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The Christmas Mystery
Detective Luc Moncrief #2
James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
Read by Jean Brassard

Hachette Audio
12/06/2016/ ISBN 9781478968016
Detective / Suspense / Short Story [Bookshots] / Audiobook – 3.5 hours

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


The Christmas Mystery is the second Detective Luc Moncrief mystery in Patterson's Book Shot Series. The holiday storyline is delivered in first person by the French Detective. This gives us an intimate look into the detective’s thoughts about his case, his partner and the City. Kate Burke is still Moncrief’s partner. The two have a mutual respect for each other.

The storyline takes two directions; first it’s Park Avenue and second, a Socialite is murdered. The two follow stolen art, real and fake, to solve the murder. Moncrief lost a loved-one in the last mystery and it looks like he’s lost another. Burke and Moncrief head off to Paris when they get the news. A family death looks suspicious so the two take a personal look into it. There are enough twists, character interaction, humor and intensity to keep listeners entertained. On a side note, listeners will either enjoy or cringe at Moncrief’s take on Christmas in New York.

Canadian actor Jean Brassard narrates the second in the series, and once again, does an outstanding job.

James Patterson and Richard DiLallo make a great team. For those of you who don’t know, DiLallo co-authored Alex Cross's Trial, as well as other Book Shot short stories with Patterson. I look forward to more by these two.

Reviews of other titles in this series

French Kiss #1
The Christmas Mystery #2
French Twist #3

Reviewed 2017