Mistletoe, Merriment, and Murder

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Author: Sara Rosett
Publisher: Kensington (2012)
Binding: Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages


Image of Mistletoe, Merriment, and Murder (An Ellie Avery Mystery)

Author's Summary

Super organizer Ellie Avery could really use some Christmas cheer when Gabrielle Matheson, a grinchy professional rival, sets up shop in the same small Georgia town. But before the halls are even halfway decked with holly, someone uses Ellie's terrifically tasteless white elephant swap gift as ...a murder weapon! Ellie's now a suspect. Besides playing Mrs. Santa for her Air Force pilot husband and their two kids, shielding her eyes from the garishly over-decorated house down the street, and helping a client who's a hardcore hoarder, Ellie also has to solve this ho-ho-homicide ...and find a killer who wishes her a very deadly Christmas.

MWSA Review

Air Force spouse and professional organizer Ellie Avery should be calmly approaching this Christmas season, enjoying a holiday in which her husband is home (rather than deployed) and available to help with parties, events, school treats, and the children’s Nativity play.Instead Ellie finds herself embroiled in a public fracas with a newly arrived professional organizer who is undercutting Ellie’s business and stealing her clients. When she discovers the body of the rival organizer’s sister, Ellie is immediately suspected of the murder because the corpse is dressed in the rival’s clothing.

The fast paced mystery zigzags through the days approaching the holiday and follows Ellie as she tracks down the murderer in between taking care of children, pets, neighbors, and her now failing business. The clues are all there, but will keep you guessing until the end. In the meantime, you get a glimpse into the inner workings of a military family.

Mistletoe, Merriment, and Murder is the seventh book in the Ellie Avery mystery series by Sara Rosett. It’s a fun, fast read and something that will get you in the spirit of holiday celebrations.

Reviewed by: Betsy Beard (2012)

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Rosett, Sara
Beard, Betsy
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