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The Merchant of Menace (Jane Jeffry, Bk 10)
The Merchant of Menace - Jane Jeffry, Bk 10 Author:Jill Churchill It's beginning to look a lot like murder — 'Tis the season to be jolly and suburban mom Jane Jeffry's in a mad scramble to finish her cookie baking and household chores before her teenage kids arrive home. Also expected are two moms-both the late husband's mother and the disapproving mater of Det. Mel VanDyne, Jane's significant other. The kitche... more »n is a disaster zone, the dog has decorated the house with hair, and the earsplitting racket coming from the neighbors tacky, music-making Christmas display is driving Jane crazy. Now she has to get the green icing out of her hair and be ready to host her post-caroling dinner party.
One thing Jane isn't ready for is a surprise visit from a muckraking TV "action reporter," disguised as Santa Claus. The nasty old St. Nick is out to wrap a happy holiday caroling into a package marked "scandal," but before he has a chance to color the event with yellow journalism, his red-suited body slides off the neighbor's roof to land, silenced forever, on the horns of a plastic reindeer. It looks like Santa's mishap is no accident and, with the help of her friend Shelley, Jane finds plenty of suspects. The phony Santa has an ex-wife and a female assistant who both hate him, and plenty of nice people ruined by tales of naughtiness. Now Jane has to find the Grinch who thought murder was a way to save Christmas before the holiday turns into the unhappiest day of the year.« less
Keri reviewed The Merchant of Menace (Jane Jeffry, Bk 10) on
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Here we have a Christmas murder with Jane & Shelley right in the middle of things. As if a dead Santa turning up next door to Jane isn't enough stress, she's also meeting Mel's mother for the first time. I enjoy this series a lot and it's quickly becoming one of my favorites.
It's beginning to look a lot like murder.... It's a Jane Jeffry mystery set in the Christmas season, and Jane must host a dinner party that includes two mothers: her late husband's mother and Mel Van Dyne's mother. The usual things are going wrong, and it's going to get worse.
Christmas mysteries are my absolute favorites. Poor Jane Jeffrys is overwhelmed with holiday preparations AND the impending arrival of BOTH her boyfriend's & her late husband's moms. Then of course there's the dead Santa Claus ... Merry Christmas, Jane.