Santa wonders what to leave under the tree for the intrepidly brilliant Lieutenant Eve Dallas for Christmas. After all she’s been very, very good. Hmmm … let her in on the secret that someone dressed like him is serially killing the citizenry of NY? How about horrific nightmares featuring her father? Extra Christmas crime just doesn’t seem special enough. Maybe explain the commercialism of Christmas … perhaps give her more sniping by McNab and Peabody to enjoy.
Roarke is intent on making their first Christmas together very special since neither he nor Eve have particularly fond memories of the holiday from their childhood. Eve, as usual, can’t be bothered. She got to catch the Santa impersonating serial killer using a dating service to find his victims while he mocks Eve mercilessly.
As Santa wonders how Eve got through the cases pre-Roarke, Roarke teases her by letting her in on the McNab-Peabody secret this reader knew the moment McNab showed up with the first snip. With Roarke and Feeney’s help Eve begins to unravel the stray threads linking the murders that have left our team baffled for the moment.
This enjoyable, fast paced read delivers a bit of wit, a bit of fun and a chance to uncover the culprit while moving both the main and supporting character just off their comfort zone. Finally, Santa decides Eve already has the perfect gift … an extremely patient and loving, Roarke.