Book Review: Hark the Herald Angles Slay by Vicki Delany

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Hark the Herald Angels Slay (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery, #3)Hark the Herald Angels Slay by Vicki Delany

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Merry Wilkinson left NYC about a year ago after a disastrous break-up and returned to her hometown of Rudolph in upstate NY. Rudolph is a town where it’s always Christmas. In this third caper of the ‘A Year-Round Christmas Mystery’ series by Vicki Delany, Merry’s ex-bf comes to tell her he wants her back, but then he ends up strangled to death in her office. Hark the Herald Angels Slay was a really fun read I devoured in about three hours, and it’s earned a solid four stars. I probably should have saved the read for closer to Christmas, but if it’s year-round, and I’m trying to catch up on all the series I love, why would I wait!? LOL

Delany always delivers whether it’s humor or characters standing out, fantastic settings or overall mystery, I am embroiled in her cozy plots. This one offered lots of suspects when the entire magazine crew where Merry used to work tags along with her ex-bf as part of a spotlight on Rudolph. There were also a few surprising connections to other folks who lived in Rudolph to the magazine which made for great red herrings and potential danger.

I like that it’s told in first-person because we can feel a stronger connection to Merry. Her parents are fun and quirky. The store / shop setting is very fun to have people in and out as good side stories that move the plot along and offer interesting moments where as readers we wonder ‘how might this connect to the story?’

I’m moving on next to another of Delany’s series about Sherlock Holmes bookshop!!!

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


6 thoughts on “Book Review: Hark the Herald Angles Slay by Vicki Delany

    bettylouise31 said:
    October 14, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    I have not started this series as I have too many akready. There are reviews on the Shakespeare series however and I have the next book in my ARC’s file.

    Liked by 1 person

    The Cozy Pages said:
    October 14, 2018 at 10:36 PM

    I’m pretending I did not enjoy this review….

    Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    October 17, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    I can not start another series, I can not, I can not …. I must stop reading your reviews Jay. I enjoy this author and did not realize she had this series. Oh well, just a few more on Mount TBR. Nice review.

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