December Dread (Murder-by-Month Series #8) [NOOK Book]

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Silent Night, Deadly Night

With Christmas just over a week away, ?tis the season for grinning sales elves on TV, maddeningly jolly Muzak, and a guilty Nut Goodie addiction. But for Mira James and other Battle Lake-area women, the holidays are marred by something far worse?a serial killer leaving candy canes as his calling card. His target? Thirty-something brunettes who look just like Mira. When a woman from her high school graduating class becomes his latest victim, Mira plows ...

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December Dread (Murder-by-Month Series #8)

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Overview

Silent Night, Deadly Night

With Christmas just over a week away, ’tis the season for grinning sales elves on TV, maddeningly jolly Muzak, and a guilty Nut Goodie addiction. But for Mira James and other Battle Lake-area women, the holidays are marred by something far worse—a serial killer leaving candy canes as his calling card. His target? Thirty-something brunettes who look just like Mira. When a woman from her high school graduating class becomes his latest victim, Mira plows through a case of online dating turned deadly with Mrs. Berns at her side. Will she earn her detective stripes . . . or end up deader than the Ghost of Christmas Past?

Praise:
“Snappy jokes and edgy dialogue. Get started on this Lefty-nominated series if you’ve previously missed it.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Her latest is loaded with humor, and many of the descriptions are downright poetic.” —Booklist (starred review)

Finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The innocuous Christmas candy cane assumes monstrous connotations when it becomes the calling card of a serial killer in Lourey’s wryly comic eighth Murder-by-Month mystery (after November Hunt). Librarian Mira James discovers to her dismay that not only is she temporarily unemployed but also she fits the profile—same age, weight, and hair color—of the victims the killer is now targeting in small Minnesota towns. Afraid she’s being stalked, Mira continues to pursue her PI license and self-defense classes, and teams with an unlikely ally, feisty 80-year-old Mrs. Berns, whose salty wisecracks and poor judgment keep the story humming. Despite amateurish bungling and annoying the FBI in major ways, determined Mira is able to gather invaluable leads from her local connections that go back to grade school. Lourey, who keeps her secrets well, delivers a breathtaking finale. Agent: Victoria Skurnick, Levine Greenberg Literary. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Intrepid Mira James returns to her hometown of Battle Lake, MN, for Christmas and PI school, never suspecting a serial killer has holiday plans for her. Lefty Award finalist Lourey pulls out all the stops in this eighth case (after November Hunt).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738732015
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: Murder-by-Month Series , #8
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 178,685
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jess Lourey is the author of the Lefty-nominated Murder-by-Month mysteries set in Battle Lake, Minn. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Loft, and a founding faculty member of the Mystery Writers of America’s MWA University. Lourey resides in St. Cloud, Minn., where she is a professor of writing and sociology. For more information, visit her online at JessLourey.com.

Watch Jess on Showcase Minnesota (08/26/09).

Watch Jess on Twin Cities Live (09/02/09).

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Open publication - Free publishing - More battle lake
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    Posted February 11, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Excellent Book - A Definite Must Read

    A very well thought out story with excellent writing. I have read all of Jess Lourey's books and I have enjoyed every single one. If you are looking for a new mystery writer consider her the next time you want a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    SnowStorm

    Great! Could it be longer?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Cole

    Very nice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Dreaded Day chapter 3

    I sat in bed not moving. Mom walked in "Olivia get up you are not sick ive checked your tempsrture five times." I finally gave up. My stomach was churning with embarassment. I got dressed and got on the bus there were hispers and pointing and i heard snatches of conversation "thats her...but she looks like a girl...did she seriously go in the boys...bunny girl" I just sat there when i got to school i ran into homeroom and sunk in my seat Sarah put her hand on my shoulder "Im so sorry." I smiled. Then my crush walked in and smiled at me. I wonderd if it was in a mocking way. He whispered "Im Jake." I just smiled. "Idiot!" I thought to myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    This is Jess Lourey's best book yet!!! It's funny and thrilling.

    This is Jess Lourey's best book yet!!! It's funny and thrilling. Great Series. Support Our Local Minnesota Authors.

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