Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of twenty-three published crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series. Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.
Her latest release is God Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen:
In Rudolph, New York, it’s Christmastime all year long. But this December, while the snow-lined streets seem merry and bright, a murder is about to ruin everyone’s holiday cheer…
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Is There a Grinch in Christmas Town?
I love Christmas. Almost everyone loves Christmas.
Although most of us would agree that Christmas can come too soon. We complain (I certainly do) about decorations in the stores and seasonal ads on TV before summer’s even over, never mind Halloween arrived.
But still, a lot of us do our shopping ahead of time. I know people who buy decorations for next year the week after this year’s Christmas, and who start shopping around the time they put away the New Years’ Decorations. Certainly, it’s a wise woman (or man) who starts her baking in plenty of time. A traditional Christmas cake or old-fashioned English pudding, full of rum or brandy, or sometimes both, needs to be started months ahead to be perfect for the big day.
It’s precisely to help out those early birds that the town of Rudolph, New York celebrates Christmas all year round.
Don’t rush to your atlases or Google maps looking for Rudolph because I made it up. It’s the town at the center of my series, the Year Round Christmas mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime.
Rudolph wants to be known as America’s Christmas Town and everything in Rudolph is about celebrating the holidays. All year round. They have a Santa Claus parade twice a year. The usual one the first Saturday in December, and then another for Christmas in July.
But it’s in the autumn when the townspeople and shop owners of Rudolph really spring into high gear. And there’s no place busier than Victoria’s Bake Shoppe, owned by Vicky Casey. This year, Vicky has more to worry about than whether or not her cakes will rise. She’s fallen head over heels in love with the new chef at the Yuletide Inn. When the son of the owner of the inn begins to implement “efficiencies”, all of the townsfolk are up in arms. And no one is angrier than Chef Mark, who turns out to have a secret buried in his mysterious past.
Is there a Grinch in Christmas Town?
Good thing Vicky has these quick and easy cookies in her holiday-baking repertoire.
Vicki Delany’s Mother’s Stained Glass Cookies
Perfect for Christmas! These cookies are so quick and easy and are always a huge hit in my family. Be sure and prepare the dough a day ahead of baking.
1 cup soft butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 cup slivered almonds
½ cup red glace cherries – chopped
½ cup green glace cherries – chopped
Mix butter and brown sugar. Add vanilla, salt and mix until combined. Add flour.
Stir in almonds and cherries.
Roll dough into logs, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate overnight.
Unroll logs and slice into ¼ inch thick rounds. Place rounds on baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
You might find Vicky Casey baking these cookies at Victoria’s Bake Shoppe in Vicki Delany’s Year Round Christmas Series. Perfect for those who like a little murder and mayhem in their holiday festivities. And don't we all, on occasion?
We Wish You A Murderous Christmas, the second in the series is now available.
Vicki would like to give away one copy of We Wish You A Murderous Christmas to a MLK reader. To enter, please leave ac comment below with your email address so we can contact the winner. US entries only, please.
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