A Merry Christmas Anniversary Mystery By Anna Celeste Burke: Review/Giveaway

Dec 19, 2020 | 2020 Articles, Kathleen Costa, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of A Merry Christmas Anniversary Mystery along with a $5 Amazon gift card, and a link to purchase it from Amazon. You will also find a player for a Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast episode featuring the first chapter of A Merry Christmas Anniversary Mystery.

Hey There, Georgie Girl!
Fifty-something Georgie Shaw has been a valuable member of the Marvelous Marley World entertainment empire for thirty years from a public relations executive for Catmmando Tom, the famous cartoon cat superhero that started it all, to corporate VP in charge of the food and beverage division. It’s an exciting and rewarding gig, but her boss, the egocentric and eccentric Max Marley, is a bit demanding, overusing his “Hey, there, Georgie Girl” greeting, and often spinning a bit of trouble. Jack Wheeler, her husband of one year, is a local detective and also employed by Max as a security consultant on the newest Marley project: an entire city in North Palm Springs called New Arcadia. But, it’s the mayhem and murder that creates a bit of conflict, however Georgie relies on her own keen sense and a detective husband to uncover the truth.

A Merry Christmas Anniversary Mystery earns 5/5 Auto-bots…Engaging & Clever!
New Arcadia, Max Marley’s most prodigious project, is complete, and Georgie and her husband Jack have been invited (more like commanded) to its soft opening with an all-expense paid, deluxe, pet-friendly stay. They had planned to spend their first anniversary on a beach in Cancun, but they agreed to stop off at New Arcadia first to support, if not placate, their boss. Until…BOOM! What felt like an earthquake, shaking and shimmying, turned out to be two massive explosions. Authorities had received a “mayday” call from the command hub of the community, and after the explosion, reestablishing a connection had failed. Smoke, debris, a massive hole at ground zero, and Max can’t be found. Then Jack gets the news of a body in the rubble igniting a flurry of fears, rumors, theories, and accusations. Georgie is the most senior employee on site and Jack is in contact with security and official channels at the local PD, so in their hands are several important decisions: evacuation of the guests, care of the employees, assessing the damage, and finding Max. Happy Anniversary!

BAM! Anna Celeste Burke has penned an “explosive” ninth book in her Georgie Shaw Mystery series adding a bit of sci-fi and technology on steroids with biodomes of gardens, bio-passports, drones, and lots and lots of auto-bots all christened with alliterative names! The clever drama grabbed my interest right off with a bang, and it was realistic to have Georgie the calm, cool, and realistic in her actions and reactions, as well as strong—she’s not one at whom you would throw “marinara” sauce. Max’s condition is unknown throughout most of the drama so questions about who’s in charge and what happens next creates a plethora of possibilities for my inner detective. Suspicious fall on executives, an odd tech “whisperer,” a wannabe horticulturist, and a recently fired employee, and motives seem to be tied to greed, corporate in-fighting, sabotage/espionage, or maybe some old-fashion activists. The wide field narrows well to focus on some unexpected conspiracies and surprising conspirators, but it’s the two cats, a poodle, and a bot that save the day. If you know anything about Burke’s background than it isn’t a surprise to wonder if New Arcadia is the kind of city Disney had in mind for his original EPCOT. The whole series has “Disney” overtones I enjoyed! Georgie is a delightful woman of a mature age with an endearing relationship, and the rest of the characters are varied, some quirky, but all enriching the drama. Crossover characters are included for fans of Anna’s Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series with Jessica, herself, and her fiancé Frank Fontana playing supportive roles. Engaging all around. Hard to put down! Where can I get Tidbit?

Bonus! Chef Anna Celeste Burke had trained at Walt Disney World, so you always count on a handful of easy-to-follow recipes from sweet to savory and perfect for casual or celebratory gatherings. Straight from Chef Larry’s kitchen, enjoy…Thick and Chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies, Ginger and Cream Sandwich Cookies, Triple Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake Cookies, Cranberry Quiche Lorraine, and Christmas Breakfast Quiche!

Be a Big Anna Celeste Burke Fan!
Later earning her Ph.D at the University of Michigan, Dr. Anna Celeste Burke (BIO) is now USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author writing many of my favorite series “Snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style!”: the nine-book Georgie Shaw Mystery, six-book Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series, four-book Seaview Cottages Mystery, soon four-book Calla Lily Mystery, and soon five-book Corsario Cove Mystery. Each entertaining series offers a different aged female with realistic flaws but an endearing strength of character. Each series has a different setting within California from the coast to the desert, but all with the same well-written adventure, humor, and realism.

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To enter to win an ebook copy of A Merry Christmas Anniversary Mystery along with a $5 Amazon gift card, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, with the subject line “merry christmas,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 26, 2020. Only US entries and you must be at least 18 to enter. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.

