Raziel the Angel* has the task of granting a Christmas wish to a young child. The chosen child is Joseph who earlier in the day witnessed a man in a Santa suit being killed near a churchyard. He thinks this is the real Santa Claus and wishes for him to be alive again. Raziel earns the description from the book’s title by raising not only the man in the Santa suit, but all the residents of the churchyard. Now the Lonesome Christmas party at the church is a feasting ground for zombies. Merry Christmas.
This is the third book to take place in Pine Cove, CA, featuring a sheriff who smokes pot, a former actress who sometimes forgets she is not the character she regularly played in B movies: Kendra, Warrior Babe of the Outland, and a whole town full of eccentric and hilarious characters. You needn’t read the Pine Cove books in order. This first time I read this book, I had not read the others and it definitely didn’t impede my enjoyment of this book. This edition is the 2.0 Enhanced Edition complete with a bonus chapter which takes places a year after the events of the main story.
I loved this enough to reread it and will probably read it again for Christmases in the future. It’s funny and a little naughty and very ridiculous. Treat yourself to “a heartwarming tale of Christmas terror” this holiday season. You won’t regret it.
*who previously made an appearance in Lamb, also by Christopher Moore
Review by Jessica A.