Emily is the author of the Career Crisis Cafe Mystery Series, Seaside Bookshop Mysteries, and her new series, The Paper Crafts Club Mystery. She is a craft lover and cozy mystery reader when she isn’t writing.
Cards, Capers and Christmas Miracles by Emily Selby
It’s almost Christmas and Julia, age 10 and 9 months has a big worry: will her dad come to collect her so that she could spend the holidays with him, as planned?
But Dad has to work longer and gets delayed again, and Julia is in need of a serious miracle, just like another 10-y.o girl, T, who is visiting the vicarage. Both girls hope for a happy Christmas spend with their loving parents, but they get involved in a suspicious activity: someone steals a money box with a charity collection and empties Sunnyvale’s residents’ bank cards.
Will Julia and T discover who the thief is before he steals Christmas? But more importantly, will the girls’ fathers realise that all their daughters want for Christmas is time spent with their loving parents?
What quirky Christmas tradition does your character do every year?
Julia and her mum, Katie, always make their own Christmas cards, often combining materials and techniques. They have a special jar for various small objects (such as buttons, bottle caps, ribbons, etc.) that they collect over the months and use while making cards. The jar is called “Finders-Keepers”. Both, Julia and Katie, love looking through its contents in search for the ideas for their crafts.
What was your favorite or most memorable gift you got as a child?
When I was 9, my parents got a piano as a Christmas present for the entire family.
Speaking as your character, what is your (their) favorite thing about Christmas?
For Julia, it’s spending time with her nearest and dearest, eating yummy food and watching Christmas lights.
If you had to describe your character in three words, what would those three words be?
Julia is creative, sensitive, and observant
How does this story connect with your other books or series?
Cards, Capers, and Christmas Miracles is story which belongs to Paper Crafts Club Mysteries series, set in a fictional town Sunnyvale in the North-East of England. The main character, Katie is Julia’s mum. Julia often features in other books in the series, sometimes helping with the investigations, sometimes–not. In this story, it’s Julia’s turn to show off her detective skills and figure out who tries to steal Christmas.