Eggnog Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross

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Published: October 25, 2016

With the fireplace crackling, the tree twinkling, and the carols humming, few things in life are as picture perfect as Christmas in Maine—until murder dampens the holiday spirit. It must be something in the eggnog . . .

EGGNOG MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
When a gift-wrapped bottle of eggnog—allegedly from the Real Beard Santa Club—proves to be a killer concoction for a Tinker’s Cove local, all Lucy Stone wants for Christmas is to find the murdering mixologist who’s stirring up trouble.

DEATH BY EGGNOG by LEE HOLLIS
Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell has never cared much for Bar Harbor’s grouchy town librarian, Agatha Farnsworth. But after the Scroogy senior has a fatal—and suspicious—allergic reaction to supposedly non-dairy eggnog, it’s up to Hayley to ladle out some justice.

NOGGED OFF by BARBARA ROSS
Julia Snowden’s tenant Imogen Geinkes seems to be jinxed. First, her poorly named “Killer Eggnog” gives all her co-workers food poisoning at the holiday party, then her boyfriend’s body shows up in Julia’s moving truck as she’s headed back to Busman’s Harbor. Now Julia has to get moving to catch the cold-hearted culprit.

Cozy up with a glass of eggnog and enjoy the spirit of murder and mystery in a Yultide treat perfect for those winter holidays . . .

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I haven’t read a food related murder mystery in a long time so I thought this one would be perfect, and it completely lived up to all my expectations.

EGGNOG MURDER is set in Tinker’s Cove, Maine and  I loved learning about their Real Beard Santa Club, which I now know is a real group with branches everywhere. The characters of this story drew me right in and I realized I have missed them so I know I need to get caught up on the books I have missed as soon as possible.

DEATH BY EGGNOG  takes place in Bar Harbor, Maine. I was at a little disadvantage with this one as it was my introduction to these characters and the writer’s style of Hayley’s articles right in the story but I knew from the start Agatha Farnsworth, the head librarian, was definitely on Santa’s naughty list and was not surprised she was our victim. What was surprising was the culprit responsible for her demise.

NOGGED OFF focuses on Julia cleaning out her old apartment in New York since she has decided to stay in Busman’s Harbor. When she meets her subletting tenant her quick trip to the city gets complicated. The author packed a whole wonderful cozy into just over 100 pages. The mystery takes us on quite a ride that at times was just plain crazy and so much fun to read. I love Julia and her big heart. It was fun to make winter trip to Busman’s Harbor.

All three of these stories were well written with interesting characters. Great reads for the holiday season but they may have you refraining from eggnog for a while. I say fix a cup of peppermint hot chocolate and curl up in a cozy chair. These mysteries will captivate you for a few wonderful hours.

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There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell! by Lucille Colandro

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Published: January 1, 2008

It all started when the old lady swallowed a bell, one that jingled and jangled and tickled as well. Soon she’s swallowing velvety bows, gifts to go with the bows, sacks to hold the gifts and so on, right up until she swallows Santa’s sleigh and reindeer! Then she hears a jolly “Ho! Ho! Ho!” — Santa Claus is waiting for a ride! How will she get everything back to Santa in time for Christmas?

Kids will be calling out with excitement, guessing what’s coming next — and, as with the original, the rollicking, repeating rhymes ensure that they will read along! The rhyming text and funny illustrations are sure to appeal to young readers.

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I enjoyed this book even more than There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat, partly, because this  is a Christmas book and also because I love the rhyming in this story. Kids of all ages will enjoy this book but especially the younger ones that enjoy being read to and love to look at the quirky illustrations by Jared Lee.

I will be mailing a couple of these to my niece and her cousin the first week in December and I know they are going to love them. I know this because I loved it too.

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Olivia Helps With Christmas by Ian Falconer

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Published: October 2, 2007

Christmas is coming, and Olivia is incredibly busy. She has to wait for Santa, make sure dad sets up the tree, wait for Santa, watch mom make the Christmas dinner, wait for Santa, oversee the care with which the stockings are hung and, of course, OPEN HER PRESENTS! Do you see how hard it is to be so helpful during the holidays? A lovingly-told and lavishly-illustrated Olivia Helps With Christmas is the perfect stuffing for any stocking, and a bright star atop the Olivia series.

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Olivia is such a cute character and very inventive.  She tells her Mom that she will set the table for Christmas Dinner and when her Mother sees it her mouth falls open because for the centerpiece Olivia has cut off the tip-top part of the family Christmas tree and used it. That is just one of the cute things Olivia does in this book.

I’ll be sending this to me niece, Kate, next month to add to her ever-growing Olivia collection.

Fantastic  read!

