Silent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery, #4)
Residents of Rudolph keep the spirit of Christmas alive year-round—but their joy is threatened when a group of grinches visits the town, in the charming fourth installment of the Year-Round Christmas series.It's the week before Thanksgiving, and Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus's Treasures, is preparing for a weekend reunion of her mother's college friends. But when the group of women comes into Merry's shop, Merry is met with frosty attitudes and cold hearts. The women argue amongst themselves constantly, and the bickering only intensifies after one of the friends is poisoned. With her father's role as Santa in danger due to his proximity to the crime, Merry will need to use all of her investigative gifts to wrap this mystery up and save Santa and her favorite holiday.

Silent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery, #4) Details

TitleSilent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery, #4)
Author
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Holiday, Christmas

Silent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery, #4) Review

  • James
    January 1, 1970
    Even though it's a few months early, I obtained a copy of Silent Night, Deadly Night by Vicky Delany, published this month, and had to devour it already. This is 1 of 2 series by the author that I read, and I like to stay as current as possible. The books are easy-to-read, full of wonderful characters, and provide lots of entertainment.This is the 4th book in the author's 'A Year-Round Christmas Mysteries' series, and the books take place in Rudolph, New York (upstate), a village that celebrates Even though it's a few months early, I obtained a copy of Silent Night, Deadly Night by Vicky Delany, published this month, and had to devour it already. This is 1 of 2 series by the author that I read, and I like to stay as current as possible. The books are easy-to-read, full of wonderful characters, and provide lots of entertainment.This is the 4th book in the author's 'A Year-Round Christmas Mysteries' series, and the books take place in Rudolph, New York (upstate), a village that celebrates Christmas all year round. Merry is the protagonist, and her father was once the mayor, now the town Santa Claus. Her mother was an opera singer, and in this book, she invites 5 college friends to visit shortly before Thanksgiving. The only issue... they really haven't gotten together in over 35 years, and once they do, the bickering starts all over again. This time, it ends in murder... and due to circumstances, it's 100% clear that 1 of the 5 killed the other. Is Merry's mom guilty? Meanwhile, a new family moves to town and tries to take over the role of Santa Claus from Noel. Will he let it happen to embrace full retirement?Delany creates vibrant characters and multi-layered plots. I enjoyed the mix of Thanksgiving and Christmas in this book. The subplots are fun. Jackie (Merry's shop worker) is just full of sass and vinegar, her best friend Vicky is a kind and helpful, her boyfriend Allan is a good guy, and the detective is friendly but direct. I wish we could spend more time in various shops and places around the town, but the settings are always immersive and appealing.The mystery in this one was good, a little light for me. It had several layers, but with so many characters, each one had minimal time. I felt like we hadn't scratched the surface on the lives of each woman in the last 35 years, so I struggled to decide who would be the killer. The last 25% moves quickly, and that's when it gets really strong. We start peeling the onion to the point we can easily sniff out the bad apple. How's that for a mixed metaphor!?!?!I'd recommend the series, but I'd tell you to hold off until December when it's Christmastime. You'll get a wonderful holiday spirit from these stories, and use it wisely... between Thanksgiving and Christmas will make this pop even more. Great job, Ms. Delany; another success!
