Saturday 16 July 2022

The Christmas Fair Killer (Tish Tarragon #3) by Amy Patricia Meade

Christmas, cookies and a corpse: Tish Tarragon is drawn into a deadly puzzle when a young actress is murdered at the Hobson Glen Holiday Fair. Literary caterer Letitia 'Tish' Tarragon has pulled out all the stops for her booth at the Hobson Glen Holiday Fair, theming her appetising offerings around the festive performances by the Williamsburg Theatre Group. But when Tish meets the cast, she is surprised by the hostility between members of the allegedly close-knit troupe, centred around their star actress, the beautiful, talented yet mysterious ingenuine, Jenny Inkpen. Determined to spread some Christmas cheer, Tish volunteers to deliver breakfast to the eight actors, but is horrified to discover Jenny dead in her trailer the next morning. As Tish attempts to find out more about the group's leading lady, she soon uncovers lies, jealousy and a series of shocking secrets. Can Tish expose a cold-blooded killer before the fair is over?  (Summary via Goodreads)

I don't even know where to begin with The Christmas Fair Killer by Amy Patricia Meade.  The Christmas Fair Killer is the third book in her Tish Tarragon Mystery series and it will blow your mind !!  The way Meade writes this series will have your brain going in circles and you will love it !!

In The Christmas Fair Killer main character Tish Tarragon has a food booth at the Hobson Glen Holiday Fair.  During the festival the Williamsburg Theatre Group will be there performing a few shows daily, and Tish has made entrees and named them to coordinate with the performances....and people are eating them up !!  Tish is also providing the members of the theatre group with breakfast and offers to deliver them to their campers in the campgroup area at the festival.  Unfortunately the first morning of delivering breakfast she finds one of the actors dead in her trailer.....  

Tish convinces Sheriff Reade to let her talk to the members of the theatre group as she has already gotten to know them a little.  Plus it would be easier for her to obtain information from them as they would feel more comfortable talking with her rather than be interrogated by the police.  As Tish talks to the members she learns a lot of "secrets" and doesn't really know what to make of them.  It turns out that the list of suspects continues to grow the more she learns......

I would love to tell readers more about Jenny Inkpen, the actress that was murdered, but I feel that if I say much more, it's going to give too much away and I really feel that readers need the "wow" factor like I experienced.  Not only does the storyline surrounding the victim have a lot of twists and turns but Meade leaves the readers with a personal storyline with a HUGE surprise.....and I, for one, didn't see it coming and not sure I like it ......but we will see what happens with the next book in the series......

Review by Missi M.

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