- Electric Prose Publications
- Release Date
- November 2013
- Book 4 of Hoale Construction Mysteries
Action/Adventure Romance, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Sometimes going home is clarifying. Sometimes it's just plain deadly!
Adam travels to Candlelight, Indiana to visit his parents for Christmas. When he arrives he discovers somebody has killed a man and dumped him in the manger of the living crèche at the local church. Unfortunately, all signs lead back to Adam's father as the murderer. A Sheriff with a grudge and a small town more interested in gossip than reality, convince Adam that it will be up to him and the gang to clear his father's name.
Dec 16, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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When Adam Hoale travels home to Candlelight, Indiana, for Christmas, he has no idea that his life is once again going to become really complicated. He's already moody, faced with the prospect of missing his lover Dirk who's shooting a final scene for a film he's making and spending a few days with family and his father, a man who in his opinion "had never really approved of him anyway."
When he reaches town, things get worse. Of course, finding the dead body in the manger in the town's planned Nativity scene wasn't on his list of "Things to do in the Holidays." And when his father is accused of murder, Adam is sucked into a maelstrom of emotions dating back into his parents' past and he discovers things about his family he never knew.
Declan Sands writes a beautiful, festive tale of family secrets and emotions, coupled with vivid descriptions of what Christmas is like in a small town where everybody knows everybody else. It's a story of people coming together to support each other, find the strengths in each other that they didn't know they had and finding out that family truly is important. And when you extend that definition to Adam's closest friends--Dirk, Maddy, Mink, Bud--Candlelight at Christmas seems to be the only place to be.
Once again the author weaves a spell of mystery, intrigue, romance, sex and friendship, all interspersed with wit and humor. I mean, when I think of the poor town Sheriff and the neighborhood gossip meeting Mink all decked out in his mint and black pepper face mask, with his hair covered in pink sponge rollers and a Chinese gown wrapped around his small frame, I think I would have been a little taken aback, too. Mink is just adorable.
This is a wonderful treat for the festive season of family bonding, friendship and danger beneath the surface of a small town and a definite must read, especially, if like me, you've read the rest of the series. Definitely well worth it.
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