SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE--FESTIVITIES, FUN, FOOD, AND FRAUD!
It’s Bridget Jones does Christmas in Manhattan--plus a dash of international espionage--in this romantic cozy mystery that mixes sisterly love with a world famous drag queen, a shameful family past, and an irresistible French investigator.
Christmas in the Big Apple promises to be especially festive, as all five Bennett sisters are in town for a very special occasion: Annie, the oldest Bennett, is engaged at the tender age of fifty-five—to a charming Scottish man who’s crazy about her.
But while Bohemian Annie is securely and happily in love with a devoted fiancé, Merle-in-the-middle is navigating the roller coaster of her own love life: Pascal, her one-time French summer fling, has unexpectedly flown to New York for the holidays—and now she’s waiting for him in the bustling lobby of the New York City Hilton Hotel, the very same venue as her family’s engagement festivities. Pascal says he’s come to see Merle (and her son, Tristan), and he’s staying in town through the New Year--but why? A relationship ultimatum? Or is there something more mysterious in the works? Because Pascal is a very mysterious dude.
On the walk back from engagement cocktails at a romantic bistro, Pascal asks Merle, Annie, and her fiance to accompany him to a little-known club where he promised his brother he’d look up a friend of his. Intrigued, Merle and company follow him to the village, where they’re treated to … a drag revue. Turns out the “friend” is a drag queen, a Marilyn Monroe look-alike who goes by the name Bosom Drearie. But later, Francie, the next-to- youngest Bennett sister, says she’s seen Bosom Drearie before –and she looked different from her sisters’ description—plus, Francie’d heard the performer got fired and had to reinvent herself. That gets the sisters’ sleuth-sense up: Could it be the Bosom Drearie Pascal was searching for is an imposter? Perhaps a wanted one?
The truth starts to come out when Pascal admits to Merle that Bosom Drearie is a person of interest to the French Police Nationale—and Merle begins to question his intentions. Is he in New York solely on police business? But it may not be so simple—her own family may be involved. She learns the French police are reopening the investigation into a defunct wine business once owned by her late husband's father—50 years after a questionable deal—and can’t help but worry her family’s shameful past is tied to her romantic interest... A romantic interest she can't seem to resist...
Festivities, fun, food, and fraud—not to mention mystery and romance—abound in this delicious holiday installment of the Bennett sisters’ cozy adventures.