worthy seasonal read.Before I get into it, I fully acknowledge the offensiveness of posting an off-season Christmas review. I know, I know, it's the blog version of that picked-over discount Christmas bin shoved to one side of the Valentine's stuff.Depressing. But, you know, a uniquely festive kind of depressing.And I want you to know that I am crying tears of disgrace over doing it. But if there is any consolation for me, it's that I will have at least one companion in Hell when it comes time to answer for my sin: the author of this series, who I am assuming (based on my zero research into her series) imposes Christmas-themed mysteries on an unsuspecting public year-round.That's because her setting, a ruthlessly Christmased town called Rudolph (or Dancer, or Santa, or whatever--you know I won't double-check), is a wonderland of perpetual (government-mandated?) Holiday cheer! I like to imagine that there is some town council who prosecutes those perverts and criminals who would dare whisper of the heresy, "not-Christmas." But this is because I am slightly deranged, and not because the writer has actually created an adorably kitschy fascist state.It's a cute enough place to read about in November, but if I had to live there in real life I'm sure I'd be so "jolly" after a couple of weeks that I'd have to drill a Ho-ho-hole into the base of my skull to relieve the pressure of all that excess joy.(Poor taste, even for me. Sometimes I hate myself.)But that's okay. The joint is nicely enough rendered, and Rudolph (I remembered, it's totally Rudolph) is actually representative of the book's greatest strength for me. More on that later.I think I'll start with what didn't work so well for me and move on from there (Haha, sucker! You know I'm not organized enough to stay on track that way.).Biggest negative for me, and it's not a unique or entirely significant problem: the "good" characters tend to be the same kind of mishmashes of mystery cliches that we've all come to know and fondly heckle for their blandness. The main is a youngish woman, pretty but not without her insecurities (I don't recall what gave me this impression, but let's just assume it was something like a moment of agonizing over her thighs during one of her sit-down food orgies).From some big city, with a pre-story career straight off that list of, like, five careers these protags get to choose from. I think it was something in publishing, since her slightly neurotic best friend and her love interest already swept the catering/baking category. Her mother is a professional Diva. I think. These are the kind of details that I tend to filter over and submit to my interior "Meh, Whatever" folder of recycled back-story elements (incidentally, the same place I stashed her unfaithful ex-fiance, 'cause I don't have time for that silliness).The store she currently runs is a seasonally-gratifying place, though. Hits you right in the Christmas.Let's sweep through the love triangle as quickly as possible, shall we? There's a brash aggressive one (named Brock, or something) who is in the journalism biz (so, not law enforcement, but in the same family). His primary character flaw seems to be that he is too career-oriented to be suitably besotted with our heroine. The other is a toy-maker (we'll call him Mitchell, because that sounds plausible and only slightly wrong), whose biggest flaw is that he is so sweetly inoffensive that he may actually be a sentient Jello mold (not the edgy kind with the chunks of canned fruit). She sort of commits to one of them, but if you really care about that then you'd rather read about it than find out from some off-hand snarky comment of mine (and I think only of you, dear reader).Ah, the everyday struggles of our own, absolutely not at all delusional love lives, am I right? I know that whenever I skip my meds for long enough I find myself in precisely this kind of predicament, where I must inevitably break the hearts of my many completely real suitors (and then the mean doctors make them go away with those injections that make me feel all dreamy and numb).Okay, okay, it's escapism. I get that. I absolutely will not keep things in perspective, but I admit that I should make some attempt.The main cop character is one of those who has inexplicable mood