Title: A Murder for Christmas
Author: David W. Robinson
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Date Published: October 27th 2012
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
I have not read a book of this genre since Rankin’s Rebus where the book is completely engaging because of its setting and characters. The plot, the pacing, the setting of A Murder for Christmas was brilliant. The characters felt authentic. They were not perfect, which makes it so much more believable because you don’t agree with everything the character says or does. The three characters, Joe and Sheila and Brenda, had a great relationship with each other. The dialogue was great too. I had to laugh at a lot of the wit in this book.
But the slut shaming from not only the male characters, but the female characters, as real as that came across, because I know there are people all over the country that do believe that way of behaving is correct, made me hope the younger generation are moving away from that kind of attitude. It was difficult to read sometimes. The descriptions of the women made me feel uncomfortable too. although that was in keeping with the characters themselves, (pretty sleazy male characters) and how they seem to treat women as sexual objects.
You could also make a case that A Murder for Christmas is old fashioned, but I am old fashioned anyway, and I prefer a vintage murder mystery.
Faults aside A Murder for Christmas has got a lot about it to recommend.