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Monday, November 12, 2018

Murder in Her Stocking

Murder in Her Stocking (A Granny Reid Mystery)
by G. A. McKevett

About the Book

Murder in Her Stocking (A Granny Reid Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (October 30, 2018)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716264
ISBN-13: 978-1496716262
Digital ASIN: B079KTKPH2

As the Moonlight Magnolia Agency revisits old memories on Christmas Eve, Granny Reid takes the reins back thirty years to the 1980s—back when she went by Stella, everyone’s hair was bigger, and sweaters were colorful disasters. But murder never went out of style . . .
Christmas has arrived in sleepy McGill, Georgia, but holiday cheer can’t keep temperamental Stella Reid from swinging a rolling pin at anyone who cdrosses her bad side—and this season, there are plenty. First an anonymous grinch vandalizes a celebrated nativity display. Far worse, the scandalous Prissy Carr is found dead in an alley behind a tavern. With police puzzled over the murder, Stella decides to stir the local gossip pot for clues on the culprit’s identity . . .
Turns out Prissy held a prominent spot on the naughty list, and suspects pile up like presents on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, the more progress Stella makes, the more fears she must confront. With a neighbor in peril and the futures of her beloved grandchildren at risk, Stella must somehow set everything straight and bring a cunning criminal to justice before December 25th . . .

What I Thought:

This is a prequel to the Savannah Reid Mysteries and was a very wonderful holiday read.  In this one, it is the 1980s, and close to Christmas.  We meet Granny Reid (Stella), Savannah and her six siblings. The town of McGill's Nativity is vandalized, by someone close to Granny, and a local woman, Prissy Carr, is found dead behind the tavern.  Granny decides to help the police out by digging up some local gossip about Prissy. This was a very well written novel and it was endearing the way Granny takes her seven impoverished grandchildren under her wing.  The author did a good job developing a young Savannah and her siblings.  The family dynamic in this novel was excellent.  The mystery was also well thought out with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing till the end.  Granny is a wonderful character and just as good a sleuth as Savannah herself.  I hope there are more Granny Reid mysteries in the future.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

G.A. McKevett is the author of the acclaimed Savannah Reid mystery series. Also writing under the name Sonja Massie, she has authored over 60 books ranging from cozy mysteries to historical romances, to nonfiction works on the history of Ireland. Her earthy humor and fast-paced plots delight her fans, while critics applaud her offbeat characterizations and incisive observations on human nature. Irish by ancestry, she has lived in Toronto, Ireland, and Los Angeles, but now resides in New York.
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