By Laurien Berenson
Melanie Travis wishes a bit peace from her busy existence this Christmas. however the traditional vacation hubbub is a pleasure in comparison to the killer shock she unearths tucked beneath the tree . . .
With a tough educating task at Connecticut’s elite Howard Academy and 5 poodles scampering round the condo, Melanie slightly has strength for the impending Christmas rush. yet she unwraps an unforeseen problem while her brother and ex-husband, elated by way of the hot good fortune in their kingdom café, make a spontaneous bid on a dilapidated pine tree farm. even if the ten-acre lot were a favored seasonal vacation spot whereas the unique proprietor was once nonetheless alive, it’ll take a few sharpening up—and a small miracle or two—before the missed position is match for December.
regrettably, the impromptu enterprise enterprise is going chilly whilst the gang discovers a purebred Maltese whimpering within the snow-covered grove—right beside a lifeless physique. Pete, a squatter who camped out at the land, it appears met his finish after a fallen fir tree department knocked him at the head. yet as Melanie and Aunt Peg examine Pete’s background and the poor behavior that expense him every thing, it’s transparent his dying was once no coincidence. Now, Melanie needs to run via a flurry of most probably suspects and muzzle a dogged assassin in time—or she’ll be subsequent on someone’s lethal list.