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FIRST IN A NEW SERIES! 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… As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays. That’s why she thinks her float in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade is FIRST IN A NEW SERIES! 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… As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays. That’s why she thinks her float in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade is a shoo-in for best in show. But when the tractor pulling Merry’s float is sabotaged, she has to face facts: there’s a Scrooge in Christmas Town. Merry isn’t ready to point fingers, especially with a journalist in town writing a puff piece about Rudolph’s Christmas spirit. But when she stumbles upon the reporter’s body on a late night dog walk—and police suspect he was poisoned by a gingerbread cookie crafted by her best friend, Vicky—Merry will have to put down the jingle bells and figure out who’s really been grinching about town, before Vicky ends up on Santa’s naughty list…


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FIRST IN A NEW SERIES! 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… As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays. That’s why she thinks her float in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade is FIRST IN A NEW SERIES! 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… As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays. That’s why she thinks her float in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade is a shoo-in for best in show. But when the tractor pulling Merry’s float is sabotaged, she has to face facts: there’s a Scrooge in Christmas Town. Merry isn’t ready to point fingers, especially with a journalist in town writing a puff piece about Rudolph’s Christmas spirit. But when she stumbles upon the reporter’s body on a late night dog walk—and police suspect he was poisoned by a gingerbread cookie crafted by her best friend, Vicky—Merry will have to put down the jingle bells and figure out who’s really been grinching about town, before Vicky ends up on Santa’s naughty list…

30 review for Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    3 1/2 stars (rounded up to a 4) to Vicki Delany's Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, her debut novel in the "A Year-Round Christmas Mystery" series. Some people love Christmas so much that they need an entire book series dedicated to it; and if you're one of those people, you'll enjoy this one even if you're reading it at Halloween! Story Rudolph, New York, a small town on the southern shores of Lake Ontario near the Canadian border, was named for someone who turned out to be not-so-name-worthy in t 3 1/2 stars (rounded up to a 4) to Vicki Delany's Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, her debut novel in the "A Year-Round Christmas Mystery" series. Some people love Christmas so much that they need an entire book series dedicated to it; and if you're one of those people, you'll enjoy this one even if you're reading it at Halloween! Story Rudolph, New York, a small town on the southern shores of Lake Ontario near the Canadian border, was named for someone who turned out to be not-so-name-worthy in the end. The town mayor, Noel Wilkinson, suggests telling everyone it was named after the famous reindeer and thus, Christmastown is born -- except, there are a few of these towns across the country and the neighboring towns aren't always thrilled when their town is suddenly considered second rate. When a semi-famous writer stops in Rudolph to publish a piece in a widely-read magazine about all the wonders of the Christmas village, he quickly sets the town a buzz... but when he turns up dead after eating at a local restaurant, Rudolph gets a bad reputation. Was it a neighboring town hoping to steal the glory? Was it a current resident with a unknown grudge? Or was it a personal vendetta from some outsider that just happened to occur in Rudolph? Merry Wilkinson and her family and friends of Christmas-loving lore are on the case so they can protect their income and their town from utter disaster. Along the way, we meet her opera-loving mother, Santa Clause double dad, best friend who is accused of the murder, two eligible bachelors for Merry to choose from, a former frenemy police officer, the newly transported Chicago detective, a quirky mayor, a bitter neighboring store owner, a rival-politician and the fun-loving staff of Merry's high-end Christmas decor shop. With a few side-stories about each of the main character's personal lives, a new series all about the wonderful world of Christmas is born. In the end, Merry solves the case and makes friends with the police so she's ready to solve another one in the future. Strengths For a debut novel, it gives a really well-rounded summary of the town and characters. For readers new to the cozy mystery genre, it will be the perfect intro. Characters and setting are clear and vivid. Multiple suspects for the whodunit. Several backstories dropped with different angles to continue on in the future. And if you're a fan of holidays, this one will make you smile. I was slightly worred that the Christmas theme could be annoying (I love Christmas but an entire book series?); however, Delany offers a good balance of story and setting so you can tune out or in as much of the descriptions as you want. Suggestions There are a few holes in the story or pieces of the plot that should have been more tightly addressed. Merry doesn't quite seem like someone who would give up her life in NYC and come back home just because of a situation with her boyfriend and job. I would have expected her to try to find other jobs in NYC but this whole area is covered a bit too quickly. When she does come back home, it seems like everyone just forgets she left Rudolph and everything picks back up again. I understand small town atmosphere, but I think a little more focus could have been added here. Final Thoughts There are a lot of mystery fiction books and authors to choose from, and once you settle into the cozy sub-genre, you still have a lot that could spark your interest. This one has a very clear theme that will either hook the audience or it will not. If you are a fan of holidays or Christmas or anything that comes with it, then you've got a good series to get started with. The author has just published the second in the series and I will be reading it later this week. Definitely worth continuining on...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

