When the discovery of a body on a vacant lot puts an end to Police Chief Callie Morgan's surprise birthday party, Christmas week loses some of its charm. Not only does she know the dead man, he's a relation . . . of sorts.
Soon she's juggling a murder investigation and a rash of burglaries that may have been committed by the mythical Edisto Santa—a holiday secret Santa, who may have taken a page from Robin Hood's book and begun robbing from the tourist rich and giving to the local poor.
Since the suspects for both crimes are Edisto residents, no matter how delicately Callie treads, this holiday season will pit Callie against her beloved Edisto and leave her feeling like the Grinch, Scrooge, and Old Man Potter rolled into one. But she has no choice. Murder trumps Santa.
This year Callie is making a list and checking it twice.
Praise for C. Hope Clark: "A sparkling Edisto Island setting, a flawed heroine, a riveting mystery." —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author.
Hope Clark's books have been honored as winners of the Epic Award, Silver Falcion Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award.
"Murder, corruption, and page-turning intrigue . . . characters that bring a vivid literary element . . . and create a strong emotional response to their tangled lives."—Susan Cushman, author of Cherry Bomb and editor of Southern Writers on Writing.
About the Author: C. HOPE CLARK has a fascination with the mystery genre and is author of the Carolina Slade Mystery Series as well as the Edisto Island Mysteries, both set in her home state of South Carolina. In her previous federal life, she performed administrative investigations and married the agent she met on a bribery investigation. She enjoys nothing more than editing her books on the back porch with him, overlooking the lake, with bourbons in hand. She can be found either on the banks of Lake Murray or Edisto Beach with one or two dachshunds in her lap. Hope is also editor of the award-winning FundsforWriters.com.
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Callie Morgan is all set for a calm Christmas on Edisto Island. That is until her surprise birthday party when she is called away suddenly because a dead body is found. Then some of the tourists staying on the island for Christmas are missing some of their Christmas presents. Callie is racing around trying to figure out who is stealing Christmas presents and who murdered Ben. There are some surprises along the way. Did Edisto Santa steal the presents? What is the new restaurant owner hiding? As Callie spreads her small department thinly and pulls a 48-hour shift investigation herself, she gets some help from the new restaurant owner. Interesting read and I really like it. I would definitely recommend it.