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The Five Santas

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Dan Landis is a private investigator used to peeping in windows and taking awkward pictures to make a buck. This winter, to make a few more, he agreed to help out a local department store by taking a job in their Loss Prevention department. Boring right? Wrong.A local jewelry store gets robbed and then the bodies start piling up. Red suited, fur trimmed, white bearded bodi ...more
ebook, 373 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Staccato Publishing (first published September 19th 2011)
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Jul 03, 2013 Jane rated it really liked it
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The Five Santas by Jay Mims

4 Stars

Dan Landis is a private detective who works as security in a store over the Christmas period. When he accidentally finds a ‘street collector Santa’ dead behind a dumpster he soon turns bodyguard for the Santa in the store he works for. It isn’t long before more Santa’s turn up dead, and with the help of a reluctant elf, Dan tries to solve the mystery of the Santa killer!

I totally didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book … in June!…and I found the w
Laura Thomas
Dec 06, 2014 Laura Thomas rated it really liked it
Business is slow for P.I. Dan Landis. Not a lot of people needing him to catch cheating spouses during Christmas. So he moonlights as a security guard in a department store.

Bored to tears, he finally gets some action and chases a thief out the back door. The perp gets away but Dan has bigger problems. He’s just stumbled on Santa, and he’s quite dead. And soon he’s wading through dead Santas.. They start piling up, as the title The Five Santas says.

From not much happening, to catching the Kringle
Dec 23, 2011 JeanBookNerd rated it really liked it
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The holidays, shopping mall Santas, and murder? Who would have ever thought that those three elements would make for a great murder mystery book? The Five Santas by Jay Mims was a well thought-out story about a private investigator named Mr. Dan Landis, who tries to uncover the mysteries behind the murders of the department store Santas.

Mims’ character development for Mr. Dan Landis was radiant. He is your atypical detective that manages to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. The private in
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Marie-Reine

*Beware of possible Spoilers*

Though usually busy checking up on philandering husbands, Christmas is a slow season for private investigator Dan Landis and he has re-purposed his skills to work in Loss Prevention at a department store during “the Season,” as his boss, the very proper Mr. Peters calls it. But things go from bad to worse as he stumbles across a first, then a second dead Santa Claus. Despite the best efforts of his brother-in-law, Detective G
Sep 21, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
Dan Landis is a quirky, eccentric, atypical detective that finds himself in the wrong places at the wrong times. The hustle and bustle of a department store at the apex of the holiday season can put the Scrooge in any security guard, especially an out of work detective needing to pay his bills. Unfortunately, the increasing count of dead Santas has the heat on this detective, in more ways than one.

This detective’s friends and family have plenty of experience with his unconventional ways. Dan’s g
T.M. Smith
Aug 10, 2012 T.M. Smith rated it really liked it
What a quirky and ecentric character Mims has created in the form of Dan Landis, as if 5 dead Santas wasn't intriguiging enough (yes FIVE!). Well thought out and executed storyline, a little slow to start for me but, once Mims found his footing it was a fast ride. I thought I was at the end at one point then noticed I still had several dozen pages to go, hmmmmm... love it when a book throws a twist in there on me.
There is also an underlying story there, between Dan and Abbey, an innocent little
Taisheena Rayne
Dec 15, 2014 Taisheena Rayne rated it really liked it
Wow. First I would like to say, I am a romance reader so this is out of my wheelhouse. BUT. I want more. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Dan and Abbey.

The writing is very good. I was in the story and even though sometimes I had trouble following, it was worth a second read.

Dan is the main character and his view of the world around him is interesting. I liked how the writer conveyed the littlest mannerism quirks. You always read books about big strong alpha males saving the princess, this isn’
H.K. Savage
Sep 21, 2011 H.K. Savage rated it it was amazing
Santas was a fun read. Within the first few lines I found myself smiling and laughing. The characters aren't all humor though nor is their plight. The fact that someone is killing department store Santas and setting up our hero for the fall is not laughable. However, Dan Landis, Private Investigator stuck doing mall security for the season, and his friends are hard at work trying to find the real culprit. There's some mystery, there's some sweet romance but nothing that will make you blush, and ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I have always been a fan of mysteries, growing up I was such a Nancy drew and hardy boys kind of girl so j was definitely interested in reading this. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, the title itself got me...what do you think a book titled the five Santa's would be about at first glance?? the fact that someone has gone and begun killing department store Santa's is something I haven't ever read before. it was a new story line that i had never read before. this book was well thought out and even in ...more
Bonnie Colvert
Dec 06, 2011 Bonnie Colvert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an enjoyable read, especially for me because it is that holiday time of year. It took me a little while with the hustle and bustle of the holiday, shopping, working, extra errands etc. But let me tell you every little snippet I could read at any given time was well worth it. To me this is a laugh out loud funny story with the characters being so believable. The sad part is why is someone killing the departmnt store Santa's? See how Mr. Dan Landis, P.I. struggles through to figure out this m ...more
Kristy McRae
Jan 22, 2012 Kristy McRae rated it really liked it
I won this book in a contest, so this was an author I'd not heard of previously...I'm glad I won his book! An entertaining mystery/detective novel, with a smart-alecky P.I. narrator (who also has a big heart, when push comes to shove), lots of great pop culture references, and as the title indicates, a whole bunch of santas (one of which just might be the real deal...). With an ending that leaves lots of possibilities for the future, I'm looking forward to seeing more of this character and his a ...more
Nov 03, 2012 Apageaway rated it really liked it
The title should definitely have you checking to see what this book is about. The first few pages will grab you in. Dan Landis is a hilarious, quirky, rough private investigator, who has some hilarious one liners. I love a book with a great twist and different angles that keep you reading. It was hard to put down and I was certainly glad I had a copy of book 2 waiting. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Oct 21, 2011 Dawnh rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read. The characters are well developed and easy to identify with. I especially enjoyed the mix of humor and suspense, and the many pop culture references. An excellent first novel. I can't wait to read the next in the series when it is released.
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Jay lives about two miles past nowhere, after you turn off the paved road. When he’s not catching up on episodes of Scarecrow and Mrs. King he writes, mainly to stave off boredom.
In addition to somewhat eclectic tastes in television and movies, Jay reads voraciously. He enjoys compelling stories with strong characters, and will gladly read anything from comic books to Steam Punk, Harlequin romance
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