The Snow White Christmas Cookie
A Berger and Mitry Mystery by David Handler
Review: It is December in the quaint historic New England village of Dorset. Snow is in abundance — there have already been three blizzards through the area — promising a white Christmas. Although the grounds are beautiful, Desiree Mitry — Dorset’s resident State Trooper — and Mitch Berger — a New York City film critic and her romantic and helpful crime fighter — are experiencing less than festive activities in The Snow White Christmas Cookie, the ninth mystery in this series by David Handler.
A wealthy neighbor of Mitch’s in the exclusive neighborhood of Big Sister Island has just been found dead of what appears to be a suicidal drug overdose. Separately a young woman has run her car into an office building after being caught stealing in a shoe store. To add to mix, mailboxes along one specific route, which, at this time of year are usually flooded with Christmas and Chanukah cards, some possibly including money or gift cards, have been stolen. Too, seniors who had ordered their three month’s supply of prescriptions from their mail order supplier have complained they had not received them. And if that weren't bad enough, Dorset citizens — although it is against the law for them to do so — put money in envelopes and placed them into their box as a Christmas tip for Hank, their mail carrier, which are also disappearing. The week before Christmas should be a happy time for the little town of Dorset. But Des soon discovers the crime wave has a more serious side: a gang is selling black market drugs that are linked to organized crime. Plus, there is another blizzard on its way … and more crime is afoot.
The Snow White Christmas Cookie is a well-spun holiday mystery. Berger and Mitry are delightful as a romantic crime-solving duo, and the diversity of the crimes they're trying to solve make for a very entertaining story. Add to the mix the beloved Hank the mail carrier and the result is both appealing and exciting.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of The Snow White Christmas Cookie.
Acknowledgment: Minotaur Books provided a copy of The Snow White Christmas Cookie for this review.
Review Copyright © 2012 — Hidden Staircase Mystery Books — All Rights Reserved
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Minotaur Books (Hardcover), October 2011
ISBN-13: 9780312648350; ISBN-10: 0312648359
Location(s) referenced in The Snow White Christmas Cookie: Connecticut
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The Snow White Christmas Cookie by David Handler — A Berger and Mitry Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: October 2012
List Price: $24.99