By Gord Olsen from The Year Round Christmas series by Vicki Delany
I don’t want to say I’m pleased, of course I’m not. But I can’t help but thinking that my father’s heart attack comes at a pretty good time for me.
Things haven’t been going so well here in California for me, money wise. Yeah, I’ve had some tough times. Nothing a sharp businessman like me can’t handle, you know, but an influx of funds right about now would help me get out of some sticky situations.
I’m my dad’s only child. He and my mom are divorced and I know Grace, his new wife, has some serious health issues. So who else would dear old Dad give power of attorney to? Yeah, I haven’t seen him for years. I’ve been busy, you know.
But he’s still my father.
I’m thinking the Yuletide Inn, that big hotel he owns in Rudolph New York, is a lot of work for him and Grace to manage. I’d be doing them a favour, really, if I sold it to Best Budget Inns. Not sell, more like taking a franchise opportunity.
We could save a lot of money if we cut out the expense of that fancy restaurant too. A New York City Chef, baked goods made by Victoria’s Bake Shoppe in town, locally sourced meat and vegetables? Not needed. We can reduce prices (a little bit) if we cut those extra costs (a lot).
And then there’s the huge garden. Yeah, I know the gardens at the Yuletide Inn are one of the highlights of Rudolph, New York, which calls itself America’s Christmas Town. But all that land doing nothing but looking pretty in summer and providing guests with a place to toboggan or skate in the winter?
Heck, it’s the perfect spot for a Mega-Mart.
The people of Rudolph might not care for my plans. After all, they take that whole Christmas Town thing mighty seriously.
But what can they do about it?
Can the Yuletide Inn be saved? Find out in We Wish You A Murderous Christmas, coming November 1st from Vicki Delany and Berkley.
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