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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: Trick or Treat Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #3) by Leslie Meier

book review trick or treat murder by leslie meier

Trick or Treat Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #3) by Leslie Meier is set in Tinker's Cove, Maine, and the entire town is preparing a party in a dilapidated mansion to celebrate Halloween. However, everyone is on edge because there has been a rash of fires thought to be the work of an arsonist. The latest one killing a summer resident. Who will be the latest victim?

Is anyone else a fan of Halloween like I am? This was the perfect book to put me in the mood for the holiday, and this is a must read if you do like Halloween. It brought back so many memories of my childhood of trick or treating and the Halloween parties that my parents and the rest of the parents in the neighborhood put on for us kids that were similar to the one in Trick or Treat Murder.

Having an arsonist setting fires in the book only made it creepier, but not scary. There were quite a few red herrings in the book. With that being said, there were clues to who it really was, and I dismissed those clues much to my chagrin.

The side story of Trick or Treat Murder is about the pitfalls of motherhood and having a new baby. Some of the things Leslie Meier talks about in the book is breastfeeding and not being able to keep up with the housework, so if either of these things are perplexing to you, you probably should pass on this book because it's mentioned quite a bit. With that being said, it didn't bother me in the least, but you never know what might upset people.

Four out of five stars is what I gave Trick or Treat Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #3) by Leslie Meier. If you enjoyed this book, I'd recommend Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum, #14.5) by Janet Evanovich, or for those who read books in the Young Adult genre, I recommend Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick.

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