Mystery Mondays: “Not Your Typical Christmas Story” by Author Debra Purdy Kong

Today we host Debra Purdy Kong. Debra’s new Evan Dunstan mystery novella, A Toxic Craft  is out, and I’ve already bought it. The first in the Evan Dunstan series is Dead Man Floating  which I loved, so I couldn’t wait for the second in the series to come be released.

Here’s the exciting news. Both books are on sale right now by Imajin Books! Give yourself a Christmas preset 🙂

Now, over to Debra…

Not Your Typical Christmas Story.

by Debra Purdy Kong

Two of my favorite Christmas movies are A Christmas Story and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Both moves portray the funnier aspects of pre-Christmas angst and obstacles until the big day arrives and everything turns out okay.

Although our family’s Christmas trees never caught fire as it does in Christmas Vacation, they did fall over a few times when we owned a lot of cats. My father eventually learned to anchor the tree to the wall. We also had our share of more serious Christmas troubles, but things did turn out okay, for the most part.

I wasn’t thinking of past Christmas challenges or those movies when I came up with the idea for my second Evan Dunstan mystery novella, A Toxic Craft. In fact, it wasn’t until I’d finished the final edits that I fully realized how much I’m drawn to Christmas fun and silliness.

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In this second novella, Evan’s feisty grandmother is in charge of a seniors’ Christmas craft fair, being held at the campus where Evan works as a security guard. Things don’t run smoothly as the rivalry between her friend Flo and another knitter, Cora, threatens to become violent. It’s up to Evan to keep things under control. But he soon learns that those seniors have secrets and spicier lives than he thought possible. It’s almost more than he can deal with, particularly when those he cares about might be covering up a crime.

Does a Christmas tree catch fire in A Toxic Craft? Well, like any Christmas package, it’s Imajin Dead Man Floating Qwickiebest to open it and find out what’s inside! To that end, both A TOXIC CRAFT and Evan’s first adventure DEAD MAN FLOATING, are now on sale for only $.99 on Amazon! You can find them at:

Thank you, and Happy Holidays to all!

Who Is Debra Purdy Kong?
Debra Purdy Kong, 2016

Debra Purdy Kong’s volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs, inspired her to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Her employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provide the background for her Evan Dunstan mysteries, as well as her Casey Holland transit security novels.

Debra has published short stories in a variety of genres as well as personal essays, and articles for publications such as Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul, B.C. Parent Magazine, and The Vancouver Sun. She assists as a facilitator for the Creative Writing Program through Port Moody Recreation, and has presented workshops and talks for organizations that include Mensa and Beta Sigma Phi. She is a long-time member of Crime Writers of Canada.

Look for her blog at More information about Debra and her books is at You can also find her on Twitter: & Facebook:

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