I offer two Christmas stories for those who look for lethal packages under their festive trees. Caterer Lily Carlson finds the remains of a fatal kiss in Death Under the Mistletoe. Death Stretch's Katie, Dirk and Ginger return in Dickens of a Death.
The entrance portrayed here is the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden at Belmont, NC. The building features a gorgeous stained glass dome, and was the setting inspiration for Death Under the Mistletoe. Yes, mystery writers are a strange lot. They leave corpses in the most unlikely spots. Ahem. Figuratively speaking, of course.
Death Under the Mistletoe
Here comes the bride--there hangs the groom.
Hoping to reconcile with her best friend, Lily Carlson agrees to maid of honor duties at a Christmas wedding. Holidays are already difficult, but this event promises emotional hell before the tree drops its first needles. The groom is Lily's last lover, a man who dumped her in public. When he's found hanging at the altar--under the mistletoe and without pants--Lily is the main suspect.
Gray Bronson left town five years earlier. Now he's back to act as best man even though he hates the groom. Years ago, Gray revoked Lily's virgin club membership and he's determined to win her back. But Lily is being framed, and her own actions make her look guilty.
A trail of broken hearts leads to the murderer, but Lily's celebration may be fatally delayed. Will the hapless lovers find a happily ever after gift wrapped under the Christmas tree?
Dickens of A Death
Dickens Days: A holiday tourist destination to die for
Dickens' Days - an annual event of Victorian decorations and dress, caroling, roasted chestnuts, and this year, murder. The tyrannical Days Coordinator runs roughshod to fulfill his goals. Until death stops him in his tracks.
Katie Sheridan's best friend Ginger and Ginger's mother top the suspect list when the victim is found outside their home. The weapon? A potpourri of toxic holiday decorations. No one railroads her friends, so Katie begins snooping.
Detective Dirk Johnson believes keeping Katie safe is difficult even when he's at her side, but breaks up with her to keep the lead investigator position. He must solve the case within days or turn the file over to a detective with less experience and a direct connection with the mayor.
Will small-town politics allow a killer to go free or will Katie and Dirk find a Christmas miracle?