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  • Mark Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Merry Wilkinson is looking forward to Thanksgiving, but her mother, Aline, is looking forward to the weekend before. Aline has invited her college friends to come to Rudolph, New York, for a reunion. However, when the women arrive, they quickly devolve into bickering and sniping. Desperate to find a way to keep the peace, Aline invites Merry to several of their events. At one of them, one of the women die under suspicious circumstances. Merry can’t help but begin to gather information, but when Merry Wilkinson is looking forward to Thanksgiving, but her mother, Aline, is looking forward to the weekend before. Aline has invited her college friends to come to Rudolph, New York, for a reunion. However, when the women arrive, they quickly devolve into bickering and sniping. Desperate to find a way to keep the peace, Aline invites Merry to several of their events. At one of them, one of the women die under suspicious circumstances. Merry can’t help but begin to gather information, but when a newcomer tries to use the crime to get Merry’s father removed as the official town Santa, she steps up her game. Can she figure out what happened before the women leave town?As a lover of all things Christmas, I was thrilled to be able to visit Merry and the town of Rudolph again. While set at Thanksgiving, the book perfectly captures that late fall feel and the Thanksgiving spirit while also working in Christmas. We get to know the suspects and the victim a bit before she dies. While the victim and murder method might not be too surprising, there are some secrets and twists buried in the book that kept me reading, and the sub-plot involving Merry’s dad also drew me in. I was a bit worried when we met all the suspects at once, but we get enough context early on to keep them straight until they develop as more characters. It was great to see the series regulars again as well. Whether you read this book now or save it for Thanksgiving or Christmas, you’re sure to enjoy it.NOTE: I received a copy of this book.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    The busy season is getting started in Rudolph, NY where it's Christmas-time all year around. Things in town start picking up steam in the days before Thanksgiving and don't let up one bit til after New Year's Day. Merry Wilkinson is busy with her shop, Mrs. Claus' Treasures, but she's also helping her mother with a reunion of her college friends. It's the first time the entire group has been together in decades....but the visit is a disaster. The old friends constantly bicker among themselves an The busy season is getting started in Rudolph, NY where it's Christmas-time all year around. Things in town start picking up steam in the days before Thanksgiving and don't let up one bit til after New Year's Day. Merry Wilkinson is busy with her shop, Mrs. Claus' Treasures, but she's also helping her mother with a reunion of her college friends. It's the first time the entire group has been together in decades....but the visit is a disaster. The old friends constantly bicker among themselves and make snide comments to each other. It gets steadily worse until one of them is poisoned at dinner...and dies. Now it's not just personality conflicts....but murder. Merry is on the case to find out which one of the old friends is a killer.....I enjoy this series! I love the holidays, and a cozy series centered around a town that celebrates the season all year around is just fun! What's not to love about a town where Main Street is actually named Jingle Bell Lane? So cute! Silent Night, Deadly Night is the 4th book in Year-Round Christmas Mystery series. The story kept my attention from beginning to end. The mystery progressed at a nice pace and had me guessing about the killer's identity and motive. I wasn't too surprised at the ending/reveal....but felt satisfied. All in all, a very enjoyable cozy mystery!Vicki Delany also writes several other mystery series including the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries and the Klondike Mystery series. I will definitely keep reading the Year-Around Christmas Mystery books. Quirky, enjoyable characters.....a cute dog....and Christmas. :) Love it! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Berkley via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • LORI CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsWe’re back in Rudolph, New York just before Thanksgiving and just in time for Aline’s college friends arrive for a little college reunion. When the group arrives at Mrs. Claus’s Treasures Merry is struck by how different her mother’s friends are. They all attended a performance college but is clear their lives have gone in different directions. They really don’t act like friends either as they throw barbs at each other left and right. Merry is happy her father is out of town b Dollycas’s ThoughtsWe’re back in Rudolph, New York just before Thanksgiving and just in time for Aline’s college friends arrive for a little college reunion. When the group arrives at Mrs. Claus’s Treasures Merry is struck by how different her mother’s friends are. They all attended a performance college but is clear their lives have gone in different directions. They really don’t act like friends either as they throw barbs at each other left and right. Merry is happy her father is out of town because the house is going to be full of stress and bickering.During a group dinner which included Merry one of the alumni dies from a cause to be determined, but Merry is pretty sure she knows what happened. She is just unclear of which college chum did the deed. And with the murder happening at the home of the town’s resident Santa, a Rudolph newcomer sets himself up to take over the job. Merry is not about to let that happen. She is going to check her suspect list twice and but the naughty murderer in their place.I was thrilled to see this series return, it has been one of my favorites. Rudolph is full of Christmas spirit year-round and I have loved each visit.Merry Wilkerson owns Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, her mother Aline is a retired opera diva and her Father Noel is the former mayor and performs all Santa Claus duties needed all year long. Jackie works for Merry, her best friend Vicki helps out when she can and also makes a great Watson to Merry’s Sherlock when there is murder afoot. Merry also has wonderful St, Bernard named Mattie. I love the way the Wilkerson family sticks together and sticks up for each other.This time Ms. Daleny introduces not only Aline’s friends, Constance, Genevieve, Barbara, Karla, and Ruth, but a new couple in town Wayne and Norma Fitzroy who want to get very active around town.Ms. Delany excels at character development. These characters are rich, those we love, those who rub the wrong way, and even those we come to absolutely hate by the end of the story.She wraps those characters in a great mystery plot with fun subplot offshoots that keep a reader engaged until the final page. While the manner of death is evident immediately it is not easy to pin the crime on any suspect. Aline’s guests wear out their welcome quickly and to save her mother’s sanity Merry knows she needs to help solve the case as soon as possible. Clues are dropped liberally. I love Ruth, one of the “suspects” is an avid mystery reader and wanted to solve the case herself, just like me trying to beat the big reveal in the cozies I read.Fun and Entertaining! This is a great addition to this series. You truly can’t go wrong with any title by Vicki Delany. This book stands well on its own but the entire series is fabulous. Treat yourself to the whole bunch!
