Review of The Christmas Clause

The Christmas Clause
A Tess and Tillie Cozy Mystery, Book #8
Kathi Daley
5 Stars

48286783. sy475 Synopsis:

If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this cozy mystery series.

With just two weeks until the highly anticipated Christmas on Main event, the tiny town of White Eagle Montana is all decked out for the season. With the annual tree lighting just around the corner, Tess and Tony are busy with their own holiday preparations, until someone close to Tess is shot and killed in front of her own home.

Tess jumps in to help Mike track down the killer, believing the gunman to have been connected to the mystery surrounding her own father’s disappearance. Her theory seems plausible, and even probable, until Santa is found dead an hour before the annual Santa parade, messing up Tess’s theory and complicating things even further. (Amazon)


The characters are well developed and well rounded. Tess and Tony make a great couple and work really well together. Their friends and family add a lot to the story and all of the animals are adorable.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and as usual, there is more to the mystery than you would first expect.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  The fact that this book is set at Christmas time is an added bonus.