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Mistletoe & Murder (A Presley Thurman Novella) (2011)

by Laina Turner

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In this short story Presley goes home for Christmas expecting it to be a relaxing holiday until her old boyfriend, Brian, asks for her help finding out who has been stealing from him and it turns from theft to murder. I would consider this to be a Young Adults mystery, by the writing and pacing. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jul 29, 2016 |
In Mistletoe & Murder, the fourth book in The Presley Thurman Mysteries Series, the reader follows the latest investigative adventures of amateur sleuth Presley Thurman.

Author Laina Turner weaves another entertaining cozy mystery that follows sassy Presley Thurman as she gets herself embroiled in a new murder investigation. Told in the first person narrative, Presley heads home to Alkon for the Christmas holiday with her family. While there, Presley's ex-boyfriend Brian asks for her help when there is a theft and murder of his employee at his auto garage. Presley and friends once again find themselves caught up in a new murder investigation.

Mistletoe & Murder is an intriguing cozy mystery novella that is filled with enough crazy antics and trials and tribulations that easily keeps the reader guessing. Just when you think Presley and friends will be enjoying the Christmas holiday, the theft and murder at ex-boyfriend Brian's auto garage has this sassy lady kicking into amateur sleuth mode, and if that isn't enough, there is family drama between her younger brother Jesse and his girlfriend Ashley added into the mix. Presley is determined to find out who is behind the theft and murder at the auto garage with the help of Cooper, Jesse, and Ashley, even when danger is around the corner.

Mistletoe & Murder is a fast paced Christmas cozy mystery novella that has a good mixture of humor, mystery, and a touch of romance that will easily keep the reader engaged as they follow Presley's latest amateur investigative adventures. There is a lot that goes on between the pages of this short story, the intriguing twists and turns will keep the readers on their toes, especially with the variety of crazy situations that pop up, but Presley's humorous shenanigans, and the intrigue and suspense behind the mystery of the theft and murder at the auto garage will easily keep you guessing right to the very end!

The Presley Thurman Mysteries Series is an entertaining cozy mystery series that will keep the reader in stitches!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2016/07/mistletoe-murder-by-laina-turn... ( )
  JerseyGirlBookReview | Jul 21, 2016 |
I would not recommend Mistletoe & Murder - it apparently falls after book 3 in the Presley Thurman mystery series and it contained serious spoilers - actually giving away the murderer for the first book and a major plot twist for the third book. Neither spoiler was necessary in any way to the short story, so I was pretty annoyed. Particularly for a holiday short, offered for free presumably to entice readers to the rest of the series... Otherwise, it was OK, although not great. ( )
  Booklover889 | Mar 17, 2016 |
**Review written for an originally posted on my blog, Book Bliss. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review: 3 stars
General: This installment in the series is a short holiday novella. The character list is a tiny bit smaller but it’s still filled with the humor of the past books. The mystery itself was well written, although a little easy to figure out. The storyline moved along quite quickly. However, there was a point when it seemed to become quite rushed and a lot of the plot became transparent and rushed. Overall I would say this was still a good story, however reading it as a stand alone would leave someone a bit confused as there wasn’t much development of character for new readers.
Characters: Presley- Presley is still quite entertaining. She’s still very much goofy and fun loving as well as the mystery solver she’s been in every past book. I’d love to start seeing a little emotional change on her but think she’s a fun and entertaining heroine either way. ( )
  BookBliss2013 | Dec 11, 2013 |
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