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113 Comments

  1. Cozy + Die Hard…Could be interesting! Count me in!

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  2. Thank you so much for this wonderful review!! I’m glad you enjoyed this newest installment in the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series. Her decision to become a “lifer” in food service at a Disneyesque entertainment empire is an adventure. For me, it was a “path not taken” but fun to imagine…especially if my husband I had decided to take up sleuthing true crime rather than mysteries of human behavior as social scientists. I hope your readers enjoy the Christmas mystery with Georgie, Jack, Miles & Ella and all their companions in this adventure. xx

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    • I just started reading the Georgie Shaw series. I’m on book two. I can’t wait to see if Georgie gets married! I would love to win the Christmas mystery to find out!

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    • I would love to win & thank you for the opportunity.

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  3. would really love to read this!

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  4. I love Celeste Burke’s cozies and look forward to reading this new one! Thank you for the review and the opportunity to win an ecopy!
    Ev

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  5. i think cat and dog mysteries are clever. i cant wait to order this book and read it

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  6. This sounds like a good book. Thanks for the article. I enjoyed one of her other series and look forward to this one.

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  7. Would really like to read. Sounds like a great book.

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  8. I’ve read and loved all of Anna Celeste Burke’s books.

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  9. I love Christmas mystery cozies!!
    This sounds very good!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway and chance
    to win!!!

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  10. Sounds like an explosive read.
    Fun ahead. thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Hope you all had the merriest Christmas possible, considering the challenges this year. I have a freebie for you–a holiday mini-cookbook featuring many of the recipes in Georgie’s new book. email me at burke.59@osu.edu if you’d like the link to a mobi or pdf version of the book!

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    • Looking forward to reading it!

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    • Would love a copy

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    • would love to read Georgie’s new book

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  12. I love this series & can’t wait to read this book
    jwhaley4(at)aol(dot)com

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    • Thank you for the chance to add this to my collection. Lamonicaks (at) gmail (dot) com

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  13. I would love to win!

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  14. Sounds like a great book.

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  15. Thank you so much for the chance ? I love mystery books and can’t wait to read this one.

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  16. Wishing you a happier new year full of cozy mystery releases!

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    • Wishing you a Happy New Year. Thanks for chance to win.

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  17. looks good

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  18. I would love to read this but can only do in print but I will enter for the $5 gift card and then pass the ebook to someone. She writes wonderful book! Happy New Year

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  19. I enjoy these newsletters so much. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  20. I’d love to read A Merry Christmas Anniversary Mystery. Please enter me in this contest.

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  21. I have read all of your books and I look forward to reading the next in all of your series especially this Georgie Shaw book! BAM! Can’t wait!

    pchefgg@aol.com

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  22. Can’t wait to read this next exciting story! Burke’s books always combine the best of cozy mysteries, animals, and action, and this sounds like she has done another bang up job with this one!

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  23. I LOVE all the series you write! They are fun, fast and flow so when you get started you can’t put any of the books down!

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  24. Love incorporating animals into stories!

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  25. A Merry Christmas Anniversary is another great hit from Anna Celeste Burke. I enjoy all her books. Great plots and great characters. And there are always great recipes included. I can’t wait to get the next ones.

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  26. Merry Christmas!!
    Book sounds fabulous!!! Cannot wait to read!?

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  27. I love Anna’s books and would love to win this one. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Blessings

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  28. We have a winner!

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  29. I’ve enjoyed part of this series and I am sure I would ammensly enjoy the Christmas holidays vursan as well

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    • I would love to win this. Your books are so much fun!

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  30. Sounds like a book I would like…..

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  31. This is such an amazing giveaway!! Love to read new authors

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  32. This sounds like a fun book to read as my first Georgie book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  33. I love your cozy mysteries!

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  34. Thanks for the chance! Love Christmas cozies.
    maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. Sounds like a great book. Fingers crossed

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  36. Love George. Keep forgetting to get this on the cheap. Doing it next. Yhanks

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  37. I’ll just say “I want it”. 🙂 jane.starcher(at)sbglobal(dot)net

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  38. I love these cozy mysteries!

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  39. I love these cozy mysteries! Georgie Shaw is a favorite.

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  40. Thanks for the chance and happy 20211

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  41. Thank you for the opportunity to win

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  42. The book looks and sounds interesting.
    I definitely would love to have a copy.
    I have 2 Siamese cats of my own.
    Thank you for this opportunity!

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  43. Looks like a great book!

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  44. As a federal government retiree on a fixed income, I’m always interested in freebies and low cost offerings. As an avid reader (I read at least 4 hours a day), I LOVE mysteries involving pets (especially cats). Thanks for writing such GREAT books and giving us readers the opportunity to escape the normal day-to-day life and to try new recipes (quite the bonus to most authors). Keep up the good work and HAPPY, HEALTHY & SAFE 2021!!

