Someone is intent on destroying the true meaning of Christmas—at least, destroying anything that hints of it. All around crime-scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire’s hometown, anything pointing to Jesus as the “reason for the season” is being sabotaged. The crimes become more twisted as dismembered body parts are found at the vandalisms. Who would go to such great lengths to dampen the joy and hope of Christ’s birthday? Someone’s determined to destroy Christmas . . . but Gabby St. Claire is just as determined to find the Grinch and let peace on earth and goodwill to men prevail.
Christy Barritt is an author, freelance writer and speaker who lives in Virginia. She’s married to her Prince Charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious–but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado. She’s only won one contest in her life–and her prize was kissing a pig (okay, okay… actually she did win the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery for her book Suspicious Minds also). Her current claim to fame is showing off her mother, who looks just like former First Lady Barbara Bush.
When she’s not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and exploring small, unsuspecting towns where people have no idea how accident prone she is.
In my quest to whittle down my Kindle TBR List, I am reading through my Christmas category. I was in the mood for a little cozy mystery along with my Christmas fix, so I chose Christy Barritt’s It Came upon A Midnight Crime, book 2.5 in her Squeaky Clean Mystery series. This 8.5 book series features Gabby St. Claire, crime scene cleaner and forensic investigator wannabe. It is not necessary to read the first 2 books in the series, but it would be helpful to begin at the beginning to get all the relationships straight and clue in on Gabby’s faith journey.
Gabby is a seeker/sceptic. Science is what she trusts, not faith. But she is keeping her mind open, especially since her hunky neighbor is a believer. Called to clean up a Nativity massacre, Gabby embarks on a search for the person trying to sabotage Christmas.
It Came upon A Midnight Crime is a very quick read. The mystery is light and light-hearted, but there are glimpses of why opponents of Christmas feel the way they do. I liked that Gabby kept an open mind and heart to those injured by Christmases past. I didn’t guess just whodunit, but the clues are there for those as astute as Gabby. All in all, a good diversion for those seeking to escape the hectic holiday prep.
(I purchased this book for my Kindle. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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