December Dread (Murder-By-Month Mysteries #8) (Paperback)

By Jess Lourey

Midnight Ink, 9780738731889, 278pp.

Publication Date: October 8, 2012

List Price: 14.99*
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Silent Night, Deadly Night

With Christmas just over a week away, 'tis the season for grinning sales elves on TV, maddeningly jolly Muzak, and a guilty Nut Goodie addiction. But for Mira James and other Battle Lake-area women, the holidays are marred by something far worse--a serial killer leaving candy canes as his calling card. His target? Thirty-something brunettes who look just like Mira. When a woman from her high school graduating class becomes his latest victim, Mira plows through a case of online dating turned deadly with Mrs. Berns at her side. Will she earn her detective stripes . . . or end up deader than the Ghost of Christmas Past?


"Lourey pulls out all the stops in this eighth case."--Library Journal

"Lourey creates a splendid mix of humor and suspense."--Booklist

"Lourey, who keeps her secrets well, delivers a breathtaking finale."--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Jessica (Jess) Lourey is best known for her critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing "a splendid mix of humor and suspense." A tenured professor of creative writing and sociology, Jess lives in Minneapolis with her family. Salem's Cipher, the first book in her thrilling Witch Hunt series, hits stores September 2016. You can find out more at