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Yule Be Dead By Lorraine Bartlett with Gayle Leeson: Review/Giveaway

IN THE December 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a fun gift basket from Lorraine, and a link to purchase Yule Be Dead from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

The holiday season may be the time of the year one expects to spend surrounded by family, but Katie Bonner didn’t anticipate that she would be sharing her tiny apartment with her former mother-in-law Margo. It’s been almost two years since the death of Katie’s husband, but even when he was alive, Margo was never very welcoming to her daughter-in-law. Katie doesn’t have much time to spend worrying about Margo’s arrival, though, as running Victoria Square’s Artisans Alley has her managing the many vendors now donning nineteenth-century costumes for the Dickens Festival. Events are off to a rocky start with the death of Vonne Barnett, who with her mother Francine co-owned Afternoon Tea. The teashop had already been failing by a distracted and disinterested Vonne, and now a completely overwhelmed Francine aggressively attempts to sell her café to Katie.mystery

Ray Davenport may have recently retired in order to pursue his dream of running a wood product gift shop, but that doesn’t mean that the former homicide detective is without his sources. When he tells Katie that Vonne’s accidental death may have been staged, she begins to question those who may be the ultimate Christmas Grinch. As Katie consults Ray on murder suspects as well as how to deal with an overly critical Margo, he in turn seeks her advice on raising two daughters, one of whom is showing the signs of an eating disorder. This has the unfortunate effect of jeopardizing Katie’s relationship with Andy Rust, who is seeing green and being snarkily jealous. It’s almost a relief for Katie that she is distracted by mischievous ballerinas, Christmas caroling, a matchmaking mother-in-law, and a hit-and-run attempt on her life.

The authors have crafted a fun-filled holiday mystery that delivers on thrills, heart-warming moments, and thoughtful depictions of the modern family. Both Ray and Katie have faced challenges following the death of their spouses, and both are moving on in difference ways. Katie’s charged relationship with her mother-in-law is realistic, and while neither women is a villain their truthful confrontation is so rewarding. Even more refreshing is Katie’s realization that her amateur detecting may have jeopardized the official investigation with legal complications. This entertaining series has always delighted with its many crafters and artists, and here leaves readers anticipating the future for these extremely likable characters. Katie’s romantic life may soon be veering off into unexpected territory, and her next appearance can’t come soon enough.

To enter to win a fun gift basket from Lorraine, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “yule basket,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 22, 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. Also listen to our new mystery podcast where mystery short stories and first chapters are read by actors! They are also available on iTunes and Google Play. The newest episode is set at Christmas time.

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

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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 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.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
December 15, 2018 at 9:12am

I love the title of this book. Thanks for the chance to win.
Blessed Yule to all.


2 Lynn December 15, 2018 at 10:27am

Sounds like a wonderful thoughtful thing to do — thanks! Will look for the book!


3 Sharon Whaley December 15, 2018 at 11:05am

Sounds like a good read


4 Debbie Price December 15, 2018 at 4:11pm

I am looking forward to reading this holiday mystery! They are some of my favorite ones.
Thank you for the chance to win the gift basket.


5 Cara Dube December 15, 2018 at 7:32pm

I love this author! I got a mug years ago from her booties series! dubecara (at) gmail (dot) com .


6 Cara Dube December 15, 2018 at 7:32pm

Booktown not booties! Autocorrect and a phone.


7 DOWARD WILSON December 16, 2018 at 1:36am

Sounds interesting.


Twitter: @schnappy2
December 16, 2018 at 3:27am

This sounds like a terrific read! I would be so happy to win a copy. JL_Minter@hotmail(dot)com


9 Marilyn
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
December 16, 2018 at 4:15am

I love Christmas and all its little happy reading. Thanks for the contest.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


10 KarenM December 16, 2018 at 3:53pm

Mothers-In-Law, can’t live with them, can’t kill them…

Karen94066 at aol dot com


11 Carol Knudtson December 16, 2018 at 4:34pm

Thank you for the review and the contest.


12 nancy wolfe
Twitter: @ring094
December 17, 2018 at 6:00am

I love the title of this book and think it will be a great read. The review was wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway.


13 Mary Holshouser December 17, 2018 at 11:48am

Glad to see this series being updated.
I’ve missed Artisan’s Alley. thanks
for the chance to read the newest.


14 Dianne Casey December 18, 2018 at 2:13pm

Sounds like a great holiday read. Looking forward to reading.


15 Donna Caldwell
Twitter: @Donna
December 18, 2018 at 7:49pm

Love the title, cover. I would love to read this.


16 Elaine Faber December 19, 2018 at 9:34am

What a great concept for a novel. Mother in law! LOL. Sounds like a great holiday read.
A recent post from Elaine Faber: The Christmas MiracleMy Profile


17 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
December 19, 2018 at 12:03pm

Sounds like a fun read! Awesome cover and very neat title. I’d love to read this book!


18 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
December 19, 2018 at 12:05pm

Sounds like a fun read! Awesome cover and very neat title. I’d love to read this book! Here’s hoping


19 Faith Creech December 19, 2018 at 12:21pm

I love the cover and the title of this book. Makes me want to read it! Thanks for the chance to win. Merry Christmas!


20 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
December 19, 2018 at 3:47pm

Sounds like a great read. Love the cover. Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com


21 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
December 19, 2018 at 9:56pm

I have been hearing about this book and would love to win and read it!! Thanks for this chance! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com


22 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
December 27, 2018 at 8:34am

We have a winner!


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