Day 18 of 25 Days of Christmas Books

Amy M Reade

On the busiest shopping day of the year, Lilly opens her jewelry store to discover it’s been burgled. Then she trips over a body. Talk about a Black Friday.

Shortly after the discovery of a second victim, Lilly is shocked to learn her ex-husband has come back to town after a fifteen-year absence. Does his sudden reappearance have anything to do with the murders? Can Lilly figure it all out before becoming a victim herself? Is she going to have herself a merry or a scary little Christmas?

Where/when is your book set?
The Worst Noel is set in the present day in Juniper Junction, a small resort town in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The number of bodies would suggest it’s some gun-slinging Wild West outpost, but it’s really a tony, upscale place with quaint shops, restaurants, and activities. And murders.

Who is your main character?
Lilly Carlsen is the main character of the Juniper Junction Cozy Holiday Mysteries. In The Worst Noel, Lilly is a small business owner and part of the sandwich generation: a single mom raising her own family and trying to take care of her mother at the same time. Life has thrown Lilly some immense curveballs, and she deals with them with her signature humor and practicality.

Why is Christmas so important to the story or you?
The Juniper Junction Cozy Holiday Mysteries are a series of mysteries set during holidays throughout the year. Because Christmas is my favorite holiday, I started the series with a Christmas mystery.
Christmas is my favorite holiday for reasons that could take up a whole blog post on their own. I love the lights, the decorations, the traditions, the stories, the food, the music, and the time my family spends together. Christmas was also my grandmother’s favorite holiday, and for that reason I dedicated The Worst Noel to her.

Victoria LK Williams


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