By Jackie O’Reilly from the Year Round Christmas mysteries by Vicki Delany
Pooh! It’s Christmas in July. Santa Claus is coming to Rudolph, New York, to start his annual vacation by the lake, and the town’s putting on a boat parade. Once the flotilla arrives at the beach, Santa will set up his chair and meet with kids. The whole town will be out for the occasion: musical acts on the bandstand, an ice cream stand, craft and baking tables, games for kiddies.
Fun fun fun.
Where will I be? Stuck here, in Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, all alone. Even Merry, the store owner, won’t be here. She’s acting the role of Mrs. Claus. She gets to ride on a boat, and play dress up at the beach, and flirt with Alan Anderson, Santa’s head toy maker.
While I have to work!
It’s not fair. Kyle, my boyfriend, is working at the ice cream stand. I bet he looks really cute in his uniform.
No one’s going to be interested in doing any shopping, not with all the activity going on down at the park. If I sneak out, Merry will never know.
No one’s going to come into the shop.
Find out if someone does come into Mrs. Claus’s Treasures when no one is there in Hark the Herald Angels Slay, the third Year Round Christmas mystery from Vicki Delany, coming November 28 from Penguin Random House.
Vicki would like to give one lucky reader a copy of the new book. Please leave a comment below to enter. Contest closes November 2nd. US entries only please.
Vicki Delany is the author of the Year Round Christmas series, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries and, as Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series. Please visit www.vickidelany.com, and sign up for newsletter info and contests at www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor