Julie Seedorf

Sunday, December 4, 2016


FROSTY THE DEAD MAN by Christine Husom
DEAD, BATH, AND BEYOND by Lorraine Bartlett with Laurie Cass

FROSTY THE DEAD MAN
Book 3 in the Snow Globe Mysteries
by Christine Husom


A snow globe becomes a murder weapon in the latest cozy mystery from the national bestselling author of Snow Way Out and The Iced Princess.
Mayor Lewis Frost has always been known as Frosty to his friends—not that he has many these days. Controversies swirling around the city council have members wondering if Frosty is trying to snow them. After one councilman storms off in a huff, the mayor turns to curio shop manager Camryn Brooks and asks her to consider taking a seat on the council.
 
Later, when Cami goes to his office to discuss the proposal, her blood runs cold. She finds Frosty dead, and the very snow globe she sold him earlier that day lies in sparkling shards on his carpet—along with a large diamond. Does the snow globe—which features a peculiar tableau of an armed man and three menacing bears—hold a clue to Frosty’s demise? One way or another, it’s up to Cami to shake things up before the killer’s trail goes cold...


Snow globe-making projects and tips included!
 

MY REVIEW


Let it snow globe, let it snow globe, let it snow globe!

FROSTY THE DEAD MAN, the third installment in the Snow Globe Mysteries, once again has us in the world of Camryn Brooks, and her friend Pinky Nelson who own the connecting stores of Curio Finds and Brew-Ha-Ha. I am and have been in love with these shops since the first book. They are exactly the types of small businesses I love to visit. (Sadly, in our real word, these shops are having a hard time of it because of the big box stores, but at least I get to enjoy them in the fantastic world of cozy mysteries!) I also really enjoy that so much time is spent in the stores. In some stories, the protagonist is away from her business more than she is there.

This is by far the best book in the series to date. I know I say that with a lot of the books I review, but having started many series from the very first book I can see where the author has grown and enriched their series. And that is very true here. Author Christine Husom has really taken this series and raised it up. In FROSTY THE DEAD MAN, there are more suspects than in the other books in the series, as well as more plot twists to keep readers guessing.  

Altogether an enjoyable tale, with an ending that took me by surprise, FROSTY THE DEAD MAN was a great addition to the Snow Globe Mystery series.

Make sure to check out the back of the book for a fun and simple snow globe craft!

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DEAD, BATH, AND BEYOND
Book 4 in the Victoria Square Mysteries
by Lorraine Bartlett with Laurie Cass


The New York Times bestselling series is back, as Katie Bonner—owner of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square—attempts to solve a murder at a nearby B & B.

Katie Bonner—owner of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square—feels like nothing can spoil her perfect day off, sailing Lake Ontario with her good friend and lawyer Seth Landers. Then she runs into her ex-boss Jake on the dock. It was never smooth sailing with Josh, and Katie is only too happy to get away from him as he makes a scene.
 
Unfortunately, the next day her unpleasant former employer is found drowned in a bathtub at a bed-and-breakfast in Victoria Square. Who would pull the plug on Josh? When an autopsy reveals lake water—not bath water—in his lungs, Katie quickly finds herself in over her head. She’ll need to race to find the killer before her business and her freedom both go down the drain…

MY REVIEW


After too long a wait, the Victoria Square Mysteries are back.

It was nice to be back in the familiar setting of Victoria Square and Artisans Alley, a nice place to spend the day browsing. But things haven’t slowed down for series lead, Katie Bonner. Not surprisingly, there is a murder. This time however, it’s someone Katie could care less about . . . her ex-boss.

DEAD, BATH AND BEYOND was a well written, quick read that held my attention with every turn of the page. I didn’t like the victim, but that didn’t stop me, like Katie, from wanting to know who the killer was, and why he/she killed. There were plenty of suspects since other characters in the book did like the victim either.

With the mystery building and building, the whodunit reveal comes in an action packed ending that had me holding my breath.

It may have been a long wait for this installment, but author Lorraine Bartlett, along with author Laurie Cass (Laurie’s first time co-penning this series) certainly made it worth the wait! That being said, ladies, please don’t make us wait so long for book five! ;-)

Once the story is over, you’re going to find tasty recipes at the back of the book!


Both of these great titles are now
available for pre-order
and release
December 6!


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5 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lisa. Both books sound great. Happy Sunday, to you.

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  2. Both books sound really good. Thanks for sharing your reviews.

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  3. I really appreciate you reading the book and giving such a great review!

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  4. I really appreciate you reading the book and giving such a great review!

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  5. I enjoyed both books and both of your reviews. Thanks a ton

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