Book Review & Giveaway: HAPPY HOMICIDES (Boxed Set)


Today, as part of a Blog Tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I am happy to introduce you to Happy Homicides, a delightful collection of holiday-themed mysteries.  Just in time to help you get into the holiday spirit.

Synopsis (from Amazon)

A huge collection of heartwarming, brain-puzzling, and character-driven traditional mysteries that’ll keep you entertained for hours. (At 213,000 words, this is 627 pages of reading material!) Plus, you can email to get a FREE Bonus File with recipes and holiday craft ideas. Celebrate the holidays with stories by these thirteen bestselling and award-winning authors: Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Lois Winston, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Jill Thames, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino, Nancy Warren, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent. 

And a few more words from the book website:

HappyHomicidescover_It’s the Deadliest Time of the Year

So we gathered thirteen mystery writers and asked them to share harrowing stories of holiday gifts and guilt.

You’ll read about * contests going criminal  * dog-nappers and dirty deeds * jewelry heists * misdirected mail * neighborly (lack of) love * recipe robberies * and the chemistry between a physicist and a homicide detective, to name a few.

My Review

Although I had read books by a few of the writers, this boxed set presented a great chance to try some new authors. And with so many well written and diverse stories to choose from, any mystery lover is likely to find all or many of the  selections to his/her liking. I know I did. Here are my impressions of just a few of the stories (in no particular order).

The first story in the compilation is Cara Mia Delgatto and the Misdirected Gifts by Joanna Campbell Slan.  A well written and touching mystery about lost love and family relationships – good and bad –  is triggered by the discovery of a hollowed out book in a box that Cara acquired for her second-hand/recycling shop from an estate sale.  Cara, her grandfather, and her friends, are  likeable, good-hearted characters who work together to solve the mystery.

Another story that I really enjoyed was Dying for Holiday Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella by Linda Gordon Hengerer.  This culinary cozy features three sisters, Dani, Chelsea, and Alex, who run the tea shop they inherited from their grandmother. Preparations for the traditional holiday tea are soon complicated by a dead body and a missing cookbook.  I understand that a series featuring the sisters and tea shop is forthcoming.  Sounds promising to me.

I love almost anything with dogs, and Neil Plakcy’s contribution to this boxed set didn’t disappoint.  Dog Forbid: A Golden Retriever Mystery was a light and fun mystery. When a friend’s puppy is dognapped, Steve’s faithful companion, Rochester, literally sniffs out the culprit.  I hadn’t read anything by this author before, but will likely look for his work in the future.

FTC Disclosure:   I received a complimentary copy of this boxed set as part of this blog tour.  This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 

Purchase Links

Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win an e-copy of Happy Homocides.  (A winner will be selected at random.)

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