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  • Rekha Rao
    January 1, 1970
    Silent Night, Deadly Night is the fourth book in the Year-Round Christmas series but can be read as a standalone. This book gives you Christmassy vibes! :DMerry's all-year-round gift shop is called Mrs Claus' Treasures and is located on Jingle Bell Lane. Her mum is a famous opera singer while her dad is well known for his role as Santa Claus in the town of Rudolph. Vicki, Merry's best friend, runs a patisserie while Alan, Merry's boyfriend, is a wood crafter. No cozy story is complete without a Silent Night, Deadly Night is the fourth book in the Year-Round Christmas series but can be read as a standalone. This book gives you Christmassy vibes! :DMerry's all-year-round gift shop is called Mrs Claus' Treasures and is located on Jingle Bell Lane. Her mum is a famous opera singer while her dad is well known for his role as Santa Claus in the town of Rudolph. Vicki, Merry's best friend, runs a patisserie while Alan, Merry's boyfriend, is a wood crafter. No cozy story is complete without a furry friend so meet Merry's pet Mattie - a Saint Bernard. The characters are incredible - including the bickering ladies. 40 years since they have known each other and yet, they cannot stand each other!! My, my! The mystery behind the murder is well-maintained until the end of the story. The denouement is dramatic with a tinge of action. Silent Night, Deadly Night is a perfect Thanksgiving and Christmas read. With a town named Rudolph, Santa Claus, some delicious baked goodies, Christmas gifts and an exciting murder mystery, this book is a perfect Christmas Cozy read.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    A charming new cozy mystSilent Night, Deadly Night is the fourth A Year-Round Christmas Mystery. Merry Wilkinson has her hands full when one of her mother’s old college friends dies while in town for a reunion and a newcomer to town is determined to take the Santa Clause position away from her father, Noel. It is a week before Thanksgiving, which is Merry’s favorite holiday, and the shop is hopping with customers. It is always a delight to visit the charming Christmas town of Rudolph, New York. A charming new cozy mystSilent Night, Deadly Night is the fourth A Year-Round Christmas Mystery. Merry Wilkinson has her hands full when one of her mother’s old college friends dies while in town for a reunion and a newcomer to town is determined to take the Santa Clause position away from her father, Noel. It is a week before Thanksgiving, which is Merry’s favorite holiday, and the shop is hopping with customers. It is always a delight to visit the charming Christmas town of Rudolph, New York. While Silent Night, Deadly Night is the fourth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. I thought the book was well-written with good pacing. The book is fraught with tension from the minute Aline’s college friends walk into Mrs. Claus’s Treasures. The five women are constantly sniping at each other and getting in little digs. It is only the first day of their visit and Aline, Merry’s mother, regrets organizing the gathering. When one of the women dies, the remaining ladies are suspects and are not allowed to leave town (there goes Thanksgiving). Merry wants to figure out which woman committed the crime so they can all leave town (they are staying at the Wilkinson home). There are clues sprinkled throughout the book to help readers solve the case before the satisfying reveal. I found Ruth to be an interesting character with her love of mystery novels and her fascination with the case (all mystery lovers can relate). There is a subplot with a newcomer to town trying to take the Santa Claus position away from Merry’s father, Noel. I like how Noel handled himself and how the situation was resolved. I enjoyed learning more about the Wilkinson family and the romance factor was light (thank you). I thoroughly enjoy the descriptions of Rudolph and Mrs. Claus’s Treasures. Silent Night, Deadly Night was a satisfying cozy mystery and I look forward to reading the next A Year-Round Christmas Mystery. Silent Night, Deadly Night has catty college chums, deadly delicacies, a sly Santa stealer, dangerous secrets, old-fashioned ornaments and one elf investigator. ery full of Christmas cheer and a murder. I will share my review soon.
