I just started reading Murder Fir Christmas by Joyce and Jim Lavene with Chris Lavene. Sadly, Joyce Lavene died before this book was completed, but Jim plugged on and finished this first book in the Christmas Tree Valley Mystery series.
This series is actually a spin off of the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery series Jim and Joyce write under the name J.J. Cook. Christmas Tree Valley is located right next to Sweet Pepper and Federal Wildlife Agent Bonnie Tuttle has already met Sweet Pepper Fire Chief Stella Griffin...and former Chief Eric!
Murder Fir Christmas opens with Federal Wildlife Agent Bonnie Tuttle returning to her home town to take over for the retiring agent just before Christmas. While the people are friendly, perhaps overly so, Bonnie is faced with more than she anticipated-a call out to a fire, requiring the rescue of wildlife, and facing two murders at the scene, including that of the man she's replacing. Add a mysterious old man with a huge stag, and a hint of the supernatural and I'm already hooked. And I didn't even mention the young wolf or the good looking guy!