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  45. Would love to try this out!

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  46. I have enjoyed all the Georgie Shaw mysteries and look forward to future books in the series. January 2 is my birthday, so winning would be a nice birthday present.

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  47. Sounds like an awesome read!

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  48. thanks for the chance to win! sounds to be a good read!

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  49. Sounds intriguing. Would love to read!

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  50. Thanks I would really appreciate having this and reading this.

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  51. Nothing better than a cozy read at night. A very good habit to have.

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  52. Wishing you the very best in 2021 with all your writing and I know I am going to enjoy reading this one

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  53. Merry Christmas!

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  54. I love the Geogie Shaw series!I look forward to your newsletter because you never know when there will be a prize!Thanks so much for the chance to win this book!Have a wonderful New Year!????

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  55. Anna, Thanks for the chance to win this book; it sounds like great fun!

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  56. I love reading books with animals in them?

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  57. Always look forward to TV get next adventure your characters take me on.

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  58. Looks like a great series that I would love to read. Hoping…

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  59. Sounds great! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  60. Love the Georgie Shaw series. Nice to see a mature, successful woman as the main character in a book.

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  61. This sounds like a wonderful read. Thanks for the heads up and the recommendation.

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  62. Love me some books!

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  63. I love this series and have been reading it first in paper and later as an ebook. Thanks for this opportunity. Happy New year!

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  64. I know I have twitter, I guess I should find out who I am!!! I really would love to win something. My Christmas sucked. I am waiting for packages setting in NJ. I am in NY. The 2 I have received weren’t the right things. I was supposed to get a coat, I got men’s socks. My cat knocked over the Christmas tree this morning. I guess both of us have had enough!! Yes, a new book. Hook me up!!

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  65. I have yet to read one of these books. It does sound like one I would enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway

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  66. Thank you for this chance! Happy New Year!

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  67. Mysteries with h receiprs are my favorite.

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  68. Looking forward to reading this!

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  69. Sounds very interesting, always waiting read your books

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  70. Love this series. Have love to read since I was 7 years old and now I still love to read books at 71. Have read some of your previous books and have enjoyed them. Reading keeps this 71 year old mind working instead of just sitting around watching the birds fly by. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and I am looking forward to your new books in 2021

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  71. Oh pick me please.

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  72. look forward to reading this book. Hope I finally get approved to submit.

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  73. not sure what I am doing wrong as it will not send

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  74. This sounds like a really good read. I have not read this series yet but it is on my TBR list. Thanks for the chance. Happy New Year!

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  75. Just love the cozy mysteries. Like chocolate covered cherries. Can’t just read one. T.

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  76. I am a fan of your books and would love to be your winner!

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  77. This sounds like a great book! Can’t wait to read it! barbaralworkman(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  78. Thank you for the chance!!

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  79. Like all of the above peeps, I love to read your books.
    I prefer ePub. Good luck to you all!!

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  80. This looks like a delightful who-dun-it with a feline helping to solve the crime with paws for treats and recipes.

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  81. Merry Christmas! Sounds like a good read.

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  82. Soo love the books and website. The newsletter is a total hoot.

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  83. Sounds like a great read

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  84. I love a strong, wily female character, and the addition of a sci-fi aspect makes this even more appealing.
    Thank you for the opportunity!

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  85. I love these books! Happy New Year.

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  86. I love these books and would love to win.

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  87. Omg! I hope I win!!!!

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  88. I am looking forward to starting the series.

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  89. Thank you for the opportunity to read your book.

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  90. Hi. I love your books. They are so much fun to read.
    Thank you,
    Sally

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  91. I have read several of the Georgie Shaw mysteries. I have read the first 5 books so far. You make Catmmando, so real that I would love to go to with my husband (if it was truly a place to visit, LOL). I love the characters so much & they feel so real to me too. I would like to win an Amazon gift card, so that I can buy the other Georgie Shaw mysteries, that I don’t have yet (I have already purchased the 9th book earlier in the year).

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  92. I was wanting to get new books to read. I can’t pass up the chance for a free book.

    I hope you have a happy holiday season.

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  93. you would be a new author to me. thanks for the chance

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  94. Greetings from New Zealand and Best Wishes for 2021 This sounds a good read , thanks for the chance

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  95. This sounds like a fun and interesting book. I would love to get book prizes.

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  96. All of the Cozy Mysteries have made 2020 bearable. What a great way to end the year with a Georgie Christmas mystery. Happy New Year!

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  97. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  98. this sounds like a great read sorry i missed the deadline wouldhave loved to read this thankyou so much for the offer

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  99. Happy New Year, Anna! Hope 2021 is better than 2020.

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