Mistletoe Madness 2014: Shirley Wells

Posted December 4, 2014 by Jen in Giveaway, Mistletoe Madness Tags: ,


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Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is…

Shirley Wells

Book: Dead Simple
Release Date: January 5, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press

Dylan Scott’s Christmas Wish

So what would I like for Christmas? Apart from world peace and a cure for cancer? Let me share…

If someone was murdered just before Christmas, it would be awful, right? An unbelievable tragedy. But if that someone was the lowest form of life possible, a someone who put drugs on our streets or exploited women and children – ah, yes, you’re getting my drift. It’s not such a tragedy now, is it? In fact, some might go so far as to call it a blessing.

(Believe it or not, I’m actually a peace-loving soul. It’s just that Christmas brings out the worst in me.)

That’s the first part of my Christmas wish. The second part would be for someone to pay me mega bucks to investigate said murder. I can see a possible flaw here because anyone who cared about the murder of a lowlife might be the type who had a penchant for hacking off the fingers – or worse – of anyone who got on the wrong side of them. It’s a risk I’m willing to take though.

The final part of my Christmas wish would be for said murder to take place in Russia. I can already picture myself being flown – first class, of course – into Moscow where my luxury hotel would be the ideal place from which to start my investigation.

Currently, my home resembles a cross between a Buddhist temple and Santa’s Grotto. My mother (I love the aging hippy dearly but there are times when I wish she was some other bloke’s responsibility) is doing her utmost to cram my house with lights, mood crystals, scented candles and paths to personal enlightenment. My kids – well, Luke really because Freya’s too young to care one way or the other – love everything about the festive season. Luke’s friends have practically moved in to witness the behaviour of the “coolest grandmother ever” and it’s getting impossible to move for sullen, gangly teenage boys. Fairytale of New York (great song) or Happy Christmas Everyone (not such a great song) blast out and shake the walls. A huge Santa in the hallway says “Ho, ho, ho” in a somewhat menacing way every time someone ventures within a yard of it. (His batteries will soon be going to that great battery graveyard in the sky.) A huge tree is bowing under the weight of a million lights and baubles, and I’m beginning to wonder if enough whisky has been distilled to get me through the nightmare that is Christmas.

As the days tick by, I long for the call. Please, put me on that plane – first class, of course – to Russia.

Why Russia? Because they celebrate Christmas on January 7. I could fly out now, return early in the new year and miss the whole nightmare.

So if you need a private investigator for a job in Russia, I’m your man. As for the mega bucks, I’m happy to negotiate. Hell, for the chance of missing Christmas, I’ll even fly sardine class.

Meanwhile, I wish you and your loved ones a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas.

CARINA_0115_9781426899430_DeadSimpleAbout the Book:

Private investigator Dylan Scott is struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife. He has to cope for the sake of his two children, though it’s easier to blame himself for her death and take comfort in a bottle of whisky.

When he hears that the man who helped him solve his first case has been killed in Dawson’s Clough, Dylan finds a new purpose and vows to put all his energy into finding justice for him. Who would have a motive to kill a kind man like Simple Stevie? As it turns out, everyone.

Dylan’s hunch is that Stevie must have snapped a photo of the wrong person, doing something they want erased, so he focuses his investigation on the town’s residents. But Dylan’s worst fears are realized when he again finds his own family in the crosshairs.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Simple-Dylan-Scott-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00MTGFAD0

Shirley Wells website: www.shirleywells.com


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14 responses to “Mistletoe Madness 2014: Shirley Wells

  1. UnaReads

    I wish for a happy and joyful holiday spent with family and friends (provided it comes with minimal stress pre and post gatherings).

  2. Right now I’m just wishing it would get here already. This year my husband and I shopped for our own gifts because of what we each wanted and now we’re both stuck waiting another 21 days to enjoy our gifts. lol

  3. Bube

    My wish is my family to be healthy and safe 🙂

    Thank you for the wonderful post and giveaway 🙂

  4. Clare London

    I wish I could share my xmas preparations with your mum! My menfolk are very bah humbug 🙂

  5. Thanks to everyone for dropping by and leaving comments. I love your Christmas wishes! Maureen, you can share that cocktail. You too, Jen. I’ll get shaking and stirring – you guys get on a plane. 🙂 Happy Christmas, everyone!