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  • Minx
    January 1, 1970
    True Rating 3.5 stars!If you love reading a good mystery and you thoroughly enjoy the Christmas season, then Silent Night, Deadly Night is the type of cozy mystery that will meet both of your reading loves! The setting for this story is very charming. It was fun to imagine a small town with such a dedication to Christmas. From the town’s name, Rudolph, to the local business names, such as The Yuletide, to the townspeople, even the streets have cute names, like Jingle Bell Lane, everything about True Rating 3.5 stars!If you love reading a good mystery and you thoroughly enjoy the Christmas season, then Silent Night, Deadly Night is the type of cozy mystery that will meet both of your reading loves! The setting for this story is very charming. It was fun to imagine a small town with such a dedication to Christmas. From the town’s name, Rudolph, to the local business names, such as The Yuletide, to the townspeople, even the streets have cute names, like Jingle Bell Lane, everything about this story is Christmas all year long. Personally, I could never live there because I like decorating for seasons 😁 but there are plenty of people who would love to visit a place like this.In this story, everything was business as usual for Merry Wilkinson who was helping her mother prepare for her upcoming guests. Her mother was having friends from her college days come down for the weekend and she was highly anticipating having a fun time. Unfortunately, as soon as the friends came into town it was quite clear that there is plenty of discord between them. They were miserable to each other and Merry wasn’t impressed her mom’s guest’s behavior. Her dissatisfaction only increased when one of them was murdered and the others were forced to stay in town. As their stay increased, so did their bickering and soon Merry would do everything she could to solve this mystery to help bring peace back to the small town.This is the kind of story that has much drama and tension. I really didn’t appreciate any of the characters from Merry’s mom’s college days. The amount of bickering between these characters was quite a turn off for me. Although, the tension they created gave reasonable doubt to their innocence in the poisoning that took place. It was never clear who it could have been in the group and even when the reveal happened, the motivation behind the murder was quite surprising. Looking back there were small clues throughout the reading that pointed in the right direction, but I didn’t realize it until the end. Which was lovely! Overall, Silent Night, Deadly Night was a delightful treat to jumpstart my holiday reading.This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Berkley Prime Crime. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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  • Jacque
    January 1, 1970
    Merry lives in the town of Rudolf where Christmas is in season all year long. Merry’s mom invites her old college roommates to visit, but has forgotten that they really didn’t get along very well. The women are very different and spend most of their time insulting each other. When one of the women is killed, there is no shortage of suspects. To make matters worse, Merry’s father (who always plays Santa Claus), is ousted from the role by a conniving newcomer. Silent Night, Deadly Night is a fun, Merry lives in the town of Rudolf where Christmas is in season all year long. Merry’s mom invites her old college roommates to visit, but has forgotten that they really didn’t get along very well. The women are very different and spend most of their time insulting each other. When one of the women is killed, there is no shortage of suspects. To make matters worse, Merry’s father (who always plays Santa Claus), is ousted from the role by a conniving newcomer. Silent Night, Deadly Night is a fun, cozy read with delightful characters and a true Christmas spirit...no matter the time of year.
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  • LibraryLaur
    January 1, 1970
    Another winning cozy by Delaney. *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Toni (T.C.) LoTempio
    January 1, 1970
    another excellent entry in this series. This one centers around Merry's mother having a reunion of college friends the week before Thanksgiving. Of course one turns up dead at dinner at the Wilkerson's and everyone is a suspect. There is also a subplot about an evil councilman trying to wrest the Santa Claus positon away from Merry's father, but i found that to be just so much window dressing. The real charm of the book is watching Merry get involved where she should not, and her slobber of a do another excellent entry in this series. This one centers around Merry's mother having a reunion of college friends the week before Thanksgiving. Of course one turns up dead at dinner at the Wilkerson's and everyone is a suspect. There is also a subplot about an evil councilman trying to wrest the Santa Claus positon away from Merry's father, but i found that to be just so much window dressing. The real charm of the book is watching Merry get involved where she should not, and her slobber of a dog Matterhorn. Enjoyable cozy read, even for those not familiar with the series.
