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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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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