- Available: October 1, 2019
Noted for her rich story construction and excellent detailed plots, Kee Patterbee’s mystery writing centers on traditional female detective tropes but with original, modern twists. She produces protagonists that are a nod to the hard-boiled noir private eyes while avoiding the trappings found in much of modern private eye fiction.
Patterbee’s main protagonist, a former FBI agent turned culinarian named Hannah Starvling-Miles, is a genius, leaving her to view the world on a different level. She interviews, interacts, and interprets those involved in a case. Along the way, the reader becomes privy to her thoughts’ and how Hannah assesses and categorizes suspects, even if they are long-term acquaintances, good friends, or family.
But this methodology is only half the story. Hannah has a knack for trouble. While she often pushes forward with abandon, she is never alone. Her best friend Cate is never far from hand to aid in her adventures. Her husband Hymn always has her back. And her grandparents, Gran and Jayland are on hand to makes some mischief.
In this adventure, we find Hannah once again mixed up in a mystery, much to the chagrins of Hymn.
In THE 12 MURDERS OF CHRISTMAS, Hannah is in pursuit of a serial killer who has put a unique spin on a classic carol of the season. Headed to New Orleans to do some Christmas shopping, Hannah – along with Hymn, Cate, Papa Jay and Gran – stop in Birmingham to visit a former Quantico roommate of the private eye, one Eve Cook. When the woman relates an odd case to Hannah, the game is as oft noted ‘afoot.’
Now Hannah’s intended shopping excursion has turned into her next mystery. One bizarre death leads to the next with each crime escalating in the number of victims. More disturbing, within each crime scene, clues left behind point to the next to die. Now, with each passing day, the pressure mounts for Hannah to work her magic before it the murderous song concludes.
Working her way through the twisting trail of the killer’s mind, her current state complicates matters: Her best friends health is of concern. And Hannah wonders if she shares more in common with the killer than she wants to admit.
Now she must find the answers to two questions:
1. Who is behind the growing Christmas murders?
2. And what do they see in Hannah?