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Yuletide Homicide

(A Wiccan Wheel Mystery #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  55 reviews
It's Christmas in Edindale, Illinois, and family law attorney Keli Milanni is preparing to celebrate the Wiccan holiday Yuletide, a celebration of rebirth. But this Yuletide someone else is focused on dying . . .

After years of practicing in secret, Keli has come out as a Wiccan to her boyfriend, and she feels like this Yuletide she's the one who's being reborn. But the S
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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descriptionCute cover on this one. A little busy but a good representation of the story. Good use of graphics and title work as well.description

descriptionKeli and her gang are back for another festive Wiccan holiday mystery. This time someone has fallen to their death, and she suspects it isn't an accident. Can Keli find out what really happened or will the mystery go unsolved?


I enjoyed this one. It was well written and paced. There were some good twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. There were some things t
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the Wiccan Wheel Mystery series by Jennifer David Hesse. Yuletide Homicide comes out September 26th from Kensington Publishing and is one I can highly recommend. There are so many reasons why I liked this book and series but let's start with a great main character. Keli is a curious, resourceful and confident Lawyer, who hides her Wiccan religion from all but her very close circle. Guided by a strong sense of justice and curiosity, Keli learns more about herself and her intuition as she w ...more
Clare O'Beara
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: america-crime
This sideways look at the busy Christmas period by a Wiccan lady - hence Yuletide - shows that murder can occur in anyone's life. A lawyer with a nice boyfriend and getting brave enough to explain her beliefs, this vegan lady gets enmeshed in a murder case. An old flame arrives back in town for the holidays, and while she tries just to be polite to him, maybe she should have ignored that message asking her to meet. Next thing there's a dead man under a Christmas tree, a vandalised apartment, and ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the third in the series, but the first I had read. I will certainly read the previous books now!
The characters were engaging and the whodunit was well written.
I hope this series continues!
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read this ARC**

I really enjoyed this book. I love how wonderful Keli's friends are. The mystery was great, and it had some nice twists to it. My only complaint is that Keli made some very amateur mistakes, and since this is book three I feel she should have known better.
Yuletide Homicide by Jennifer David Hesse is the third in her Wiccan Wheel Mystery series and the best yet. I love this series and am always eager to read the next book.

Kelli is celebrating Yule when she is assigned by her boss, Beverly, to investigate a blackmailing scheme of one of her close friends, Edgar Harrison. Beverly has also asked Crenshaw to assist Kelli in the investigation. Just as they begin to investigate, the friend is found dead after his holiday ball. Unfortunately, Kelli found
Lisa Elizabeth
No surprise, but I loved this book. This is my favourite cozy mystery series because it has a protagonist who shares my values and spiritual beliefs, something that is often attempted in other series, but rarely well executed. We need more diversity within the cozy community and I think this series is helping pave the way.
The Cozy Review
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Attorney Keli Milanni is at it again. While preparing to celebrate the Wiccan Holiday Yuletide, a celebration of rebirth she finds another dead body. Only this time, she is the only one who thinks it's homicide.

Keli has come out as a Wiccan to her boyfriend, Wes. Stunningly enough, he doesn’t seem to have any issue with her beliefs and practices, and she is feeling relieved and happy. When her boss gives her and her patronizing colleague Crenshaw a last-minute job just before the Christmas brea
Lisa Morin
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've always been drawn to books about Wiccan religion.
I find Wicca to be very interesting and this particular series is quite good.
Kelli Milanni is a strong, independent character, but she also has a sweet, caring side to her, which makes her very likable.
In Yuletide Homicide, Kelli is preparing for the holidays which includes a trip home to see her family.
Working hard as a lawyer, Kelli still finds time to honor her Wiccan beliefs and is slowly sharing this information with those close to her.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! :)

This is the 3rd book in this series, and it is my first foray into this author's work. It didn't take long before I was fully immersed in Keli's world, and wanting to know more. Wiccan is one of those religions that I have always wanted to know more about, especially since I knew a few girls in High School who 'dabbled'. I liked the glimpses we got into what is obviously a much bigger picture, but I can't say anything a
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good plot but the Wiccan angle is slight

A good plot and nice twists that make you think to try and guess who the culprit is. Although Wiccan is in the title, don't go expecting magic. It is more feelings and perceptions rather than magic in it's fullest sense. Good characters that show a clear understanding of how lawyers work, think and act.
When she and Crenshaw are asked to look into a client's claims of being blackmailed, they don't expect to be faced with the client's death. Was it an unfo
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I gave the preceding book an OK rating and that's about all I can muster up for this one. Again, I felt that the witch craft while mentioned frequently and having a ceremony or two take place on page, didn't add anything really to the story.

