Series: Secret Staircase Mystery #1.5
Published by Minotaur Books on October 11, 2022
Genres: Short Story, Cozy Mystery
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A baffling art heist. A mysterious Christmas Market. A thief in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle.
With Secret Staircase Construction taking well-earned time off for the holidays, Tempest Raj travels across the pond, looking forward to a renewed family tradition: celebrating Christmas in Scotland. Tempest’s grandmother has even booked an artist’s flat with a stunning view of Edinburgh Castle. But in the city’s snow-covered, historic Old Town, a recent museum art heist has made chilling headlines. No one can figure out how the thief pulled off the crime. When a family friend asks for help, Tempest agrees to look into the impossible theft—before the festive city’s holiday mood darkens and the Christmas lights fade for good.
Edinburgh at Christmas sounds wonderful. In this short story, Tempest is asked by her grandmother’s friend to figure out how a painting was stolen from a museum, a seemingly impossible crime. The plot is pretty straightforward, but I loved the setting. The author does a fabulous job at bringing Edinburgh and its Christmas market to life. I would really love to visit sometime. One of my favorite fictional bookstores even gets a mention. Tempest is her usual clever self and her grandparents are a joy. We don’t get to know the new characters well, but they worked fine for the story.
There are also a couple of recipes in the back that sound delicious. I haven’t tried the yet though.