Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Review: Murder Fir Christmas (Christmas Tree Valley Mysteries Book 1) by Joyce Lavene, Jim Lavene , Jeni Chappelle (Editor)

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: J. Lavene (Dec 1 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016APS2PI
Book Description

Down the mountain from Sweet Pepper, Tennessee is Christmas Tree Valley, a place filled with hundreds of Christmas tree farms where generations of growers have made people’s lives brighter. Yet even here in this quiet, postcard-perfect corner of the world, darkness and murder can still stalk the night.

Federal Wildlife Agent Bonnie Tuttle has always had a special gift with wild animals. It was one of the reasons she decided to train with the wildlife agency. She’s spent the last ten years in Alabama working, but her mother needs her home and she’s back despite all the bad parts of her life she hoped to leave behind.

Her first day home begins with a fire on the island in Sweet Pepper Lake and the death of Harvey Shelton, the wildlife agent she’s supposed to replace. Bonnie manages to rescue dozens of animals from the fire – including a wolf pup that was shot with the same bullet that killed Harvey.
Now she’s hot on the trail of Harvey’s killer and trying to reintegrate the wolf back into the wild even though he seems to want to stay with her. Yet old memories persist in the small community where she grew up, and the killer now seems to believe that she has what he killed Harvey for. All she has to do is figure out what that is before it’s too late.

Christmas Recipes included!

About the Author

 Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene are a wife and husband team who have written and published more than 70 books since 1999. They live in North Carolina with their family and enjoy cooking, photography and ghost hunting.

My Review

 A Murder Fir Christmas is the first book in the Christmas Tree Valley Mystery series by authors Joyce and Jim Lavene.

Federal Wildlife Agent Bonnie Tuttle has returned home to take care of her mother who has Alzheimers as well as take over for the local agent who is retiring. She left Christmas Tree Valley years ago when a failed romance went from bad to tragic. She knows it is a small town and people will still be gossiping but she is older now and needs to care for her mom.

The authors have spun a tale that includes the magic and mysticism that is found in the Smokies. Readers of the Lavene's novels will be please to have the Sweet Pepper people right next door. The agent Tuttle was replacing is found murdered in the opening pages. The murder mystery along with a budding romance and a mysterious wolf puppy round out this story.

Great book for cozy mystery fans!

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