P.I. Billie Bly is stressed out.
Thieves are stealing Christmas Decorations in her neighborhood’s business district and a seven-year-old’s mother is missing. Her assistant, Angel’s, Christmas addiction is cluttering her home and when Angel’s loopy boyfriend begins poking his nose and other body parts into her business, something has to give.
The little girl is counting on Billie to find her mother and the police think her father is somehow involved.
She has five days to bring Christmas back for a young girl and learn who is stealing life sized Santa and Snowmen statues.
Billie Bly doesn't really have time to figure out where has disappeared, never mind whether it is voluntary or not. She has a bigger case and, as part of the business association, an investment in maintaining good relations to find the missing snowmen. After all, there was a lot of money invested in these decorations to light up the businesses. Billie enlists the help of a dog in training to check out her suspicions, at the same time trying to find the missing mother. In fact she gets the whole town involved in finding the missing women.
This was a fun, Christmas read. I like Billie Bly and her attitude. This is the 4th in the series, but easily read as a stand alone. Short read, but lots of spirit.
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