Crenshaw is mentioned in the blurb and it seemed like this would be a buddy mystery with Keli to have someone as a foil...not so much. Crenshaw pops up occasionally, but Keli's friend Farrah plays the foil part a bit more, but she's hardly an investigative pa
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Yuletide Homicide is the third in a series of cozy mysteries with a fun, witchy twist. I hadn't read the previous books in the series but it stood-alone pretty well, so I wouldn't let that put you off.

The story centers around Keli, who is exploring her Wiccan faith, mainly in solitude, but as the novel unfolds she becomes more open about her religion and practices. The Wiccan element is just one small part of Keli's life however - she's a busy lady!

Keli is an attorney
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty:

Yuletide Homicide (Wiccan Wheel Mystery #3)
by Jennifer David Hesse
Kensington, 2017
Crime Fiction; 320 pgs

I love how the titles of all the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries coincide with Wiccan holidays. For Wiccans Yuletide is a time to celebrate rebirth. Yuletide Homicide is the third in the series, this one taking on the subject of politics, blackmail and, murder. Keli is teamed up with fellow attor
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Keli Milanni is a smart modern gal working hard to make partner at her law firm. Crenshaw Davenport III, an elitist-top hat wearing- lawyer in her firm who tends to be patronizing but occasionally shows a nicer side, is teamed with Keli to go undercover. Wes Callahan, a tattooed bartender and former client's grandson, is Keli's boyfriend and I approve of the move away from the CRI (Cop Romantic Interest). Mila is the owner of New Age gift shop Moonstone Treasures and a Wiccan mentor for Keli. Fa ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a solitary witch, Keli has long kept her faith a secret, but she's slowly coming out to those closest to her, including her boyfriend, Wes. She is looking forward to the approaching Yule and its symbolic rebirth. Thoughts of the holidays must be put aside, however, when Keli's boss has her and her stuffy colleague, Crenshaw Davenport, work undercover as auditors at the office of a real estate mogul who has recently announced his mayoral candidacy. Edgar Harrison is being blackmailed, and it's ...more
Leith Devine
This was an enjoyable cozy mystery with a strong female character. I hadn't read the first two books in the series, but I don't think it mattered a bit. The book is well-written and plotted, and the characters were intriguing.

Keli Milanni practices law at a firm and is anxious for a promotion. Her colleague Crenshaw is vying for the promotion as well. They are assigned to do an audit for a client and candidate for mayor, Edgar Harrison, who is being blackmailed. What no one at Keli's firm knows
Peggy R
I am a fan of this series and have been since the very first book. Keli Milanni is one of those characters that I instantly felt a connection to in the first book. Over the course of these three books, Keli had continued to evolve and grow as a character. She is a rich, well rounded, dimensional characters that has a genuine feel to her. I love her friendship with Farrah and I think it is one that readers enjoy as well. Farrah is vivacious, fun and loyal to Keli. She is open and accepting of the ...more
Family lawyer, Kelli Milanni, balances her professional life with her secret Wiccan life and is looking forward to celebrating both Yuletide and Christmas without any complications, please. She is in competition for a slot as partner at the law firm. Her boss decides to pair her up with the other lawyer up for the partnership, asking them to investigate, sub rosa, the blackmail of a client who is a friend of their boss. Unfortunately, he turns up dead. Kelli is already involved and continues, bu ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this 3rd Wiccan Wheel mystery, attorney Kelli Milanni is preparing to celebrate the Yule, as well as Christmas. She is quite busy, wondering where the relationship with boyfriend Wes Callahan is headed, as well as an undercover assignment at work. Kelli & colleague Crenshaw will work ostensibly on a legal audit while investigating a case of blackmail involving a major client & mayoral candidate. As usual, Kelli talks to everyone, until she comes across a dead body. Despite the holiday ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I always love holiday themed cozy mysteries. This is my first introduction to Keli and the Wiccan series. I was really teetering between 3 and 4'll see below why I went with 3. I will give her other books a try.

