Death, Snow, and Mistletoe
Valerie S. Malmont
Christmas in Lickin Creek, PA wasd anything but quiet. Of course there are the usual town squabbles, and Oretta Clopper was directng the play she'd ha;f plageraized, and half written very poorly, which ahd the townswomen prancin on stage in leotards, and spouting grandiose lines about goddesses and the birth of the Christchild.
In the midst of the Christmas flurry the mood shifts when the townspeople come together to find a missing boy and searchers find the remains of another boy who disappeared more than 30 years before. Tori Miracle, relative newcomer and temporary editor of the town's paper is thrown right into the thick of things.
When Bernice Roadcap is poisoned at a rehearsal for the play, and then Oretta is found murdered in her burnt-down house, the acting police chief lacks the confidencd to solve the murders, and turns to Tori for help.
The Tori Miracle series is cute and fun to read. I don't know much about rural PA, so I really appreciate the regional flavor.