Dude On Arrival: A Christmas Mystery

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Macmillan, Nov 15, 1992 - Fiction - 306 pages
English teacher Sarah Deane and her boyfriend, Dr. Alex McKenzie, leave snowy Maine to join Sarah's feisty Aunt Julia for Christmas at the exclusive Rancho del Gato Blanco resort in Arizona. But they soon realize there's no place like home for the holidays when ranch guests become the prey of a prankster whose destructive acts are tallying up like a Yuletide carol:

Garden hose a-spraying...Lounge chair collapsing...Mud in the coffee...Golf carts a-stalling...Rubber snake in bathtub...Wagon wheel a-flying...

The pranks take a murderous turn Christmas morning when one of the guests turns up dead among the gifts in Santa's sack. Sarah and Alex are certain the killer lurks among them. Could it be quirky clerk Cookie Logan? Aging film star Maria Cornish? Her hot-tempered beau Blue Feather Romero? Head wrangler Peter Doubler? Or someone in the entourage of U.S. Senator Leo J. Hopgood? The police even have eccentric Aunt Julia on their list of suspects-but if Sarah and Alex don't find the killer fast, they could all end up on the list of victims.
 

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User Review  - gpangel - LibraryThing

As I was looking through my shelves for Christmas type books, I came across this one. This is a "cozy" mystery with a Christmas theme. Published in 1991, this is the 5th in the Sarah Deane mystery ... Read full review

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Professor Sarah Deane and doctor boyfriend Alex are once again vacation guests (Bodies of Water, 1990, etc.)—this time over Christmas at the plush Arizona Rancho Del Gato Blanco, where Sarah's rich ... Read full review

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Contents

ONE
1
TWO
8
THREE
19
FOUR
31
FIVE
40
SIX
49
SEVEN
65
EIGHT
73
FOURTEEN
153
FIFTEEN
162
SIXTEEN
177
SEVENTEEN
192
EIGHTEEN
209
NINETEEN
224
TWENTY
236
TWENTYONE
250

NINE
88
TEN
100
ELEVEN
115
TWELVE
127
THIRTEEN
142
TWENTYTWO
265
TWENTYTHREE
277
TWENTYFOUR
291
TWENTYFIVE
299
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About the author (1992)

J.S. Borthwick lives with her family on the Maine coast, where many of her mysteries are set.

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