by Marilyn Meredith
During this Christmas season we at KRL decided it would be fun to review some Christmas mysteries! These books by Judith K. Ivie & Carola Dunn are the first two! At the end of these reviews you will find instructions on how to enter to win a copy of both books for your Christmas reading!
Drowning in Christmas by Judith K. Ivie
Kate Lawrence has promised to do far too much this Christmas season—and it isn’t even her favorite time of year. Besides helping out with a charity fund-raiser, she’s roped into hosting a wedding in her home for her nephew, and her daughter has coaxed her into cooking a Christmas Eve dinner for the boyfriend Kate can’t stand.
Despite a lot of planning, nothing goes right, from a dead body, to missing persons, friends who promised to help, coming down with the flu. Ms. Ivie has written a delightful tale, a fun read that is laugh-out-loud at times, perfect for the holidays.
Mistletoe and Murder by Carola Dunn
Though I’ve met Carola and heard her speak on panels at mystery conventions, I’d never read one of her books before. Mistletoe and Murder is set in England in 1923. Daisy, the heroine, is quite modern for her time.
When she is cajoled by her mother into spending Christmas at Brochdene, a most isolated and ancient estate, she decides to write an article about the place for Tour and Country magazine. What she finds upon her arrival is a nearly destitute family who seldom speak to one another, along with rather insolent servants who run the place.
Secret passageways, a ghost, hidden treasure, candle-lit hallways, and a body in a deserted chapel are some of the ingredients of this most unusual mystery. Ms. Dunn cleverly takes the reader on a delightful jaunt through this wonderful gothic setting filled with unusual characters.
Though this was my first Carola Dunn mystery, it won’t be my last. I was enchanted by her heroine and the wonderful way she brought the time and place to life.
Editors note: This contest has now ended. Thanks to all who entered and be sure and watch for more book giveaways!
To enter to win a copy of each of these Christmas mysteries, simply email KRL at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Christmas books”, or comment on this article. U.S. residents only please. A winner will be chosen next Saturday.