- File Size: 1344 KB
- Print Length: 425 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Spot On Publishing, a division of Luminary LLC; 3 edition (October 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015D1E6TQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Happy Homicides 1: Cozy Holiday Mysteries (Happy Homicides Mystery Series) Kindle Edition
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I will just briefly review the stories that I liked best. A DIAMOND CHOKER FOR CHRISTMAS. Toni Diamond, her mother and her daughter star in this one. Her outlandish mother "borrows" an expensive necklace to wear to a Christmas part and of course, it is stolen right off her neck at the party. Toni quickly solves the crime.
MENACE AT THE CHRISTMAS MARKET-Three friends are convinced that a local celebrity has been murdered but the police are not really interested because she is sending them emails from the Canary Islands. DUH, anyone can send an email. But, they keep at it until they solve this crime. There is a dog in this story as well.
THE NEON ORNAMENTS-Her best friend sets her up with a local detective trying to solve a murder. The victim is a physicist and all the information is over their heads, they need a professional to help them. So, her best friend tells the single detective she can help him. They meet and she agrees to look at the information. I liked this guy. He was sweet and sexy. However, there is NO sex in the story, just very light flirting. She has an Ah Ha moment when she reads the code on the box of neon ornaments. This was rather good.
DYING FOR HOLIDAY TEA-When their Nana dies she leaves her granddaughters her tea shop in South Florida. There is a big to do over gingerbread, the whole story works around that Christmas item. Another sexy detective and this time a kitten.
All these stories are very short and easy to read.
Cara runs an antique store where she fixes up old stuff then sells it. She also collects trash on beach and makes jewelry. So, she is helping to clean up the beach and making a profit. She helps her boyfriend, Jay, with problems at the nursing home he owns. She works on bringing hope to a sad old woman. 4 Stars
Steve has a golden retriever named Rochester and his friends, Mark and Joey, have a white puppy. They all went to Amish country where Brody, the puppy, is stolen out of their hotel room. Steve and Rochester discover puppy mills and investigate. 4 Stars
Elementary My Dear Gertie
Nori and her live-in boyfriend/ boss, Mac, go home to Io Iowa for Christmas with her over religious parents. Mac is forced to stay at the only and crappy hotel in town. When Nori and mac go there to get away from family, it blows up, and her one of her cousins is murdered. After being told by police they can’t leave, they decide to solve the crime with the help of her parents. 5 Stars
Flowers, Food, and Felonies at the New Years Jubilee Cook-Off
Quincy is asked to be a judge in the cook off contest for New Years in her town. With her future in-laws in town and her fiancé helping her to cook, it‘s like everyone is trying to influence her vote. Even scarier is that it seems like someone is trying to take opponents out of the competition. Then, her engagement ring comes up missing and her life is chaotic. 5 Stars
Contingent On Approval: A Savannah Martin Christmas Novella
Savannah and Rafe wake up Christmas morning in her mother’s house, in her old bedroom. Then, they head down stairs, eat leftovers, and go under the tree to open gifts. Savannah’s mother gives Rafe an ugly sweater and her brother and sister also exchange gifts. Savannah finds a ring in a box and thinks it is from Todd, her ex who won’t quit asking her to marry him, so she hides it and goes to dinner at her sister’s house. It’s not easy to put up with Savannah’s family. All though dinner things are awkward, but more surprises may occur. 5 stars
A Diamond Choker for Christmas
Toni, her daughter Tiffany, and her mom Linda are planning a Christmas party. Linda is in a positive thinking group and borrows a diamond necklace by putting her trailer up as collateral. There‘s a neighbor who wants Linda’s trailer, a banker who encourages Linda to get the necklace, and Toni’s detective boyfriend all in the mix to help when the necklace is stolen during a power outage at the party. 4 Stars
Menace At The Christmas Market
Kate works with police, so when a writer comes up missing after a book club meeting, her friends who are fans of the author ask her to help when the police believe a hotel that she is there. A grocery store clerk is the only one with any concrete proof she is missing her. Gina, the clerk, and Louise, a pub owner, are helping Kate to investigate. Kate’s boyfriend, Alex, was already visiting family where the writer was suppose to be so he checks into the writer who should be in the hotel and finds something different than he expected in the room. Kate also meets the writer’s black-sheep sister and a neighbor who with sticky fingers as she tries to locate the missing author. 5 Stars
The Neon Ornaments
Gloria, a chemist, and her friend Rose decide to go back to Boston for a shopping weekend. Then, Rose sets Gloria up with Detective Matt Gennaro. Matt needs help with a case where a chemist may have been killed by another, but the police can’t make heads or tails of the notes and calendar of the dead chemist. Gloria is trying to solve the case and as she and Matt start to heat up. 5 Stars
Teddy Saves Christmas
Jillian is a sleuth who helps the police. Teddy is her dog who takes off and jumps in the lap of a homeless lady, Rose, and refuses to leave her. So, Jillian takes Rose home with her and feeds her. She hears Rose’s story and decides to help her find evidence to prove that her husband was a killer. 5 Stars
Dying For Holiday Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella
Alex, Dani, and Chelsea, are sisters who run a tea shop that used to belong to their grandmother, Nana Jean. They find their grandmother’s cookbook and in it a recipe for gingerbread. They decide to have a gingerbread cooking contest. In the middle of the night, they get a call from Detective Troy. He informs the sisters that their friend, a homeless man they let sleep above their shop, was dead and the cookbook was gone. The girls team up with Troy to find the killer. 5 Stars
The Dog Who Came For Christmas
Carrie, a veterinarian, moves to a small town after her husband was killed in front of her in the city. The killer had an abused dog that follows the killer. Then, after she was the new vet a dog that looked like the killer’s dog shows up at her new clinic. The dog grabs her purse takes off running. Carrie lets go of her fears and chases the dog into the Christmas dance where she meets the sheriff. While away, someone breaks into her clinic. The killer’s dog saved her, maybe twice. 5 Stars
The Deadliest Christmas Pageant Ever
Betsy gets roped into being the director of the Christmas play, because the director was poisoned and she found her. Her father a police officer, Judd, helps her figure out who killed the director. With a little trickery and a little luck, they work to solve the case. 5 Stars
The Rowan Tree Twig: A Kiki Lowenstein Novella
Kiki has a nice little family. She promises to look after her best friend’s husband, Horace, and Rebekkah daughter. There are a bunch of suspects and a lot of reasons why Horace’s neighbor is knocked off his ladder into an electric wire. It turns out to Horace is blames and her husband helps her look for clues and get her friend out of trouble. 4 Stars
Cozy mysteries are my favorite genre to read as they are light hearted and easy to read over lunch hour at work or curled up by the fireplace in the evenings. All of the stories in this book were fun to read but not easy enough to figure out the who "dun it". Short stories, for me, are usually NOT my favorite to read as I can usually figure out the antagonist pretty quickly. These stories, were not as easy to figure out and there were quite a few of them that I had no idea who did it until the end which is a sign of good story.
The value for the price was great. I would have paid up to $5 for this collection and not complained. It is a steal of a deal!