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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

TWO CHRISTMAS MYSTERIES ARE BETTER THAN ONE

Do you know what day it is? It’s forty-nine days until Christmas. Can you believe it? Have you started your Christmas shopping? What about your Christmas reading? This time of year many readers like to curl up with seasonal books. And what goes better with Christmas than a little murder? At least if you’re a fan of cozy mysteries.

Lois Winston, that devious author who’s always getting me involved with killers and dead bodies, now has two books that keep me from kicking back and enjoying the holidays. You’d think she’d give me a break, at least on Christmas, right? No such luck for this reluctant amateur sleuth. However, you can kill two proverbial birds with one stone. (Note the murder mystery-appropriate metaphor.) Those books about me make great holiday gifts for anyone on your list who enjoys a little murder with their egg nog and gingerbread. 

And don’t forget to give yourself a cozy murder or two for the holidays!

Drop Dead Ornaments
An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, Book 7

Anastasia Pollack’s son Alex is dating Sophie Lambert, the new kid in town. For their community service project, the high school seniors have chosen to raise money for the county food bank. Anastasia taps her craft industry contacts to donate materials for the students to make Christmas ornaments they’ll sell at the town’s annual Holiday Crafts Fair.

At the fair Anastasia meets Sophie’s father, Shane Lambert, who strikes her as a man with secrets. She also notices a woman eavesdropping on their conversation. Later that evening when the woman turns up dead, Sophie’s father is arrested for her murder.

Alex and Sophie beg Anastasia to find the real killer, but Anastasia has had her fill of dead bodies. She’s also not convinced of Shane’s innocence. Besides, she’s promised younger son Nick she’ll stop risking her life. But how can she say no to Alex?

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Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide
An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, Book 8

Two and a half weeks ago magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack arrived home to find Ira Pollack, her half-brother-in-law, had blinged out her home with enough Christmas lights to rival Rockefeller Center. Now he’s crammed her small yard with enormous cavorting inflatable characters. She and photojournalist boyfriend and possible spy Zack Barnes pack up the unwanted lawn decorations to return to Ira. They arrive to find his yard the scene of an over-the-top Christmas extravaganza. His neighbors are not happy with the animatronics, laser light show, and blaring music creating traffic jams on their normally quiet street. One of them expresses his displeasure with his fists before running off.

In the excitement, the deflated lawn ornaments are never returned to Ira. The next morning Anastasia once again heads to his house before work to drop them off. When she arrives, she discovers Ira’s attacker dead in Santa’s sleigh. Ira becomes the prime suspect in the man’s murder and begs Anastasia to help clear his name. But Anastasia has promised her sons she’ll keep her nose out of police business. What’s a reluctant amateur sleuth to do?

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