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Monday, October 21, 2019

Better Watch Out (A Merry and Bright Handcrafted Mystery book 2) by Christina Freeburn

Better Watch Out 
(A Merry and Bright Handcrafted Mystery book 2)

Published by Henery Press

Goodreads synopsis:
Making a list. Merry's life is Christmas chaos. Her divorce is still in question. She's behind on crafting orders. Ebenezer is an escape artist. And with one day left, she hasn't completed the line-up for the annual Christmas parade, thanks to one grinch. Once Merry knows the Christmas secret, she realizes Santa isn't what's coming to town.

Checking it twice. Santa's naughty list, courtesy of Jenna Wilcox, will roll down Main Street with names of residents who deserve a lump of coal in their stocking. Saving the parade won't be easy, but Merry is up to task. Or so she thinks until she discovers Jenna's body stashed in Santa's sack.

Going to find out. As facts are unwrapped, Merry finds the line blurred between who's naughty and nice. As threats are aimed at her and those she loves, Merry dashes for the truth before the murderer puts her on the naughty list and crosses her off for good.


4.5 Stars

This is the second book in the Merry and Bright Handcrafted mystery series by Christina Freeburn.

This entire town is Christmas-centric. Everything here is Christmas. So when a gal is found dead in Santa’s sack there is not much ho-ho-ho-ing  to be found. The entire plot revolves around a naughty list of the people in this Christmas Town who have been less than jolly in their business dealings.

Merry was taken on quite a ride during this story and we are compelled to follow her as she keeps tumbling over suspects and motives. Even people who you believe to be uninvolved start to look more and more like the guilty party. I love it when the author throws in so many motives that you can’t quite figure out whodunit. The lady who ended up dead and had created this naughty list should have probably been on the top of it. It was funny how many not nice people lived in such a happy town.

I thought this was a well-written cozy mystery with such a unique twist. Most people love anything Christmas and I think if they give this mystery a try, they will love it too. I am excited to have a new series to invest my time in.

If you love cozy mysteries, this book is definitely your cup of Christmas tea!

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank Edelweiss, Henery Press and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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