Christmas Card Murder
There are three novellas in this volume. The first is The Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier.
Lucy Stone‘s husband it remodeling the house when they come upon a Christmas card with a mean message. Lucy, in her inimitable way, is able to trace and find the sender. This story like all of Leslie Meier’s stories unfolds and we are working with Lucy to figure out the mystery. Leslie Meier's stories are the ultimate in cozy with a cast of characters that have become old friends. This one does not disappoint.
The Second Novella is Death of a Christmas Carol by Lee Hollis and opens at the Island Times Christmas Party when Haley, Rosana, and Mona get a Christmas card thanking them for giving the sender one of their husbands for Christmas.
I always enjoy Lee Hollis mysteries; they are cozy but with a nice edge and the characters are fun and bigger than life. Hayley and her friends are not the usual cast of characters in a cozy mystery but are fun and flamboyant and delightful.
This mystery is well done and the ending is life-changing for some people. As always Lee Hollis keeps you guessing and intrigued up to the last page.
The third novella is Death of a Christmas Card Crafter by Peggy Ehrhart. I have not read this author before and she is the most traditional cozy writer of them all. Pamela Patterson is the protagonist and she and her knitting cohorts help to solve the mystery of a murdered art teacher. It is a well done mystery and although I do not, have not, nor ever intend to knit I very much enjoyed the story and Pamela uses her wiles to capture the perpetrator in a most unlikely manner which was counter to her persona and added to the story.