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Murder at Mistletoe Manor

A Mystery Novella
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Klarinda Snow is the innkeeper of a beautiful, historic bed and breakfast in Windy Pines, Idaho. Guests come to Mistletoe Manor to escape from their troubles while enjoying the scenic mountain town. 

When all seven rooms of the inn get booked on a Tuesday night in December, Klarinda is excited about having so much business, but a little confused as well. After all, her inn normally isn't exactly a destination hotspot.

The guests have barely settled in before strange things begin happening. Is this the most accident prone group of travelers ever, or is someone out for revenge?

©2016 Holly Tierney-Bedord (P)2019 Holly Tierney-Bedord

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Light and Easy

A short little cozy mystery. I really enjoyed the three characters who run the Inn very much. They are charming. Hoping to read more of their exploits in the future. Thank you!

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Plain FUN

This book was plain FUN! Not only did we have characters you love to hate but this author adds just the right touch of humor to a dark reunion mystery.
Audiobooks are the best way to spend time in a vehicle and this one is quick enough to digest in two average traffic jams or a drive "up north." Of course you may find yourself driving around the block a time or two to hear just one more chapter. Holly has the talent of leaving us wanting to know what happens next.

Klarinda Snow bought a cozy little B&B type inn. With it she inherited a couple of long~term employees, at least one of which has her own opinions and is not afraid to voice them. For the first time in 2 years, the rooms are mainly booked by single occupants. Unusual. They show up saying they were invited and the rooms paid for. Klarinda has no idea what they are talking about. This sounds like a British house party or real life game of Clue. It isn't long before "accidents" begin to happen. Even the weather cooperates -- with a killer. An early twist is that these people DO remember each other from boarding school.

The police who respond to these incidents at the Inn seem to be unprepared for so much activity and prefer to consider them accidents rather than suspicious. Poor Klarinda doesn't know where to turn or who could be targeting her innocent place of business. How can she protect those still alive? People keep wandering off.

I don't want to give away the plot. You will be glued to your seat, holding your breath and not prepared for the next shoe (or something heavier) to drop.

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Very well written

I've read books by Holly before, and they were good, but this is really a perfect little Christmas mystery. Love the characters, love the setting, love the zippy dialogue. Awesome narration.

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Outstanding Mystery

Murder at Mistletoe Manor is the most enjoyable audiobook I have listened to all year. These characters were so easy to relate to. We all have met these sorts in our lives, and cant help but just love them, or, honestly, despise them. The inn was portrayed quite vividly, and I would love to spend time there, especially on a snowy night with the fireplace going! The answer to the mystery of the invitations and the murders was so well hidden, with many twists, that I never guessed correctly until the end. This was an extremely enjoyable story, and I highly recommend it anyone who enjoys a great puzzler of a mystery.
In closing I would like to say that the narration was top notch! He has such a talent with portraying multiple characters, male and female. I forgot there was only one narrator. It was a real pleasure to listen to! This is a "must listen"!

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great mystery

I received this book for free for a honest review. This mystery was well written and held together. The characters has personalities. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. I felt like I was there. reccomend

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Winter Cozy Mystery

I don’t listen to many cozies but I’m always up to trying something new. This story is also set around Christmas – not my favorite time of year (yeah, I know…). All that being said, I enjoyed this audio. It’s December in Idaho and, to say the least, there is snow. A snowstorm, in fact, trapping a pile of guests at the Mistletoe Manor. And it’s quite a group. Seven seemingly random strangers who show up with an odd and similar tale of what has brought them to the manor this night. By the time the true intentions are known, bad things are happening.

I appreciate mysteries and although this one stretched credulity just a touch, it was definitely enjoyable. Although the guests were interesting, it was Klarinda and the locals who made the story memorable. In the end, I definitely felt sorry for her, wondering if anyone would ever stay in the manor again.

The narrator Christopher Lane did a great job. I think I might have preferred a female narrator given the story is entirely in Klarinda’s point of view, but I know matching a narrator to a story can be challenging and, as I’ve said, I think Mr. Lane did a good job. This was the first audio I’ve listened to by Holly Tierney-Bedord, but I suspect it won’t be the last.

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Not for adults.

This would be better as a youth story. I had a hard time staying interested in this one. The narration was fair. Not my favorite. But it was a cute story for a middle school age

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 11-16-19

Murder at Mistletoe Manor

This book starts off with confusion and turns into murder. I enjoyed listening to this book and the twist in the end was fun to find out.

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  • Helen
  • 10-21-19

fab book

Klarinda Snow is the innkeeper of a beautiful, historic bed and breakfast in Windy Pines, Idaho.
great book loved every minute of it

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  • PATRICIA
  • 10-18-19

A game of Clue

Do you like the game of Clue? That is what this book reminded me of. It's a fast past who is doing it story leaving a bread crumb trail of clues. Clarinda owns Mistletoe Manor and gets 7 unexpected, annoying guests along with an anonymous package. Most of the guests have a common thread, but slowly over the course of the night they are each being having a fatal accident! But are they really accidents? I loved this quick listen. It's full of sarcasm and humor, quirky characters and it's just a blast trying to put some semblance to the disorder. Narrated by Christopher Lane, you will enjoy an array of voices, some with attitude and a delivery to keep you both laughing and on your toes. Give this one a listen and see what you think!

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  • Squeaky Joe
  • 10-15-19

Entertaining, if a little obvious

Innkeeper Klarinda Snow gets confused when a bunch of guests turn up bearing mysterious invitations for an all-expenses-paid night at Mistletoe Manor. Following an anonymous delivery of cash to pay for the rooms, the situation doesn’t get any less opaque when Klarinda realises most of the guests seem to know each other. When a series of bizarre accidents starts happening, Ms Snow starts to put two and two together.

This cosy mystery is entertainingly narrated by Christopher Lane. The author tells a witty and amusing tale with her cast of mostly annoying characters and though the plot is a teeny bit obvious and features a group of moronic police officers who probably couldn’t find their own backsides with both hands, I really enjoyed the story. Also, in true Agatha Christie mode, Ms Tierney-Bedord provides a floor plan of Mistletoe Manor on her website. Which is nice.

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  • Holly.
  • 10-06-19

A Great and Entertaining Audible Book.

My Review of Murder at Mistletoe Manor by Holly Tierney-Bedord

Murder at Mistletoe Manor is a great and entertaining audible book. I enjoyed how the narrator brought out the interesting and funny personalities of each guest that arrived at the inn for a night’s stay. I must admit I did find myself giggling at the lady who was talking to her dog. Then I thought to myself I hope I don’t sound like that when talking to my cats. The author did a great job of weaving the mystery of why the guests were there with a little festive touch. I also loved imagining the snow outside the inn and how this impacted the guests’ stay.

The story itself follows Klarinda Snow and her friends as they get the inn ready of an unusual number of guests. Klarinda Snow receives a package with money and a note that has her worried as the guests arrive. Later as one of the guests is found dead, she fears the worst and tries to get the police to uncover the mystery. Which one of the guests committed murdered? Was it someone she worked with before or is it the mystery package sender? You’ll have to read this funny mystery story to find out.

I felt for Klarinda Snow as her guests were very demanding considering someone invited them for a free night. But being an accommodating host, she did her best to please her guests with everything falling apart around her. Pierre the cook was one of my favourite characters as I could imagine him as a crazy funny cook, but also standoffish and likes his own routine.

If you like audible books with funny characters, a mystery to solve and a slightly emotional ending, you’ll love to curl up with this audible book on a cold winter night.