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Publisher's Summary

Tis the season for trimming the tree, caroling, baking cookies, and curling up by the Yuletide waiting for Santa to drop down the chimney. But in this festive collection of holiday whodunits, murder is also paying a visit.

"Candy Cane Murder" by Joanne Fluke.

When a trail of candy canes leads to a corpse outfitted in a Santa suit on a snowy bank, Hannah Swensen sets out to discover who killed Kris Kringle.

"The Dangers of Candy Canes" by Laura Levine.

A wealthy suburbanite takes a lethal tumble off his roof while installing a giant candy cane. Now it's up to Jaine Austen to sift through a long list of scheming neighbors with dirty secrets in their stockings to expose a murderer.

"Candy Canes of Christmas Past" by Leslie Meier.

Lucy Stone must learn the mystery of a glass candy cane that was found smashed to bits by a corpse's body to unlock the doors of Christmas past - and find a killer who got away with murder.

©2007 Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, Leslie Meier (P)2016 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Like a box of holiday chocolates, this recipe-studded assortment gives all readers a crack at their favorites." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Entertaining...a sweet holiday treat for mystery lovers." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Delicious...will have your mouth watering." ( Romantic Times)

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I love all the Hannah cookie maker, murder catcher, kitty loving lady stories!

I did love the three stories, reading stories from writers like JF. I may have never read them and liked them if I had not read them this way!
One thing that isn't about these books... to the JF fans... the movies on the hallmark mysteries channel are amazing!!!!!! Absolutely amazing!!!
Please do more movies !!!

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Jaine Austen Cozy Christmas Mystery

This is a review for "The Dangers of Candy Canes" by Laura Levine only.

Jaine Austen is a part time, semi-professional private eye. She gets into all kinds of mishaps that make you laugh out loud. She is a regular, average gal and thus a very relatable character. Laura Levine writes unique but believable characters. This series is great for anyone who loves cats, cozy mysteries, and humor.

Jaine Austen books usually include her friend/neighbor Lance and correspondence with her parents. Both of these lead to interesting side stories and lots of laughs. Because this was a short story, these things were left out this time. Even so, you'll find yourself entertained by everything else. For instance, Jaine's wrestling match with a woman in the mall while Christmas shopping! Haha!!

The narrator is not the one who normally does these books. That being said, she does a fantastic job! She has a clear, strong voice and keeps you engaged in the story.

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1st and 3rd books are a yes

Middle book does not fit with the first and last book as far as style of writing. Narrator is wonderful as she always is.

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Joann fluke

What an amazing author. So true to
Life stories. Hoping she writes more in the Hanna Swenson series