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, the fourth book in the Year-Round Christmas Mysteries by Vicki Delany, is a delightful addition to a fun holiday read. While the town of Rudolph, New York celebrates Christmas year-round, this newest book is set at Thanksgiving time. I enjoyed how the author melded the two holiday celebrations together in the shop of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, owned by protagonist Merry Wilkinson. Ms. Delany has a strong descriptive voice and has developed terrific characters. I greatly SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, the fourth book in the Year-Round Christmas Mysteries by Vicki Delany, is a delightful addition to a fun holiday read. While the town of Rudolph, New York celebrates Christmas year-round, this newest book is set at Thanksgiving time. I enjoyed how the author melded the two holiday celebrations together in the shop of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, owned by protagonist Merry Wilkinson. Ms. Delany has a strong descriptive voice and has developed terrific characters. I greatly enjoyed the descriptions and names of the town’s shops and locations, all capturing the holiday spirit the town wants to convey to the many tourists who visit. I also appreciated the close relationship Merry has with her parents: her father, Noel, who is the town’s resident Santa, and her mother, Aline, a retired opera diva. They are supportive and caring of each other, which brings a sweet, emotional element to the story. On the other hand, when Aline’s college friends come for a reunion visit, continuous strife seems to haunt the group which disrupts the Wilkinson’s household. I’ll have to admit, all of the women were nasty, maybe too nasty. It wasn’t a surprise when one of them is murdered while eating a potluck dinner with the group. The investigator insists the women stay in town until they can be cleared…stuck at Aline’s house. This prompts Merry to get involved to find the killer and get the remaining horrid women out of her mother’s home and life. There’s also a subplot woven into the murder mystery of why Noel Wilkinson might be ousted from his role as the town’s Santa. I had to admire Noel’s calmness and the way he exhibited the true meaning of Christmas in the face of strife. As the story progresses, the author sprinkles clues for a sharp reader to catch, then provides a twist to pull it all together for a satisfying conclusion. In my opinion, it’s never too early to get in the holiday spirit and SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT is a delightful way to indulge.I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fourth book in "A Year-Round Christmas Mystery" series, but the first I have read. This is a book that can definitely be read as a standalone and be thoroughly enjoyed. Although this story appears to be a Christmas story, it takes place at Thanksgiving. This series is set in Rudolph, New York, in the town that bills itself Christmas Town USA. The protagonist, Merry Wilkinson is the owner of Mrs. Claus' Treasures, but as a sideline, it appears she helps the local police solve murders. This is the fourth book in "A Year-Round Christmas Mystery" series, but the first I have read. This is a book that can definitely be read as a standalone and be thoroughly enjoyed. Although this story appears to be a Christmas story, it takes place at Thanksgiving. This series is set in Rudolph, New York, in the town that bills itself Christmas Town USA. The protagonist, Merry Wilkinson is the owner of Mrs. Claus' Treasures, but as a sideline, it appears she helps the local police solve murders. Her father, Noel, used to be the mayor of the town and is the local Santa Claus in the Christmas parade and at Christmas time. This story finds that position being challenged, by a new resident in town. He thinks it is time for Noel to retire, especially when someone is murdered in his house, thus giving the town a bad name.I really enjoyed this story. The mystery of who murdered Merry's mother's college friend was well-plotted and interesting. It was a bit of a closed room murder, as all the suspects were staying at the house and eating a potluck dinner at the time of Karla's death. There were so many secrets involved in the visit of the five college friends, that just trying to figure out what was really going on in the lives of these women kept me guessing. The six women were college roommates for one year 40+ years earlier. No one remembered what that year was really like, until they were all under one roof for a weekend. The women were extremely annoying and unlikable. They were very well written and even though they were only there for one weekend, the author did a good job developing their various personalities. Throw in the other plotlines of the new town member trying to usurp Noel's position as Santa Claus, a thief in town, and the upcoming parade and this book keeps you on your toes. Merry's landlady, the town gossip, had me laughing out loud a few times and her boyfriend Alan had me smiling at his honest and open feelings. Throw in a couple of Saint Bernard's and there is something for everyone in this book. I definitely recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers and I know I will be going back to read the first three in this series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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  • Anna Fox
