Coffeehouse manger Clare Cosi and her band of her merry men lead readers on
a wild and hilarious ride to find out who killed her Santa in this witty and intelligent cozy. Readers will be enthralled as the mystery unravels and the surprise killer is revealed.
Clare's determination to find out who killed her friend, a part-time comic and genial charity Santa, puts her in some colorful situations. She gets pinned in a dumpster after she's caught climbing up a fire escape to look for evidence and butts heads with a new cop who doesn't seem to respect her theories. With her boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, involved in his own cold case, Clare winds up investigating on her own -- and getting into her usual amount of trouble -- as there's an attempt on her life. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Nov., 384 pp., $23.95)