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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Not A Creature Was Stirring

Not a Creature Was Stirring
(Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
by Christina Freeburn

About the Book

Not a Creature Was Stirring (Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Henery Press (January 22, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1635114373
ISBN-13: 978-1635114379
Digital ASIN: B07K1MFQ7T

Empty nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV.
But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband’s body in one of the RV’s compartments. Add to that his missing winning lottery ticket believed to be stashed somewhere in the RV, leading the homicide detective and Merry’s stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit.
With visions of prison dancing in her head, will Merry be able to solve this Christmas calamity before she’s locked away?

What I Thought:

I always get excited when there is a book set in my home state of West Virginia, and when that book is a cozy mystery, with a Christmas theme, I get even more excited.  And this book did not disappoint me.  I enjoyed this story from the start until the surprising conclusion.  In this one, we meet Merry Winters, who is a crafter who loves Christmas.  She has just purchased an RV form her ex-daughter-in-law that she plans to use as her mobile crafting studio and showroom.  When she arrives at a Christmas Craft Fair in Morgantown, she finds the body of her recent ex-husband in the storage compartment under the dining table.  Of course Merry becomes the main suspect.  Merry has to figure out who the real killer is to clear her name so that her Christmas is not ruined.  Merry has help from her crafting partner, who she only communicates with through text messages and the organizer of the Craft fair (who plays more of a major part than first suspected). She is thwarted by her ex-daughter-in-law, who is looking for some kind of ticket that she fears was left in the RV, who blames Merry for her father's death. This story has so many twists and turns it really felt like I was on one of West Virginia's back roads.  There are not really many suspects, but then someone you would not expect to be a suspect at all ends up being a suspect.  There are many secrets that are revealed in this story, not only who the killer is and why.  The ending was really surprising and I did not see it coming at all.  I am anxious to read the next in this series to find out what else will happen with Merry and the inhabitants of Season's Greetings, WV. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she's been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.
Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.
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