swings between downright chatty (when we need to advance the plot) and tight-lipped (when we need to spend some time on a side plot). More likable than most, actually, so no objections.The "bad guys" are where this novel shines. There are many, and they range from casually vile to damn near cartoonishly evil. I loved them all.The actual writing is functional without being distractingly simplistic (you may recognize this as standard human English, but you know that my respect for that can be tenuous). The author occasionally falls into that trap of over-descriptiviness (see what I mean about my disdain for correct and grammatically respectful wording?).Sounds like an odd critique for a book, but after a while I don't need to know the details of every article of clothing. I don't need to know with uncomfortable familiarity the interior of every room that we pass through. I could describe some of the settings in more intimate detail than my own apartment. Mostly, this was not so cringe-worthy (and I know that we all love these books for the ambiance), but there is a notable instance that I'll leave for you to find. You know, the kind of inconsequential sequence of lines that caused me to break out my a**holishly condescending smirk.*What I'm saying is that I am an unpleasant and easily amused human being.Wait! That wasn't supposed to be my point at all. It all just went so horribly wrong.No, I was telling you that I wouldn't tell you about the scene that struck me as unintentionally funny, but now I'm totally going to describe it, anyway. (Clears throat): Ma'am, if you interrupt the action to describe in loving detail your mother's stole, while there is a man on the floor who may be gasping out his final breaths--after already telling me way too much about his outfit while he was in the process of crumpling to his (potential) death --I will call you out on it. You will not care, of course, because I do not matter even in those rare instances where I am lucid. But I. Will. Call. You. Out.Oh, s***, I should probably mention the plot. Hell with it. The plot was serviceable enough, you know what's going to happen because you read these things. The big reveal at the end was within the realm of "I'll buy that," without me guessing it in advance (mostly because I don't think that the author laid out much ground for it, but plot in these things is kind of secondary for me unless it wanders into offensive stupidity, and this one did not).A completely random deviation from the norm that may or may not be considered spoilery: the killer is actually a recurring character (presumably, like I say this is the first in the series I've read). I don't think I've seen that before, or certainly not often, and I got the impression that this series has at least played with this possibility in previous installments. Makes me wonder how the author will juggle her regular cast of characters if they keep succumbing to their insatiable lust for blood, but it could be interesting to watch.Aaaand, finally, we come around to the point I promised that I would make at the beginning of this wall-o'-text (you know, the one you forgot about if you made it this far): my favorite element of the book is that--while it is certainly not a dissertation on the state of...um...population dynamics in the US and the changing economy--it actually addresses the theme consistently enough and candidly enough that this story felt refreshingly grounded. Topical, almost, given the...erm...social and political environment we currently find ourselves in.**The tensions between many of the characters (and even between entire towns) are often portrayed with this context in mind, and even the transformation of Rudolph into a Christmasy tourist trap (or hellscape of joviality) is an attempt to prop up the dwindling local economy. Don't know if that would work, but I enjoy the fact that the quaintness of the town exists for some reason beyond whimsy.Sheesh, I always end up looking like I loathe these things by the time I stop dissecting them. Whatever, it comes from a place of love.*The reviewer claims no legitimate grounds for condescension.**Let the record show that the reviewer resorted to awkward use of ellipses in an effort to avoid the appearance of politically charged statements.

