It's Christmas time in Emerald Springs, OH. The Wilcox's are eager to put the last year's murder behind them and enjoy the festivities with her family and sisters (Vel and Sid), until her mother, Junie, invites an uninvited guest, Ginger (their foster sister). Ginger rubs into her foster family's face about the success she's become and, once again, puts herself front of attention. Sid reacts horribly and Ginger winds up wearing eggnog and Aggie's lost another punch bowl. That alone is sacrilege. Christmas Eve arrives along with the huge ceremony, but the plans take a bad turn when Ginger is found in the manger, dead. Aggie takes it upon herself to find out who did Ginger in, especially after Sid's under suspicion for the crime. As Aggie digs deeper into Ginger's past, she finds no shortage of suspects and uncovers things about Ginger that are very unsavory, but worth killing over? At least one of the secrets.
A quick read with good characters. I like Aggie Sloan-Wilcox. She's not too witty, she seems very believable, especially the interaction with her family, she just happens to run across bodies and murderers. This is the second in the series and it's been awhile since I've read the first, so I can't really go into too much about the beginning. The first book introduced Aggie, Ed (her husband), Deena and Teddy (their two daughters), Lucy (who's Aggie's best friend, partner in crime solving, and business partner in house-flipping), and a gaggle of the women who support the church Ed is minister for. While I figured out early who did it, I was off a little on the reason the murder occurred although I had a different reckoning (all those Forensic Files shows will be the ruin of me). Still, it's good enough to continue the series.