    If you are looking for a warm cozy with a lot of heart, some Christmas joy and mystery mayhem, look no further! Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany, was everything I lately wanted out of a holiday cozy mystery wrapped up in a package of a new series that holds a lot of promise for the future books. Merry, the main sleuth of this series is absolutely wonderful and delightful. Her devotion to the town and loyalty to her friends is very heart warming and admirable. "In Rudolph, we live If you are looking for a warm cozy with a lot of heart, some Christmas joy and mystery mayhem, look no further! Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany, was everything I lately wanted out of a holiday cozy mystery wrapped up in a package of a new series that holds a lot of promise for the future books. Merry, the main sleuth of this series is absolutely wonderful and delightful. Her devotion to the town and loyalty to her friends is very heart warming and admirable. "In Rudolph, we lived and breathed Christmas all year long. You might think that would make us hard and cynical when it arrived, but somehow it made me love the real thing all the more." It's Christmas time in Rudolph, New York a self proclaimed Christmas town and while its citizens are preparing for the influx of tourists that happen every time during this particular part of the year - the town it's running its own festivities starting with a morning parade. Merry's float ends up coming in last, causing a few glares from the locals since Santa was supposed to be last in line and in no time disqualifies her from winning anything for her float. While people are enjoying cider and free cookies at the after party, the last thing anyone would have suspected was for something deadly to happen in their safe little haven of a town. When a traveling journalist shows up to do a piece on Rudolph for an international media, everyone in town is excited, so when Merry discovers his cold body in the park not too soon after his arrival - her friends Vicky's cookies might have been the cause of his death. Now Merry must find a way to clear her best friend's name and solve who is responsible for trying to ruin their little town's reputation. Filled with amusing characters, holiday cheer, and mystery, Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is not a cozy to pass up on this season. Merry is a fresh new voice that I have fully found myself invested in and thoroughly engrossed with. I am looking forward to seeing what else she will have in store for us in future books. Vicki Delany handles the mystery with skill and her writing is so wonderful, the book was not only hard to put down, but very easily I found myself lost in that before I knew it, I was done. Detective Simmonds was a great addition to the story, and I can't wait to learn more about her. I think she and Merry bounced off each other well and I liked the fact that she seemed to really care about getting to the bottom of this murder unlike the local cop Candy. Simmons stopped so abruptly that Mattie ran into her. "Are you physically disabled, sir?" "No," Russ said, snapping a picture of her. "Good. Because if you aren't behind the tape in ten seconds I'll be taking you in. Got it?" I couldn't stand Candy. I think just because you are a cop it does not give you the right to treat people the way she does and she is particularly not fond of Merry and her friends. It was nice seeing her put in her place once or twice through the book. I hope I can eventually learn to understand her issues a bit more, but as of right now I do not condone her actions. Did I mention I loved the author's hints of humor here and there spread out through the book? "If this isn't Ryan Gosling calling for a date, you're a dead man," said a sleepy voice. "It's not Ryan, but you need to hear this," I said. "Go ahead," Vicky said with a groan. "Nigel Pearce, remember him, the English guy from World Journey?" "Of course I remember him. If you are calling to tell me he wants a date you really are a dead woman, Merry." Honestly the only thing that isn't sitting well with me is the romance in this book because it feels like it's heading for a triangle. You know me, I love my romance in cozy mysteries, they add a whole new level of excitement. But I can do without a triangle no matter what kind of genre I am reading. But, I also know it can be done quite differently in cozy mysteries,  so it will still be interesting to see where this will go. Seriously can't wait until the next book in this series and have you seen the cover? It's adorable. Rules Must be 13 years old or older to enter. (People under must have a parent enter for them) Must be a follower of the blog Winners will be notified by e-mail within 72 hours of the giveaway ending and will have 72 hours to respond to that e-mail or else a new winner will be chosen. So please do not skip the option of putting in the e-mail that you check most frequently. Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified. Sent by the publishers, so US only. a Rafflecopter giveaway This review was originally posted on Night Owl Book Café

