A Holly, Jolly Murder (Claire Malloy Mystery # 12) by Joan E. Hess

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With Farberville’s college on holiday break, Claire Malloy’s bookstore is quiet . . . deadly quiet. Breaking the silence is a little old lady looking for volumes on pagan rituals, applied magick, and Celtic mysticism.  Claire is intrigued and—miffed that her lover, Farberville police Lieutenant Peter Rosen, says she’s in a rut—happily accepts an invitation to welcome the winter solstice at dawn.
Showing up at the Sacred Grove, Claire expects wild chanting or even nude dancing.   Instead she ends up sitting on a stump watching the Arch Druid clean her bifocals. Then winter arrives and so does a dead man.  Someone has shot the wealthy benefactor of Farberville’s neo-pagans. Now Claire is mixing some snooping with her Christmas shopping.  But instead of wrapping up the case, she finds out ‘tis the season for ho- ho- homicide . . .  and she may be the next victim.

Review –

Because I had some other things to do, other than read,(darn) I read this book in a day and a half and probably could have finished it earlier but the characters were so convoluted with each other that at times I had a hard time keeping up with who was who and what their part in the plot was. I still enjoyed the prev book the best but I have just started #13 so we’ll see what I think when I’m done.

If you haven’t read one of this series you really should start, you won’t be sorry.