  • Jamie
    2019-05-27 03:05

    Ironically the Christmas theme was somewhat more subdued in this book than in Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, despite taking place during the Christmas holidays this time. It was probably because a lot of it was taking place at the Yuletide Inn and not the gift shop Mrs. Claus’s Treasures or at Vicky’s bakery, but it was still something that amused me to notice.But don’t let that fool you into thinking this isn’t exactly what it looks like: a Christmas novel set in a town where every mystery is a Christmas mystery.Jack Olsen, owner of the high-end Yuletide Inn, has suffered a heart attack and has called in his son to help run things in his absence. Unfortunately, his surgery and recent brush with death has left him depressed and uninterested in the actions his son is taking to destroy his life’s work. Jack’s wife Grace is all but being kicked out of the operations as her stepson and his wife take over the Inn and immediately start making enemies of the locals, terminating vendor contracts, entering negotiations with cheap franchise hotels and superstores, and badmouthing the town’s Christmas theme. No one is particularly surprised when the stepson is found murdered, but everyone’s certainly troubled when the former mayor and official town Santa is chalked up as the number one suspect.Much like the first book, Merry is badgering the police with inane suggestions ('Did they look at the wife?' Seriously, Merry?) but while Detective Simmonds is still taking her in stride there’s a noticeable shift in their dealings. According to the book timeline Merry’s been running the shop for three months by Murderous Christmas, so giving her a grace period to settle in I’d say it’s been about two and a half months since the first book/murder. Simmonds’s patience is finally starting to show cracks and she gets short a few times, and I can’t wait to see if she starts outright snapping at Merry in Hark the Herald Angels Slay.The murderer took me completely by surprise. Holy shit, I still can’t believe Delany did that. After so many cozies read and clichés seen and patterns mapped, Murderous Christmas snapped the cord of predictability. The murderer had motive and was set up so as to not be totally out of left field, but still. Wow.There was a lot of back and forth dithering between the two male romantic leads, but Merry makes a responsible choice in this book and frankly impressed me with how quickly she resolved the love triangle. I was dreading having that go on forever. Plus, the romantic choices were evenly balanced, unlike the first book where the reporter stole the spotlight and the toymaker barely had any scenes. Alan the toymaker was also shown in a far more flattering light, unlike the dark, moody, cabin-in-the-woods impression the last book left me with.Again, like the first book, there was a brief foray into the neighboring town of Muddle Harbor. They still haven’t quite cottoned on to the fact that they’d get a lot more tourists if they painted themselves as an extension of the ‘Christmas Town’ experience, and are still taking every opportunity to vaguely slander their neighbors. As you’ll see in my first review, the visit in Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen was abrupt, goofy, and could have been written out. It still could have been written out in Murderous Christmas, but since they were busted on their last excursion they don’t bother going undercover this time, so it’s much less goofy and loads more fitting with the rest of the book. It actually provided a pretty funny scene: they’re gathering information at the same diner they did in the last book and Vicky brought Merry under pretense of Merry wanting another of their artery-clogging breakfasts, only to get irritated when she tries to leave and Merry digs in her heels because she actually did want the breakfast and she was damn well going to eat it.CHARACTERS: Merry still insists on harassing the police with obvious suggestions, and while three months isn't long enough to change that part of her personality it's definitely long enough for me to wonder if I'm going to be putting up with this throughout the series. The romantic leads get some decent scene time and you not only get a chance to warm up to them but Merry is very responsible about ending any triangles before they start. Jessica, Merry's employee, and her boyfriend Kyle baffle me. Kyle is super shallow and not thinking of consequences, i.e. selling a humiliating photo of Merry's father to the newspaper, and seeing that no one was applying to replace Noel as Santa out of solidarity and swooping in to take the position while there was no competition. And Jessica back talking her boss and going on about how great Kyle is to be doing all the selfish stunts he pulls that're damaging to Merry's family. I get that Merry can't fire Jessica for Kyle’s behaviour, but surely she can get rid of her for sassing the lady signing her pay checks. However, they're both really well-written selfish teenagers. And the side characters are not overwhelmingly, in your face Christmassy.SETTING/WORLD BUILDING: The Christmas theme was more subdued and leaned less toward bright and colourful and more toward classy and cozy, the Muddle Harbor day-trip (which looks like it might become a ‘thing’) was played straight, the hotel sounds beautiful and we got a lot of reminiscing about weddings and parties that took place there, and we got to see how lovely Rudolph is during the winter.PLOT/SOLUTION: Never. Saw. It. Coming. The solution was amazing and the mystery was intense.OTHER ASPECTS: Delany did a nice job cleaning up after the climax. She manages to reset the status quo, while at the same time replacing the murderer with a character more suited to the Christmas theme. And there's a lot of decent to good comedy here that doesn't go gaudy or goofy to get a smile.THE VERDICT? Well, the series has passed my two book test with flying colors. I’ll be following this one, and not just because it gives me a guaranteed read for the December reviews.

