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It’s Christmas in Estes Park, Colorado: cozy fires, twinkling lights, soft snowfall, and...murder. 

The winter holidays in charming Estes Park lull Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, into thoughts of eggnog and gingersnaps as they settle into their new home. Fred’s dream bookshop is becoming a reality, and with Christmas only days away, her only concerns are spending time with family, enforcing Watson’s diet, and finding the perfect gifts. 

The toy store beckons Fred and her friend Katie, who dash in out of the cold during a shopping spree to discover handmade toys, cuddly stuffed animals...and a dying man on the floor. When Katie’s desperate attempts to save the man end in her being taken in for his murder, Fred once again dons her detective hat. She puts aside her Christmas list and - with Watson sniffing around - begins a list of suspects. 

But as quickly as clues point to one person, new discoveries shift the spotlight to another. With Katie’s freedom in the balance, Fred has little time to think about gifts or to enjoy the holiday lights and music. A killer is on the loose, one who became violent in a picture-perfect Christmas toy shop, and Fred and Watson can’t begin to predict what might happen next....

©2017 Mildred Abbott (P)2018 Mildred Abbott / Brandon Witt

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enjoying this series

So this is the second book in the series and I've listened to both. The narrator has become the main character Winnifred "Fred" to me. She does a great job narrating the story. This book takes place around Christmas which is a holiday I love. The idea of another murder taking place in this sleepy little town is probably far fetched but it's fiction and it doesn't matter to me. There is a little bit of a pattern so far. A truly unlikable character is killed off and the person responsible isn't someone you would expect. Still, I didn't guess at the culprit. I had no clue until the last clue was revealed and our heroine figured it out as well.

Fred is a clever character who I like a lot. I feel like I can relate to her. She loves desserts, isn't a fan of running, she loves her family and she is a good friend. I am not so much of an animal lover but can understand her love for her corgi, Watson. There is a little bit of romance brewing even though Fred isn't looking for anyone to spend her life with. The genre isn't romance, I know. Even though this series is cozy mysteries, the romantic in me still can't help but wish Fred would find love.

Can't wait for more of this quirky mystery series.

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Audible: get the rest of this series!

I listened to this book right on the heels of the first and enjoyed it just as much. Loved the setting, plot and the characters - especially Watson. I want to read the next in the series but sadly Audible only has the first two. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Traitorous Toys

What an enjoyable cozy mystery!

In the small town of Estes Park it’s almost Christmas. While doing some last minute shopping a dying man is discovered in the small toy shop. It’s up to Fred and Watson to unravel the mystery before the wrong person is locked up for the crime.

This book is my first listen in the series and it can certainly be enjoyed as a stand alone. That being said I look forward to going back and listening to the first book in the series... not because I have to, but because I want to.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Traitorous Toys

I liked this cozy mystery and visiting the small town again.Fred and her dog Watson are back trying to open her bookshop.While christmas shopping she and a friend find a dying man.She ,of course,has to help figure it all out.Angie Hickman was a fine narrator,once again.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Traitorous Toys

This is such a fun series! I love Watson he definitely has his own doggie personality. And all the characters are so fun and unique in their own way. I totally detest the lady detective (I think we’re supposed to though!). I am waiting on Fred to put her in her place! I love how the story turns out and look forward to more from this series. Great job on the narration Angie makes the story fun and easy to listen to. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Another wonderful mystery!

Fred is back at it, it’s Christmas and she is still working on her bookstore, The Cozy Corgi. Going about her daily routine, avoiding the men and just trying to lay low with some simple holiday shopping, she and Kate stumble on yet another crime. Unable to quell her curiosity she embarks on another cozi crime solving adventure. I love Fred and she is expertly narrated and is really brought to life by Angie Hickman! I cant wait for more in the series! I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you!

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Amazing!

Another cute story with Fred and Watson! I am just loving these cute cozy mysteries and the way that Angie Hickman narrate these books just amazing. I love the good when I am reading them but j love even more listening that them. Angie just brings Fred and Watson to life. She brings everyone is Estes Park. I can't wait for the next narration!

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  • Angela
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Fun mystery!

Fun mystery set in lovely Estes Park CO. The characters are a lot of fun and I've actually gone back and re-listened. Thank you narrator!!!! The story is funny and keeps you entertained.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes #mysteryfun

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Love a mystery

This is a great book I didn't pick the killer until near the end. It keeps you guessing and on your toes.

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FUN AWESOME COZY!

If you love a great Corgi Christmas Cozy, you will be ever so pleasantly surprised. This is an awesome cozy mystery, both writing and narration were awesome.

Fred is a delightful character, and I plan to listen to the other corgi mysteries as well, good stuff!

Fun & creative, I enjoyed listening from beginning to end, definitely recommended! :)

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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