Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway - Murder fir Christmas by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Murder Fir Christmas
(Christmas Tree Valley Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
New Series
Print Length: 208 pages
Publisher: J. Lavene (December 1, 2015)

Down the mountain from Sweet Pepper, Tennessee is Christmas Tree Valley, a place filled with hundreds of Christmas tree farms where generations of growers have made people’s lives brighter. Yet even here in this quiet, postcard-perfect corner of the world, darkness and murder can still stalk the night.

Federal Wildlife Agent Bonnie Tuttle has always had a special gift with wild animals. It was one of the reasons she decided to train with the wildlife agency. She’s spent the last ten years in Alabama working, but her mother needs her home and she’s back despite all the bad parts of her life she hoped to leave behind.

Her first day home begins with a fire on the island in Sweet Pepper Lake and the death of Harvey Shelton, the wildlife agent she’s supposed to replace. Bonnie manages to rescue dozens of animals from the fire – including a wolf pup that was shot with the same bullet that killed Harvey.

Now she’s hot on the trail of Harvey’s killer and trying to reintegrate the wolf back into the wild even though he seems to want to stay with her. Yet old memories persist in the small community where she grew up, and the killer now seems to believe that she has what he killed Harvey for. All she has to do is figure out what that is before it’s too late. 

Christmas Recipes included!

My Review

I really enjoyed this Christmas cozy mystery!  Christmas Tree Valley was such a wonderful setting for a novel ... so cozy and perfect for the holiday season.

I really liked Bonnie as a protagonist.  Her work as a Federal Wildlife Agent was fascinating, and I especially enjoyed reading about her work.  As an animal lover, of course I loved the wolf pup!

The Lavenes are such wonderful writers, and this book is full of twists and turns and surprises that will keep the reader guessing. The Cherokee lore was an interesting addition to the story.

If you're looking for a perfect Christmas cozy mystery to read as a break from the busy season, Murder fir Christmas is a perfect match.  Highly recommended!
I just love this picture of Joyce and Jim

About The Authors 

Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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One lucky winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card.  (Ends 12/16/15).
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I received a copy of this book from Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


Peggy Hyndman said...

I love Joyce and Jim Lavene's books ... such talented authors!

Di Richards said...

Congratulations on the release! Sounds like a fun read.

James Lavene said...

Thanks for stopping.

Birdhouse Books said...

Thanks so much for stopping by!