Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Update

hohohorat2016buttonThis week I’m participating in the Ho-Ho-H0 Readathon (from Nov 9 – 15). It’s hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and is so much fun.

the-magic-of-christmasI finished my first book!

The Magic of Christmas by Sarah Morgan

I enjoyed The Magic of Christmas. It’s a Harlequin Medical Romance which is the Harlequin line I like the most. Sarah Morgan is also one of my favorite contemporary romance authors.

I like the medical aspects of the book (in a London Emergency Department). I also really like the Christmas aspects of the book and the two young girls in the book–Dr. Christian Blake’s daughters. He’s a handsome doctor in the ED and Lara King is a smart, pretty ED nurse. You can all guess what happens next! Sarah Morgan’s characters are always vivid.

Romances aren’t something I read too often anymore, but I enjoyed the Christmas setting, the medical aspects, and the characters. I would give this a B- rating.

What I’m reading now!envious-casca

Envious Casca: Inspector Hemingway series by Georgette Heyer (audiobook)

Envious Casca is one of Georgette Heyer’s mysteries. She mostly wrote Historical Regency Romances, but she did write a few mysteries. This book includes a recurring Scotland Yard detective–Inspector Hemingway. Ms. Heyer wrote four books with this character.

The book includes a house party at Christmas and a locked room murder–classic mystery staples! I’m not very far into the story and I’m enjoying it so far!

eggnog-murderEggnog Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross

Three short stories:

  • “Eggnog Murder” by Leslie Meier
  • “Death by Eggnog” by Lee Hollis
  • “Nogged Off” by Barbara Ross

I’m reading “Eggnog Murder.” This is part of the Lucy Stone series. I’ve read a couple other books in this series: Mistletoe Murder and Trick or Treat Murder and like Lucy and the Maine setting.

I’m enjoying the story. I like that the series has moved forward: Lucy’s children are older and her oldest is living in Paris now! I like that the book shows the problems every family has and those often are exacerbated during Christmas! The mystery is good so far, too!

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Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

mistletoe-murderMistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier
Series: Lucy Stone #1
Genre: Mystery (cozy)
Setting: Tinker’s Cove, Maine
Published by Kensington, 1991
E-book, Kindle Unlimited
224 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband’s gift, and making her daughter’s angel costume for the church pageant weren’t enough things for Lucy Stone’s busy Christmas schedule, she’s also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn’t smell right.

Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really happened, her investigation leads to a backlog of secrets as long as Santa’s Christmas Eve route. Lucy is convinced that someone murdered Sam Miller. But who and why? With each harrowing twist she uncovers in this bizarre case, another shocking revelation is exposed. Now, as Christmas draws near and Lucy gets dangerously closer to the truth, she’s about to receive a present from Santa she didn’t ask for–a killer who won’t be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself…

After she had finally gotten the children tucked in bed and read them the Patches memorial bedtime story, James Herriot’s The Christmas Day Kitten, Lucy was exhausted.

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Her mother picked her way carefully along the rubber matting, holding herself together only by the tightly wound threads of restraint and good breeding. She might well have been the survivor of some dreadful battle or holocaust, a witness to unspeakable horror, scarcely sure herself whether she was alive or dead.

Initial impressions

  • I like the Christmas aspects of this book probably more than the mystery.

Cheers

  • This is the second book I’ve read in this series. (I read the third book–Trick or Treat Murder in October.)
  • I enjoy all the Christmas parts of this book–baking cookies, making a costume for her daughter for the church pageant, knitting a sweater for her husband’s gift. All these things felt very natural and what many young parents do at Christmas.
  • Lucy is pretty down-to-earth. And I like that! I also like Lucy and her husband Bill.
  • The situation with Lucy’s mother seems realistic. Lucy’s father died not too long ago and her mother is lost without him–mainly because she never learned to do things on her own.

Jeers

  • Again (as in Trick or Treat Murder), I think the day-to-day life of Lucy, her family and friends overshadow the mystery. However, I did enjoy that day-to-day life.
  • The original title–Mail-Order Murder–is a better title than Mistletoe Murder (no mistletoe in sight as far as I can remember).

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I think I will read more in this series. I like Lucy, but I will probably spread them out more so I don’t get tired of them.
  • I’ve read several Christmas books and thought it would be fun to post my reviews during the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon to give people ideas of books to read.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Leslie Meier lives in Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is the creator of ‘Lucy Stone’, a reporter and amateur sleuth in New England.

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