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Death of a Santa

Juniper Grove Cozy Mystery, Book 4
Narrated by: Becky Doughty
Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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The fourth book in the Juniper Grove Mystery series!

Rachel never expected to be caught up in another murder investigation, especially at a wreath-making party. But when a member of the Four Santas, a Juniper Grove caroling group, dies at the party, minutes after telling her he fears for his niece’s safety, she is determined to act.

Eager to hunt down the truth, Rachel throws herself into solving the case, despite her blossoming romance with the town’s police chief. Convinced a killer is targeting the carolers, she must act quickly to get to the bottom of the mystery. Can she unravel a chorus of puzzling clues and crack the case before more carolers die?

This light, cozy mystery offers clean enjoyment with a female amateur sleuth in a small-town setting. No foul language, sex, gore, or graphic scenes of any kind. It can be listened to as a stand-alone, but it will be enjoyed more as part of the series.

©2017 Karin Kaufman (P)2018 Kaufman

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  • Beatrice
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  • 03-31-19

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This one was ok, but, I'm not sure if I will get any more in the series

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Someone Killing Santas!

In Death of a Santa by Kaufman, Rachel Stowe goes to a Christmas wreath- making party in her new hometown of Juniper Grove, Colorado. While making the wreaths, the women are visited by the town’s renowned Christmas carolers that call themselves the Four Santas and invite the cold men in for coffee and cookies. Micah Schultz, one of the Santas, pulls Rachel aside and asks her to investigate threatening phone calls his niece, Sonia Quinn, has been receiving. Then, within a couple minutes, Micah falls over and dies. As Chief James Gilman gets involved and discovers that this was murder, Rachel does her own investigating, leading to all kinds of conflict both personal and criminal.

Death of a Santa continues with the previous books in the Juniper Grove Cozy Mystery series in being delightful and creative. The book has a strong mystery plot and characters we become invested in. Further, it is clean of bad language, sex, and violence, ideal for giving to a child who is ready to graduate from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

Becky Doughty performs the audiobook edition of this book and takes on the personality of Rachel, who narrates the book. We become quickly convinced that we are listening to Rachel herself, as Doughty acts the role of the character effectively.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Death of a Santa. The book was clever, fun, and clean. It’s also a short listen, a mere four hours, so someone who goes through audiobooks more slowly than I do might appreciate the shorter length. I give this book five stars.