Saturday 30 November 2019

Christmas Cocoa Murder (Irish Village Mystery #4.5) by Carlene O'Connor, Maddie Day, Alex Erickson

Christmas Cocoa Murder
'Tis the season for hot chocolate and mouthwatering treats. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be downright deadly . . . 

Siobhan O'Sullivan's hopes for a quiet Irish Christmas are dashed when the local Santa turns up dead in a carnival dunk tank of hot cocoa. Now instead of hunting down holiday gifts, she's pursuing a heartless killer. Seems the dead Santa was no angel either, stealing neighborhood dogs to guide his sleigh. But was it his holiday antics--or worse--that led to his death by chocolate?

When local businessman Jed Greenberg is found dead with a Chocolate lab whimpering over his body, the police start sniffing around Robbie Jordan's country restaurant for answers. Was it something in Robbie's hot cocoa that killed Jed, or was it Cocoa the dog? As the suspects pile as high as her holiday tree, Robbie attempts to get to the bottom of the sickly-sweet murder . . .

DEATH BY HOT COCOA by Alex Erickson
A Christmas-themed escape game seems like the perfect pre-holiday treat for bookstore cafe owner Krissy Hancock and her best friend. But when the host is found dead in a pool of hot cocoa, it's up to Krissy and her team to catch the killer--or escape before getting killed.

There's nothing like a hot cup of murder to warm up the holiday season!  (Summary via Goodreads)

It's like getting 3 books in one !!!  Three great stories to get lost in !!!

I was on the edge of my seat reading the scary tale Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O'Connor, then I felt like I was back in my hometown hanging with my friend, Robbie, in Christmas Cocoa by Maddie Day and to finish it off, I had a blast in a Christmas themed escape room in Death by Hot Cocoa by Alex Erickson.  All three stories were so cleverly written with Christmas and murder as the center points and they were all AWESOME !!!


What a wild tale !!  Santa Claus is murdered in a hot chocolate dunk tank during a Christmas festival and main character Siobhan O'Sullivan is on the case....even though she doesn't start working for the police (guards) until the start of the new year....officially !!!

A dead Santa, an Elf that steals, a rivalry between neighboring town Santa's, dogs wearing reindeer antlers, spiked hot chocolate (spiked in a good way...and a bad way) many things to turn you off from celebrating Christmas but author Carlene O'Connor will have you loving the season and singing Christmas carols by the time you finish reading Christmas Cocoa Murder  !!!


You should oughta have a snack handy when you dig into Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse by Maddie Day.  Once you start reading this novella, you will not stop until you get to the recipes at the end.

Day has such a knack for kidnapping the reader's attention and keeping you hostage....but it's all good !!  After all you are hanging out in a little town, South Lick, with a great cast of characters and some good comfy food.....oh yeah and a dead body.  But main character Robbie Jordan will have your mind at ease as she navigates around the case.  

In Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse things hit close to home for Robbie (which seems to be the norm for her) when her boyfriend's father is a suspect in a mysterious dead.....and right before Christmas !!   But never fear, Robbie will have everything right as rain, or in this case snow, before the cookies for Santa are out of the oven !!!

DEATH BY HOT COCOA by Alex Erickson  

I had so much fun reading Death by Hot Cocoa by Alex Erickson.  Main character Krissy goes to an escape room with her friend Rita....and the theme is Christmas !!!  How can anything go wrong ???  Well with a title of Death by Hot Cocoa it's a sure bet that something will definitely go wrong !!  When the host of the escape room is found murdered and Krissy and the others are trapped in the middle of it with their cell phones locked away in lockers and no way out,, Krissy takes it upon herself to figure out which one in this group killed the host and why......

Erickson had my full attention from the moment I read the first few sentences and I was so engrossed in the tale that I felt like I was locked in the escape room with everyone.  Even though someone was murdered, this was a real treat to read....what a creative mind !!!

Three amazing stories in one book !!  These stories with grab your attention and you will have a nice little break from life for a bit.  You can read each of them in one sitting easily or you can try to make them last......however you choose to read them, the only thing that matters is that you enjoy them....maybe with a hot beverage other than hot cocoa !!!

Review by Missi M.

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