Homicide for the Holidays (Viv and Charlie Mystery, #2)
Deck the halls with suspicious deaths…A hidden key that opens a drawer locked for the past eight years, a mysterious envelope filled with cash, and a threatening note... none of this is what rising radio star Vivian Witchell expects to find in her late father’s office. But when Vivian stumbles into trouble, she hardly knows how steer herself back to safety. With the handsome and maddeningly practical private detective Charlie Haverman at her side, Vivian spends the holiday season uncovering the details of the last weeks of her father’s life, following a sinister trail of clues that leads her directly to one of the most notorious mob bosses of all time, Al Capone.The second book in the acclaimed Viv and Charlie mystery series, Homicide for the Holidays is a riveting holiday mystery set alternately amidst the glitz of Chicago’s radio drama scene and the grime of its taverns and speakeasies.

Homicide for the Holidays (Viv and Charlie Mystery, #2) Details

TitleHomicide for the Holidays (Viv and Charlie Mystery, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 10th, 2017
PublisherSourcebooks Landmark
ISBN-139781492628644
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Holiday, Christmas, Fiction, Cozy Mystery

Homicide for the Holidays (Viv and Charlie Mystery, #2) Review

  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 starsVivian Witchell's star has been on the rise at WCHI radio in the two months since the first book in this charming series. She's got a lead role in the station's most popular radio serial and her picture regularly appears in the entertainment papers, usually in connection with her dashing male co-star, Graham Yarborough. It's a fake relationship drummed up by the publicity department but of course the general public doesn't know this. Neither does Charlie Haverman, the P.I. who made Viv 3.75 starsVivian Witchell's star has been on the rise at WCHI radio in the two months since the first book in this charming series. She's got a lead role in the station's most popular radio serial and her picture regularly appears in the entertainment papers, usually in connection with her dashing male co-star, Graham Yarborough. It's a fake relationship drummed up by the publicity department but of course the general public doesn't know this. Neither does Charlie Haverman, the P.I. who made Vivian's heart go pitter patter in the first book so it should come as no surprise that he hasn't contacted Vivian in the intervening two months. But when she finds a wad of cash and a threatening note in the desk drawer of her (eight years) deceased father, Vivian finds that only Charlie can help her uncover long buried secrets that seem to tie her beloved father to none other than Al Capone. I didn't like this book quite as much as the first one, mostly because I'm not a fan of flashbacks, but I still enjoy both Vivian and Charlie and the whole radio station backdrop. This particular book takes place in December 1938 so even as the main plot is unfolding you get characters anxiously monitoring the movements of Hitler in Europe. The mystery surrounding Vivian's father didn't go the way I was expecting so that was a nice surprise.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    This was fun, and pretty much what I expected from the title: A light, enjoyable read with a plot that never lagged, set at an interesting point in the history of Chicago. It was fun, too, to read about places that are still around, particularly the Aragon Ballroom, where I’ve been many times - though of course it really was a ballroom at that point. I’ll probably read the next in the series.
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  • Cathy Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. Maybe not quite as much as the first but still 5 star. I do hope to see more growth from Vivian in the next book. It's ended with her telling a non truth so she is still not being very mature to Charlie (who's too good for her!) I will be frustrated if she doesn't grow up by book 3!
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    I had to pick this book up and see what it was about since it takes place during the holidays and that is my favorite time of the year. And the story was good. The author did a good job of taking me back to the time when this took place. I felt like I was watching an old black and white movie. It was great! I would read another book in this series, for sure!
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  • Chris Leuchtenburg
    January 1, 1970
    Although the milieu of 1930's radioland is unusual, this is really just a run of the mill mystery with the usual soupcon of romance. But after reading a book about African American history (a continuing tragedy), reading a brutal Dennis Lehane mystery recommended by a misguided friend, and watching and reading the news (more depressing every day), it was exactly what I was in the mood for. Light, sweet, and satisfying.
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  • Rosemary Miller
    January 1, 1970
    A little slow moving but good historical background of the 30's.
