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Christmas Cocoa Murder- a Review

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This was an anthology of three stories. Carlene O’Connor wrote Christmas Cocoa Murder;   Maddie Day wrote Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse; and Alex Erickson wrote Death by Hot Cocoa.

All three stories were enjoyable. I liked the Death by Hot Cocoa one the best. I enjoyed the escape room concept and the set up was clever. I did guess who-dun-it pretty quickly, but that didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the story and the rooms set up in a holiday theme in the escape room. 

The Christmas Cocoa Murder was also a really cool set up. As a fan of dunking tanks in my younger days, I loved how the author used that concept in her story—I can’t even imagine how sticky it would be to be dunked in cocoa though- *shudder* — The characters in this one were well drawn and intriguing. The mystery was well done and the nutcrackers were a neat addition to the puzzle.

My least favorite was Christmas Cocoa and a corpse. Not because the story lacked anything, it was a good concept and execution. What I didn’t care for was the nicknames – every single character had a nickname- which just seemed off-putting to me. I also didn’t enjoy the overuse of descriptions- too much detail on everything the characters wore and the settings. I know some people enjoy that, but it wasn’t my thing at all.

Overall, this was a cute set of stories and very holiday—if your holidays include murder by cocoa. 🙂

New Winter-Themed Anthology Out Today

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Today is the release day for a new Anthology from Still Moments Publishing. There are four romance stories that are related to being snowed in. The cover of this book is pretty spectacular to me.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy for reading in front of your own fire on a cold winter day. A cup of cocoa, a cozy chair and a warm blanket will be all you need to add to escape on a few romantic adventures.

http://www.stillmomentspublishing.com/p/ebook-store.html

Jillian is guest blogging here and talking about the inspiration for her story http://libertysspells.blogspot.com/2012/01/jillian-chantal-is-visiting-us-in-spell.html