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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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