  • Marlea
    January 1, 1970
    I really like the characters in this series, most of the time. Vivian sometimes grates on me with her childishness, but I really enjoy all of the others. I also think the author does a really great job creating imagery, making for a pleasant read.I have a few gripes with this book: 1. I wish she hadn't used Al Capone. Everything about this series feels fun and vintage and using a well known mobster cheapened it for me. I can't really pinpoint why, but it did.2. The size of the book is terrible. I really like the characters in this series, most of the time. Vivian sometimes grates on me with her childishness, but I really enjoy all of the others. I also think the author does a really great job creating imagery, making for a pleasant read.I have a few gripes with this book: 1. I wish she hadn't used Al Capone. Everything about this series feels fun and vintage and using a well known mobster cheapened it for me. I can't really pinpoint why, but it did.2. The size of the book is terrible. That may be petty, but had it been taller and thinner it would have been significantly easier to maneuver. I've never seen a book shaped like a brick and I didn't care for it.3. I'm hoping to see growth in Vivian. If she grows out of the childish way she handles work/romance/Charlie, I'll be on board for life. I don't mind a damsel in distress, but she outright lies and only intermittently cares about things (people) other than her fame. If this ends up being on of those series that follows the same frustrating girl-pattern, I'm out.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Radio actress Vivian discovers a hidden secret about her long-deceased father. She hires Charlie, the private detective whom she's been falling in love with, to help her investigate. As she gets closer to the truth about her father, she also finds that she's in danger. I wish Honigford hadn't told so much about the solution to number 1 of this series--there are people who don't read series in order, and who might feel discouraged from reading the first one, which I also enjoyed.
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  • Cheri Ruble
    January 1, 1970
    Homicide for the Holidays is a delightful although sometimes wistful holiday mystery set in the Chicago radio theater world at the end of 1938, amidst the uneasiness of world events prior to World War II and following the fast rise and fall of Al Capone. Vivian Witchell is a rising radio star, determined to make a life and career for herself while forging through a variety of challenges and a fledgling relationship, all of which she meets head-on with various degrees of success. Cheryl Honigford Homicide for the Holidays is a delightful although sometimes wistful holiday mystery set in the Chicago radio theater world at the end of 1938, amidst the uneasiness of world events prior to World War II and following the fast rise and fall of Al Capone. Vivian Witchell is a rising radio star, determined to make a life and career for herself while forging through a variety of challenges and a fledgling relationship, all of which she meets head-on with various degrees of success. Cheryl Honigford knows Chicago and the history of a fascinating era, and the workings of radio theater when that was the in-home entertainment before the introduction of television. This book follows The Darkness Knows, her debut mystery, which I am eager to read and look forward to the next installment in this sparkling series.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    This was quite a fun read. Vivien Witchell is now the star of "The Darkness Knows"--a somewhat romantic mystery soap opera. (As in the author's first book of the same name.) It's Christmas and Viv is reliving the melancholy memories of her father's death several years before. She explores her father's death, finds a key to a locked door and discovers a lot of cash and mysterious scribbles! The investigation begins. Viv investigates the cash and whether or not it is connected with her father's de This was quite a fun read. Vivien Witchell is now the star of "The Darkness Knows"--a somewhat romantic mystery soap opera. (As in the author's first book of the same name.) It's Christmas and Viv is reliving the melancholy memories of her father's death several years before. She explores her father's death, finds a key to a locked door and discovers a lot of cash and mysterious scribbles! The investigation begins. Viv investigates the cash and whether or not it is connected with her father's death--but then the money disappears, and Viv starts to receive threatening letters. The plot thickens and Viv hires private detective Charley Haverman (read the first book). And did I mention this story takes place during the late 1930's! Great fun book for those who remember Stella Dallas and My Gal Sunday!!!!
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  • Mayda
    January 1, 1970
    Secrets and mysteries seen to follow Vivian and she just can’t let them go. When she accidentally finds a hidden key in her deceased father’s study, she sets in motion a chain of events that will affect her family forever. Vivian is torn is several directions as she deals with her budding career, a shame romance with her co-star, a desired relationship with her absent private detective friend, and her constant battle for independence from her mother. Her father was the bright star in her life, a Secrets and mysteries seen to follow Vivian and she just can’t let them go. When she accidentally finds a hidden key in her deceased father’s study, she sets in motion a chain of events that will affect her family forever. Vivian is torn is several directions as she deals with her budding career, a shame romance with her co-star, a desired relationship with her absent private detective friend, and her constant battle for independence from her mother. Her father was the bright star in her life, and now, it may be that that star has more than just a little tarnish on it. This second book in the series is even better than the first. Author Cheryl Honigford has written a mystery that is entertaining as well as intriguing with a complex plot and well-developed characters.