  3. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts First things first, look at that gorgeous cover. I like to mention the artist and cover designers because the cozy covers are so incredible. This time Sarah Oberrender has taken my breath away. From the snow lined window to the puppy in the front, I don’t know how anyone could resist buying this paperback even before thinking about the fantastic story inside. Vicki Delany takes us to Rudolph, New York. A year round Christmas Town that is such a joy to visit. That is until a dea Dollycas’s Thoughts First things first, look at that gorgeous cover. I like to mention the artist and cover designers because the cozy covers are so incredible. This time Sarah Oberrender has taken my breath away. From the snow lined window to the puppy in the front, I don’t know how anyone could resist buying this paperback even before thinking about the fantastic story inside. Vicki Delany takes us to Rudolph, New York. A year round Christmas Town that is such a joy to visit. That is until a dead body is found and word gets out. The cancellations to the local hotels, inns and B&B’s start before you can say Jack Frost. A series of troubling events takes place and Merry knows there will be no Merry Christmas in Rudolph until the Grinch is caught. Merry Wilkerson, who happens to have sisters named Eve and Carol is a marvelous protagonist. Her shop Mrs. Claus’s Treasures is right in the heart of Rudolph so she is right on top of everything happening. Her dad being the former mayor and the local Santa Claus has his connections too. She knows her friend Vicky had nothing to do with the murder, she just has to prove it. She is strong, smart, and feisty. What I really like about this story is the way the town pulls together with the exception of whoever is trying to destroy the reputation and credibility of this great tourist attraction. Even Betty than owns the store next to Vicky. She may not be the nicest person but would she sabotage the whole town? A new resident to Rudolph, Detective Diane Simmonds, is one of my favorite characters. I think and hope that she and Merry will become good friends. All the residents of Rudolph are very real and engaging, each in their own way, including Merry’s adorable St.Bernard pup named Mattie. Delaney has given us a story full of holiday cheer, an exciting mystery, wondrous characters all in a place I would love to really visit. It’s charm just lit up my day. This is one mystery you shouldn’t miss this holiday season.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    I tried to get ahold of this book for the Christmas season, but was way too late! But, since this author will be attending a conference that I will attend in August, I decided that I would read it anyway. I have previously read her Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries, so I thought it would stand me in good stead to see what else she had to offer. Imagine my surprise then, when I felt like I was re-reading the Bookshop Mysteries! There are so many details in common. The protagonists are both young I tried to get ahold of this book for the Christmas season, but was way too late! But, since this author will be attending a conference that I will attend in August, I decided that I would read it anyway. I have previously read her Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries, so I thought it would stand me in good stead to see what else she had to offer. Imagine my surprise then, when I felt like I was re-reading the Bookshop Mysteries! There are so many details in common. The protagonists are both young women who moved away from small communities and returned, both of them have set up speciality shops, both have best friends who run bake shops, both re-encounter a man they used to date, both have dogs that they barely have time for, both meet an attractive man who has newly moved to the community, both of them discover dead bodies, both have a member of the police force that they don’t get along with, and neither of these women trust the police to fully investigate the deaths. That’s a lot of overlap. Don’t get me wrong--I finished the book. It was good enough to hold my attention to the end, although I was pretty sure of the destination. There were details that were delightful. This one is set in Rudolph, N.Y., billing itself as Christmastown USA. The main character is called Merry of course and her father (born on Dec. 25) is Noel and he is a dead ringer for Santa Claus. Merry’s dog, a young Saint Bernard, is called Matterhorn (though she calls him Mattie most often). Delany shows talent in naming her characters although I raised an eyebrow when the BFF in this one was named Vicky! I realize that if you enjoy a particular pattern, you will enjoy a repeat of it. Witness myself and my obsessive reading of Ilona Andrews’ writing. Those novels too repeat a formula over and over and I shamelessly enjoy them. So, if you enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries, I have absolutely no doubt that you will enjoy the Year-Round Christmas Mysteries and vice-versa.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    A year round Christmas mystery? Yes, please! Christmas is my favorite holiday, so to say I’ve been looking forward to author Vicki Delany’s new, Year-Round Christmas Mystery series would be an understatement. And Ms. Delany is off to a strong start with REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN. The town of Rudolph, New York, also known as Christmas Town, seems like such a magical please. Well, if you don’t count murder. Lead character, Merry Wilkinson is fun and scrappy, which leads to some truly hysterical s A year round Christmas mystery? Yes, please! Christmas is my favorite holiday, so to say I’ve been looking forward to author Vicki Delany’s new, Year-Round Christmas Mystery series would be an understatement. And Ms. Delany is off to a strong start with REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN. The town of Rudolph, New York, also known as Christmas Town, seems like such a magical please. Well, if you don’t count murder. Lead character, Merry Wilkinson is fun and scrappy, which leads to some truly hysterical situations. All the characters in this book are very well written, as is the extremely well plotted mystery itself. This was a real page turner, full of intrigue, action and fun. There were as many twists and turns as twinkle lights on a Christmas tree. I was guessing right up until the exciting reveal and still got it wrong! REST YE MURDERED GENTELMEN is a yuletide treat that readers are sure to enjoy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. I absolutely loved Rest Ye Married Gentlemen! The author did a great job of mixing an enticing mystery with all of the things I love about the holidays. I really love her characters. I feel like I know the characters, they are very realistic, they even have flaws. I do not recommend reading this book before going to bed. I kept finding myself in the position of trying to read one more chapter, but, actually reading three more, I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. I absolutely loved Rest Ye Married Gentlemen! The author did a great job of mixing an enticing mystery with all of the things I love about the holidays. I really love her characters. I feel like I know the characters, they are very realistic, they even have flaws. I do not recommend reading this book before going to bed. I kept finding myself in the position of trying to read one more chapter, but, actually reading three more, and not going to bed until after 2:00 am on a work night. It's very hard to put it down. I cannot wait for the next book to come out in this new series!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    I wasn't quite feeling this book. I didn't really care for any of the characters (except maybe "Santa Claus" Noel), especially the MC. I didn't find her endearing in any way, which is kind of a requirement for me in a cozy series. I also didn't feel much suspense throughout the book. It was more like I was just waiting for the reveal so the book would be over. I wasn't quite feeling this book. I didn't really care for any of the characters (except maybe "Santa Claus" Noel), especially the MC. I didn't find her endearing in any way, which is kind of a requirement for me in a cozy series. I also didn't feel much suspense throughout the book. It was more like I was just waiting for the reveal so the book would be over.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Really 4.5 stars, but I rounded up. I bought this book right after it came out because the premise sounded good to me, but I just let it sit on my shelf literally collecting dust, without reading it, until now. I enjoyed the Lighthouse Library mysteries written by the same author (which are coming back, thanks to Crooked Lane Books!!!) but for some reason I'd never picked this series up. Well, I'm glad I did last night. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen immediately sucked me in! I'll start with the one n Really 4.5 stars, but I rounded up. I bought this book right after it came out because the premise sounded good to me, but I just let it sit on my shelf literally collecting dust, without reading it, until now. I enjoyed the Lighthouse Library mysteries written by the same author (which are coming back, thanks to Crooked Lane Books!!!) but for some reason I'd never picked this series up. Well, I'm glad I did last night. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen immediately sucked me in! I'll start with the one negative in this book; there's a love triangle brewing. Besides that, the characters are smart, capable, and Merry investigates without investigating, if that makes sense. She really just looks around a little bit and the rest just falls into her lap. That's the way I like my mysteries! The killer wasn't transparent at all. I thought I had it figured out, but then the plot doubled back on itself and surprised me. The setting is perfect. Anyone who knows me knows that Christmas is my favorite, so a series on a town dedicated to Christmas? I was bound to love it. Overall a solid, wonderfully-written book. I highly recommend, and will read the next one soon!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ann Lou

