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Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge By Laura Levine: Review/Giveaway

IN THE November 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a signed copy of Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge, a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

Jaine Austen (no relation) is a well-known writer. Well, she wrote that slogan for the Toiletmasters Plumbers. Everybody knows that one. Christmas is slow for writers so she and neighbor Lance are house sitting for one of his shoe buying customers. The house is a mansion, full of antiques and baubles like Ming vases and Fabergé eggs. It is also off limits for pets. Lance’s pup is willing to be boarded but Jaine’s cat, Prozac, was evicted after biting one of the staff—hard enough to require surgery.

mystery book coverJaine stashes Prozac in the kitchen, the room with the least number of breakables, but soon finds evidence of a jailbreak. Her cat managed to open a window and go next door to visit. The house is rundown and owned by a real cheapskate, Scotty Parker, former child star. His trophy wife, Missy, a boarder and Lupe, the maid, complete the household. For some reason, Prozac is taken with Missy and the feeling is mutual to the point that Missy offers to care for the cat until the house sitting job is over. Will Prozac be willing to return? It’s not looking promising.

Scotty goes out of his way to annoy the neighbors, complaining about Christmas lights, stooping to a bit of blackmail, and a few threats. It’s no wonder he’s conked on the head with a frozen Yule log (bought at a discount, of course). The problem will be to sift through the vast number of people who are thrilled he’s dead to find the one who actually made it happen.

Jaine has her hands full with Lance’s ideas for decorating for Christmas, the online dating service he signed her up for, and emails from her mom and dad who are on a cruise. You just can’t take her dad anywhere without ensuing chaos. This time he’s feuding with a bratty kid on board, plotting against a member of their group, and then there was the incident where he was put in the brig after running amok wearing nothing more than a loincloth and a purple fright wig.

This is book eighteen in the series. Jaine never ceases to entertain, get herself into impossible predicaments, and somehow, get everything right at the end. The emails from mom and dad are hilarious as each gives their version of events, which never match. Prozac is an original grumpy cat. Contempt is her best expression. Poor Lance, he’s always sure he’s met The One but he’s so obsessive, his love life, like Jaine’s, never works out.

For a lighthearted, fun filled holiday read, this series is a good place to start. Grab an eggnog and be prepared to laugh.

To enter to win a signed copy of Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “scrooge,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 1, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won’t see coming.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. 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.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Faith Creech November 17, 2018 at 10:03am

Thanks so much for the chance to win. The book sounds so good. I love Christmas mysteries.


2 Kara Vaughan Marks November 17, 2018 at 5:28pm

I’ve really been looking forward to this book! Ty for the giveaway! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com


3 Renee Wiswell
Twitter: @Mmousemania
November 17, 2018 at 8:34pm

This series was among the first I read once I discovered what a cozy series was. Jaine always makes me laugh with her misadventures! This one is already on my tbr list. Renee


4 Debbie Price November 18, 2018 at 7:27am

I love a good Christmas cosy! Thank you!


5 Carl November 18, 2018 at 8:06am

What a way to go, conked on the head with a frozen Yule log! Sounds like a fun story, I’m sure we’d enjoy it over the holidays. Thanks!! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


6 Taylor R. Williams November 18, 2018 at 10:01am

Sounds like a super book – thanks for the contest.


7 Amy Donahue November 18, 2018 at 3:34pm

Sounds like a fun book 🙂
Donah42 at aol dot com


8 DOWARD WILSON November 18, 2018 at 6:42pm

Thanks for the chance to win.


9 Wendy Clark November 19, 2018 at 2:56am

Please enter me. I love holiday-themed mysteries.


10 Brian Frauenknecht
Twitter: @BFrauenb
November 19, 2018 at 9:03am

I would love to win this. I love this series, and I can’t wait to read this! Thank you for the chance.


11 Anne
Twitter: @anne
November 19, 2018 at 3:07pm

I would enjoy this book very much. Thanks for this feature and giveaway.


12 Barbara Cameron
Twitter: @mitzisSlave
November 19, 2018 at 7:45pm

How is it possible that this is book 18 & I’ve never heard of the author or series. Sounds like a fun read though.
Thanks for the chance to win.


13 Nora-Adrienne Deret
Twitter: @Nora-Adrienne
November 20, 2018 at 7:31am

I love the cover and the story theme. Yes please, I’d love to be entered in the giveaway
A recent post from Nora-Adrienne Deret: Geez Louise the month just flew by!My Profile


14 Dianne Casey November 20, 2018 at 8:52am

Love this series, such fun reads. Looking forward to reading. Thanks for the chance.


Twitter: @schnappy2
November 20, 2018 at 9:55am

Sounds like a really fun and cute read. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter@hotmail.com


16 Karen Ranta
Twitter: @rantakaren
November 20, 2018 at 1:17pm

would love to be entered in the sweepstakes. have been a longtime reader and fan of the Janie Austen Mysteries.


17 Bonkie November 20, 2018 at 1:20pm

Absolutely love this series! What a great Xmas giveaway


18 Rosamund Merrill November 20, 2018 at 1:24pm

Love the adventures of Jaine and Prozac! Thanks for the fun review and chance to win !


19 Marjorie Roy November 20, 2018 at 2:21pm

This book sounds like fun and it would certainly take away some of the Christmas stress.


20 Siobhan Kelly November 20, 2018 at 2:30pm

Thanks for the chance to win!


21 Alisa November 20, 2018 at 2:49pm

I love Jane and Prozac, I read these books too quickly!


22 kim hansen November 20, 2018 at 3:00pm

Thanks for a chance to win.


23 Susi Ward November 20, 2018 at 3:22pm

LOL. I love these. Jaine’s parents are a hoot and Prozac says what all cats are thinking.


24 Gale Dee November 20, 2018 at 3:54pm

I would love to win a nice cozy mystery. Helps pass the time on these long winter days. Thanks for the chance!!


25 Lori Wademan
Twitter: @N1ghtb1rd
November 20, 2018 at 5:07pm

Thanks for the opportunity to win a signed copy….My Favorite author and WTG on the review!!!!


26 Pen Mettert November 21, 2018 at 6:10am

This sounds fabulous. Christmas, funny, AND a mystery!!


27 Mary Holshouser November 21, 2018 at 8:04am

Fantastic nessletter this week.
So many books featured and
this one sound like it will
be a good one to start the
new year. thanks for the
chance. happy Thanksgiving


28 Suzanne Campbell November 24, 2018 at 5:22am

Thank you for this kind offer. Happy Holidayd@


29 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
December 3, 2018 at 10:14am

We have a winner!


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