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Christmas can be perilous!
Did you ever have a Christmas that came off without a hitch? Did you ever suspect the whole Christmas thing was in tilt mode? Or that it was a little like a train that had somehow jumped its tracks and was dancing off through a meadow somewhere? Sure you have, and you’re not alone.

But, you’re in for a treat. IN HOPE OF A PERFECT CHRISTMAS contains another four lighthearted, sometimes tongue-in-cheek novelettes where events contrive to make Christmas a little less than a perfect experience. At the same time, these stories remember with respect and reverence the events that are the origin of the celebration. Some are set in more innocent times, but the search for The Perfect Christmas still travels a rocky road that hasn’t changed for two thousand years.

A CHRISTMAS CHILD—It’s a mad, mad race against time and misadventures as a motley group of strangers drops everything to make sure the new child arrives in the hospital and not in a snowbank somewhere.

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS REVOLT—Mary Ellen, harassed by holiday overload, plans what she hopes will be a very simple Christmas. Her husband, who strung 362,840 lights on his house last year, reluctantly goes along. Their kids? Well . . .

THE CASE OF THE MISSING SANTA CLAUS—When A hard-boiled private detective searches for a young woman’s missing father—a beloved department store Santa— he discovers what happened has everything to do with somebody trying to change the rules about Christmas.

A CHRISTMAS TRADITION—Ignoring her father’s warning that her punishment may be self-inflicted, Rachel nurtures an escalating feud with her brother. Right up to Christmas Morning.

Author Bio
Douglas Grant Johnson’s novelette-length mysteries have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Visit his website:

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