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Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen

(A Year-Round Christmas Mystery #1)

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FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

In Rudolph, New York, it’s Christmastime all year long. But this December, while the snow-lined streets seem merry and bright, a murder is about to ruin everyone’s holiday cheer…


As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays. That’s why she thinks her float in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade is
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Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Berkley Books
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James
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars (rounded up to a 4) to Vicki Delany's Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, her debut novel in the "A Year-Round Christmas Mystery" series. Some people love Christmas so much that they need an entire book series dedicated to it; and if you're one of those people, you'll enjoy this one even if you're reading it at Halloween!

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Rudolph, New York, a small town on the southern shores of Lake Ontario near the Canadian border, was named for someone who turned out to be not-so-name-worthy in t
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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

If you are looking for a warm cozy with a lot of heart, some Christmas joy and mystery mayhem, look no further! Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany, was everything I lately wanted out of a holiday cozy mystery wrapped up in a package of a new series that holds a lot of promise for the future books. Merry, the main sleuth of this series is absolutely wonderful and delightful. Her devotion to the town and loyalty to her friends is very heart warming and admirable.


"In Rudolph, we live
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
Dollycas’s Thoughts

First things first, look at that gorgeous cover. I like to mention the artist and cover designers because the cozy covers are so incredible. This time Sarah Oberrender has taken my breath away. From the snow lined window to the puppy in the front, I don’t know how anyone could resist buying this paperback even before thinking about the fantastic story inside.

Vicki Delany takes us to Rudolph, New York. A year round Christmas Town that is such a joy to visit. That is until a dea
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Wanda
I tried to get ahold of this book for the Christmas season, but was way too late! But, since this author will be attending a conference that I will attend in August, I decided that I would read it anyway. I have previously read her Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries, so I thought it would stand me in good stead to see what else she had to offer.

Imagine my surprise then, when I felt like I was re-reading the Bookshop Mysteries! There are so many details in common. The protagonists are both young
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
A year round Christmas mystery? Yes, please!

Christmas is my favorite holiday, so to say I’ve been looking forward to author Vicki Delany’s new, Year-Round Christmas Mystery series would be an understatement. And Ms. Delany is off to a strong start with REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN.

The town of Rudolph, New York, also known as Christmas Town, seems like such a magical please. Well, if you don’t count murder. Lead character, Merry Wilkinson is fun and scrappy, which leads to some truly hysterical s
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Michele
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. I absolutely loved Rest Ye Married Gentlemen! The author did a great job of mixing an enticing mystery with all of the things I love about the holidays. I really love her characters. I feel like I know the characters, they are very realistic, they even have flaws. I do not recommend reading this book before going to bed. I kept finding myself in the position of trying to read one more chapter, but, actually reading three more, ...more
Jaclyn
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't quite feeling this book. I didn't really care for any of the characters (except maybe "Santa Claus" Noel), especially the MC. I didn't find her endearing in any way, which is kind of a requirement for me in a cozy series. I also didn't feel much suspense throughout the book. It was more like I was just waiting for the reveal so the book would be over. ...more
Jonathan
Really 4.5 stars, but I rounded up.

I bought this book right after it came out because the premise sounded good to me, but I just let it sit on my shelf literally collecting dust, without reading it, until now. I enjoyed the Lighthouse Library mysteries written by the same author (which are coming back, thanks to Crooked Lane Books!!!) but for some reason I'd never picked this series up. Well, I'm glad I did last night. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen immediately sucked me in!

I'll start with the one n
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Ann Lou
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Welcome to Rudolph, otherwise known as Christmas Town. where people lived and breathed Christmas all year long.

This book opens up with the Santa Claus parade, the biggest event in Rudolph. During the said parade, Merry's float has been sabotaged. And followed by strange happenings like poisoned gingerbread, hot dog cart explosion and even a clumsy attempt to get Santa out of town.

Was someone out to deliberately ruin Christmas in Rudolph?

There was little investigating going on from Merry but I
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Lesa
If you want a textbook example as to how to launch a cozy mystery series, try Vicki Delany's first Year-Round Christmas Mystery, Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen. She skillfully introduces a small, cozy New York town, the shopkeepers and residents, along with a few possible suspects to a murder. And, she gives the entire town a reason for existence - Christmas celebration.

Merry Wilkinson is owner of Mrs. Claus' Treasures, a gift shop in Rudolph, New York. She left a man and a dream job that turned int
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Alan
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
While walking her dog at night, Merry Wilkinson finds a reporter’s body. Then Merry’s best friend becomes the chief suspect. Unwilling to accept that her friend is a murderer, Merry decides to use her considerable investigation skills to discover who the killer is.

While Merry is strong and resourceful, she gets much help from the locals, who are all charming.
There’s plenty of Christmas spirit throughout this story, the small town setting is delightful, and the mystery is enhanced with several un
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Erica Chaillot
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good Christmas cozy complete with love interests, a picturesque Christmas town, and a puppy. What more is there to like?
Doward Wilson
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A town that survives by celebrating Christmas all year long! Merry Wilkinson owns Mrs. Claus's Treasures in Rudolph, New York. Her father and former mayor is Santa Claus. Her mother and retired opera diva teaches voice. When sabotage and murder threaten to ruin the town's livelihood during the December festivities Merry has to step up and find out what is going on before everything is lost. I found the characters delightful, the theme interesting and the murder plot well done. The ending was a t ...more
Linda
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge, christmas
A good start to the series. I enjoyed my visit to Christmas town. The story was good, I liked the characters and I was totally surprised by the culprit. There is definitely a love triangle going on and I’m on the fence about it but since this is just book one it is okay.
Yvonne
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Merry Wilkinson finds herself right in the middle of a murder mystery which is very unusual in the quaint town of Rudolph, New York. This type of thing never happens there. To add to the drama, the neighboring town of Muddle Harbor is declining and fast. They are thrilled to see Rudolph deal with the bad publicity of a murder in the hopes that it will help their own town's economy rise. When people start canceling their reservations in Rudolph, Muddle Harbor not only appears to be cashing in on ...more
Terri Wino
This was a quaint little mystery with likeable characters that takes place in Rudolph, New York where they celebrate Christmas year round.
The story moved along at a steady pace and there were enough viable suspects that it kept me guessing until nearly the end. I would have finished this book much sooner, but it was my secondary book that I only read a few pages per day.
I liked this book enough to read the next in the series, but it wasn't anything I would rave about.


