Not nearly as good as the previous books; I was hard-pressed to finish. The murderer was obvious almost immediately. The secondary characters are also part of what gives this series its warmth . . . And they were hardly in the book at all. Also the author seems to have become rusty about the characters with all of the prequels and forgot that the novella Gone Before Christmas was set just two months before this one and the baby was never mentioned in it. In fact the novella actually says Sophia is his only daughter. This is a niggling point but a case in point of a slight sloppiness in the continuity of this book.