Review: Secret Santa by Sierra Dean

Posted December 30, 2011 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 6 Comments

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Title: Secret Santa
Series: Secret McQueen #2.5
Author: Sierra Dean
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Format: eBook, 128 pages
Published: November 29th, 2011
My Copy: Received for review
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’Tis the season for ho-ho-homicide.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The season for mistletoe, Christmas lights…and a killing spree. When Secret’s friend, Detective Mercedes Castilla, asks for help to solve a series of murders longer than a string of lights, Secret resigns herself to the fact her holidays will be anything but peaceful.

It seems someone is killing New Yorkers in an unusually gruesome way, and as the bodies pile up faster than presents under the tree, the police are no closer to finding the killer than Secret is to finding the perfect present for one of her boyfriends, Lucas.

Tracking down a monster in Manhattan the week before Christmas is almost as difficult as shopping for her ever-expanding collection of loved ones. When tragedy strikes close to home, Secret must do everything in her power to put an end to the horror in time for Santa to come down the chimney.

Warning: Contains a less than merry McQueen with a sword and a reason to use it; a festive new use for mistletoe; and a promise that will haunt Secret like the Ghost of Christmas Future.



The full-length books in this series have been on my wishlist for some time now and after finishing Secret Santa I remember why! I read Sierra Dean’s other novella, The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters, a few months back and loved it. This second short story is equally as awesome (and festive!). I’m still reeling from how much content was skillfully crammed into so few pages. It honestly felt like a full-length book. I don’t know how Sierra does it!

I liked how the Christmas aspect of the story wasn’t just a blip on the radar. It’s actually an integral part of the plot and doesn’t detract from the heroine’s kickassedness. Well done, considering many themed books seem to use holidays as an excuse to make a quick buck by mentioning Christmas once and slapping on a festive cover.

Secret Santa is action-packed with a teaspoon of naughty and a storyline that somehow manages to not skimp on the details even though it’s a mere 100 pages in length. There are a few spoilers though seeing how this is book no. 2.5 so just a heads up. For me, this only further peaked my curiosity. I’m anxious to find out how Secret ended up where she is now in this series. Looks like Sierra’s books are getting bumped up my list ASAP!

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6 responses to “Review: Secret Santa by Sierra Dean

  1. I know! I don’t like novellas usually, because they are rushed and not developed enough and leave me disappointed, but not Sierra’s novellas. She always amazes me what a detailed and round story she can pack into such a short story.

    I LOVE Sierra Dean’s writing and the Secret McQueen series, you really should start the series! 🙂

  2. BTWCan my TBR or TBL take one, just one…lol.. more book?? what that hell! this sounds right up my alley. 🙂
    BTW, I think the feed it’s working!