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Eggnog Murder By Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross

IN THE November 26 ISSUE

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by Cynthia Chow

We start off the Christmas season with another Christmas mystery, Eggnog Murder. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Eggnog Murder. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

As ubiquitous as fruitcake, but probably better received, eggnog ushers in the start of the holiday season with its spicy aroma, sinful calories, and for these three cozy mystery authors…murder.

bookIn Leslie Meier’s Eggnog Murder, Pennysaver’s part-time reporter Lucy Stone was looking forward to all of her children returning home to Tinker Cove for Christmas. As she soon learns, living with adult children and extended family can be stressful, especially when daughter Elizabeth arrives from France with a distinctly Francophile viewpoint and distain for provincial America. It’s almost enough to distract Lucy from the inadvertent death of the chairman of the Conservation Commission by an allergic reaction to eggnog, which in actuality may have been an attempt on the life of a mailman and recent Real Beard Santa Club member. A professional setback and the chaos of her bickering children challenge her Christmas spirit, but it will be her much-mocked Christmas sweater that saves the day.

In Lee Hollis’s Death by Eggnog, Bar Harbor’s much detested librarian Agatha Farnsworth is also the victim of an allergic reaction to eggnog, this time from chugging down a dairy-laden version of the sinful treat. The terrifying librarian ruled over her literary kingdom ruthlessly and often brought patrons and fellow staff members to tears, and this sparks Island Times food columnist Hayley Powell’s curiosity, as well as her need to pursue a hot story. The obvious suspect is trophy wife Fannie Van Dam, who is burdened with a rich invalid husband and the woman who gave Agatha her final drink. With her children abandoning for Christmas and Hayley has her doubts, and in between writing her hilarious Island Food & Cocktails columns she pursues the mystery of the mislabeled eggnog.

The collection concludes with Barbara Ross’s Nogged Off, which has Busman’s Harbor’s Julia Snowden temporarily leaving Maine to clean out her Tribeca apartment. Julia returns home not just with a truckload of her furniture, but with Imogen Geinkes, the twenty-something woman subletting the apartment. After a devastating break-up and possibly food-poisoning her office party with eggnog, Imogen is a sobbing mess who pleas with Julia to not leave her alone for Christmas. The Snowden family has a tradition of taking in strays during the holidays, and Julia is unable to resist Imogen despite the series of disasters she leaves in her wake. As Busman’s Harbor continues its charming traditions of Santa arriving on Coast Guard boat, a Pajama Party of early morning shopping hours, and Gentleman’s Night of free gift wrapping, the “jinx” brings along her own murder case. Solving the mystery and getting Imogen back to her home in Atlanta will be as important to Julia as fitting in time with her boyfriend and helping out at her family’s Gus’s Too restaurant.

These three novellas by very popular authors each accomplish the difficult tasks of being intriguing introductions to their series, while also entertaining long-time fans. New readers can comfortably jump right into these adventures, while loyal readers are rewarded with added insight into their beloved characters. Even more impressive is the heartwarming swell of emotions these stories create, perhaps needed now more than ever during the turbulent holiday season. These stories can be enjoyed any time of the year, as they delve into the thoughtful topics of veterans’ healthcare, family loyalties, and the good nature of humans. Sit in front of a cozy fireplace, snuggle into bed, or find your favorite reading spot to enjoy these gratifying short mysteries full of humor, recipes, and genial characters.

To enter to win a copy of Eggnog Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “eggnog,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 3, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

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1 Kathleen KendlerNo Gravatar November 26, 2016 at 8:40am

Sounds like a good read. Like all the authors.
kckendler at gmail dot com

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2 DebbieNo Gravatar November 26, 2016 at 12:27pm

Oooh…I love eggnog. I was just thinking I need to pick some up! Anyways, the 3 books sound great! DElholm@prodigy.net

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3 Wanda downsNo Gravatar November 26, 2016 at 1:07pm

I love to read. I lose myself in the story

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4 Della WilliamsonNo Gravatar
Twitter: @DellaWilliamso6
November 26, 2016 at 2:15pm

Great post, most intriguing. Definitely a must read. Love the cover. Two of the writers I have yet to read . So hoping
In our house not only is eggnog a must. But so is fruitcake. We all love it When the kids were little they used to help me make it. Always bought double the candied fruit, the kids did love to nibble. But we all must admit. Making the candied fruit ourselves was more fun. And more delicious. Made from scratch is always better.

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5 Donamae KutskaNo Gravatar
Twitter: @donamaekutska
November 26, 2016 at 3:57pm

I always enjoyed this series, this book looks fun to read! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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6 Holly CalhounNo Gravatar November 26, 2016 at 8:29pm

I’ve seen the Leslie Meier books before but haven’t started them yet. I love the covers.

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7 Karin A.No Gravatar November 26, 2016 at 8:55pm

Ahhh, eggnog. Good stuff! We’ve already been thru a couple of quarts in our house this season.
I love Christmas mysteries!

karin56381 (at) gmail.com

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8 Johnna SmithNo Gravatar
Twitter: @johnnabooks135
November 27, 2016 at 3:44am

These authors are some of the best cozy writers in the industry. Love them all and am anxiously waiting to read this book.

Johnnabooks (AT)hotmail (Dot)com

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9 Valerie HoynackiNo Gravatar November 27, 2016 at 8:18am

My kind of book!!

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10 Doward WilsonNo Gravatar November 27, 2016 at 4:38pm

Love these authors, thanks for the chance to win.

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11 Judy WeaverNo Gravatar November 27, 2016 at 7:10pm

Must be added to my want to read list.

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12 JonNo Gravatar November 29, 2016 at 5:43pm

I would like to enter the contest. My email is ocanaj at gmail.com

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13 JonNo Gravatar November 29, 2016 at 6:42pm

Can’t wait for this book – would like to enter the contest.

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14 Brittany AbbottNo Gravatar
Twitter: @ilovefinnegan
November 30, 2016 at 8:13pm

Three great authors in one book. Who could ask for a better Christmas gift?

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15 LorieNo Gravatar
Twitter: @mysteryrat
December 5, 2016 at 10:21am

We have a winner!

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