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Book Review: Santa's Countdown to Christmas, 24 Days of Stories by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau

Santa's Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau was published on October 2, 2017 and is a book format of an advent calendar.  Told from the perspective of Santa Claus, the storyline chronicles what Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and the reindeer do in preparation of Christmas on each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. I'd like to thank NetGalley and Crackboom! Books for giving me a copy of Santa's Countdown to Christmas in exchange for my honest review.  I was thrilled to be approved to read this book because I love Christmas and am a kid at heart. This picture book was well written and engaging.  The illustrations were phenomenal as well.  I even enjoyed reading it as an adult.  I wish I had kids of my own so I could buy it for them, but I guess I'll have to settle for buying it for family members and friends who have kids that believe in Santa Claus.  I'd recommend this book for babies through eight years old.  Reading

Book Review: Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #1) by Leslie Meier

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Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #1) by Leslie Meier is the first book in a series and was first published in 1991. The book is about mom of three Lucy Stone preparing for Christmas and working the night shift at a mail order company. If that isn't enough, when Lucy takes a moment to get some fresh air, she finds one of the owners of the company she works for dead in his car.

This cozy mystery is the perfect book to read while on vacation because it is an easy read, and it draws you in from the very beginning of the story. It also makes you feel like you're part of the Tinker's Cove community. I definitely was put in the Christmas mood . . . too bad it isn't Christmas time. This was the third book I've read in the series . . . I've read them out of order, but I plan on reading the rest of the books in order from this point on. I am just in love with this series!

There isn't too much I can say that's negative about Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #1) by Leslie Meier with the exception of the main character's cat was murdered, and Lucy didn't seem too terribly upset about it. This bothered me as I am an animal lover, especially one of cats. To top things off, it was never really explained why the cat was killed. I kept expecting there to be a connection somewhere further on in the book, but there really wasn't with the exception of another character killing his dog. This bothered me as well. I just don't like reading about animals dying, even though it is just fiction.

Even with the couple of negative things, I gave Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #1) by Leslie Meier four out of five stars, and I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy cozy mysteries. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend reading Death of a Kitchen Diva (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery, #1) by Lee Hollis.

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