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy this series. Christmas all year round, Regular characters are nice and supportive of each other. The who did it and the why kept me guessing. The real mystery is why no one offed most of these women between college and now however! Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    Series: A Year-Round Christmas Mystery - Book 4Author: Vicki Delany Genre: Cozy Mystery/Business/HolidayPublisher: Berkley Page Count:304Publishing Date: August 27, 2019 The latest in the Year-Round Christmas Mystery cozy series from Vicki Delany “Silent Night, Deadly Night” will keep you riveted to the very end and put a smile on your face. Published by Berkley, this new addition to the Year-Round Christmas holiday book will delight readers and give them the urge to appalled.Merry is a great ch Series: A Year-Round Christmas Mystery - Book 4Author: Vicki Delany Genre: Cozy Mystery/Business/HolidayPublisher: Berkley Page Count:304Publishing Date: August 27, 2019 The latest in the Year-Round Christmas Mystery cozy series from Vicki Delany “Silent Night, Deadly Night” will keep you riveted to the very end and put a smile on your face. Published by Berkley, this new addition to the Year-Round Christmas holiday book will delight readers and give them the urge to appalled.Merry is a great character with tons of personality. She loves Christmas and holidays in general and she will go to just about any length to make sure everyone enjoys the festivities and are happy. But when her mother’s college friends show up just before Thanksgiving and start making everyone miserable, especially her mother, Merry jumps in to help. The regular characters are present in this cozy book including Merry’s family, Alan, and other friends. Each character adds a dynamic to the plot that moves the story forward and expands the reader's enjoyment.The town of Rudolph would be a beautiful place to live. Having the feel of constant goodwill, happiness , and people who are giving and compassionate that we associate with holidays would make life an enjoyable adventure year-round. The town is quaint with holiday decorations in every store window, and for sale 24/7. It would be a fantastic place to work and visit!The victim and suspects in “Silent Night, Deadly Night” come from a varied background, with multiple issues stemming from their early years in college and how life has treated them since. This cozy lets readers feel what it would be like to get together with school friends that they haven’t seen since graduation and realize that perhaps they were never friends. And the amount of anger and resentment that comes with knowing people are never who we think they are when we are younger.This is a cozy book worth reading, twice! It is a gripping page-turner. As always Ms. Delany weaves a story with believable suspects, subtle red herrings, and a thought-provoking reveal that will leave readers astounded. The story is well written, with smooth transitions and a spellbinding plot. I am thrilled to recommend this cozy to readers.
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  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    Silent Night, Deadly Night is a cozy mystery set in the town of Rudolph, where Christmas is celebrated year-round. Merry Wilkinson owns a Christmas shop, and she grew up in the town. When her mother has a college reunion with five contentious old friends, one of the women ends up dead. Merry decides to solve the mystery. I wanted to read this book because I enjoy cozy mysteries, love holiday theme reads, and have often thought it would be fun to own a small Christmas shop. This is my first read Silent Night, Deadly Night is a cozy mystery set in the town of Rudolph, where Christmas is celebrated year-round. Merry Wilkinson owns a Christmas shop, and she grew up in the town. When her mother has a college reunion with five contentious old friends, one of the women ends up dead. Merry decides to solve the mystery. I wanted to read this book because I enjoy cozy mysteries, love holiday theme reads, and have often thought it would be fun to own a small Christmas shop. This is my first read in the Year Round Christmas Mystery series. Despite the fact that there is a large cast of characters in the book, I had no problem jumping right in and enjoying this book as a standalone read. The author did an especially good job at delineating the characters from the casual college reunion. They each had very distinct personalities. I really liked Merry as a protagonist -- as a shop owner, daughter, and amateur detective! She is smart and plays the detective in a savvy way that does not put herself into unnecessary danger. She even has a lovable dog (a Saint Bernard), which is a plus in any cozy mystery for me!I have already marked the other books in this series as "want to read" at Goodreads, and hope to catch up with the other books in the future. Silent Night, Deadly Night was an enjoyable holiday mystery, and will certainly please other cozy mystery fans.
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  • Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanksgiving, a time to be thankful and Christmas is a time of Comfort and Joy, but not when a passel of Grinches arrive in Rudolph and upset the Thanksgiving and Christmas Spirit.Noel Wilkinson has headed to Florida to get some fishing in before the busiest time of the year in Rudolph (when he plays Santa Claus), his daughter Merry is gearing up for shopping craziness at Mrs Claus's treasures (meanwhile they have Thanksgiving as well as Christmas items out) and Aline, Noel's wife, has a group o Thanksgiving, a time to be thankful and Christmas is a time of Comfort and Joy, but not when a passel of Grinches arrive in Rudolph and upset the Thanksgiving and Christmas Spirit.Noel Wilkinson has headed to Florida to get some fishing in before the busiest time of the year in Rudolph (when he plays Santa Claus), his daughter Merry is gearing up for shopping craziness at Mrs Claus's treasures (meanwhile they have Thanksgiving as well as Christmas items out) and Aline, Noel's wife, has a group of college friends coming to stay for their first ever meet up since they all left college! So far so great, only the women seem to be into the "sport" of backbiting and bitchiness and there is also the possibility that one of them is a shop lifter! Even that could be (just about) coped with until one of the women winds up having an anaphylactic attack at the house, and all the others knew about her peanut allergy so is one of the others a killer or has someone come from outside?The other Grinch in the works? a newcomer who wants to take over the role of Santa - purely for his own political aims, and the problem is only a couple of people are seeing through his facade, Merry being one of them, so she needs to expose him at the same time as finding the killer or no-one will be thankful this Thanksgiving and Christmas will be a laughing stock.