    Welcome to Rudolph, otherwise known as Christmas Town. where people lived and breathed Christmas all year long. This book opens up with the Santa Claus parade, the biggest event in Rudolph. During the said parade, Merry's float has been sabotaged. And followed by strange happenings like poisoned gingerbread, hot dog cart explosion and even a clumsy attempt to get Santa out of town. Was someone out to deliberately ruin Christmas in Rudolph? There was little investigating going on from Merry but I Welcome to Rudolph, otherwise known as Christmas Town. where people lived and breathed Christmas all year long. This book opens up with the Santa Claus parade, the biggest event in Rudolph. During the said parade, Merry's float has been sabotaged. And followed by strange happenings like poisoned gingerbread, hot dog cart explosion and even a clumsy attempt to get Santa out of town. Was someone out to deliberately ruin Christmas in Rudolph? There was little investigating going on from Merry but I love the idea of the town. And that kept me reading. Can you imagine Christmas all year round? That would be awesome!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    If you want a textbook example as to how to launch a cozy mystery series, try Vicki Delany's first Year-Round Christmas Mystery, Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen. She skillfully introduces a small, cozy New York town, the shopkeepers and residents, along with a few possible suspects to a murder. And, she gives the entire town a reason for existence - Christmas celebration. Merry Wilkinson is owner of Mrs. Claus' Treasures, a gift shop in Rudolph, New York. She left a man and a dream job that turned int If you want a textbook example as to how to launch a cozy mystery series, try Vicki Delany's first Year-Round Christmas Mystery, Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen. She skillfully introduces a small, cozy New York town, the shopkeepers and residents, along with a few possible suspects to a murder. And, she gives the entire town a reason for existence - Christmas celebration. Merry Wilkinson is owner of Mrs. Claus' Treasures, a gift shop in Rudolph, New York. She left a man and a dream job that turned into a nightmare to return home to Rudolph, where Christmas is celebrated all year round. And, never more so than in December when the town launches the shopping season with the Santa Claus parade. Shopkeepers compete for the best float, and this year, Merry has high hopes of winning. At least she has high expectations until the tractor pulling her float won't start, and she's embarrassed that she holds up traffic, and Santa Claus' float has to move around hers. It seems like a small accident. That evening at the after-parade festivities, a photographer for World Journey, a top European travel magazine, snaps pictures of the partygoers, while concentrating on one of Merry's employees, Jackie. A few people are a little annoyed, including Jackie's boyfriend. But, who wanted the photographer dead, a man who could have brought fame to "America's Christmas Town"? When Merry and her St. Bernard puppy find the man's body in the park that night, she worries about Rudolph's reputation. And, she has every reason to worry, as Rudolph's problems, and notoriety, pile up. Delany's mystery is one of the most atmospheric stories I've read in quite some time. She creates a picturesque town, and then adds all the details of the Christmas holiday from carols to Santa to candy and Christmas shops with delightful ornaments and gifts. Then there are the townspeople themselves. Merry's father, Noel, is the image of Santa, and plays him to the hilt when he's in town. Her mother is an opera singer who leads the carolers. There's even a handsome toymaker. Best of all, as the mystery unfolds, Merry keeps the new police detective in the loop, and calls for help. And, despite the large number of mysteries I read, the killer came as a surprise, although the ending made sense. Vicki Delany is the author of the Constable Molly Smith novels, some of my favorites. Now, add this atmospheric, enjoyable series to the list. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is a perfectly crafted enjoyable mystery.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    While walking her dog at night, Merry Wilkinson finds a reporter’s body. Then Merry’s best friend becomes the chief suspect. Unwilling to accept that her friend is a murderer, Merry decides to use her considerable investigation skills to discover who the killer is. While Merry is strong and resourceful, she gets much help from the locals, who are all charming. There’s plenty of Christmas spirit throughout this story, the small town setting is delightful, and the mystery is enhanced with several un While walking her dog at night, Merry Wilkinson finds a reporter’s body. Then Merry’s best friend becomes the chief suspect. Unwilling to accept that her friend is a murderer, Merry decides to use her considerable investigation skills to discover who the killer is. While Merry is strong and resourceful, she gets much help from the locals, who are all charming. There’s plenty of Christmas spirit throughout this story, the small town setting is delightful, and the mystery is enhanced with several unexpected twists. A fun, Christmas-themed cozy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erica Chaillot