  • Jay
    2019-05-26 23:04

    The 2nd book in author Vicki Delany's Year Round Christmas Mystery series kicks off nearly where the first book ends. It's just about Christmas Day and while Merry Wilkinson and the town of Rudolph is getting ready for their usual Christmastown celebrations, things take a near tragic turn when the owner of the Yuletide Inn has a major heart attack.While he survives, his recovery is expected to be long and his long estranged son comes to town and immediately starts to take over the running of the inn, making changes and demonstrating that he's the same kind of unrepentant bully and jerk that he was as a child growing up in town.But when he is found murdered, suspicion begins to cloud the cheery holiday town. Worse yet, one of the prime suspects turns out to be Merry's father Noel, the town's Santa Claus. While Merry is ostensibly the amateur detective in the series, I am always a bit weirded out that she really isn't doing much in the way of active sleuthing. She's more of an accidental detective, but surprisingly this particular take works. The supporting cast is rich and filled with so much potential. Merry's diva mother, her best friend Vicky, town curmudgeon Betty Thatcher, and Merry's two potential suitors all make for great additions to Merry's world.I was happy that police officer Candy Campbell was mostly sidelined in this story since I thought so little of the character in the first book. But I'm rather intrigued by police detective Dianne Simmonds. Professional to the core, she's obviously a good cop, but there's seemingly a lot to the character that is mostly unexplored thus far. I know that by the nature of her job, she'll likely be at odds with Merry in each book, but it is obvious that the two women could be friends and it is a thread that would be wonderful to see explored in future books.The best thing about the book is how this feels like a real world rather than one manufactured with stock characters solely for our heroine to weave her way in and around in each story.I really enjoyed this book and I think that Vicki Delany has really hit upon something great with this series. There is a real sense of satisfaction when you finish with the story.

  • Cat Tutt
    2019-05-24 03:16

    The great thing about book series is getting to hang out with the characters again after the first book is done, and the characters in this book are a whole lot of fun to hang out with. The lead character, Merry, is spunky and fun, and her parents are one of the best fictional couples I've encountered. Her father, Noel, is like a real live Santa Claus with his long white beard, while her mother, Aline, is a retired opera diva. They may seem to make an odd couple but they are absolutely dedicated to one another and their relationship is adorable.As I readily admit, it's not hard to shock me with the ending of a mystery. I'm not great {I'm actually terrible} at solving them, and honestly I don't try. I like to be surprised. I found the ending of this one more surprising than most. The "who" of the "whodunit" was one I definitely didn't see coming. There were a few clues along the way, but if it had even occurred to me at all, the notion would've seemed so unlikely I would've ignored them if I'd spotted them. Which I didn't. So big bonus points for surprise factor.All in all, it was a lot of fun. I read it in one night of insomnia and was very thankful to have it as a companion. It made being awake all night totally painless.4.5 Stars rounded up to 5.Visit my blog at http://booknerdcat.wordpress.com/2017...

  • Rage
    2019-06-03 22:05

    a fun Christmas cozy with lots of seasonal detail. also, I am actually READING THIS SERIES IN ORDER although I was well into this novel before I realized the characters and setting were familiar (oops - I actually received a copy in a giveaway, but I read it two years ago). there are lots of cute secondary characters, from the town Santa (our narrator's father), who seems to have some real magic, to the narrator's neighbor's baby, whose appearance is usually obscured by her heavy winter wear. I like the way the romances are developing and I was excited that the triangle was resolved. a series that I hope to continue reading each Christmas :)

  • Paula Adams
    2019-06-18 05:06

    A great who dunnit in Christmastown where it is Christmas all year long in Rudolph. Santa Claus gets fired, what is the town going to do just days before the big event for the town.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-05-31 05:08

    Merry Wilkerson, proprietor of a year-round Christmas themed retail store, is enjoying the festive season with her family and friends, including her three month old, Matterhorn, a Saint Bernard.Asked along to dinner with her parents, and a loving couple who own the high-end hotel in town. To everyone's shock, Jack, the Owner is struck down with a heart attack. This attack only begins attacks in the holiday town. Who is murdering, and plotting the demise of the town? Could it be the next county over? Did Santa really murder Jack's Son? Can Christmas be saved?You will enjoy reading this novel and finding out!Merry Christmas!

