The Five Santas

The Five Santas

by Jay Mims

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Overview

The Five Santas by Jay Mims

Christmas is a slow season for private investigator Dan Landis. It takes a particularly cold-hearted Grinch to cheat on your spouse during the most wonderful time of the year.

With no windows to peep through, Dan takes a job with a local department store as security. However, Dan gets more than he bargained for when he finds the body of a street corner Santa Claus, stuffed behind a dumpster.

As the red suited bodies keep piling up, Dan is in a race against time. Find the killer, save Christmas, and maybe ask out the pretty blonde who works in the wrapping department.

All in a day's work for everyone's favorite private eye.

Picking up where the events of "The Rose Bandit" left off, Dan Landis begins the exciting adventures that will change his life forever in this, the first book in the "Oncoming Storm" quartet.

Jay Mims continues his unique brand of storytelling as readers go on a wild and entertaining ride into the eccentric world of Dan Landis and friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997212525
Publisher: Mims Entertainment
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jay Mims, better known as Mimsey, lives two miles past nowhere with The Mimsus. He also accidentally adopted his neighbor's cat, Eartha Kitty, has a lizard named Bob hiding in his house, and tolerates a passive-aggressive Dalek roommate named Steve. When not writing cozy mysteries, Jay teaches and is learning knitting. Jay is currently working on knitting a cape. Capes are cool.

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The Five Santas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Business is slow for P.I. Dan Landis. Not a lot of people needing him to catch cheating spouses during Christmas. So he moonlights as a security guard in a department store. Bored to tears, he finally gets some action and chases a thief out the back door. The perp gets away but Dan has bigger problems. He’s just stumbled on Santa, and he’s quite dead. And soon he’s wading through dead Santas.. They start piling up, as the title The Five Santas says. From not much happening, to catching the Kringle Killer and shopping for the perfect gift for his partner, Abbey,there’s never a dull moment for Dan. Usually, when you picture a private detective, you envision someone tall, dark, and deadly. Dan is all of those things. But he’s also got some odd quirks, like using movie quotes in his conversations and wearing his trademark day-glo socks. He has an odd way about him but he’s very much his own man. His relationship with his partner, Abbey, is still new. Though this isn’t central to the story, it sure spices things up. I just worry about playing where you work. The humor is all over the place in this book. The mystery of the Kringle Killer isn’t readily apparent. Each character is strongly written, easy to distinguish and empathize with. The romance is sweet, snarky, and maddening. And the action is fast, fast, fast. Bring on the next book. I’m ready for more.
ACampbell84 More than 1 year ago
Jay Mims brought comedy and killings together in one fantablous book! It is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cute story. Loved the humor and the one liners. Jay Mims has the sort of twisted humor I enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a world of detective stories filled with overt violence and constantly seething rage, this is one that takes a lighter approach. Mims' first effort is fun, page turning and he really finds his voice as he goes along. He drops some big bombs right at the end and I am very interested in what happens next. I would recommend this book to any age group going down to middle school. Very family friendly. Low violence even though it's a murder mystery and the romance is sweet, not explicit.
C4C More than 1 year ago
Five dead santas, what's not to love?
K-Reckard More than 1 year ago
Dan Landis is a quirky, eccentric, atypical detective that finds himself in the wrong places at the wrong times. The hustle and bustle of a department store at the apex of the holiday season can put the Scrooge in any security guard, especially an out of work detective needing to pay his bills. Unfortunately, the increasing count of dead Santas has the heat on this detective, in more ways than one. This detective's friends and family have plenty of experience with his unconventional ways. Dan's got a peculiar sense of humor and an uncanny way of reciting bizarre quotes, from the oddest array of old movies. Add his avant-garde method of getting to the bottom of a mystery and the reader easily finds herself drawn to this strange detective. Mr. Mims did a great job incorporating a vast mixture of personalities that he can use to make a great collection of stories. The relationship between Dan and Abbey seem quite untouched in The Five Santas. For the female reader, they want to uncover more in the next installment. For the men. they want to hear more about her legs! Overall, the characters were great; but the lack of details leaves the direction of the story somewhat predictable and could possibly leave the reader disengaged. I really appreciated how the author wrapped up this book. A little mystery to warm your heart and the perfect amount of anticipation leading into the next book, I feel it was executed terrifically. I really can't wait to see if Abbey's alter ego, Bunny Hayes, shows us what she is made of.