In the St. Nick of Time – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds
“Two sidewalk Santas died on the street recently from heart failure, according to the death certificates. Both were St. Nicholas Society to End Hunger volunteers who annually played Santa at outdoor locations around the city. They collected money during the organization’s Christmas fund drive.” He consulted a paper he had placed on the lectern. “Both were active, healthy men in their seventies with no prior history of heart disease, according to one of the deceased’s wives. I fielded a call yesterday from one wife, Mrs. Heller. She believes her husband was murdered and insisted that we open a criminal investigation. She stated that Mr. Heller passed a full-body physical two weeks ago, purportedly in perfect health. I’m not sure where this will lead, but I could use a volunteer to do some of the legwork for me.”
Hand raised, Kay Lynch holds her breath in hopes that Flynn Dowd will choose her to partner on this case. The case has caught her interest. So far there have been three incidences of sudden cardiac arrest. Each victim is an elderly man posing as a Santa but each has apparently had no heart problems in the past. It may have been passed off as a coincidence until Santa number 4 passes in the same way. So, Kay wants this case to help prove herself but she also wants it for another reason. For the first time since losing her husband 2 years earlier, Kay has found someone she really wants to be around and with.
Kay Sullivan Lynch, along with her brothers, were all police officers. When she married Mike Lynch, she hung up her badge and became a mother of 4. After Mike’s death Kay decided it was time to go back to the living world. She requalified for her position with the department and was assigned to her brother Pat’s precedent. Her oldest daughter Mary and the twin girls took her new life without problems. Her son Mike was a different story. He felt she should have continued life as it had been before his dad died. So, when she hooked up with Flynn, Mike made it known how he really felt about the situation.
In the St. Nick of Time has it all. It’s has love but I wouldn’t really call it a love story. It has murder and suspense but I wouldn’t call it a mystery. It has family affairs and problems but it’s not actually a self help book. And there humor but it’s not a comedy. What is it? It’s all of these rolled into one and I simply loved it. The trials Kay goes through as she juggles her life on the force, at home and her personal life, and her solutions and decisions for handling life, are so real. As for the Santa Slayer, I could see the possibility of that happening in real life too. This was a very enjoyable book.
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