From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Gemma Halliday...
Tessie King thought she knew all there was to know about tracking down bad guys after helping to find her father's killer. But when she’s locked out of the Royal Palace Casino in South Lake Tahoe during an ice storm, she’s suddenly faced with the task of tracking her own would-be assassin.
It’s Christmas Eve, the town is encased in ice, and it’s impossible to get an officer to respond without a dead body. With besties Tate and Britton in tow—and head of security, Alfie, desperately trying to keep track of all three—they set out to find the person responsible.
Will they find the attempted murderer before he can finish the job? Or will Santa be returning Tessie’s gifts this year?
The Tahoe Tessie Mysteries:
Luck Be A Lady (book #1)
Hey Big Spender (book #2)
Baby It's Cold Outside (holiday short story)
Here's what critics are saying about Gemma Halliday's books:
"A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible."
- Chicago Tribune
"Stylish... nonstop action...guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!"
- Publishers' Weekly, starred review
"Smart, funny and snappy… the perfect beach read!"
- Fresh Fiction
About the Author
Gemma Halliday is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of the High Heels Mysteries, the Hollywood Headlines Mysteries, the Jamie Bond Mysteries, the Tahoe Tessie Mysteries, the Marty Hudson Mysteries, and several other works. Gemma's books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader's Choice awards, a RONE award, and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her boyfriend, Jackson Stein, who writes vampire thrillers, and their four children, who are adorably distracting on a daily basis.
Sue was born and raised in the small town of Grinnell, Iowa. At the age of 21, she moved her family—parents and all—to the beautiful Ozarks region of Missouri where they have lived since. She is blessed with an adoring husband, two wonderful kids, the best sister in the world, and amazing parents. Writing has always been a passion in her life, to which family and friends can attest. From her first attempt at a spin-off of Dick and Jane, to her latest novel, her heart and soul has been poured into each word. Her most sincere wish is that you will find as much enjoyment in reading her stories as she did in their creation.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 stars ?????
A nice short 44 page story . Had a little bit of every thing in it, christmas, men, mystery, funnyness. Good read gor a 15 min break
Fun little short with engaging characters and a mystery in the casino at Christmas. Enjoyed it, but wished for it to be a little longer.
Gemma and T.Sue did a excellent job on “Baby it's Cold Outside.” The story-line was so well written and the plot was great. The characters were unique and very fitting in continuation with the last book. Tess was anything but pleased. A blizzard, all of the roads into Lake Tahoe blocked. That only left the Grinch and those who had nowhere to go on Christmas Eve except for here at the Royal Palace Casino and Resort. Merry frickin Christmas Eve, Tess muttered. Problems in the kitchen, it stunk to high heavens, so Tess tried to push the trash can out and got slammed right back into the kitchen. She gave it her best running start and made it, emptied the can and went to go back in but someone had shut the door and locked it. Tess was freezing to death and nobody answered her screams to open the door nor did anyone see her waving her arm at the cameras. Tess continued to try but she became to week and sleepy and suck down the wall. Tess was about to go unconscious when the door flew open and Alfie scooped her up and took her in. However Tess still went out like a light. The Dr. checked her over and hold her to take a bath, warn not hot. Tess refused to until she got a look at the security tapes to see who locked her out. They spotted a tall lanky fellow but couldn't make out any other details and no one saw anything. Tess however noticed the person was wearing a special hoodie employee gift from the Casino gift shop. Tess took off to the gift shop and let herself in she grabbed the receipts for the gifts and started going through them. There were about 20 so she took out the ladies, the short people she knew, those off work. The list was brought down to 3 men. Tess, Britton and Tate took off to the employee who lived the closest, Andrew. Andrew let them in and they tried to find out where he was that afternoon. Andrew got antsy. Tate told him that they had been to the gift shop and went through the receipts and narrowed down the suspects to him. Andrew went ballistic. He was waving it all over. Tess tried to calm him down and said maybe there was just a mistake. At the same time she made a hidden call to security and handed the phone to Britton. Tess the told Andrew that Alfie was on his way over. Andrew wanted to know how they find out that he was moving product in the snow globes? At the same time he pulled a gun out and grabbed Tess and shoved the gun into her temple. Tess didn't know she was bleeding until blood dripped onto her hand. Grab a copy and see what happens. I was given a copy for an honest review.