    A good Christmas cozy complete with love interests, a picturesque Christmas town, and a puppy. What more is there to like?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    A town that survives by celebrating Christmas all year long! Merry Wilkinson owns Mrs. Claus's Treasures in Rudolph, New York. Her father and former mayor is Santa Claus. Her mother and retired opera diva teaches voice. When sabotage and murder threaten to ruin the town's livelihood during the December festivities Merry has to step up and find out what is going on before everything is lost. I found the characters delightful, the theme interesting and the murder plot well done. The ending was a t A town that survives by celebrating Christmas all year long! Merry Wilkinson owns Mrs. Claus's Treasures in Rudolph, New York. Her father and former mayor is Santa Claus. Her mother and retired opera diva teaches voice. When sabotage and murder threaten to ruin the town's livelihood during the December festivities Merry has to step up and find out what is going on before everything is lost. I found the characters delightful, the theme interesting and the murder plot well done. The ending was a total surprise and I am looking forward to the next book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    A good start to the series. I enjoyed my visit to Christmas town. The story was good, I liked the characters and I was totally surprised by the culprit. There is definitely a love triangle going on and I’m on the fence about it but since this is just book one it is okay.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Merry Wilkinson finds herself right in the middle of a murder mystery which is very unusual in the quaint town of Rudolph, New York. This type of thing never happens there. To add to the drama, the neighboring town of Muddle Harbor is declining and fast. They are thrilled to see Rudolph deal with the bad publicity of a murder in the hopes that it will help their own town's economy rise. When people start canceling their reservations in Rudolph, Muddle Harbor not only appears to be cashing in on Merry Wilkinson finds herself right in the middle of a murder mystery which is very unusual in the quaint town of Rudolph, New York. This type of thing never happens there. To add to the drama, the neighboring town of Muddle Harbor is declining and fast. They are thrilled to see Rudolph deal with the bad publicity of a murder in the hopes that it will help their own town's economy rise. When people start canceling their reservations in Rudolph, Muddle Harbor not only appears to be cashing in on the tourism but the authorities wonder if they aren’t responsible for the murder – not to mention the strange things suddenly happening in Rudolph. I heard about this book a few months ago and I’ve anxiously been awaiting its release. It’s everything I hoped for and more. The idea of a year-round town dedicated to Christmas is so sweet and unique. Some of the characters are just as cute as the town, others not so much. However, you always need villains to keep the story moving along. Vicki Delaney gives us a wide array of characters with a marvelous mix of good and bad. I delved right into this story – it grabbed me in and wouldn’t let me go. It’s perfect for this time of year. Although the town is a year-round Christmas town, this particular book is set around the Christmas holiday. The storyline has a nice blend of mystery and romance. There were twists and turns that come with a good mystery. I didn’t see the ending coming at all. It totally took me by surprise, which is always a plus in my book. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours. The only thing more fun would actually be visiting a town like Rudolph, New York. FTC Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Terri Wino

    This was a quaint little mystery with likeable characters that takes place in Rudolph, New York where they celebrate Christmas year round. The story moved along at a steady pace and there were enough viable suspects that it kept me guessing until nearly the end. I would have finished this book much sooner, but it was my secondary book that I only read a few pages per day. I liked this book enough to read the next in the series, but it wasn't anything I would rave about. (2016 reading challenge cat This was a quaint little mystery with likeable characters that takes place in Rudolph, New York where they celebrate Christmas year round. The story moved along at a steady pace and there were enough viable suspects that it kept me guessing until nearly the end. I would have finished this book much sooner, but it was my secondary book that I only read a few pages per day. I liked this book enough to read the next in the series, but it wasn't anything I would rave about. (2016 reading challenge category: a book about a holiday or that takes place during a holiday)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    3.5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    Not sure if I have read very many Christmas cozy mysteries,but this one was fun to read,and I just had to know..