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Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman

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Publication Date:October 3, 2009
Mark your calendar. It’s the Christmas Cookie Club! Every year on the first Monday of December, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather in the evening with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dish, a bottle of wine, and their stories. This year, the stories are especially important. Marnie’s oldest daughter has a risky pregnancy. Will she find out tonight how that story might end? Jeannie’s father is having an affair with her best friend. Who else knew about the betrayal, and how can that be forgiven or forgotten, even among old friends such as these? Rosie’s husband doesn’t want children, and she has to decide, very soon, whether or not that’s a deal breaker for the marriage. Taylor’s life is in financial freefall. Each woman, each friend has a story to tell, and they are all interwoven, just as their lives are.
On this evening, at least, they can feel as a group the impulses of sisterly love and conflict, the passion and hopefulness of a new romance, the betrayal and disillusionment some relationships bring, the joys and fears of motherhood, the agony of losing a child, and above all, the love they have for one another. As Marnie says, the Christmas Cookie Club, if it’s anything, is a reminder of delight.
The Christmas Cookie Club is about the paths Marnie and her friends have traveled, the absolute joy they take in life and love despite the decisions they’ve regretted, the hard choices and amends they’ve had to make, and the sacrifices along the way. Ultimately, The Christmas Cookie Club is every woman’s story. As you read about Marnie and her friends, their struggles and triumphs, what makes them laugh and what has made them cry, you’ll see yourself and some of the ingredients of your own story. Celebrating courage and joy in spite of hard times and honoring the importance of women’s friendships as well as the embracing bonds of community, Ann Pearlmanhas written a novel that speaks to us all.

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 I listened to this book for the first time in  January of 2011  and I loved it. It’s about 12 women who get together every Christmas season for 16 years and exchange cookies. It tells of their relationships, their hardships, the deaths they have experienced, the births  they have experienced and the  love they have experienced in the last year.  As a bonus we get 12 Christmas cookie recipes given in detail.  I love to bake so I love the recipes and have tried a few, so  if you like the holidays and Christmas cookies you really should give this one a try.
 
I’ve made this one of my Christmas book traditions.

Cupid’s Christmas by Bette Lee Crosby

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Publication Date:September 13, 2012
From the #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of Spare Change and The Twelfth Child…A heartwarming romance right for any season. Narrated by none other than the Love Master himself, Cupid is charged with making certain an older couple gets the love they missed out on the first time around. He’s also got to find the perfect match for a young woman who’s far too attracted to handsome men with sexy eyes. And, he has to make it happen before Christmas.

Somewhere between Heaven and Earth, Cupid works to maneuver around the complications that threaten to wreck his romance plans. In a battle of will and wit, he struggles to overcome the forces of lust, jealousy and the events brought on by his nemeses–Life Management. He matched John and Eleanor some thirty years ago, but Life Management stepped in and fouled things up. Now they’re both single and back together again. But before Cupid can give them the happiness they deserve, he’s got to come up with some magic, a few miracles and a dog for John’s daughter.

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A sappy little story with Christmas sentiment. Okay.

Christmas Crumble(Agatha Raisin Series) by M.C. Beaton

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Pulbication Date : August 28, 2012

Christmas tale that’s holly, jolly—and deadly, by golly…

At home alone for the holidays, Agatha Raisin decides to host a dinner party for the elder residents in her Cotswold village of Winter Parva. Agatha’s never been much of a homemaker, but she’s dead-set on making this the perfect holiday for the “crumblies,” as she affectionately calls them. She’s decorated a tree while fending off her cats Hodge and Boswell, and even made a (lumpy) Christmas pudding in between swigs of rum. But when Agatha dumps the pudding on the head of the local self-proclaimed lothario—an eighty-five year old with a beer belly and fingers like sausages—his death by dessert proves more than a trifle as mysteries mount higher than the season’s snowfall. So much for trying to do good by her neighbors. Now Agatha needs no less than a Christmas miracle to get herself out of this one…

 

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Nothing like an Agatha Raisin Mystery to put a smile on my face but I always end up feeling so bad for poor Agatha because she is alone and lonely whether she would admit to it or not.  I wish the author would write a book where in Agatha has a happy outcome.  Until that day comes I will continue to read this series.  Puts a smile on my face every time.

 

A Very Holly Christmas by Sheila Roberts

 

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Shelia Roberts is back with the hilarious short follow up to On Strike For Christmas. This short story will bring you right back to the spirited town of Holly, one year after the big strike!
 
 
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This was a Free book offered on Amazon so I decided to read it and it is very short and I enjoyed it but not enough to buy the one came that before or the latest one.  Maybe later.
 

The Mouse and the Christmas Cake by Unknown (ILLUSTRATED)

 

 

 

 

A PRETTY story I will tell,
Of Nib, a little Mouse,
Who took delight, when none where near,
To skip about the house.

Her little nose could sniff and smell
Where all good things were kept,
And in the pantry well she knew
That mistress Pussy slept.

