Thursday, February 25, 2021

Christmas Card Murder by Lucy Meier, Lee Hollis, and Peggy Ehrhart

Description

Join bestselling authors Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Peggy Ehrhart for a collection of the coziest Christmas capers! Everyone dreams of a picture-perfect small-town Christmas, but when murder is in the cards, some holiday greetings are addressed to kill...

CHRISTMAS CARD MURDER by Leslie Meier

In the midst of holiday home renovations, Lucy Stone accidentally unwraps a murder mystery decades in the making when she discovers an old Christmas card with a nasty message belonging to one of her farmhouse's previous residents. The case may be colder than a New England Christmas, but Lucy's determined to sort it out before Santa comes to town.

DEATH OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Lee Hollis

The Island Times Christmas soiree gets off to a scroogey start when Hayley Powell, Mona Barnes, and Rosana Moretti receive a Christmas card from the town flirt, Carol Waterman, who threatens to run off with one of their husbands! The ladies chalk it up to an imprudent prank...until they find Carol mistletoe-up under her tree...

DEATH OF A CHRISTMAS CARD CRAFTER by Peggy Ehrhart

Slay bells ring when the body of Arborville High School's beloved art teacher (and annual Christmas card designer), Karma Karling, is discovered on the first day of the Holiday Craft Fair. Now, Pamela Paterson and the Knit and Nibble crew must swap swatching for sleuthing in order to put a Christmas killer on ice.

My Thoughts

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to read this book because I am new to the cozy mystery genre and I love anything Christmas related. I've read books by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis before, although Peggy Ehrhart is a new to me author.

Leslie's story capture me right away. I always enjoy reading about Lucy's family and the fact that they found a nasty Christmas card in the walls of their house really surprised me. I enjoyed following Lucy's path as she worked to uncover who lived in their house before them, and what that person might have done to upset others.

Lee's story made me laugh. I really enjoy the Hayley Powell series from what I've read and all of the different characters in Bar Harbor crack me up. There were some genuine laugh out loud moments and I like how there were basically two mysteries that had to be solved.

Peggy's story didn't grip me as much, but I think that could  be because I'm unfamiliar with her series. I'd like to read more though because I love reading about crafts, and the characters in this story all spent a lot of time at a craft show.

Did I solve all of the mysteries myself? Not quite. But I enjoyed these stories and found myself enjoying the Christmas atmosphere.

3 stars.

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