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  • Marie McNary
    January 1, 1970
    Who doesn’t love a series that celebrates Christmas all year long? Merry and the gang are back in another charming installment of this entertaining series. The plot drew me in and I was unable to guess who the killer was. This book is a Christmas gift to each reader who is fortunate enough to pick up a copy. Read more here: https://cozyexperience.com/silent-nig...
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  • Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Reunions aren’t all they are cracked up to be. Sometimes the past is best left in the past. Silent Night, Deadly Night by Vicki Delancy is marvelously written story with compelling characters, a stunning setting and a perfectly plotted mystery. I can’t wait to read the other books in this series. Merry Merry Wilkinson is our sleuth and main cha I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Reunions aren’t all they are cracked up to be. Sometimes the past is best left in the past. Silent Night, Deadly Night by Vicki Delancy is marvelously written story with compelling characters, a stunning setting and a perfectly plotted mystery. I can’t wait to read the other books in this series. Merry Merry Wilkinson is our sleuth and main character. She has a gift shop in Rudolph, New York where they celebrate Christmas all year. Since it is the weekend before Thanksgiving, lots of things are happening in preparation for the Christmas season, and Merry is extremely busy. Things I like about Merry Matterhorn aka Mattie her St Bernard and the walks they take together. The way that she loves her town and wants to protect it from bad things. Merry’s love of her family is sweet. The way she sales locally made items in her shop, along with some other lovely things from the city. Merry’s ability to see the puzzle pieces and mentally put them together is outstanding. The fact that she doesn’t cook much and yet she doesn’t complain about it. Mystery & Story A few things are going on in this installment.First, Aline (Merry’s mom) is having a college reunion with the five ladies that she met and roomed with in college. These ladies don’t get along, and they are all in different social classes. They bickered way too much.Then Karla dies, and it is clear that it is one of the other ladies killed her. But who and why? Can a secret from 40 years ago possibly be the reason for murder?There is also a coo to out Merry’s dad as the town Santa Claus. And Thanksgiving is this week, so Merry’s shop is preparing for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Someone is shoplifting in the town's shops. Oh, and the interim mayor may or may not be compromised by a blackmailer.So, lots of things to keep the story moving right along. 5 Stars for Silent Night, Deadly Night by Vicki Delancy My rating for Silent Night, Deadly Night by Vicki Delancy is five stars. I love this story so much that I couldn’t put it down and read into the wee hours of the morning. Then when I woke up, it was the first thing on my mind, and I told my mom the whole story over breakfast. So, this is a fabulous story, and I recommend it to all of you cozy fans out there. Other Books in the Series Giveaway Prize: (1) Signed Print Copy - Silent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery) by Vicki Delany (U.S. and Canada Only)a Rafflecopter giveaway  Tour Organized by: To find all the tour information, click the banner at the top of the page or HERE.Have you signed up to be a Tour Host?   Click Here Find Details and Sign Up Today!Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of Silent Night, Deadly Night by Vicki Delany. Check out the other stops and giveaway if you have time.Until the next time,Happy Reading!This review was originally posted on Baroness' Book Trove
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fourth book in the A Year-Round Christmas Mystery series by Vicki Delany.This is one of those books that grows on you over time. There seemed to be way too many characters at the beginning between those at Merry's shop, different shop owners and the plethora of guests her parents were hosting at their house. The lead up to the death of the friend of Merry's mother seemed a too long and I was losing interest so quickly I feared that I would put it down if something didn't happen soon. This is the fourth book in the A Year-Round Christmas Mystery series by Vicki Delany.This is one of those books that grows on you over time. There seemed to be way too many characters at the beginning between those at Merry's shop, different shop owners and the plethora of guests her parents were hosting at their house. The lead up to the death of the friend of Merry's mother seemed a too long and I was losing interest so quickly I feared that I would put it down if something didn't happen soon.Once the whole situation with her father's job as Santa being threatened by a guy who could only be described as the Grinch, the book turned a corner. I knew from that point on I would be able to make it to the end.I found the guests being trapped at her mother's house a bit too convenient for my taste. Not too many people I know would have a house so big it could be converted into an instant bed and breakfast.This wasn't my favorite cozy mystery. It was okay. Decent. The mystery was solved at the end through leaps of logic the main character didn't share with us, the reader. I came