Nov 29th, 2010 by Marilyn
Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews
Get into the Christmas spirit with Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews. Weezie Foley is a funky Southern antiques dealer who owns Maisie’s Daisy, a shop in Savannah’s historic district. Weezie is determined to win this year’s Christmas decorating contest. When her blue Christmas tree pin goes missing from her truck and her shop decorations get vandalized, Weezie can’t help but think the hoity toity owners of Babalu are planning to put her out of business. But this is only the beginning of Weezie’s mystery. Are Manny and Cookie behind the mishaps or is someone else up to no good?
Weezie’s compassionate spirit is what Christmas is all about.
From the Publisher
It?s the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to do up her shop for the Savannah historical district window decorating contest-which she intends to win. She throws herself into putting up a Graceland/Blue Christmas motif, with lots of tinsel, an aluminum tree, and all kinds of tacky retro stuff. The project takes up so much time that Weezie is ready to shoot herself with her glue gun by the time she?s done, but the results are stunning. She?s sure she?s one-upped the owners of the trendy shop around the corner. But suddenly, things go missing from Weezie?s display, and there seems to be a mysterious midnight visitor to her shop.
Still, Weezie has high hopes for the holiday-maybe in the form of an engagement ring from her chef boyfriend. But Daniel, always moody at the holidays, seems more distant than usual.
Throw in Weezie?s decidedly odd family, a 1950s Christmas tree pin, and even a little help from the King himself, and maybe there will be a pocketful of miracles for Weezie this Christmas eve.
Book Club Party Ideas for Blue Christmas
You can make a centerpiece using a variety of flowers and sprays.
What to Wear
For the decorating contest, Weezie pulled her hair back in a ponytail, rolled her jeans to mid calf, slipped on a pale blue cashmere sweater, wore a pair of black ballet flats, and grabbed her daddy’s old letter sweater.
For James and Jonathan’s Christmas party, Weezie wore a 1950′s black vintage cocktail dress and her mother wore a green wool skirt and “one of those awful seasonal sweaters she adores – this one featured giant knitted Christmas trees adorned with tiny ornaments that actually lit up and blinked”. A trip to your local vintage and resale shops will help you put these outfits together for your Blue Christmas book club party.
After Maisie’s Daisy’s fruit adorned trees and popcorn-cranberry garland had been pilfered the night before the decorating contest, Weezie puts on her Christmas CDs and waits for inspiration for a new design. It wasn’t until she heard Elvis that she decided she was going to have a blue Christmas. Get your book club party in the Christmas spirit with these oldies but goodies - Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley, A Christmas Gift for Youfrom Phil Spector, Rockin Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee.
Book Club Menu for Blue Christmas
For the open house for the Historical District Decorating Contest, Weezie prepares bacon wrapped shrimp, crab quiches, spinach and feta stuffed mushrooms and sausage cheese balls, which all go missing from her kitchen right before the decorating contest. These delectable appetizers are a meal in themselves. Mary Kay Andrews includes a corned beef dip recipe which I added to this Blue Christmas book club party menu.
BeBe, Weezie’s friend, brings pecan tassies (and chocolate chewies) from the local bakery for Weezie to serve at the open house, “we’ll just bribe the judges with these little goodies” (page 58).
Serve Red Rooster cocktails for this book club party.
Other Menu Options
Weezie prepares a Christmas feast for her and Daniel’s family - crab dip served with Triscuits, ham and turkey, and all the fixings. Below are some suggestions from Buttery Books recipes that will help you prepare this menu for your book club party.
Bubble and Squeak ( an English potato and cabbage dish)
Weezie makes Chanthan Artillery Punch for the open house. ”… the hostess start the base of the punch at least two months ahead of time, preferably making it in a forty-gallon drum… The original, classic recipe also calls for a pinch of gunpowder for that final, explosive charge, but I’d decided my version was explosive enough without the gunpowder”. Weezie’s recipe is on page 66.
Book Club Resources for Blue Christmas
Ratings at the time this post was published
|Goodreads: 3.63 stars (1,293 reviews)|
|Amazon: 4.8 stars (22 reviews)|
|Barnes & Noble: 4 stars (31 reviews)|
|My Rating: 4 stars|
“… Anyone who has devoured Andrews’ previous work knows there is something downright addictive in her punchy prose and sparkling storylines. Here, she delivers holiday cheer that will leave you anything but blue.: — BookPage.com
“I thoroughly enjoyed this gently funny, very Southern, lighthearted story. It packs enough poignant moments to ground it but manages to keep from being too sappy.” – Dearauthor.com
Andrews nails idiosyncratic Southern charm and teases out a touching denouement. - Publishers Weekly
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Meet Mary Kay Andrews
Mary Kay Andrews has written seven novels beaming with Southern charm. She was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and now resides in Atlanta with her husband and two kids. She holds a B.A. in newspaper journalism from The University of Georgia. She started her professional journalism career in Savannah, GA, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in Garden of Good & Evil starring Kevin Spacey and Jude Law. She is also a former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at which time she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries under her “real” name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. She is a self proclaimed “junker”, knowing the location of every thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the Southeastern United States, plus parts of Ohio.
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