Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #303: White Elephant by Trish Harnetiaux


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event that had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlighted upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't-Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings.


From Goodreads

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 don’t need to be pricey—and often they’re 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 tickets—nothing 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 it’s an antique—otherwise, it’d be a terrible present. It’s 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 they’ve been harboring. Further adding to the drama is a snowstorm that closes nearby roads—preventing 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…


White Elephant by Trish Harnetiaux is set to be published on October 29th, 2019 by Simon & Schuster.

Why am I waiting on this one? I like the idea of a murder weapon showing up during the game like that and at least most of the people being unaware of its importance. How hard can you try to obtain it before it becomes too hard and people suspect something?

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

10 comments:

  1. I love White Elephant gift exchanges! Sounds like a good mystery. Hope you get your hands on it soon!
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  2. Love the setting and the gift exchange theme sounds really good. Great pick.

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    1. Your pick sounds really good too. Would make a great October read. Thanks for coming by!

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  3. What an enjoyable twist on this custom - I hope this one proves to be as entertaining as it sounds, Laura:)

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  4. I have an arc of this one and am excited to get to it. Sounds like a fun holiday thriller.

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    1. It does sound like a good holiday read. Hope we both enjoy it!

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  5. That does sound really good! I've never heard of this author. Here's mine: https://speedyreadercom.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/cant-wait-for-ayesha-at-last/

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    1. The author is new to me too, but it sounds good. Your pick this week has an interesting angle. Hope you enjoy it!

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