December Dread (Paperback)

Humor and Hijinks

By Jess Lourey

Toadhouse Books, 9781948584388, 292pp.

Publication Date: July 21, 2018

List Price: 14.99*
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Finalist for The Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery

Silent Night, Deadly Night

With Christmas just over a week away, 'tis the season for grinning elves, maddeningly jolly Muzak, and a guilty Nut Goodie addiction. But 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 James. 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?

Part of a ten-book series, December Dread is perfect for readers who love to escape into the humorous romantic mysteries of Sarah Strohmeyer, Janet Evanovich, Denise Grover Swank, Margaret Lashley, Amy Vansant, Carl Hiaasen, Chelsea Field, and Stephanie Bond. If you love to laugh while losing yourself in a suspenseful story, then this series is for you

December Dread is the eighthin a series of laugh-out-loud-funny mysteries featuring Mira James, an urban woman with rural Minnesota roots. The books can be read in any order; each novel stands alone. Get all the Mira James mysteries today

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December Dread
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"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