away unsatisfied that I didn't get my own ah-ha moment when I figured it all out. At the end I was more relieved it was over. Having so many people in one place and in so many scenes was almost overwhelming to me. I was glad when they all vacated and went home. I wish the detective lady would have been more open. I felt like she was more enigma that anything. I never felt like I had gotten to know her by the end. It would be nice to expand her part a bit. Get more of a glimpse into her life.I might just be feeling like this since I hadn't read a book in this series previously. I felt so behind without enough of the relevant backstory.If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this out and choose for yourself.I received this as an ARC in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and author for allowing me to read this title.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    One sign of a GREAT series is that no matter how long it has been since you read a previous book in that series, once you begin the latest book you feel like you have come home. You feel surrounded by friends. That is how I felt picking up the latest in Vicki Delany's Year Round Christmas mystery series. I very much enjoyed being back in Rudolph.Friendship was supposed to be on the menu when Merry Wilkinson's mother, Aline, invited college friends for a weekend of reminiscing and relaxation. Alt One sign of a GREAT series is that no matter how long it has been since you read a previous book in that series, once you begin the latest book you feel like you have come home. You feel surrounded by friends. That is how I felt picking up the latest in Vicki Delany's Year Round Christmas mystery series. I very much enjoyed being back in Rudolph.Friendship was supposed to be on the menu when Merry Wilkinson's mother, Aline, invited college friends for a weekend of reminiscing and relaxation. Although from extremely varied backgrounds and experiences, Aline's memories were very different from what this weekend revealed. Full of subplots and tangled emotions, dark secrets and buried motives make this an interesting read.It has elements of a closed house party mystery, with all the suspects under one roof, and a deductive reasoning and elimination puzzle, like a game of clue, it is not as simple as that could imply but oh so enjoyable!It is the characters and their interactions that make this such a wonderful series.
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  • Deborah Almada
    January 1, 1970
    Love this series but I really felt sorry for Merry in this one, her mother's friends were over the top, what a bunch of unpleasant people! Christmas town is seriously under a cloud in this book. When one of the friends is poisoned, in her parents home, it's up to Merry to look out for her parents safety and reputation. I was happy to see all the negative in this book balanced with Merry's sweet and growing relationship with Alan. All in all it was nice to revisit Rudolph!!!
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  • Vicki Nichols
    January 1, 1970
    Another great book in The Year round Christmas Mystery series. It was easy to remember the characters in this series. A non stop read . Could be a stand alone but I recommend reading the other 3 in this series.
  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    A fun cozy Christmas town mysteryI really enjoyed this book. The characters are fun and relatable. I love everything Christmas so naturally I love this little series. I recommend this book to anyone who love a good cozy mystery.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This story was a bit outside the box for this series, focusing on the murder and the events of long ago. Excellent storytelling! During this upheaval, the town's longtime Santa's life is challenged by "a newcomer."
  • Britney Dillon
    January 1, 1970
    Another delightful adventure with Merry and crew. I always love delving into this series. The characters are fun, the mysteries intriguing, and the setting fun.
  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Great Series & each story gets better!
  • Johnna Hill
    January 1, 1970
    As usual, Vicki Delany has written another superb book. I can't get enough of Merry and the people of Rudolph.
  • Linda Lugar
    January 1, 1970
    Gosh, I love this series! It makes me sad this is the latest book and I will have to wait awhile for a new one to come out!!
  • D
    January 1, 1970
    A new resident in town, Wayne Fitzroy, is causing many problems. He is applying pressure and blackmail in his attempt to take over the Santa Claus parade role and Council position. As always surprising information is divulged on this character's character as the plot unfolds. Along with the reunion bickering women's stories, a complicated mystery makes up the heart of this book.
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series by Vicki Delaney. Who would not want to live in a town that is decorated for Christmas year-round? The characters are always a delight to visit with. The murder victim, the vilest of them all, is one that I could pick up almost immediately as the victim. However, when it came to the murderer, it was not someone on my suspect list - or on my radar at all! The twists and turns kept me guessing and on my toes for the duration of the book. I can't wait to visit again!
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