This was really a slow moving boring book - usually I really enjoy the Claire book store owner books but, just took me months to read ---- I could care less about the witches, druids or Wiccans religion etc and just kept wading along -- Santa was a drunk, there was no holly jolly anything in this story. The last maybe third of the book was worth reading ..... maybe.
I can't really say I was impressed with this. It's the first time I've ever read this author, so maybe I just didn't pick a good place to start, but I found it hard to finish.
A few days before Christmas, bookseller Claire Malloy determines that she has heard one too many comments about being set in her ways. To quiet such complaints she accepts an invitation from an eccentric customer to a New Age celebration of the winter solstice. An early morning adventure with Malthea, Arch Druid of the Sacred Grove of Keltria, should have been enough to prove that Claire has not yet settled into middle-aged complacency. But the morning's activities provide more than she bargained for once one of Malthea's followers turns up dead. Our heroine sets out to determine whether her new acquaintances are murderous Satanists or only very odd, and, in the process, to discover just who shot whom.
Love ALL of Hess's books! And both series are highly enjoyable! Can't wait for the next one to get published!!
Murder, Druids, Christmas, Bookstore Owner. Need I say more?
Murder never takes a holiday, as Arkansas bookseller-sleuth Claire Malloy discovers when she celebrates with a Druid ritual, a run-in with a witch, and a far from a ho-hum case of homicide.
It's Christmas time...how bad could it be?
As her college student clientele drift home for the holidays, and her somewhat self-involved daughter learns the difficulty of holding down a job, bookseller/sometime sleuth Claire Malloy resigns herself to another run-of-the-mill Christmas. â As a diversion, she accepts an invitation from an eccentric customer to attend the local Druid winter solstice celebration. The celebration is short-lived, however, when the group's benefactor is found murdered!
With a group of dissatisfied Druids under suspicion, and her daughter facing an unwarranted lawsuit, can Claire get the whole mess wrapped up in time for Christmas?