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Death, Snow, and Mistletoe by [Malmont, Valerie S.]
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Malmont's latest Tori Miracle mystery (after Death, Guns, and Sticky Buns, etc.) takes readers to the backwoods of Lickin Creek, Pa., where Tori, editor of the town's only newspaper, is busy covering the community theater's annual Christmas pageant (a Wiccan-cum-Shakespearean adaptation of The Nutcracker). The assignment is interrupted abruptly when the town's only full-time policeman, Luscious Miller, comes bursting into the church hall with the news that five-year-old Kevin PoffenbergerDlast seen by two older and tight-lipped cousinsDis lost deep in the snow-covered woods. During the search for Kevin, the remains of another child missing for the past 37 years are uncovered. Soon after, two of the pageant's middle-aged sugar plum fairies are murdered, leaving Tori to wonder if Lickin Creek has a serial killer on its hands, or if someone is trying to prevent a long-buried secret from being revealed. As Tori slowly unravels the mystery, she keeps company with some pretty strange characters, including an evil child, a flamboyant TV psychic, an art teacher who trains cats to become artists, goddess-worshiping witches and dozens of other equally chilling and eccentric oddballs. With so much going on, it's easy to get lost in the absurd clutter, but readers who enjoy wading through the clues and chaos Malmont liberally supplies will find that this cozyDalbeit typically offbeat and cornyDread provides a barrel of fun. (Nov. 14)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Valerie S. Malmont's sense of humor is crisp and Tori Miracle         is good fun."  
-- The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)

"Cute along the lines of Lilian Jackson Braun's cozies."
-- San Jose Mercury News

Don't' miss the other acclaimed novels in Valerie S. Malmont's Tori Miracle Mystery Series

Death, Guns, And Sticky Buns
Death, Lies, And Apple Pies
Death Pays The Rose RentM

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  • File Size: 3580 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (December 10, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2008
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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By A Customer on November 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tori Miracle traded in her Hell's Kitchen apartment in Manhattan and her job as a reporter to live in a dilapidated mansion in Lickin Creek, Pennsylvania. She chose the radical move to see if her relationship with Sheriff Garnet Gochenauer would lead to something permanent. As Tori arrives in town, Garnet decides he no longer wants the law enforcement job and takes leave of absence to go to Costa Rica to instruct local the police force. Because she has no place to go, Tori remains in the small town and accepts the temporary position of editor of the weekly newspaper The Chronicle.

Somehow Tori seems to always land in the middle of messes, for instance finding a missing child while realizing the lad's older brother wanted to kill him for the fun of it. The leader of the town's coven is killed along with another woman both wearing "Sugar Plum" outfits normally seen in "The Nutcracker Suite." Tori investigates the twin killings, setting herself up for the murderer's next victim.
Valerie S. Malmont is becoming famous for her small town cozies with recurring characters playing important roles in the story lines. DEATH, SNOW AND MISTLETOE takes place during the holiday season so readers not only obtain an entertaining mystery but an opportunity to see a small town Christmas through the eyes of big city Tori.

Harriet Klausner
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It's nearly Christmas in Licken Creek, Pennsylvania. A substitute editor for the weekly rag, Tori Miracle is a transplanted New Yorker who's in love with the town sheriff. Now he's off in Costa Rica and Tori's stuck in Licken Creek trying hard to shed her "outsider" status and be accepted by the small town's community. The upcoming holidays find her estranged from her best friend, second-guessing her boyfriend's commitment, and hot on the trail of a murderer.
Valerie Malmont's fourth in the Tori Miracle mystery series, Death, Snow and Mistletoe is true to form in its cast of eccentric characters and refreshing view of small town life. If Licken Creek and some of its landmarks and traditions seem familiar to local fans, its because Malmont, a Chambersburg resident, draws heavily on her life in and around Chambersburg. The downtown district with its fountain and one-way streets, the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, the local colloquialisms mixed with Malmont's fertile imagination set a credible scene, rich with detail.
But Tori isn't like anyone you've met in Chambersburg. Nobody could land herself in so much trouble in such a short amount of time. Under Malmont's skillful direction, however, Tori becomes a more complex character with each new novel. We find out more about her life growing up as the daughter of a foreign ambassador, her alcoholic mother, now in a home, and the tragic death of her younger brother Billy.
Amazingly, Malmont threads a great deal of humor in a book whose underground currents include alcoholism, domestic abuse, poverty, bigotry, Wiccan religion, and of course, murder. Tori's wry observations and dealings with her slightly daffy compatriots keep us turning the page as much as the desire to discover the murderer.
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Tori Miracle is enticed into moving from the busy streets of Manhattan, to the quiet town of Lickin Creek, Pennsylvania, by her boyfriend, who just happens to be the Sheriff of Lickin Creek, Garnet Gochenauer. Of course, just as Tori is unpacking her belongings in her new (new to her, yet old to everyone else) dilapidated mansion, Garnet up and leaves to head to Costa Rica for a six month stint with the foreign service. Having nowhere else to go, Tori stays in Lickin Creek, working as the temporary editor of the town's newspaper, The Chronicle.
As Christmas comes to town, Tori is busy working on the Chronicle, while everyone else in town is busy doing something holiday related. The borough council are choosing the color of Christmas lights, and some "older" women were busy trying to perform a "new" rendition of The Nutcracker. When suddenly, a 5-year-old boy goes missing, a 30-year-old murder resurfaces, and two people turn up dead. Now, with her boyfriend, and Sheriff of Lickin Creek, gone, Tori finds that it's up to her to crack the case, before she ends up as the next target.
This was the first Tori Miracle book that I've ever read, and I am amazed. Tori is a fun, spirited character, who never gives up, no matter what. Malmont's wide array of strange and eccentric characters keep the reader on the edge of their seat from the first, to the last page, and keep them begging for more. A must-have book this holiday season.
Erika Sorocco
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Poor Tori. She's moved to Licken Creek, Pennsylvania from New York to be with her boyfriend, the town sheriff. But he's gone off to Costa Rica and she has no where to go but to stay.
It is now Christmas, and she's still an outsider but becomes the temporary editor the town's newspaper. She still gets trouble though and is always finding a murder or two to solve with the help of her friend, psychic Praxythea Evangelista. Now she is babysitting an eery old Victorian mansion while solving the mystery of the death of child whose long-lost remains had just been unearthed nearby.
Valerie Malmont succeeds in writing a charming cozy mystery with an out-of-this world eccentric character mixing up things along the way. Malmont's mixes in a great deal of the Pennsylvania countryside along with quite a few delicious recipes in her mysteries, and they are delight to read.
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