A Corpse for Christmas by Rena LeithA Corpse for Christmas by Rena Leith
Series: Cass Peake #3
Published by The Wild Rose Press on November 30, 2021
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 208
Format: eARC
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Cass Peake's web design company accepts a job to bolster the local college's efforts in attracting new students. With the winter break, she and her colleagues expect a very quiet campus. What they don't anticipate is the reunion of a strange secret society called The Black Triangle Club on the grounds… and a dead body. Then corpses start piling up like gifts under a Christmas tree. Coincidence or not?

With the help of her ghostly friend Doris and other allies, Cass works frantically to uncover the real killer. But it might take a real holiday miracle to solve this Yuletide mystery.

A Corpse for Christmas is the third in the Cass Peake series, but the first I’ve read. For me, it took a while to get all the characters straight, and I think if I had read the series in order, that wouldn’t have been an issue. I also would have felt like I knew at least Cass and the other recurring characters, including Doris the ghost, better.

Cass takes on the job of doing a new video for a local college and hires some young people to help her out. It’s the holidays so the campus is pretty empty, making it easier to film locations, but while working, Cass and her crew stumble onto a murder. Her obligatory cop boyfriend, George, doesn’t like her getting involved, but Cass of course can’t let it go, especially when a neighbor asks for her help.

There’s a lot going on here. We have the project for the local college; it’s Christmas so Cass’ brother and sister-in-law are staying with her; there’s the secret club and their reunion; and a ghost lives in her house. There were a couple of clues and lots of red herrings.

I did enjoy the book overall. It was fun and quirky, with good characters and an oceanside setting.

About Rena Leith

Rena Leith currently lives in Cape May County in New Jersey after spending years in the San Francisco Bay Area with her Maine Coon cats Sierra and Ginger. She attended Clarion Writers Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy at Michigan State University and sold “Loaded Dice,” a story she wrote there to Damon Knight for The Clarion Awards anthology. She’s written three mystery novels: Murder Beach, Coastal Corpse, and A Corpse for Christmas. She taught English for high school and community colleges for several years.

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