  • Ellen
    2019-06-16 01:23

    I really enjoyed this mystery. The book was a gift , so I didn't know it was the second in a series. Now I have to get the first book!

  • Cheryl Landmark
    2019-05-28 22:02

    Review to come soon.

  • Jeanie
    2019-06-13 03:31

    What a fun place Rudolph, NY is! The town thrives on Christmas, and Merry Wilkinson owns and operates Mrs. Claus’s Treasures shop. It is almost Christmas, and people are trying to get those last-minute gifts purchased.Merry’s father, Noel, looks like Santa and has played Santa for children in Rudolph and neighboring towns for many years. Close friends of Merry’s parents, Jack and Grace, own the Yuletide Inn, a luxurious place for travelers to stay and enjoy fine dining. The two couples had a delightful dinner and were leaving Inn when Jack fell, victim of a heart attack.While he is in the hospital recovering, Jack’s son by his first wife, Gord, and his wife Irene come to NY from California to ‘help’ Grace run the Inn. Gord is not there to ‘help’ anyone other than himself, however, as he begins change the menu and cut cost with substandard vendors. He has power of attorney to do what is necessary should Jack be incapacitated. His ‘help’ means opening negotiations to be a franchise of an economy motel chain and sell a large parcel of land at the Inn for a big box store to move in, which upsets the shop owners in Rudolph.Gord and Noel are overheard arguing over the future of the property, and Noel says he will do whatever it takes to stop Gord. Jack, recovering physically, seems a broken man, acting hopeless and refusing to tell Grace or Merry’s parents what’s wrong or why Gord retains free run. After dinner one evening at the Yuletide, Merry and her mother are walking and hear sounds of a scuffle, see someone run away, and find Gord murdered. Merry’s father is the prime suspect because of the disagreement he had. Merry will do anything to find the right person to take the heat from her dad, and the town’s mayor refuses to let Noel be Santa since he is a murder suspect.Merry and Vicky have been best friends since kindergarten, and both have a heart for all things Rudolph. They are both wise young women who enjoy having fun yet are hardworking businesswomen; Vicky is super-impulsive to balance Merry’s thoughtfulness. They are defined very well; as is Merry’s dad. Other characters are defined as needed, including Merry’s mother, former opera diva Aline, and the two men who have their eye on Merry, Russ, editor of the local newspaper and Alan, Santa’s toymaker. Detective Diane Simmonds is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to her job but has a good heart for people. Each of them, with the exception of the bad guy/ gal, Gord and Irene are people most of us would enjoy having as neighbors.The story is unique and well-executed; there are few cozy mystery series that have a year-round Christmas theme much less a Santa look-alike born on December 25. This author writes with excellence and can easily balance suspense, moments of pulse-pounding fear, humor, and the potential for romance. It is the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the bad guy/ bad gal is, and was surprised to see who it was. Overall, I found this to be a completely satisfying cozy mystery. I highly recommend this for year-round delight and suspense; it will be as wonderful a read in the midst of a hot summer day as it would be in the days immediately preceding Christmas.From a grateful heart: I received this book through a Goodreads First Reads contest with no requirement for a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  • Valerie
    2019-06-10 23:30

