I like the different setting, and how the Author decided to start a new Series.
The book is Holiday Hijinks (Halliday Theater #1) by Katherine Moore, a Cozy Holiday Romance.
It’s Christmas, and this year Emily Halliday is trying something new at the struggling revival movie theater she runs for her great-grandmother. After all, how many times can you show It’s a Wonderful Life?
Emily was hoping to make a little profit on “Holiday Hijinks,” her “counter-programming Christmas” event. What she never expected—plot twist—is that an unexpected guest will turn her own life into a romantic comedy.
Holiday Hijinks is the first in a new series of cozy romances set in the small Pacific Northwest town of Silver Birch, Washington. A short read (15K) for a busy time, Holiday Hijinks introduces a whole new cast of characters while bringing back “cameos” from the “Meredith Manor Hotel” books, which are also set in Silver Birch.
If you love movies and food and romance as cozy as flannel jammies, Holiday Hijinks is the Christmas read for you.
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The first person I told about my plans for the Halliday Holiday Hijinks, after Becca, was Max Hopkirk.
“You’ll need some guest stars,” Max had said when I ran into him at the Meredith’s “Haunted Hotel” party in October, “to add to the marquee value.”
Max was a semi-retired English actor who lived at Meredith Manor Hotel between engagements. I’d seen him do the one-man show A Christmas Carolat the hotel’s “Christmas Experience” the year before and had fallen completely in love with him even though he was almost forty years older than me and gay.
He’d been totally charming when I’d introduced myself and happily accepted my offer to host a Valentine’s Day screening of the artsy horror movie, Heart of a Devil, a Hammer-style 70s film in which he’d played a vampire count.
Max had brought little foil-wrapped chocolate hearts to distribute at the screening, then had delighted all the attendees with his gossipy stories of what went on behind the scenes during the movie’s filming. I’d finally had to chase everyone out of the theater so I could go to upstairs to bed.
Nella was crazy about Max. She had once gone to a Meredith Hotel Halloween costume party dressed as Gloria Swanson escorted by Max as William Holden and their Sunset Boulevard tag team had won “best costume.”
I think she would have been happy with an “all Max, all the time” schedule of guest appearances. If he hadn’t been so in demand on the Shakespeare festival circuit and unavailable much of the year due to Meredith Manor Hotel events, I think he’d have been happy to oblige.
Nella was delighted to hear Max had agreed to act as Master of Ceremonies for the movie marathon. So was I. It would take a lot of pressure off me.
I told Max that as soon as I had a firm lineup of the films—all the ticket holders got to vote on what we’d be screening—I’d consult with him. Max being Max, though, had phoned his agent and asked her who they had on their roster who might like to take part in a “film festival.” He must have made our little revival house event sound like a Pacific Northwest version of Sundance because the next thing I knew, I got a call from a woman in Los Angeles confirming that “the hottest young director in town” would be happy to lend his exalted presence to the Halliday Holiday Hijinks this Christmas. “And Emily, by ‘hottest,’ I do mean he is hot,” she’d added.
“He is pretty hot,” Delia said when I showed her the director’s picture.
“Yeah,” I said, “if you like the broody, Byronic type.”
Delia looked at the picture again. “Who doesn’t?”
And that’s how Zachary “Zac Attack” Orwell ended up the main event at what Becca was calling the “Triple H party.”
Chatting with the Author
Born in Washington, D.C., Katherine Moore now lives in a small Pacific Northwest town very much like Silver Birch. She has worked as a food writer, a caterer, and a movie extra as well as a freelance lifestyle reporter and staff writer for magazines in Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Richmond, Virginia.
Today, she gives us The Official Halliday Theater Christmas Movie List.
Holiday Hijinks mostly takes place at the Halliday Theater, a revival movie house in the heart of Silver Birch, Washington. Emily Halliday, the book’s proprietor, makes her pick for the perfect Christmas Day playlist. (And no, she does not consider Die Hard a Christmas movie.)
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The best version of Charles Dickens’ durable Christmas classic, The Muppet Christmas Carol is my favorite Christmas movie. The film is so over-stuffed with funny little bits that you almost have to watch it twice to see everything. Michael Caine plays Scrooge with flair, and edges out George C. Scott’s performance in the excellent television adaptation of the tale.
The Man Who Invented Christmas
This movie came out in 2017 and somehow got lost in the shuffle. It’s about Dickens writing A Christmas Carol, weaving bits of the author’s “real life” into the fiction he was creating. It features wonderful performances by an ensemble of terrific actors anchored by Christopher Plummer, and is well worth tracking down.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The original half-hour animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book is still the best, all due respect to the live-action version. From the Boris Karloff narration to the wonderful songs—who doesn’t know all the lyrics to “Welcome to Whoville” or “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” (sung by the awesome Thurl Ravenscroft)?
While You Were Sleeping
The movie where audiences fell in love with Sandra Bullock, While You Were Sleeping is as warm and cozy as a fuzzy mohair sweater. The characters are so endearing, so likable, so real that it’s worth watching again. (That moment where Sandra’s character offers to let the annoying guy try on her shoes is a memorable bit and makes us love her even more.)
Three Days of the Condor
In case anyone’s forgotten why Robert Redford has been a movie star for nearly five decades, this movie will remind you. Chock full of great actors and great acting, shot on location in NYC with lots of glamor shots of the city at its holiday best, Three Days of the Condoris a thriller that lives up to its name and makes for nice counter-programming.
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