Saturday, January 18, 2020

Book 1 in the Seasons Change Mysteries
by Mark Justice

When Abbie Price finds herself suddenly out of a job, she moves back to her home town of Juniper, Ohio, surrounded and supported by her friends and family.A series of unexplained packages pulls Abbie into a mystery that intimately touches the lives of everyone around her. With the New Year’s Nosh less than a week away, Abbie is determined to unravel the truth behind the mysterious packages and discovers herself on a journey toward acceptance, healing, and hope.

‘TWAS THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS is the debut novel for author Mark Justice. I’d like to welcome Mr. Justice to the world of cozy mysteries. There are only a handful of male cozy authors, so it’s nice to see another join the genre.

Mr. Justice is off to a strong start with this first book in his Seasons Change Mysteries. Having the story set during just after Christmas is an interesting premise. While I find that time of year a little sad and depressing, the author’s description of how his protagonist feels about the day after Christmas . . . The day after Christmas was Abigail Price’s favorite day of the year. It was quiet elation, like the first bite of vanilla ice cream, the cold sweetness slowly melting and trickling down as it’s swallowed, tickling the belly like cold laughter. . . What? What a beautiful way to think of it!

Speaking of lead character, Abbie Price, she’s a very likeable character, and I enjoyed getting to know her. It’s going to be nice spending time with her and watching her grow as the series continues. There are also some nice supporting characters I’m looking forward to learning more about.

The mystery in, ‘TWAS THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS, different from any I’ve read in a while, was well written and plotted out. I was kept guessing through the story and really surprised with the outcome.

For a debut book, author Justice did a great job. I’m sure he’ll have a growing fan base once readers come to the end of ‘TWAS THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS.   

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  1. Thanks, Lisa! Will definitely check this out. Happy Saturday!

  2. Thank you for the review on "'TWAS THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS" by Mark Justice. I love getting in on the ground floor for new series and new authors. I agree with you that it's great that there's another male point of view in cozies.

    "'TWAS THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS" sounds like he's started off with a great book and one that I would love the opportunity to read. Definitely going on my TBR list.
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