(2016 reading challenge cat
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Betsy
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2017-jan
3.5 stars
Marian
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Not sure if I have read very many Christmas cozy mysteries,but this one was fun to read,and I just had to know..
Angela Simmons
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I’m always looking for a good cozy mystery that will draw me in an keep me guessing until the very end and Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen was exactly what I was looking for.

Here’s what’s going on. When a freelance journalist covering Rudolph’s Christmas spirit dies after eating a poisoned gingerbread cookie, Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is out to prove her best friend, Vicky who owns the bakery, wasn’t the perpetrator. Merry starts wondering if perhaps the killer followed the j
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Debbie
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Everyone loves Christmas… or do they?

Rudolph, New York prides itself on celebrating Christmas all year round but this year murder has been thrown into the mix and now Christmas is in jeopardy. Merry Wilkinson, proprietor of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is right in the middle of things after discovering the dead body. Worse yet, one of her dearest friends is under police investigation as a result. Can Merry and her friends uncover the culprit in time to save Rudolph and Christmas?

What a splendid start
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Stacey Toney
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is a great start for a new series which is set in Ruldoph, NY (aka Christmastown.) Almost everyone who lives in Christmastown has the Christmas spirit. However, it appears that there is a Grinch among them that is determined to ruin the holiday spirit in Christmastown for good.

Merry is the main character in this book. She is the owner of Mrs. Claus' treasures, a store which provides unique Christmas gifts for tourists who come to town. Her family is also firmly entrenc
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Once Upon a Romance Reviews

4.75 Stars
Sexual Content: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: None
Violent Content: None

Merry Wilkinson only has a few days to save Rudolph before Christmas. Rudolph, New York is better known as one of America's Christmas Towns. An international reporter came to town to put the town on the map with a documentary of Christmas in Rudolph, but one major problem occurred.... he was murdered by a gingerbread cookie

After the murder other minor accidents continued to occur that prompted reservations
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Fred
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is the first book in the A Year-Round Christmas Mystery

Merry Wilkinson own Mrs. Claus's Treasures in Rudolph, NY. The cities claim to fame is that celebrate Christmas all year long and have a Christmas Parade twice a year.

It's only a couple weeks till Christmas and the shop owners have their floats lined up ready for the annual parade. Merry, feels sure that she has the winning float this year, but as the parade is starting to move out the tractor pulling Merry's float
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Peggy R
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is the first installment in the Year Round Christmas Mystery series by Vicki Delany. I have not previously read anything by this author, who also writes under the name Eva Gates, but I can tell you it will not be the last. I loved this book. While it is a holiday themed book, I think it can be read any time of the year and it would not lose its charm.

I was drawn into this book from the very first pages with the authors description of the town and the Christmas parade. The characters we
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Lynn
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is the first book in a series where Rudolph New York celebrates Christmas all year long. The town is filled with shops that celebrate Christmas and the towns people love it when the tourists arrive in town to shop. Their main celebrations are at Christmas time and in July. However, someone seems to be trying to blemish the reputation of Rudolph. Tourist are being given the message from a neighboring town that Rudolph is not a safe place to visit and shop. Tourist start ...more
Chatting About
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Merry Wilkinson loves living in a winter wonderland. When one accident to many suggests someone is intent on sabotaging Christmas in Rudolph, NY, Merry and her friends must find the culprits responsible and stop them before their unique Christmas Town is ruined! I enjoyed Merry; her friend, Vicky; Alan, the toy maker; and Matterhorn, Merry's dog; to name a few of the story characters. Enjoyable holiday story. ...more
Jenny
Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is a year-round Christmas Mystery set in a small town of Rudolph. Merry Wilkinson, the own of Mrs Claus's Treasures in Rudolph believed that her float would win the best in the annual Rudolph show. However, the did not happen her float sabotaged and removed from the parade, and the reporter who is coving the event found murdered. Merry Wilkinson started to investigate to find the killer and save the small town of Rudolph. The readers of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen will ...more
Pamela Mclaren
What a delightful surprise! To be able to cozy up with Merry Wilkinson and the other characters of Rudolph, New York, where it's Christmastime all year long. Only this year, there is a grinch at work. First, the tractor for Merry's Christmas Parade float fails to start, and from there it goes downhill. There's a death, a couple of fires and enough small time back stabbing between the city rivalries to power city lights. It makes it difficult to keep the Christmas spirit, even if your dad is Sant ...more
Jess
I definitely would not want to live in Christmas Town USA, but it was a fun place to visit and I do believe I would enjoy shopping there.
Yelena Borisovna
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmmmmm. It was easy and smooth to read but other aspects weren't so enjoyable. However, I am mildly interested to read the next book. ...more
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“It’s a crime not to read Delany,” so says the London Free Press.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most varied and prolific crime writers.

She is the author of four cozy mystery series: The Tea by the Sea series from Kensington Books, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane and the Year Round Christmas series from Penguin. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she writes the Lighthouse Libr
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