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Friday, October 25, 2019

Better Watch Out

Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)

by Christina Freeburn

About Better Watch Out

Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Henery Press (October 15, 2019)

Hardcover: 252 pages

ISBN-10: 1635115108

ISBN-13: 978-1635115109

Paperback: 252 pages

ISBN-10: 1635115078

ISBN-13: 978-1635115079

Digital ASIN: B07VQST5YT

Making a list. Merry’s life is Christmas chaos. Her divorce is still in question. She’s behind on crafting orders. Ebenezer is an escape artist. And with one day left, she hasn’t completed the line-up for the annual Christmas parade, thanks to one grinch. Once Merry knows the Christmas secret, she realizes Santa isn’t what’s coming to town.

Checking it twice. Santa’s naughty list, courtesy of Jenna Wilcox, will roll down Main Street with names of residents who deserve a lump of coal in their stocking. Saving the parade won’t be easy, but Merry is up to task. Or so she thinks until she discovers Jenna’s body stashed in Santa’s sack.

Going to find out. As facts are unwrapped, Merry finds the line blurred between who’s naughty and nice. As threats are aimed at her and those she loves, Merry dashes for the truth before the murderer puts her on the naughty list and crosses her off for good.
What I Thought:

This is the second installment in the Merry and Bright Handcrafted Mystery Series, and I enjoyed this one as much as I did the first.  In this one, Merry is in charge of Season's Greetings Christmas Parade and when Jenna Wilcox is found dead after she has threatened to reveal a naughty list on her float, Merry has her hands full trying to find the killer.  I found this book well written and I enjoyed the the plot which made for a quick read.  I am glad that I had read the first in the series, or I may have been lost in this one.  I enjoy Christmas cozies and Ms. Freeburn did a good job with describing the details of the towns Christmas celebration.  I of course, love Ebenezzer as I have a guinea pig of my own, and I loved reading about his antics.  There were many twists and turns in this on to keep me guessing and turning the page.  It was also enjoyed because in takes place in my home state of West Virginia and the author is actually from my husband's hometown in West Virginia.  I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About Christina Freeburn

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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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder

Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder
(A Teddy Bear Mystery)
by Meg Macy


Cozy Mystery3rd in Series
Setting – Michigan
Kensington (September 24, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496722655
ISBN-13: 978-1496722652
Digital ASIN: B07MRC5KZG

This holiday season, teddy bear shop manager Sasha Silverman must solve the slaying of Santa Bear . . .
Sasha and her sister Maddie are thrilled that the Silver Bear Shop and Factory has won the Teddy Bear Keepsake Contest, which means they get to produce a holiday specialty toy, a wizard bear named “Beary Potter.” Promising to be just as magical is Silver Hollow’s annual tree-lighting ceremony and village parade. Only one hitch: the parade’s mascot, Santa Bear—played by Mayor Cal Bloom—is missing.
After a frantic search among the floats, Bloom is found dead. When the outfit is removed, it’s clear the mayor’s been electrocuted. Who zapped hizzoner and then stuffed him into his Santa Bear suit? While the police investigate the grisly crime, Sasha attempts to track down the murderer herself, with some help from the Guilty Pleasures Gossip Club. Can they wrap up this case in time for Christmas—or will Sasha meet her own shocking end?
What I Thought:
This is the third installment in the Teddy Bear Mystery series.  The holiday season has descended on Silver Hollow and the sisters of the Silver Bear Shop and Factory are excited because they have won a contest to produce a specialty toy, a wizard bear named "Beary Potter".  The only thing that can dull the sisters excitement is that the mascot for the village tree-lighting and parade has gone missing.  Santa Bear is always played by Mayor Cal, and unfortunately, Mayor Cal has been found electrocuted and stuffed into his costume.  Of course, after some persuasion from her mother, Sasha is on the case to find out who the killer is.  I really enjoyed this installment as I love teddy bears and love to read cozies set during the holiday season.  I loved the authors descriptions of all the holiday events in the town, it made me want to really be there.  The mystery in this story was great because it kept me guessing and there were a lot of twists and turns, so I was not sure who the killer was till the reveal.  I love this authors writing style because it makes the story flow well.  I look forward to more in this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book.
About Meg Macy

Meg Macy is an award-winning author and artist, and lives in Southeastern Michigan, the setting of her Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear cozy mysteries for Kensington. Her first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Spur Award for Best First Novel from Western Writers of America. Meg is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland, authors of the Eliza and Henry Higgins Mystery series—of which two titles have been Agatha Award finalists. Meg love gardening, watercolor painting, and reading books of various genres.
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