Review CHRISTMAS CARD MURDER By Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Peggy Ehrhart
Looking for a fun way to get into the holiday spirit? What could be better than a trilogy of novellas by best-selling mystery authors Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Peggy Ehrhart published under a single title with a single theme—Christmas cards?
In “Christmas Card Murder,” by Leslie Meier, Lucy Stone has finally convinced her husband, Bill, to create a real master bedroom suite in their Tinker’s Cove, Maine, antique farmhouse. Walls have to come down to complete the vision Lucy has in mind, and she’s prepared to live with all the mess in order to finally get the master bedroom of her dreams. What she’s not prepared for is Bill finding an old Christmas card hidden in one of the walls, with a handwritten message, “You lied and I hope you rot in hell.” Intrigued, Lucy decides to investigate, with surprising and bittersweet results.
“Death of a Christmas Carol” by Lee Harris is a modern-day version of the classic movie, Letter to Three Wives. Hayley Powell and her friends, Rosana Moretti and Mona Barnes, are setting up the annual Christmas party when they receive a single Christmas card from the town flirt, Carol Waterman. Carol announces she’s running away with one of their husbands that same night. Deciding to confront Carol, the women go to her house and find her dead. And all three husbands have a fishy alibi for their absence at the party.
“Death of a Christmas Card Crafter” by Peggy Ehrhart begins when the body of Arborville High School’s art teacher and annual Christmas card designer, Karma Karling, is discovered on the first day of the town’s holiday craft fair. It’s immediately clear that her death was no accident. Is the key to solving the murder hidden in the new Christmas card the teacher designed for sale at the fair?
This trio of novellas is a perfect holiday read.
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