    We Wish You a Murderous Christmas is the second book in the Year Round Christmas series by Vicki Delany. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, though I have to admit that I have never been so happy that a particular character has died than I was in this one.Our victim seemed to actually thrive on conflict and enjoyed causing it. I don’t always do well with conflict whether real or fictional and I ended up putting the book down for about 30 minutes when I first started it. The man is just that disagreeable! I don’t want to give away any spoilers thought, so I won’t say anything more.I enjoyed learning more about the various characters in the book. They’re becoming even more well-rounded and complex as we get further into the series. I particularly like that when dealing with a series. I don’t need the character’s entire back story up front in the first volume. I like getting to know the character little by little throughout the series. I was also thrilled to see that at least for the moment the “love triangle” (for lack of a better term) has been settled. It frustrates and annoys me when those last for too many books.The setting hasn’t changed much since the previous book, but the setting descriptions were fine. I felt that there was enough detail to firmly imagine the scene, but it wasn’t overwhelming or too tedious.The plot line moved along at a steady pace and I had absolutely no idea of who the villain was until the heroine figured it out. I never suspected that person at all, which personally, I like. I like it when I’m stumped. If I figure out too early who the villain is, I get bored with the book.All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the Year Round Christmas mystery series. I highly recommend this to Christmas lovers, to cozy mystery lovers, or anyone else who likes a good story!(I received a free copy of this book from the author. All opinions and conclusions expressed are my own.)Originally posted on: Valerie's Musings

  • Allison Collins
    2019-05-28 22:12

    Wouldn’t it be great to live in a town that celebrates Christmas year round? In this second installment of Vicki Delaney’s “A Year-Round Christmas Mystery” series, Merry Wilkinson and the rest of the Rudolphites are gearing up for their winter children’s festival the week before Christmas. Snow is glistening, visitors are flocking, cash registers are ringing….all is well until an odious man comes to town and threatens their very livelihood. Gord Olsen arrives to “help” when his father, the owner of the Yuletide Inn, falls ill. But his kind of help isn’t wanted—he plans to sell the inn to a budget motel chain, cut costs, and turn the town into a dreary place. Until someone takes it into their own hands and kills him before too much damage is done. Suspicions abound, and Merry’s father, the town’s beloved Santa Claus, is questioned and becomes a suspect. Merry refuses to let that happen, so she begins her own investigation. There were plenty of people who were threatened by Gord’s plans, and she is in a race against time to figure out whodoneit before the festival is ruined and those visitors stop flocking. I loved this book! It’s the perfect time of year to settle in with a Christmas-themed story. The author did a fabulous job of making me feel as if I were right there in Rudolph. There’s a wonderful cast of characters, right down to a couple of nemeses for Merry, as well as a love interest or two. The plot was well-thought out, and with a few red herrings thrown in, I was kept guessing till the very end. I will definitely go back and read the first book in the series, and I hope there are many more to come!I was thrilled to have won a copy from the author, and am happy to leave a review.

  • Philip
    2019-05-30 23:10

    OK But maybe after reading the first in the series last year my expectations were a bit too high so I was a bit disappointed in this one. There's nothing really wrong with the story, the descriptions of the setting and the weather are all great and the caste of characters are just as good as in the first book but I don't think it was nearly as humorous as the first book. Merry and Vicky don't get into as many outrageous situations as in the earlier book and most of the rest of the characters are a bit too down and serious to be really funny. Sure there are quite a few giggles but this book has a more serious mystery and quite a bit of it is actually social commentary on our profit driven big business society.Now the ending is a bit abrupt and the twist that provides the motive just sort of drifted in without too many clues for the reader to see it coming and, of course since it's a Christmas story, all the good guys come out on top and live happily ever after. Vicki Delany's writing is very good and I've read quite a few of her books with the Klondike series still being my favourite and while I tried the first Molly Smith I wasn't overly impressed but I'll probably try the next in that series too because the setting is excellent and I intend to read some more of her standalones. All in all this is not a bad Christmas read and since Rudolph is supposed to be a "Year Round Christmas" it'd be nice if the books could come out a bit quicker than just each November!

