Review of Murder At Christmas

Murder At Christmas

Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery, Book #4

Kathi Daley

5 Stars


It is the week before Christmas and the Dolphin Bay Resort where Lani works is packed with holiday visitors. There is a strange flu working its way through the staff at the resort so those who are left have been asked to work double shifts. Lani works as a lifeguard by day and a Santa’s Helper at night. Things go from bad to worse when Lani finds Santa dead in the alley behind the loading dock during the big Step into Christmas event the resort is sponsoring. As it turns out Santa is really one of the seniors who participates in the same Monday afternoon bingo game as Lani and her neighbor Elva, so Elva convinces Lani to investigate along with Luke and the senior sleuthing gang we saw in book 2 in the series. (Goodreads)


As is typical for this author, the characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Lani and Luke are really good people and I enjoyed getting to spend more time with them.  We did not get to spend much time with her condo family, but we did get to spend a lot of time with the “senior sleuths” and I enjoyed that they were back.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action take place around me and listening in on conversations.  I felt like I could hear the waves and see the beach while I was reading,  and that made the book stand out for me.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects to consider, clues to sift through,and enough twists and turns that I did not figure out who the murderer was until it was revealed at the end.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This book, this series, and all of the series written by this author are top notch cozy mysteries.