The Twelve Books of Christmas

Berkley. (Bibliophile Mystery, Bk. 17). Oct. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780593637685. $27. M
Bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright and her security-expert husband, Derek Stone, are celebrating Christmas week with her family when a friend calls from Scotland. Cameron McKinnon, Laird of Castle McKinnon, has just proposed to fiancée Claire. He plans to marry after midnight on New Year’s Day and wants Brooklyn and Derek to be there. Beyond the wedding, there’s also the Scottish celebration of Hagmanay, and a mystery. Twelve Christmas books are missing from the castle library, and Claire needs Brooklyn’s help. Brooklyn doesn’t trust the new librarian, who is related to a group of powerful village women who want to take Claire down before she can marry the local laird. The wedding is already delayed by the wild Hagmanay celebration, but when Brooklyn and Derek find a body, Claire wonders if she and Cameron should get married at all.
VERDICT Claire and Cameron, characters from the 15th in Carlisle’s series, Little Black Book, return in this delightful cozy that combines Christmas, Scottish customs, and food. A treat for fans of the series and holiday mysteries.
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