  • Fred
    2019-05-29 00:17

    We Wish You A Murderous Christmas is the second book in A Year Round Christmas Mystery series.Christmas is quickly approaching and Merry is planning a nice quiet meal with her folks and Jack and Grace Olsen, owners of the inn. The Olsen’s have hired a top class chef, Mark Grosse, and the restaurant has been booked solid most evenings. As everyone is enjoying the dinner and conversation, Jack experiences a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital. Jack’s son, Gord, from a previous marriage, and his wife arrive with plans to take over running the inn. Th first thing he does is tell Vicky, owner of Victoria’s Bake Shop, that if she is not willing to lower her prices, she’s out. Then they find out that he is negotiating with a chain of discount motel/hotels and most everyone is up in arms. A couple days later, after having another meal at the inn, Merry, her mother and Russ, editor of the Rudolph Gazette, go for walk in the inn’s garden and come across the lifeless body of Gord.Merry, with the help of Russ, begin their own investigation into the murder, as Merry’s father and Vicky are high on the list of possible suspects. But without a doubt, with Gord’s plans for the inn, there is no shortage of suspects for them to investigate.Once again, Ms. Delany weaves a wonderful mystery and also includes a wonderful and believable cast of characters.Looking forward to reading of more adventures from Rudolph, NY.

  • Mark Baker
    2019-06-10 02:05

    The Yuletide Inn is a cornerstone of Rudolph, New York, offering a nice place to stay and nice restaurant for the many people who come to take part in the Christmas festivities that the town hosts all year long. When the owner has a heart attack just a couple weeks before Christmas, his son Gord comes to town to help run things, but he immediately starts making plans for big changes – changes that could hurt the town. Merry is concerned about what this will do to her own shop, her friends, and family. But when Gord is killed, she has a new concern – find the killer before someone she loves his arrested for the crime.I was in the mood for a Christmas cozy, and this one delivered in spades. Being set in December certainly helped. The author does a good job of setting up suspects and motives before the murder happens, but I did feel the book stalled out a bit in the middle as events pushed actual investigating to the background. The characters are wonderful and charming once again.NOTE: I received a copy of this book in hopes I would review it.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  • Laura M
    2019-06-12 02:16

    This was a fantastic follow-up to Vickie Delaney’s first Year-Round Christmas mystery, Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen.Merry Wilkinson is having dinner at the Yuletide Inn when she runs into her parents and their friends, who happen to own the Inn. Suddenly, one of the owners has a health scare, and everyone is happy his son will be coming to town to help him with the inn so he can recover quicker. People’s relief fades quickly, however, when they realize the “cost-saving measures” he plans to make, realize the consequences it can have on the inn, as well as on their own livelihood. No need to fear for too long, however, because Merry is with a group who finds Gord’s freshly-stabbed corpse. When the police set their sights on Merry’s dad (whom the whole town considers their very own Santa Clause), Merry must become involved in the hunt for the killer.This was a thoroughly enjoyable second book in the series. It blends a cozy setting, great characters, and humor into a wonderful mystery. The murderer and why they did what they did kept me guessing. Thankfully I am running behind, so I don’t have to wait for the publication of the third book, Hark the Herald Angels Slay, because it is already on shelves! What a great series.

  • Kendrea Parsons
    2019-05-22 05:18

    We Wish You a Murderous Christmas is another great mystery in the Year-Round Christmas series by Vicki Delany. Merry Wilkinson and co. are back and the action takes place not too long after the events of the first mystery in the series. When a family friend has a heart attack and his greedy son, Gord, has to come in and help run the Yuletide Inn, Merry and the rest of Rudolph are worried about the changes he wants to make - especially Merry's father, who plays the town's Santa Claus. When Gord is found murdered not too long after having a heated argument with Merry's father, suspicion immediately falls on him as the murderer. Merry knows it's up to her to prove her father's innocence, so she sets out to do just that. I won't give anymore of the plot away, but I will say that the real killer was a big surprise for me. I didn't expect it at all. I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery - it was even better than the first one. I can't wait to see what happens next in Rudolph!Note: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.