I love this time of year, and all of the festive things that start appearing, that includes holiday setting being injected in my favorite cozy mysteries. Deck the Hallways (Fixer-Upper Mystery #4) by Kate Carlisle, is the latest installment in one of my favorite series and has such a sweet holiday feel. (Yes, even with a murder)
From the back of the book:
The latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Moldering.
Someone's been slayed! If contractor Shannon Hammer can't nail the real culprit in the St. Nick of time, her dad will wind up in the clink...
Even at Christmastime, Shannon is more spackle than sparkle, which is why she leaps at the chance to transform a grand old Victorian mansion into ten charming apartments for homeless families. Filled with the spirit of the season, all of Lighthouse Cove turns out to help—including her best friends, a troupe of far-from-angelic Santa Claus impersonators, and her father, Jack.
But their merriment is soon dashed by a heated scuffle between Jack and the miserly president of the bank who’s backing the project. When the man is murdered, all eyes are on Jack, and visions of prison time dance in Shannon's head. Now, she needs to pull off a crime-solving miracle, before her father’s Christmas goose is cooked.
It was great to be back with Shannon, her crew, friends, and dad.I know last time I mentioned having a thing for Eric, I still do. Yes Mac is sweet, and sexy, but Eric, he is perfect. I look forward to seeing how that all plays out. I really loved the holiday theme, the charity project and the Santa Brigade.
With the victim being so charming, not, the list of suspects was huge. I never doubted Jack was innocent, I love Jack. I also never guessed who it was, but then neither did Shannon, so I don't feel too bad. I thought it was a refreshing change from the usual cozy formula that Shannon wasn't snooping and drilling everyone. The reveal was surprising and satisfying and the wrap up was so sweet. I look forward to the next installment and recommend you grab this when it releases tomorrow.
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