Title: The 19th Christmas
Author: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 7 October 2019
Print Length: 368 pages
Genre: #Fiction #MurderThrillers #SuspenseThrillers #WomenSleuths
There is an old saying, never judge a book by its cover and this one rang true for us
As you can see the front cover is a wooded snow scene with a woman who is wearing a red coat and who is hurriedly walking through the woods. Is someone after her? Where is she going? Who is this woman? What does the title, The 19th Christmas mean? A note on the front of the book reads, “The New Women’s Murder Club Novel" so we suspected it was a murder mystery solved by women.
Note, we had not heard of nor read any other Women’s Murder Club novels. So had no idea what to expect.
One of the blurbs on the back cover is written by Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the D. D. Warren series. We have not read any of the D. D. Warren series, but what Garden wrote caught our attention. “Everything you love about Patterson and the Women’s Murder Club – smart characters, shocking twists, and a villain so evil you count down to the very last page to discover what will happen next.”
Title: An Olde Christmas Carol: A Storm Ketchum Tale (Storm Ketchum Tales Book 1)
Author: Garrett Dennis
Published: TBD Press
Publication Date: 11 July 2015
It is December 1st and the holiday season is upon us. Everywhere we go there are bright red and green decorations mixed in with silver bells and gold trimmings.
The title of this book (which can be gotten if you join the mailing list of Garrett Dennis-here) echoes A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Storm Ketchum is described as “a walking country-song disaster.” He is recently retired and has moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
The story opens with Ketch, as he likes to be called, walking out onto the porch, wrapping himself in a crochet afghan and sitting in a rocking chair with a cup of coffee on a cold January morning. Not a December morning or a day close to Christmas, but after Christmas. His dog Jack is laying down nearby.
As Ketch sits in the rocking chair he decides that he and Jack would take a day trip to Olde Christmas.
As the story unfolds, Ketch finds himself face to face with characters of his past, present, and future. Along the way he is introduced to the legend of Old Buck and thrown into a scenario where he must help solve the case of the stolen cash box.
Is Ketch an old Scrooge? Maybe. Maybe not. This is an interesting take on an old tale with surprises and an unpredictable ending.