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angela Simmons

    I’m always looking for a good cozy mystery that will draw me in an keep me guessing until the very end and Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen was exactly what I was looking for. Here’s what’s going on. When a freelance journalist covering Rudolph’s Christmas spirit dies after eating a poisoned gingerbread cookie, Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is out to prove her best friend, Vicky who owns the bakery, wasn’t the perpetrator. Merry starts wondering if perhaps the killer followed the j I’m always looking for a good cozy mystery that will draw me in an keep me guessing until the very end and Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen was exactly what I was looking for. Here’s what’s going on. When a freelance journalist covering Rudolph’s Christmas spirit dies after eating a poisoned gingerbread cookie, Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is out to prove her best friend, Vicky who owns the bakery, wasn’t the perpetrator. Merry starts wondering if perhaps the killer followed the journalist to New York until strange events start occurring around town threatening to destroy the image of America’s Christmas town. Now Merry’s on a mission to track down the killer and save Rudolph. Merry was such an easy character to like—which was good given that this book was told from her POV. She left town and followed her dreams but ultimately returned to her hometown and started a business selling handcrafted gifts and Christmas decorations. She definitely has the Christmas spirit and she loves her little Christmas town so when someone is out to destroy Rudolph, Merry takes it upon herself to stop them. Like most cozy mysteries, this book does have the start of a love triangle for Merry. There’s Russ—he’s a Rudolph newbie and reporter for the newspaper. Then there’s Allen—he’s a woodworker who also is a toymaker, he and Merry dated in high school. I really want to see Merry end up with Allen, they just seem right for each other. My only problem with this was that I wanted Merry to speak up about what she wanted. It was obvious she wanted Allen but she was willing to allow Russ to pull her away from spending time with him. The mystery was brilliant and kept me guessing until the end. Although once the killer was revealed, I was surprised I hadn’t put the pieces together. As this is the start of a new series, parts of the book were a tad bit slow as the author filled in the reader about the town and it’s residents. While it slowed down the pace, it didn’t shift my focus away from the plot. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this start to a new series. With cozies, I want to be pulled in by the setting, the characters, and the mystery and I have to say I was. There’s a bevy of charming and unique residents of Rudolph that truly brings this book to life and, I have to say, I’m eager to read the next book in the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Everyone loves Christmas… or do they? Rudolph, New York prides itself on celebrating Christmas all year round but this year murder has been thrown into the mix and now Christmas is in jeopardy. Merry Wilkinson, proprietor of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is right in the middle of things after discovering the dead body. Worse yet, one of her dearest friends is under police investigation as a result. Can Merry and her friends uncover the culprit in time to save Rudolph and Christmas? What a splendid start Everyone loves Christmas… or do they? Rudolph, New York prides itself on celebrating Christmas all year round but this year murder has been thrown into the mix and now Christmas is in jeopardy. Merry Wilkinson, proprietor of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is right in the middle of things after discovering the dead body. Worse yet, one of her dearest friends is under police investigation as a result. Can Merry and her friends uncover the culprit in time to save Rudolph and Christmas? What a splendid start to a series! Vicki Delany immerses her readers into the holiday spirit as we see all things Christmas in Rudolph, New York. I wish I could browse the shelves of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures and see firsthand the hand-crafted trains made by Alan Anderson from his own toyshop. I could practically smell the tantalizing aromas from Victoria’s Bake Shoppe as Vicki Delany teases us with the scrumptious sounding desserts. Part of the fun of reading REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN is seeing and envisioning all of the Christmas joy found in Rudolph, New York. I also love that Vicki Delany doesn’t shy away from showing the difficulties of keeping a niche tourist industry alive. From the hardships faced by the town due to an unscrupulous murderer to the realities of keeping businesses viable, the townspeople of Rudolph continue to forge ahead and maintain the Christmas atmosphere that makes their town so special. However, I do have to admit that I laughed quite heartily when the origins of the tourist industry in Rudolph are revealed. REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN is an entertaining cozy mystery that brings Christmas to life. Vicki Delany does a spectacular job at crafting likable characters and creating a warm, Christmassy atmosphere. I look forward to future books in the Year-Round Christmas Mystery series. Easily recommended! *I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Toney

    Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is a great start for a new series which is set in Ruldoph, NY (aka Christmastown.) Almost everyone who lives in Christmastown has the Christmas spirit. However, it appears that there is a Grinch among them that is determined to ruin the holiday spirit in Christmastown for good. Merry is the main character in this book. She is the owner of Mrs. Claus' treasures, a store which provides unique Christmas gifts for tourists who come to town. Her family is also firmly entrenc Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is a great start for a new series which is set in Ruldoph, NY (aka Christmastown.) Almost everyone who lives in Christmastown has the Christmas spirit. However, it appears that there is a Grinch among them that is determined to ruin the holiday spirit in Christmastown for good. Merry is the main character in this book. She is the owner of Mrs. Claus' treasures, a store which provides unique Christmas gifts for tourists who come to town. Her family is also firmly entrenched in ensuring that Christmastown is successful (her father is Santa Claus and her mother is a retired opera singer who teaches and sings wonderful Christmas carols for entertainment.) Everyone in town is dedicated to making sure that the holiday season is successful. However numerous mishaps keep occurring (including tractor sabotage and accusations of murder) to the people close to Merry. She decides that investigating is the only way to ensure that Christmastown will survive the holiday season. I have to admit, I love holiday cozies. This story definitely fits the bill..it provides a great introduction to the main character as well as the townspeople. The characters are portrayed in a realistic manner and I had a hard time guessing who was responsible. There is a hint of a love triangle and hopefully it will not be overplayed in upcoming books in the series. Overall, I think it is great book and I look forward to the next release in this series. I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review

  22. 4 out of 5

    Once Upon a Romance Reviews

    4.75 Stars Sexual Content: None Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: None Violent Content: None Merry Wilkinson only has a few days to save Rudolph before Christmas. Rudolph, New York is better known as one of America's Christmas Towns. An international reporter came to town to put the town on the map with a documentary of Christmas in Rudolph, but one major problem occurred.... he was murdered by a gingerbread cookie After the murder other minor accidents continued to occur that prompted reservations 4.75 Stars Sexual Content: None Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: None Violent Content: None Merry Wilkinson only has a few days to save Rudolph before Christmas. Rudolph, New York is better known as one of America's Christmas Towns. An international reporter came to town to put the town on the map with a documentary of Christmas in Rudolph, but one major problem occurred.... he was murdered by a gingerbread cookie After the murder other minor accidents continued to occur that prompted reservations to be canceled and tourists to find other towns to visit. Christmas had to be saved. Merry, the owner of Mrs. Claus Treasures, was always in the wrong place at the right time to start putting the clues together. While saving Christmas, Merry was also being pursued by two of the town's most eligible bachelors, a toy maker and a reporter. Who can she chose or should she have to? My favorite character is Santa, or Noel, while others were panicking he was the calm in the storm. The townspeople turned to him for a plan and he also knew what to do. He also continued to bring joy to the tourist. In my mind I suspect he always knew who the naughty one was but he wanted the person to confess. This book included all the magical elements needed in a Christmas story, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, a toy maker, and even a cop named Candy... even if she was a little sour. I am looking forward to the next installment from America's Christmas Town. -- LINDA

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is the first book in the A Year-Round Christmas Mystery Merry Wilkinson own Mrs. Claus's Treasures in Rudolph, NY. The cities claim to fame is that celebrate Christmas all year long and have a Christmas Parade twice a year. It's only a couple weeks till Christmas and the shop owners have their floats lined up ready for the annual parade. Merry, feels sure that she has the winning float this year, but as the parade is starting to move out the tractor pulling Merry's float Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is the first book in the A Year-Round Christmas Mystery Merry Wilkinson own Mrs. Claus's Treasures in Rudolph, NY. The cities claim to fame is that celebrate Christmas all year long and have a Christmas Parade twice a year. It's only a couple weeks till Christmas and the shop owners have their floats lined up ready for the annual parade. Merry, feels sure that she has the winning float this year, but as the parade is starting to move out the tractor pulling Merry's float won't start. The next day Rudolph has an unexpected guest, Nigel Pearce, a writer for a popular European travel magazine, World Traveler. He's in Rudolph to an article about “Christmas Town, USA”. One evening a Christmas party for the town, Vicky Casey, owner of Vicky's Bakery has prepared a specially decorated cookie of Dickens for Pearce. Later that evening while Merry is walking St. Bernard puppy, and she stumbles over the dead body of Pearce. The residents are nervous about what is going on there town, with one person already dead, once word gets out the town's reputation will be ruined and the residents will lose their livelihood. Merry and her father, Noel, the former mayor begin to do their own sleuthing. This book has a very interesting cast of characters, most all one would like to friends with. Will be watching for the next visit to Rudolph.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This book is the first installment in the Year Round Christmas Mystery series by Vicki Delany. I have not previously read anything by this author, who also writes under the name Eva Gates, but I can tell you it will not be the last. I loved this book. While it is a holiday themed book, I think it can be read any time of the year and it would not lose its charm. I was drawn into this book from the very first pages with the authors description of the town and the Christmas parade. The characters we This book is the first installment in the Year Round Christmas Mystery series by Vicki Delany. I have not previously read anything by this author, who also writes under the name Eva Gates, but I can tell you it will not be the last. I loved this book. While it is a holiday themed book, I think it can be read any time of the year and it would not lose its charm. I was drawn into this book from the very first pages with the authors description of the town and the Christmas parade. The characters were all well written and I found them to be quirky and fun. The author spins a great tale with wonderful descriptions that engage the reader and allows them to know and love both the characters and the town. The mystery is a strong, solid mystery with plenty of twists and turns. I was surprised to find out the killer's identity at the end and the reason for the mischief in the town following the murder. The pace of the story was just right and I didn't feel there were any lulls or gaps with the story line. Vicki Delany delivers a wonderful first installment to this series and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Rudolph New York.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is the first book in a series where Rudolph New York celebrates Christmas all year long. The town is filled with shops that celebrate Christmas and the towns people love it when the tourists arrive in town to shop. Their main celebrations are at Christmas time and in July. However, someone seems to be trying to blemish the reputation of Rudolph. Tourist are being given the message from a neighboring town that Rudolph is not a safe place to visit and shop. Tourist start Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is the first book in a series where Rudolph New York celebrates Christmas all year long. The town is filled with shops that celebrate Christmas and the towns people love it when the tourists arrive in town to shop. Their main celebrations are at Christmas time and in July. However, someone seems to be trying to blemish the reputation of Rudolph. Tourist are being given the message from a neighboring town that Rudolph is not a safe place to visit and shop. Tourist start canceling their visits to the town. There are quite a few suspicious acts and one murder of a international reporter who was there to do an article on the Christmas town. The book read fast as the pacing held my interest. I thought the solution to the mystery was quite good as I did not have it solved as I neared the end of the book. i like this when the author does a very good job of plotting and keeping the reader in suspense as to who the murderer was and what the motive was for all the acts committed. Cozy readers should especially like this book and if they enjoy reading Christmas cozies they will be very cozy and happy with this book..

