December Dread (Mira James Mystery Series #8)

December Dread (Mira James Mystery Series #8)

by Jess Lourey


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Finalist for The Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery!

Silent Night, Deadly Night

With Christmas just over a week away, ’tis the season for grinning elves, maddeningly jolly Muzak, and a guilty Nut Goodie addiction. But the holidays are marred by something far worse—a serial killer leaving candy canes as his calling card.

His target? Thirty-something brunettes who look just like Mira James. When a woman from her high school graduating class becomes his latest victim, Mira plows through a case of online dating turned deadly with Mrs. Berns at her side.

Will she earn her detective stripes . . . or end up deader than the Ghost of Christmas Past?

December Dread is perfect for readers who love to escape into the humorous romantic mysteries of Sarah Strohmeyer, Janet Evanovich, Denise Grover Swank, Margaret Lashley, Amy Vansant, Carl Hiaasen, Chelsea Field, and Stephanie Bond. If you love to laugh while losing yourself in a suspenseful story, then this series is for you!

December Dread is the eighth in a series of laugh-out-loud-funny mysteries featuring Mira James, an urban woman with rural Minnesota roots. The books can be read in any order; each novel stands alone. Get all the Mira James mysteries today!

May Day

June Bug

Knee High by the Fourth of July

August Moon

September Mourn

October Fest

November Hunt

December Dread

January Thaw

February Fever

April Fools


"Lourey pulls out all the stops in this eighth case."―Library Journal

"Lourey creates a splendid mix of humor and suspense."―Booklist

"Lourey, who keeps her secrets well, delivers a breathtaking finale."―Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948584388
Publisher: Toadhouse Books, LLC
Publication date: 07/21/2018
Series: Mira James Mystery Series , #8
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Jessica (Jess) Lourey writes about secrets.

She is the bestselling Agatha, Anthony, and Lefty-nominated author of the critically-acclaimed Mira James mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing "a splendid mix of humor and suspense."

Jess also writes nonfiction, YA adventure, magical realism, the Lilydale suspense novels, and thrillers. She is a tenured professor of creative writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft's Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a Psychology Today blogger, and a TEDx presenter (check out her TEDx Talk for the surprising inspiration behind her first published novel).

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December Dread 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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A very well thought out story with excellent writing. I have read all of Jess Lourey's books and I have enjoyed every single one. If you are looking for a new mystery writer consider her the next time you want a great read!
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Very nice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Jess Lourey's best book yet!!! It's funny and thrilling. Great Series. Support Our Local Minnesota Authors.
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I sat in bed not moving. Mom walked in "Olivia get up you are not sick ive checked your tempsrture five times." I finally gave up. My stomach was churning with embarassment. I got dressed and got on the bus there were hispers and pointing and i heard snatches of conversation "thats her...but she looks like a girl...did she seriously go in the boys...bunny girl" I just sat there when i got to school i ran into homeroom and sunk in my seat Sarah put her hand on my shoulder "Im so sorry." I smiled. Then my crush walked in and smiled at me. I wonderd if it was in a mocking way. He whispered "Im Jake." I just smiled. "Idiot!" I thought to myself.