It’s a New Mexico Christmas. The lights are strung, the luminarias are set along the sidewalks. Treats are abundant and Charlie Parker is getting ready for her mother-in-law’s holiday visit. But there is trouble in the neighborhood and when death shows up - right next door - Charlie’s bright, festive plans suddenly take a turn for the dark.
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Cloying and not really about Christmas
Shelton gives good coverage to Christmas in New Mexico, and specifically in Albuquerque. But the plot itself has little to do with the holidays at all; the story could take place anytime of the year. That does detract.
The tale is told in a cloying way and sounds aimed at lower intelligence readers; it is a simplistic tale about neighborhood quirks and quirky characters. Does not have the feel of an experienced author.
The book spends most of the story covering family problems of a few families, and there is not even any crime committed until later in the book. Ending is forced. Yawn.
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- kimberlin sanders
Connie book was great ,this was my first time to read one of her books and let me tell you it won't be my last