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Merry Wilkinson loves living in a winter wonderland. When one accident to many suggests someone is intent on sabotaging Christmas in Rudolph, NY, Merry and her friends must find the culprits responsible and stop them before their unique Christmas Town is ruined! I enjoyed Merry; her friend, Vicky; Alan, the toy maker; and Matterhorn, Merry's dog; to name a few of the story characters. Enjoyable holiday story. Merry Wilkinson loves living in a winter wonderland. When one accident to many suggests someone is intent on sabotaging Christmas in Rudolph, NY, Merry and her friends must find the culprits responsible and stop them before their unique Christmas Town is ruined! I enjoyed Merry; her friend, Vicky; Alan, the toy maker; and Matterhorn, Merry's dog; to name a few of the story characters. Enjoyable holiday story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is a year-round Christmas Mystery set in a small town of Rudolph. Merry Wilkinson, the own of Mrs Claus's Treasures in Rudolph believed that her float would win the best in the annual Rudolph show. However, the did not happen her float sabotaged and removed from the parade, and the reporter who is coving the event found murdered. Merry Wilkinson started to investigate to find the killer and save the small town of Rudolph. The readers of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen will Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is a year-round Christmas Mystery set in a small town of Rudolph. Merry Wilkinson, the own of Mrs Claus's Treasures in Rudolph believed that her float would win the best in the annual Rudolph show. However, the did not happen her float sabotaged and removed from the parade, and the reporter who is coving the event found murdered. Merry Wilkinson started to investigate to find the killer and save the small town of Rudolph. The readers of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen will follow Merry Wilkinson investigation to see if she saves Rudolph. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is a lovely cozy mysteries that you can set in your favourite chair with cup tea and packet of Tim Tam and loss a couple of hours with the antics of the characters in this book. I grantee that you will be unable to stop laughing while reading this book. I like Vicki Delany portrayal of her characters and the way they intertwine with each other. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is well written and researched by Vicki Delany. I recommend this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Mclaren

    What a delightful surprise! To be able to cozy up with Merry Wilkinson and the other characters of Rudolph, New York, where it's Christmastime all year long. Only this year, there is a grinch at work. First, the tractor for Merry's Christmas Parade float fails to start, and from there it goes downhill. There's a death, a couple of fires and enough small time back stabbing between the city rivalries to power city lights. It makes it difficult to keep the Christmas spirit, even if your dad is Sant What a delightful surprise! To be able to cozy up with Merry Wilkinson and the other characters of Rudolph, New York, where it's Christmastime all year long. Only this year, there is a grinch at work. First, the tractor for Merry's Christmas Parade float fails to start, and from there it goes downhill. There's a death, a couple of fires and enough small time back stabbing between the city rivalries to power city lights. It makes it difficult to keep the Christmas spirit, even if your dad is Santa Claus. But to bring the spirit back to Rudolph and its visitor, Merry and her friends start to look for clues — who could want to do this? Who benefits from the scare tactics? Fun, quick good reading all around. And a treat for the holidays!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I definitely would not want to live in Christmas Town USA, but it was a fun place to visit and I do believe I would enjoy shopping there.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Prockish

    I love reading Christmas cozies in July and this was the perfect one to kick start July 2021. I am totally hooked. What a fun idea! A town that does Christmas all year long. Of course, having an amazing author made this book so much better. Definitely add this to your tbr list.

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