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We Wish You a Merry Murder Mass Market Paperback – October 21, 1991


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reprint edition (October 21, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449147231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449147238
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Although I now live in New York City, there's a lot I can identify with in Valerie Wolzien's mysteries. Valerie's portraits of small towns and suburban communities remind me of my youth -- and I suspect they strike a similar chord with all those readers who live (or used to) far from urban centers. Also, Valerie's novels are like comfort food in a way -- because they are, in part, celebrations of holidays and happy social occasions (weddings, birthday parties, family vacation trips) . . . plus the mandatory addition of homicidal doings. Valerie is now writing two series with two different amateur sleuths -- suburban housewife Susan Henshaw (MURDER AT THE PTA LUNCHEON is her first appearance) and businesswoman Josie Pigeon (who started solving murders in SHORE TO DIE). I heartily recommend anything Valerie Wolzien writes.

--Joe Blades, Associate Publisher

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Although Kelly Knowlson firmly thought her newly remarried ex-husband, Evan, would return to her, did she set him by the fire, egg nog by his side, THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS in his hands, and put a bullet in his head? By the time the police show up, the body is gone, so of course Kelly is the prime suspect. Between molding cheese balls and salmon mousse for a holiday dinner, suburban sleuth Susan Henshaw fits in a little yultetide detecting to discover if Kelly Knowlson iced her ex. And if not, who would dare send such an uncharitable Christmas greeting...?

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melissa P. Cooper on October 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first of the Susan Henshaw mysteries I read--a friend recommended it to me as a fun change of pace from all the professional and religious reading I was doing at the time. To be honest, it's far superior to the first two installments, "Murder at the PTA Luncheon" and "The 40th Birthday Body"--the latter of which was especially bad. "PTA" probably would have kept me reading, but "40th" would have stopped me cold. This is the one to start with if you're new to the series. Susan copes with holiday shopping, a visit from her mother-in-law, parties--this series has at least one party in every installment!--and, of course, the murder of a neighbor. But how do I say this? This one is just plain FUN to read. Call me corny, but I can feel Christmas in the air and coming through every page. Like the other reviewer, I like to re-read this during December. That's when my holiday savings account is matured and just for a few weeks, I feel as if I could just go into the stores and buy whatever I want like Susan and Kathleen do. By the way, I'd never heard of a cookie exchange party until I read this book. This is my year to try one myself. Did I mention that this book is fun???
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1997
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This was my first foray into Valerie Wolzien's mystery series featuring wealthy suburban mom Susan Henshaw and her gorgeous ex-cop best friend, Kathleen. In addition to the mystery that's the centerpiece of the story, Valerie captures in delightful detail what December is like for a mom who wants to make Christmas perfect for her family. I usually dig this book out and re-read it in one afternoon during Advent. Believe it or not, it's part of what gets me into the Christmas spirit
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on September 16, 2002
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Susan Henshaw and her friend Kathleen are worried about their friend Kelly. She is still reeling over the divorce from her beloved Evan, and resents his new wife, Rebecca. The holidays promise to be a difficult time for Kelly, especially with all the entertaining that goes on in this wealthy Connecticut neighborhood. Things are complicated by the arrival of Susan's mother-in-law, her self-proclaimed nutritionist boyfriend, and Kathleen's mother. These three are constantly harping on Susan and Kathleen about something, whether it's the non-healthy food they serve or the behavior of their families. Rebecca and Evan give their usual elaborate Christmas party, but things are less-than-merry when Susan and Kelly discover Evan's dead body. By the time the police arrive, the body has disappeared and Susan and Kathleen spend the rest of the book trying to discover who the murderer is. This book is better written than the first two in the series, but the characters take a strange, blase attitude towards the fact that Evan has been killed. Neither his wife nor his ex-wife seem too concerned about his death or the disappearance of his body. Other than that, this is an enjoyable "cozy".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on September 3, 2001
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This is one of the early Susan Henshaw mysteries. Susan is getting prepared for the usual Christmas fesitivies when her mother in law cuts a vacation short, arrives a week early, and is on a new diet. She criticizes everything they eat and seems to survive on microvaved meals found in a plastic bag. She seems to be in love with the inventor of her meals, an abrasive podiatrist who considers himself a nutrition expert. A neighbor seems to be going off the deep end. She is recently divorced and he and his new wife have built a house directly behind hers. The husband turns up dead during a Christmas party at the new house, only he is dead in his old house. The police are called, but the body disappears.
This is an exceptionally good holiday mystery. The suburban wives and former wives are pretty strange in Hancock as usual. Kathleen and Susan have a more difficult time than usual solving the crime and entertaining relatives at the same time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on December 26, 2001
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This isn't my favorite mysteries, but definitely a decent read. After reading this I see that I will continue reading the series.
Susan Henshaw is a housewife and sleuth. She's got enough to do considering Christmas is so close, and her mother-in-law has just arrived (early by the way) with a phony health doctor who comments on everything they eat. Soon Susan's friend Kelly Knowlson (a woman obsessed with her ex-husband) who gets accused of killing Evan (her ex-husband), when he turns up missing.
Will Susan be able to solve the case, get Kelly off the hook, and have a good Christmas before it's too late?
This is a great book for the holidays. There are a lot of rich, gossipy women, who seem like a bunch of backstabbers, but the mystery is okay.
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