Gooseberry Christmas is the third Kathi Daley’s Cottage on Gooseberry Bay series. This book is a fun and clean read, with a strong emphasis on friends, family, caring, and compassion. The complex mysteries in this installment encompass the main character’s past and the current-day murder of a man. The amiable characters are well developed, and the well-plotted storyline flows smoothly. The intriguing mysteries and red herrings will keep readers engaged and guessing. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading well-crafted cozies.
After Ainsley Holloway’s dad passed away, she found his diary and a photograph of a woman with two young children, and, for reasons she can’t explain, she felt a connection to the people and started doubting her past. In her search for the truth about her past, Ansley and her two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Kai and Kallie, moved from Georgia to Washington State, rented a cottage in Gooseberry Bay, began making new friends, and settling into the community. Ainsley finds herself quite taken with her new community and decides to volunteer at several of the Christmas events. Her first volunteer assignment is at a Christmas tree lot, where a local man is murdered, and one of her friends becomes the prime suspect. Ainsley and her friends work hard to solve the murder and help Ainsley delve into her past while still finding time to enjoy the Christmas season and festivities.