Overall, the mystery and whodunnit storyline was interesting and the characters were all well written and distinct. It's one of the better cozy mysteries I've read in a while but (and you knew it was coming), but there were two areas that just gnawed at me. Keli seems to be a
Susan Johnston
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here:
Despite being a successful lawyer and a Wiccan, Keli can get herself into lots and lots of trouble. It starts off with an undercover job with a stuffy associate where they are lent out to an entrepreneur to find out who is blackmailing him. Things take a decidedly downward turn when the man is found murdered in one of his hotels after a huge Christmas party.
At first blush it would appear their assignment is moot. That is until it becomes obvious that there is another bla
Rima Aiello
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the latest installment in the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries and I still cannot get enough! Its Christmas time and we once again join Keli Milanni as she navigates through her professional life and also her personal life as she prepares to celebrate Yuletide. When her boss calls her and her colleague Crenshaw in to help investigate a blackmail attempt against one of the firms clients, Keli is once again thrown into a mystery of epic proportions .
The story line of this novel definitely keeps the
Destiny Bridwell
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I loved this book. I love the Wiccan mysteries. I have not really read them in order. They did not come in to my life in order. I actually got the 4th one first and then 2 and 3. I am loving them. Jennifer is so amazing at what she does with these books that it makes me feel so comfortable to read them. Practicing the spiritual arts myself I relate to the characters very well. I did not see the ending coming or the motive at all. I gue ...more
Kathleen Gray
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining holiday themed cozy- both for Wicca and for Christmas. I'd not read Hesse before so I didn't know anything about Keli before this novel. She's a lot of fun, both because of her beliefs (I learned a few things) and because of her attitude. Is her colleague Crenshaw odious? Yes, a bit, but he's also a hoot. Her friend Farrah also helps out when Keli finds herself investigating the murder of her boss's friend. It's not too complex, not too twisty, and generally genial. Thank ...more
Lee Cannon
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great read in this exciting series. Keli, a family law attorney in Indiana, and practicing Wiccan, unbeknownst to most of her friends and family, is anticipating the upcoming Wiccan Yuletide. As a favor to her boss, she agrees to investigate, on the sly, a blackmailing scheme involving her boss's friend, a prominent upcoming mayoral candidate. Before she can barely begin an investigation, he's found dead, an accident, according to police. Keli suspects murder and investigates accordingly ...more
Nick Hendry
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned
Wiccan Attorney Keli Milanni returns once more to the pages to solve another murder and put her sleuthing abilities to the test. Joined once again by best friend Farrah, boyfriend Wes, and spiritual sister Mila murder and mystery returns to Edindale, Illinois during the Yule season. All the favorite characters including Beverly and Crenshaw are back!

Jennifer David Hesse has done it again and I love and appreciate the respect she gives to the Wiccan religion in her books. Her writing and stories
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: My friends who like cozy mysteries.
Recommended to Mary by: NetGalley
Kelli Milanni, is a lawyer with Wiccan beliefs which she keeps secret. She is looking forward to celebrating Christmas and Yuletide and going home to visit her family. She is also in competition for a partnership at the law firm where she works. Her employer asks her and her competition for the partnership to investigate the blackmail of a client. But this turns into a search for a murderer instead of a blackmailer.
This is a new series to me and I totally enjoyed it. I plan on reading the other
Phillip Albright
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Following the last two, the third installment of the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries was a great book. In this book Keli is celebrating Yule. It's a Christmas time celebration that has her investigating the death of Edgar. Edgar was up for Mayor of Edindale. I took my time completing this mystery. I got about halfway done, and didn't want it to end; it was that good. This story leads me to believe we will see or hear more about Keli's Aunt Josephine. If you have not picked up the series, please give it a ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Another good episode in the life of Keli Milanni, she is trying to tie up as many legal loose ends as possible before heading to spend the holiday season with her parents, just as she thinks she is getting there her boss drops another job in her lap, and a strange job it is! Keli and her co-worker Crenshaw are going undercover at a company to try and discover who is blackmailing the head of the company. So far so good, except the man (Edgar Harrison) ends up dying at the end of the company Chris ...more
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Jennifer David Hesse is the author of the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries , a cozy mystery series published by Kensington Books.

Born and raised in Central Illinois, Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree as an English major from Eastern Illinois University and her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

After an eight-year stint in New York, she now makes her home in Chicago with her husband

Other books in the series

A Wiccan Wheel Mystery (6 books)
  • Midsummer Night's Mischief (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery, #1)
  • Bell, Book & Candlemas (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery, #2)
  • Samhain Secrets (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery, #4)
  • May Day Murder (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery #5)
  • Autumn Alibi (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery #6)