This book had a Christmas theme to it, but I didn't mind reading it in May. Donna Andrews is another one of those authors who has written a series of myteries, this one belongs to the Meg Langslow series.
Meg and her husband, Michael, live in a small town called Caerphilly in Virginia. Meg is in charge of the Twelve Days of Christmas parade, and each line in the twelve days of Christmas song is being portrayed in the parade. We have people dressed as geese, we have lords a leaping, a partridge in a pear tree, turtle doves, and so on. We even have crotchety Ralph Doleson playing the part of Santa, who will appear at the end of the parade. Unfortunately, while Ralph is in Meg's pig shed grudgingly changing into his Santa outfit, someone decides to kill him, hours before the parade is to start. So now Meg not only has her hands full with getting the parade organized, but she also has to deal with a dead body and finding out who killed Santa and why.
This is a fun book and will definitely give you some chuckles. My copy is in hardback and retails for about $22.95. It is 279 pages long, and I found myself enjoying every bit of it. I have also read a few other Meg Langslow mysteries and have enjoyed them as well.
If you are looking for a lighthearted mystery, one especially good for the holiday season (but that didn't stop me from reading it in May), pick up a copy of Six Geese A-Slaying. It really is an enjoyable book.