The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews
Murder never takes a holiday!
‘Tis the season for tree trimming, mistletoe-dangling, and a cut-throat competition that has everyone in Caerphilly on edge. Whatever happened to the simple joys and magical spirits of Christmas? Meg Langslow’s own mother is among those participating in a holiday-themed design extravaganza in which each room in an untenanted show house is decorated for the public to view. All the proceeds go to charity–so why are all the contestants fighting tooth and nail to win first prize?
That is the question Meg is trying to answer after Clay Spottiswood, the most haughty and hostile of the designers, turns up dead. With tempers flaring and fears on the rise, can Meg sort through the tinsel-strewn mayhem and solve a murder before the killer strikes again?
“Intrigue…amusement…Andrews reliably delivers. She also manages to slip in profundities and sentiments that warm the heart.”-New York Journal of Books
“Andrews does a spectacular job tying up all the loose ends into a big holiday bow!”-The Criminal Element