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Book Review: This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham

This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham is about four friends going on a road trip to attend a music festival in the desert.  What no one else realizes is that they were infected during the pandemic and are now ghouls.  On the first night at the festival, Valeria goes feral and ends up killing someone and eating them.  Soon after, the girls discover that ghouls are being poisoned with a drug that will cause them all to feral.  The expected publication date is April 25, 2023. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the Advanced Readers Copy of This Delicious Death .  The synopsis was intriguing, so I was happy when I was approved to read this book.  I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. Just as an FYI, there were several content warnings at the beginning of this book, including but limited to alcohol consumption by minors, cannibalism, drug use and drugging, gun violence, murder, parental neglect, suicidal ideation, and transphobia.  According to the

Book Review: Christmas Cookie Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #6) by Leslie Meier

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It's the Christmas season in Tinker's Cove, Maine, and Lucy Stone is looking forward to hosting the annual cookie exchange that Sue normally hosts. When  Tucker, one of the guests, is found murdered the next day, the entire town is in shock, and the local dentist is arrested for it. Lucy decides to investigate on her own in Christmas Cookie Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #6) by Leslie Meier.

This is the perfect book to put me in the mood for Christmas, and it's in one of my favorite genres . . . a mystery. Who would ever think a murder mystery would put a person in a holiday mood? But, with the cookie exchange, the holiday shopping, and Santa Claus visiting the elementary school during the Christmas play, it's easy to get excited about the holidays.

As far as the suspects go, the obvious one is the dentist because he's the boyfriend of Tucker, but I dismissed him right away. I did consider Lee, the wife of the dentist for most of the book because I thought she had more motive to kill Tucker since Lee and her husband were separated. About halfway through Christmas Cookie Murder, I did start to suspect the fire chief from a neighboring town after he reported a theft committed by four of Tinker Cove's volunteer fire department. You'll have to read the book for yourself to see if either of the people I suspected was the murderer.

There were a quite a few things I enjoyed about this installment of the series. I could totally relate to Lucy and all the things that went wrong during the exchange because I could see the same things happening to me. Various scenarios in Christmas Cookie Murder were extremely believable like when Lucy's son and his friend were procrastinating on filling out college applications and parents bragging about which colleges, or universities, their children were accepted into.

Five out of five stars is the rating I gave Christmas Cookie Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #6) by Leslie Meier. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend reading Christmas in High Heels (High Heels, #3.5) by Gemma Halliday.


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