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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Book Reviews - Cozy Mysteries for Christmas! Merry Market Murder by Paige Shelton and Home For The Homicide by Jennie Bentley

The weather outside is getting pretty frightful for a lot of the country this coming weekend, but you can warm up nicely with these two holiday-themed cozy mysteries!

About The Book:

Bailey’s Farmers’ Market is this season’s go-to holiday destination, but not all the vendors are feeling the Christmas spirit...

Jam and preserve maker Becca Robins is excited about the extra business that the Ridgeway Christmas Tree Farm is bringing to the market this holiday season. But when a competing tree farmer, Reggie Stuckey, arrives with a truck full of trees, angrily barking that he has exclusive selling rights at the market, Becca finds herself pining for more goodwill toward men.
After Reggie is found with a tree stake in his chest, she wonders when the Christmas tree business turned so deadly. Now Becca has to use the only clues she has to the killer’s identity—mysterious ornaments that begin to show up in her stall—to hook a sinister Scrooge who will go to any lengths to drive home a point….

My Thoughts:

I love Paige Shelton's "Farmer's Market Mystery" series, and I really enjoyed this latest story, "Merry  Market Murder," the fifth book in this series.  Not only does Paige entertain her readers with a lively and captivating mystery, she adds in a generous dose of holiday spirit that makes this book just a delight to read.

With a reoccurring cast of fun and personable characters, and the charming setting of the hometown farmer's market, readers will feel like they are coming home for a visit at Christmas time. I love the main character Becca Robins and her twin sister Allison - they are smart, intelligent women who have a unique interaction with each others, as twins usually do. While Becca is the main mystery solver, Allison contributes her own advice from time to time as well.  And as for a great romantic lead, you couldn't ask for a better one than Becca's policeman boyfriend Sam.  What a sweetie!

I highly recommend Paige Shelton's "Merry Market Murder" for your holiday cozy reading!  I think you enjoy it as much as I did!

About The Author:

Paige Shelton also writes the Country Cooking School Mystery series. She spent lots of years in advertising but now writes novels full time. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and son. When she’s up early enough, one of her favorite things is to watch the sun rise over the Wasatch Mountains.

Be sure to visit her website at www.paigeshelton.com

About The Book:

Avery Baker was a big city textile designer, until she inherited her aunt’s old Maine cottage and found her true calling—home renovation. But she never expected her latest job would come to such a bone-rattling dead end...

For Avery and her husband Derek, renovating the Craftsman Bungalow was like stepping back in time. The quaint old home was just as its original owners had left it—from the beautiful butler’s pantry to the surprisingly exquisite ribbon tile. But it’s the attic that yields the most heart-stopping surprise.
In a discreetly hidden antique crate, Avery finds a clue to a decades-old missing persons case. As Avery works on the house and delves deeper into the sinister story, it becomes clear that someone very crafty wants the Craftsman home’s secrets to stay that way!

My Thoughts:

In "Home For The Homicide," her seventh book in the "Do It Yourself Mystery" series, author Jennie Bentley celebrates the holiday season with a little home repair, a little romance, and a lot of fun while solving an intriguing mystery - isn't that the way everyone celebrates Christmas?

I really like this series, featuring the handy Avery Baker and her new husband Derek. This couple have built their relationship over the course of the series, and it's nice to see them settling into married life together. Reoccurring characters make appearances from past stories, but this story can also be read as a stand-alone tale as well. But do yourself a favor and visit the entire series - it's well done, smart and lively!

About The Author:

Jennie Bentley
Jennie Bentley is the author of the New York Times bestselling Do-It-Yourself Home Renovation mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime, while Jenna Bennett writes the USA Today bestselling Cutthroat Business mysteries for her own gratification. Jenna is also the author of various forms of romance, from contemporary to futuristic, and from paranormal to romantic suspense, including the award-winning Fortune’s Hero, first in the Soldiers of Fortune series, and winner of a 2012 SFR Galaxy award for best Enemies to Lovers story.
A former Realtor® and renovator and current full-time author, Jenna/Jennie lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with a husband, two kids, an African dwarf frog, a goldfish, and a hyper-active dog. Originally from Norway, she has spent more than twenty years in the US and still hasn’t been able to kick her native accent. 
Be sure to visit her website at www.jennabennett.com

My thanks to Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime Books for providing the review copies of these books. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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