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White Elephant
White Elephant | Trish Harnetiaux
3 posts | 5 read | 3 reading | 9 to read
A crackling Christmas mystery that combines murder and blackmail at a holiday office party, in a mashup reminiscent of Big Little Lies and Clue. There are only a few rules in a White Elephant gift exchange: 1) Everyone brings a wrapped, unmarked gift. 2) Numbers are drawn to decide who picks first. 3) Gifts dont need to be priceyand often theyre downright tacky. But things are a little different in Aspen, Colorado, at the office holiday party for the real estate firm owned by Henry Calhoun and his wife Claudine. Each Christmas sparks a contest among the already competitive staff to see who can buy the most coveted gift: the one that will get stolen the most times, the one that will prove just how many more commissions they earned that year than their colleagues. Designer sunglasses, deluxe spa treatments, front row concert ticketsnothing is off the table. And the staff is even more competitive this year as Zara, the hottest young pop star out of Hollywood, is in town and Claudine is determined to sell her the getaway home of her dreams. Everyone is puzzled when a strange gift shows up in the mix: an antique cowboy statue. At least the sales agents are guessing its an antiqueotherwise itd be a terrible present. Its certainly not very pretty or expensive-looking. In fact, the gift makes sense only to Henry and Claudine. The statue is the weapon Henry used to commit a murder years ago, a murder that helped start his company and a murder that Claudine helped cover up. She swore that no one would ever be able to find the statue or trace it to their crime. So which of their employees did? And why did they place it in the White Elephant? What could possibly be their endgame? Over the course of the evening, Henry and Claudine race to figure out who could have planted the weapon, and just what the night means for the secrets theyve been harboring. Further adding to the drama is a snowstorm that closes nearby roadspreventing anyone from leaving, as well as keeping law enforcement from the scene. And by the end of this crazy night, the police will most definitely be required
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AshleyC816
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This was a great quick holiday thriller! A Christmas party in an isolated mansion with a bad history- lots of fun!

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guinsgirlreads
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I just binge-read this all morning! Such a fun holiday party murder mystery! I only wish it were snowing outside while I was reading it!

batsy Sounds like a fun Xmas mystery @Tamra @erzascarletbookgasm 3w
Tamra @batsy thank you for the tag! Stacked! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good @batsy thanks! 3w
LaurenELovesToRead This book is called The Secret Santa outside of the US/Canada, I never knew until I read this book and went on Litsy just now that in America they call the Secret Santa game: White Elephant! Crazy! 3w
guinsgirlreads @LaurenELovesToRead I saw that! I was wondering! 3w
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TheLibrarian
White Elephant | Trish Harnetiaux
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Beautiful #bookmail today. I didn‘t get Ninth House through BOTM so the next books in the series will all match. The tagged, White Elephant, was one of the picks from @Liberty on All the Books podcast.