But, notwithstanding, in she crept,
And on the shelf she found
A Christmas cake, the top of which
Was by a castle crowned.

The subject of the present cake
Was Windsor’s mighty walls;
With turrets, windows, standard too,
And entrance to the halls.

Why, here within such walls as these,
Thought Mousey, I could dwell;
And should the Cat lay siege to them,
Defend myself right well.

So, with her little teeth, which served
For pickaxe and for spade,
She gnawed right through the gothic door,
And thus an entrance made.

Then climbed the turret, which she chose
Her residence to make;
And thought to leave it now and then,
And feast upon the cake.

All this occurred on Christmas eve,                                       .
And next came Christmas day;
And then some little folks arrived,
To eat, and drink, and play.

Right merry are the little folks,
And what a noise they make,
When Windsor castle they behold,
Displayed upon the cake.

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The cannon, too, admire;
The soldiers ready to present,
And then—pop!—pop!—to fire.

On this, when they had long enough
All exercised their wit,
They scrutinised the cake, and wished
To taste a bit of it.

Each guest prepared,—the knife was raised
Some slices to begin,
When, lo! with wonder, all exclaimed,
“I hear a noise within!”

Poor Mousey, when she saw the knife,
At once expressed her fear,
By squeaking out with all her might,
Which every one could hear.

Then John, as he the turret viewed,
With consternation cried,
“There’s something, I am sure, alive,
And moving, too, inside.”

All now were hushed, and knew not what
All this could be about;
While Mouse, in fright, forgot her tail,
Which at the top popped out.

“Why, here’s some trick,” the lady cried,
“I’ll knock the turret down.”
Mousey, in terror, gave a leap,
And ran along her gown.

“Oh!” screamed the lady, “what is this?”
On each side was dismay,
Which Mousey took advantage of,
By scampering away.

Their fright all o’er, loud laughs ensued,
From all within the house,
To think that so much fear should be
Caused by a little Mouse.

The children hunted for this Mouse,
But she was not a dolt
To wait ’till she was caught, but made

Right through a hole—a bolt.

The party then began their dance,
And singing next ensued;
And then came supper, with its cakes,
And very best home-brewed.

 

 

Bubba and the 12 Deadly Days of Christmas by C.L. Bevill

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Bubba Snoddy’s got some problems. His family has descended for the Christmas holidays and not in a good way. His cousin wants to own the Snoddy Mansion, decrepit, falling down columns, termites, wood rot and all and isn’t above using manipulative behavior to achieve his ends. Miz Demetrice is up to nefarious and illegal activities while trying to entertain relatives. His cousin’s ten year old son is the personification of a demon and has hobbies of looking at medical photographs, making stun guns from scratch, and causing havoc wherever he roams. The woman of Bubba’s dreams, Deputy Willodean Gray, is still evading his romantic pursuits. Patients from the local mental institute are wandering over the town, ostensibly assisting with the Christmas Festival thanks to a program established by the mayor to cut costs. And Bubba has just found the dead body of a man dressed as Santa in the Christmas scene at City Hall. Oh, Pegramville, Texas is just the best place to be at Christmas if a fella has a bullet proof vest and a linebacker’s helmet. All the folks think Bubba might have done did it…again, even though it was proven that he didn’t done did it the first time, and Bubba has to move quickly in order to catch a murderer.
 
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This is not your typical Christmas story and that’s what makes it so special.  It’s a HOOT.  If you want a break from the same old Christmas, Deck the Halls type stories, try this one.
 

Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier

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“Gingerbread Cookie Murder” is written by Joanne Fluke. When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbour Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah’s Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that’s as long as her holiday shopping list. “The Dangers Of Gingerbread Cookies” is written by Laura Levine. Jaine Austen has been enlisted to help with her parents’ retirement community’s play The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Playboy Dr. Preston McCay is playing the role of the gingerbread cookie when he ‘accidentally’ falls to his death during the final act. Now Jaine must figure out if one of the doctor’s jealous lovers was capable of murder. “Gingerbread Cookies And Gunshots” is written by Leslie Meier. When Lucy Stone discovers the body of Rick Juergens, whose five-year-old son Nemo disappeared, she senses foul play. Crumbs from a gingerbread cookie Lucy gave to Nemo are found in the back seat of Rick’s car. With the hours quickly ticking till Christmas, Lucy races against the clock to find a killer before he strikes again.
 
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This is what I call a “bonus” book. Not only did it have a wonderfully entertaining story by Joanna Fluke, but two  more stories by different authors.  All involving GINGERBREAD COOKIES.  That is a good thing.  These stories take place at the Christmas season and seeing the words on paper just seems to cool down the blistering heat of the 2011 OKLAHOMA DROUGHT.  Anything that will take my mine off this heat is a very very good thing.