Santa has gone missing and the fate of Christmas is in Amber Fox's hands...
When the bones of St Nicholas, the original Santa Claus, are stolen from a special exhibit at the Natural History Museum on Christmas Eve, insurance investigator Amber Fox is hot on the thieves' trail.
Jinxed spells, freaky insects, and a sack full of secrets take Amber on a bumpy sleigh ride. But can she restore the relics back to their natural resting place and preserve the true spirit of the Yuletide Holly Days? Or is Santa lost forever?
Brilliant author Sibel Hodge, has very kindly sent me an advanced review copy of this book, the latest in her fantastic Amber Fox Mysteries series. I hadn't read any of the books in this series before, but now that I have, I am really glad to have started it as it is absolutely great, well written and entertaining.
It's Christmas time and someone has stolen a priceless, irreplaceable collection from the Natural History Museum in Hertford. This collection does not consist of animal or insect exhibits, but of antique icons, statues and the actual bones of St Nicholas, the original Santa Claus.
Amber Fox, an Insurance Investigator from Hi-Tec Insurance, is sent by her boss (and lover) Brad to the museum to investigate this burglary and interrogate the employees.
Because of St Nicholas's close ties with Christmas, Amber is desperate to find these bones and return them for everyone to enjoy as soon as possible, but she soon finds out that it's not gonna be easy; all employees at the museum seem odd and all seem to have something to hide.
To complicate things further, murder is soon added to the mystery's recipe. Who is the killer? Who stole the saint's bones? Where are they? Will Amber make it on time to find the key to unlock this mystery and bring back the priceless collection in time for Christmas? Or is Santa lost forever?
Living in a village whose patron saint is St Nicholas, and having named a son after the saint, I really had an extra great time reading this book. I found myself chuckling and laughing-out-loud all the way, and the mystery kept me guessing till the end. The author in fact does a brilliant job in balancing humour with mystery throughout. Ms Hodge also manages to give us a brief insight into the life of and the cult surrounding this great saint, who with time, folklore has morphed into the famous Santa Claus.
Filled with a bunch of very likeable and believable characters, this book is great and will keep any mystery lover entertained from start to finish. I highly recommend it and will surely read all the other books in the series. Ms Hodge Well Done!!