Thursday, November 7, 2013

Silent Knife by Shelley Freydont: Book Review

Shelley Freydont creates scenes and characters in Silent Knife that will transform even the Scoogiest. Escape to the Christmas village of your dreams in this holiday mystery of a Santa slaying and good cheer.

Overview: Christmas festivities in Celebration Bay take a turn for the worse when a Santa want-to-be is found murdered out of costume. The town's official Santa is a major suspect. Is this a case of jealousy between two Santa's or could a deeper secret lurk in this snowy Norman Rockwell village? The event planner who recently moved to town has a lot on her hands to keep the holidays from turning into a public relations nightmare.
Christmas Cozy

"It was unnerving to move to a seemingly idyllic town and discover that things weren't always as peaceful as they appeared."

Review: Shelley Freydont captures a believable heroine in Liv Montgomery, the ex-New Yorker who navigates the inner workings of this town where, "...gossip could be malicious."

While the mystery is well developed and the novel brims with village atmosphere, I somehow felt like an outsider in Celebration Bay. I wanted to get to know the characters beyond their stereotypes. For example, Dolly "plump and friendly" owns Apple of My Eye Bakery and the librarian wears a shall and "tortoiseshell glasses attached by a black cord." And what about Ted? He is the able body assistant to Liv who dons reindeer sweaters and keeps a private life that remains a mystery.

Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed my time reading Silent Knife. The book's premise to solve a  murder around a holiday event will lead to more fun cozies I'm sure. Maybe there's romance too ahead for Liv Montgomery and that studly editor who assists her in sleuthing. I look forward to finding out!

Hawaii sighting in Silent Knife: "It's the artist's rendering of Kapua, the mischievous god of ancient Hawaii."

Snappy dialogue: "She was like a bad penny: no one could figure out how to lose her."

Mystery Rating: 8 Candy Corns for putting me in a nostalgic holiday mood.

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Silent Knife by Shelley Freydont. The Berkley Publishing Group, 2013. ISBN: 9780425252383

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