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Publisher's Summary

A holiday double feature that’s criminally entertaining!

Two action-packed, romantic comedy holiday crime capers from the Wall Street Journal best-selling Maizie Albright Star Detective series.

Find out why fans love these light and fun mystery novellas with a touch of romance and a heavy dose of holiday cheer featuring the ex-celebrity turned detective (almost - she’s still in training) Maizie Albright.

A View to a Chill

Two female sleuths racing to solve the same mystery!

In this Rashomon-style Christmas mystery, while Cherry Tucker suffers from flu-induced visions of murder, Maizie Albright’s on the hunt for a missing granddaughter whose criminal stockings have long been filled with coal.

17.5 Cartridges in a Pear Tree

Raiders of the Lost Ark meets The Maltese Falcon in this Maizie Albright star detective New Year’s Eve action-and-adventure-styled, humorous, romantic crime caper.

Before champagne toasts and the Big Peach drops, Maizie has 12 hours to reprise her most detested role to protect her family from old acquaintances best forgotten and never brought to mind. Will these ruthless villains pop Maizie’s cork before the clock strikes 12? Or worse yet, drop the ball on her baby sister?

©2021 Larissa Hoffman (P)2021 Larissa Hoffman

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“Larissa Reinhart’s books hook you in!” (CeeCee James, USA Today best-selling author)

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Maisey does it again

I’m really liking the dynamics between Maisey and Nash. As the stories involve, the characters are evolving and becoming more three dimensional. And EZ still gets in her own way but the situation’s are becoming more complex and mature.

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Crimes Most Merry and Bright

Yep great stories of the adventures (or calamities) of Maisie the once Wonder child star. She is retired from movie with and has moved on to wanting to become a PI. She is the assistant to a true PI in her home town on Georgia. This Christmas she takes on a case for a little old Gramma wanting her grand daughter to come home. Unfortunately the car is anything but simple.
The second story again had her peed against her reputation of a character she portrayed on screen. The crazies seem to crawl out of the woodwork for this one. To add to matters her little sister tries to help and it's heck on wheels for Maisie and her shirt of boyfriend.
Joan Dukore portrays Maisie and family with the right amount of accent and craziness!
Fantastic audio and story!!

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Crazy-fun Christmas Cozy

I enjoyed Crimes Most Merry and Albright by Larissa Reinhart! There were chases, kidnappings, robberies, shenanigans, Cherry Tucker and Maizie Albright! Who could ask for more! The narration by Joan Dukore was wonderful!

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Cozy Christmas Capers

I loved this collection. I only wish it was longer!

A View to Chill - I’ve been a fan of Cherry Tucker for years, but haven’t finished the series as only the first two books are available in audio and I’m looking forward to the day when they will all be available. And, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of Maizie’s adventures, so when I realized Cherry and Maizie cross paths in A View To Chill, I jumped for joy! I loved that the story is told through alternating view points of Cherry and Maizie.

Maizie finds herself cold, tired and wet as she takes on a case to help a grandma find her granddaughter at Christmas. Cherry finds herself feverish with the flu at Christmas. An unexpected southern ice storm leaves Maizie stranded at Cherry’s door and chaos begins - crazy weather, crazy family, crazy neighbors, and bank robbers! Maizie and Cherry will stop at nothing to find the girl and protect their family.

17.5 Cartridges in a Pear Tree - It’s New Year’s Eve and all Maizie wants is a cozy evening with Nash in front of the fireplace. But, she finds herself targeted by a crazed fan looking to buy or steal an artifact from one of her movies in order to save the world. To add even more chaos to the situation, Maizie has been left in charge of watching Remi since her father and step-mother are out of town. The story is filled with humor, tension and holiday spirit as Maizie, Remi, the Jacks, and Nash battle the crazed fan in this adventure.

I’m looking forward to the next Maizie adventure and I hope we see Maizie and Cherry cross paths again in the future.

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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two for one bonus

Both stories are humorous, suspenseful, and entertaining. The first one requires acrobatic talents throughout the story. or gymnastics
abilities. I marveled at the flexibility. The second one was a huge comedy of errors and slap stick moves. Fun and entertaining. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job bringing it to life.

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A bright spark

I loved this and think it is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit or just enjoy a good story anytime of the year. You get double the fun with this book and what fun it is. A great addition to the Maizie Albright series. If this is your first time with Maizie then it is a great way to get an introduction to two very different stories set at Christmas and at the same time if you are familiar with the books then it is a great way to catch up between stories with some great characters.
A View to a Chill
I love the fact that this book features both the main characters from the authors books, Maizie Albright and Cherry Tucker. Each chapter is told by the two characters, as they find themselves both investigating the same case. Each character brings her own unique style to the mystery and I hope the author has plans for them to meet up again. The mystery was interesting and worked really well for the characters.
Cherry Tucker is not a big fan of Christmas but even she doesn't want to spend the whole time in bed suffering from the flu. Especially when the only thing to keep her awake is the strange goings on in the house next door.
At the same time Maizie Albright is horrified when her boss turns away a little old lady looking for her Grand daughter just before Christmas. She takes the case herself and finds herself sitting out side a house waiting for the elderly ladies sister to return home. When she doesn't put in an appearance and the police are to busy investigating a bank robbery and hostage situation, Maizie puts her holiday plans on hold to do some sleuthing, can she track down the granddaughter and the home owner? And can Cherry shake off her delusions and get someone to believe her, that everything is not right next door.
17.5 Cartridges in a Pear Tree
Maizie's sister Remi steals the show in this book. I just love the feisty take no prisoners little girl and the antics and gets up to. Well worth the listen and a great way to put a smile on your face. The mystery was a lot of fun and pays homage to noir type films.
Maizie finds herself looking after her little step sister over new years eve, when her father leaves her in charge. Things only get complicated when they arrive at the private detective agency where Maizie works and finds a woman looking for a movie prop that Maizie gave her father. But she is not the only one looking for the necklace. Can Maizie out smart some kidnappers, a knife wielding elf and keep hold of her father's unusual Christmas present. Oh and keep her little sister out of trouble?
I liked the narrator. She brings the story to life and is a pleasure to listen too.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.