It’s Shaping up to be a Blue Christmas.
Days before Christmas, the worst snowstorm in two decades strands guests and staff at the Diamant Hills Conference Centre in Mechanic Falls. A Police Chiefs’ convention and a real estate symposium are in full swing, but that doesn’t deter a jewel-loving thief from robbing the guest rooms of valuables.
Three of the law enforcement professionals are confident they have the intruder in their sights, and they’ll nail him before the roads clear. But Tori, Bliss, and Alysha - their determined and resourceful civilian partners – are certain the culprit is someone else entirely. The men increase surveillance to capture the camera-dodging thief while the women hatch a better plan over tequila shots and Christmas cookies. The classic competition between the sexes plays out in the stormbound conference centre and could put more than one holiday romance on ice.
Underlying the fast-paced investigation is a long-hidden secret, known only to a handful, that will affect them all. Tori, Bliss, and Alysha – two of them victims of the thief – decide to blast the secret wide open. At the right moment.
Which team will solve the crime and recover the gems before the storm ends and the culprit escapes? Whose Christmas could be cancelled this year?
WORLDS MAY CHANGE
Fired from her job as an exotic dancer, Tori Marsh steals the club owner’s shipment of illegal emeralds bound for the black market. Bad move, but regret comes too late. With her death warrant signed, and two hired gunmen tracking her, Tori flees Hamilton and heads north.
Erik Gerard, the enigmatic bartender at the strip club, witnesses Tori’s theft and joins the pursuit. While the hunt for Tori and the gems intensifies, he intercepts several attempts on her life but wrestles with an impossible choice – continue to protect her and lose a fortune, or nab the gems and leave Tori to her fate?
When Tori’s car breaks down in Mechanic Falls, she calls on her mortuary cosmetologist skills to land a job at a funeral home owned by twin embalmers. The brothers offer her refuge and promise to keep her secret. But, suppose they have their own agenda?
Relying on her wits to survive won’t work for Tori this time. Can she trust Erik and the twins? She has to decide now before the men pursuing her, and the ghostly shadow in the casket room, force her back to the streets where she won’t last a day.
Can Tori and Erik set aside their mutual suspicions and unite to evade the danger? Will they even live long enough to feel safe again?