Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tour_NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING by Christina Freeburn

Not a Creature Was Stirring (Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Henery Press (January 22, 2019)

ISBN-10: 1635114373

ISBN-13: 978-1635114379

Digital ASIN: B07K1MFQ7T

Empty nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV.

But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband’s body in one of the RV’s compartments. Add to that his missing winning lottery ticket believed to be stashed somewhere in the RV, leading the homicide detective and Merry’s stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit.

With visions of prison dancing in her head, will Merry be able to solve this Christmas calamity before she’s locked away?

About the Author

Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she's been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.

Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.

Author Links

Webpage: www.christinafreeburn.com

Blog: www.theselfrescueprincess.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaFreeburnCraftyandCrimeAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristinaFreeb1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ChristinaFreeburn

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Not A Creature Was Stirring (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery #1)Not A Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Merry Winters is a Feckless Heroine indeed. A woman who sees the best in everybody, believes everybody should follow their dreams, and thinks Truth wins over all, Merry is an admirable character but unfortunately an individual whom some predators and manipulators will delight to target. At home in Seasons Greetings, West Virginia, a quiet community to which Merry moved after her folks retired there, Merry has recently divorced for the second time from an abbreviated marriage to a master manipulator. Endeavouring to make her co-owned crafts business a thriving concern, Merry drives her newly purchased RV to Morgantown for a big Crafts venue. Unfortunately, "newly purchased" means the day before, from her 18-year-old former stepdaughter. Really unfortunately means the RV is emitting a terrible stench, and it's not caused by Ebenezer the pet hamster. When the source is uncovered, Merry soon finds herself under suspicion of murder by a Morgantown police detective[ and her first ex-husband, a high-powered attorney in DC, rides to the rescue to take the case and clear her name.

What made this cozy mystery delightful for me was the settings, of course (all that snow!) but mainly the character of Merry Winters. Here is an individual we ought to all admire: a genuinely GOOD person, ready to think the best of everybody and to exert the effort to help and comfort anyone in need. Yet it is that very integrity she possesses that makes her a target. She is slow to recognize emotional and financial predators; she didn't recognize the truth about her second husband until his money-grubbing grasp threatened to affect her Alzheimer's suffering mother. She sees good in everyone and overlooks the negative, sometimes till it's too late. Yet I still cheered her on; because really, our world needs many more like Merry.


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