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Death Comes For Christmas

A beloved aunt dies mysteriously. Fentanyl shows up in all the wrong places. Can a burned out lawyer with a drinking problem figure out who killed Auntie Freda?

Camelia Belmont is struggling to manage a stressful job, an escalating anxiety disorder, and a few too many cocktails. She just needs a nice, quiet family holiday back in Saskatchewan, away from her demanding law practice and a very unhappy boss to get her head straight. But when her beloved Auntie Freda dies suddenly, the Phoenix attorney is determined to find the killer. As she digs into the circumstances leading up to her aunt’s death, Camelia discovers a link to a local drug dealer and an exploding opioid crisis.

Despite scanty evidence, a keen RCMP retiree, and uncooperative relatives, Camelia is convinced the killer is one of their own. Tracking down clues despite their protests, Camelia worries her tactics could seriously alienate her closest family members, including her husband. Can she discover what happened before the RCMP take over and the whole mess blows up in her face?

Death Comes for Christmas is Camelia’s Origin Story and the first book in the suspenseful Camelia Belmont Murder Mystery series. If you like soft-boiled whodunnits with a smart female sleuth, true-to-life characters, and dark insights into the opioid epidemic, you’ll love PJ Donison’s debut literary mystery.

A sudden death. A deadly toxic drug. A squabbling family. Can Camelia Belmont find out who really killed Auntie Freda?

Finished in one sitting—could not put it down.

I finished the book in one sitting. Read it straight through. Could not put it down. I will just say here that the things that pull me into a novel and keep me reading are all there: kickass beginning, vivid characters, an irresistiblly unfolding story thread, tantalizing hints of untold substories that create that desire to know more (a series!), and a protagonist that you begin to care about/develop an attachment for. Altogether a win!

Mila

Couldn’t put it down and it’s not even my kind of read! Just WOW!

An intricate weave of human nature and addiction and how it can drive one’s life in ways you wouldn’t expect. The author explores some deep intricacies in ways many people can really appreciate. This is a different kind of murder mystery. Not what I expected.

Christos

Who dunnit!?

I like a good murder mystery novel, and Death Comes for Christmas delivers! Fast paced, witty, you look forward to picking up your book again. I hope it is the first of a series. I want to be right there again with the main character, trying to figure out… who dunnit!?

S. Calvin-Rosenberg 

Engaging well written novel

Enjoyed the storyline and colorful characters. The setting and portrayal of this family and its dynamics kept me captivated to the end. Looking forward to reading the next one.

Rj

5 stars!

No spoilers! I am already looking forward to Pam’s next book! Camelia Belmont is my new friend! She’s a Murderino!

Cherie

Delightful book

A delightful book in every way! Highly recommend this read for mystery lovers….

Dan Altick

Intriguing and Well Written

Captive and well written by P Donison. Have highly recommended this novel to anyone who loves mystery and who-dun-it! Hoping and rating there are sequels.

Heather G. Cook

Great mystery

Thoroughly enjoyed this. I thought I knew who did it until the very end. Turns out I didn’t. The harsh Canadian weather was a character in this book, very vividly described. A great read.

Sunny Day

A great read for mystery lovers!

Death Comes for Christmas is both gritty and delightful, characters that you love and characters that you love to hate, and PJ Donison weaves it all together in such a beautifully written way, delivering you to the outcome that you will not see coming!

Sarah M

Great who-done-it!

Well developed characters, quick pace, some nice twists and turns. Entertaining who-done-it!

jl near

Wonderful, hard to put the book down.

PJ Donison’s vivid imagery and descriptions of the setting and of the personas captured me. I felt as if I were traveling alongside Camelia, taking in the clues. Functional alcoholic is the term used in the story, and I feared for Camelia as alcohol and drugs began negatively impacting her own life, threatening to cross the line of functional/dysfunctional. I personally loved the short chapters which looked daunting in number but allowed me to put the book down occasionally. I would recommend this to any who love descriptive mysteries and I await the next Camelia Belmont story. I’m pulling for her recovery.

Barbara Rossman

Loved it

Did not know what to expect and was delighted with this novel. The highest praise I can give any author is ‘i want more’…Hurry up and write another one!…I want…no I need to see what the future holds for Camelia.

Mark Szkoda

Compelling characters, captivating writing

This book pulled me in with the first chapter. I had to find out what happened to Aunt Freda! The characters are rich and realistic. A few are downright detestable, and each struggles with their own foibles. The dysfunctional family dynamics had me making faces as I read, and the descriptions of the cold Canadian weather had me chilly. That shows just how good the writing is.
I highly recommend this book for any reader of mysteries.

SB

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