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  • Grey853
    January 1, 1970
    Set during the late 30s, right before WWII, Vivian is home for the holidays. She's feeling very melancholy and missing her father who passed eight years before. When she finds a hidden desk key in his study, she also discovers an envelop of cash and a threatening note in his desk drawer. That sends her on a very dangerous trail as she tries to figure out who her father really was. I truly enjoyed Vivian and this book filled with varied characters. Honigford does an excellent job of detailing a c Set during the late 30s, right before WWII, Vivian is home for the holidays. She's feeling very melancholy and missing her father who passed eight years before. When she finds a hidden desk key in his study, she also discovers an envelop of cash and a threatening note in his desk drawer. That sends her on a very dangerous trail as she tries to figure out who her father really was. I truly enjoyed Vivian and this book filled with varied characters. Honigford does an excellent job of detailing a complicated story that's not overly twisty, but just layered enough to keep the reader's interest.
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  • Barb Martin
    January 1, 1970
    There are no fresh bodies in this second installment of novels featuring Vivian, screamer-extraordinaire of "The Darkness Knows" fame. However, we do have a fresh(ish) mystery to solve.Warm, fuzzy feelings at Christmas of her deceased father prompt Viv to enter his study where she finds something strange. Was her father not the man she thought he was? Is her kid brother's girlfriend a total witch? Who is that guy following her?Although not as charming as the first book, this was a fine light rom There are no fresh bodies in this second installment of novels featuring Vivian, screamer-extraordinaire of "The Darkness Knows" fame. However, we do have a fresh(ish) mystery to solve.Warm, fuzzy feelings at Christmas of her deceased father prompt Viv to enter his study where she finds something strange. Was her father not the man she thought he was? Is her kid brother's girlfriend a total witch? Who is that guy following her?Although not as charming as the first book, this was a fine light romp.
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  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    Just okay, not as good as the first book. I like the radio setting and the glimpses of old time Chicago. I didn’t like the gangster related plot...too stereotyped as the setting is Chicago. And, I don’t like the immaturity of Viv’s character. I’d like to see some growth. She’s too selfish and Charlie is too good.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read the first book in the series, but got this one because it was a holiday mystery. I think it was well written and I will no doubt read the first book, as well as others as they come out.
  • Ruth Feathers
    January 1, 1970
    Another Viv and Charlie mystery, this time set during the holidays in 1938. A darker mood in this one, with more of the "real world" making an appearance ( mention of Kristallnacht, Chamberlain's appeasement). Gangsters abound in this "holiday" episode.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Radio personalities in the 1930s in Chicago provide interesting characters for this mystery. Vivian finds an envelope in her father's office and through some detective work with her friend Charlie finds more than she perhaps wanted to know. Entertaining.NOTE: I read the advance reader copy.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Quite a fun series. Waiting for the next edition.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    It kept me guessing and I loved the Viv and Charlie storyline.
  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    Mystery set in Depression Era Chicago at Christmas. Entertaining and readable.
  • nikkia neil
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC.A great holiday read when it's just turning hot and humid here in louisiana. This series will bring a smile and laugh to you while being not too sweet. I like the twists the plot takes going along with the love affair being Viv and Charlie. Great series and hope to read more soon.
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    It's the Christmas season but Vivian is not so merry. She's back at the family mansion for a command performance and has stumbled on a secret key in her father's study. It's a key that opens up a drawer that has been locked for eight years, since her father's death. In it, a mysterious envelope filled with cash. But it has disappeared when Viv next goes back to look for it. It's a mystery that Viv isn't sure she wants to explore, delving deep into the last few weeks of her father's life. Even th It's the Christmas season but Vivian is not so merry. She's back at the family mansion for a command performance and has stumbled on a secret key in her father's study. It's a key that opens up a drawer that has been locked for eight years, since her father's death. In it, a mysterious envelope filled with cash. But it has disappeared when Viv next goes back to look for it. It's a mystery that Viv isn't sure she wants to explore, delving deep into the last few weeks of her father's life. Even though it is eight years past, this murder has repercussions that ripple into Viv's life today.I'm not sure about the ending on this one. And the story is just a little confused. I am still looking forward to the next one in the series.
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