When code-breaker Madison Rathborne gets an all-expense paid trip to a remote island in the Pacific Northwest the week before Christmas, she expects a peaceful getaway from the fake Santas in the city and the drama of her family’s turkey feast, but Deadman’s Island offers no such sanctuary. Trapped in a maze of secrets, scandals and murder, with a side of ghost, Maddy struggles to make sense of it all. Macabre stories of gruesome deaths on the estate go back centuries. Her logical mind refuses to believe in legends, but there’s no reasonable explanation for what’s going on around her.
Twelve strangers invited to the gathering, discover turkey is not the only thing on the menu, as one by one they meet their maker.
Will Mad Rath’s superior logician skills crack the mystery before the killer gets her? Or is there a supernatural force at work that cannot be conquered?
5 star review
"Murder for Christmas" is Jo-Anne Carson's tribute to the Agatha Christie classic, "Ten Little Indians". The plot is an archetype that most murder mystery writers feel an attraction to explore at some time.
I've read and heartily enjoyed several of Mrs. Carson's books over the last year (and a bit more). She typically writes mysteries that, while sometimes containing a murder, are at the same time bright, funny, AND spooky.
"Murder for Christmas" is a departure into a subgenre with a darker side, and while there is a bit of a sense of "feeling her way" into the new style, that in no way subtracts from my recommendation that this is a fun read that holds your interest. Once the Indians start to drop, you won't want to put it down until the end.
Jo-Ann Carson is an extremely talented writer who first caught my attention with her Abby and Viking Ghost series. I started it with "Midnight Magic" and was hooked. Don't miss it.