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

IN THE December 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
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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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Website – Desert Cities Mystery/Anna Celeste Burke
Twitter – aburke59
Sign Up for the Newsletter on her website and receive the FREE Gift of Gnarly New Year from the Corsario Cove series.

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.

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 Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify. A new Christmas episode went up this week!


Check out the Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast episode featuring the first chapter of A Merry Christmas Anniversary Mystery by clicking here or listening to the player below:

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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.

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 Glen Davis December 19, 2020 at 11:05am

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

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2 Anna Celeste Burke
Twitter: @aburke59
December 19, 2020 at 11:08am

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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3 Barbara Smith December 28, 2020 at 12:35pm

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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4 Susan December 29, 2020 at 1:14am

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

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5 amy linderman December 19, 2020 at 11:34am

would really love to read this!

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6 Evelyn Cruze December 19, 2020 at 1:32pm

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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7 Kara Marks December 19, 2020 at 11:17pm

I’d love to read this! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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8 tricia December 20, 2020 at 6:17am

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

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9 Carol Knudtson December 20, 2020 at 6:29am

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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10 Dianne Casey December 20, 2020 at 11:21am

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

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11 Peggy Hyndman December 21, 2020 at 4:27pm

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

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12 Sherry brown December 21, 2020 at 8:26pm

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

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13 Mary Holshouser December 22, 2020 at 7:09am

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

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14 Anna Celeste Burke
Twitter: @aburke59
December 27, 2020 at 3:49pm

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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15 Anne Barber
Twitter: @GA Dawgette
December 28, 2020 at 11:49am

Looking forward to reading it!

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16 Ellen Broniszewski December 28, 2020 at 8:11pm

Would love a copy

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17 Pat Cole December 29, 2020 at 12:55pm

would love to read Georgie’s new book

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18 Sharon Whaley December 28, 2020 at 7:41am

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

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19 Karina Thibodeau
Twitter: @ThibodeauKarina
December 29, 2020 at 6:42pm

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

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20 Michele Oakley December 28, 2020 at 7:45am

I would love to win!

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21 Nancy Hetzke December 28, 2020 at 7:46am

Sounds like a great book.

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22 Melissa December 28, 2020 at 7:47am

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

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23 Linda Gawthrop December 28, 2020 at 7:59am

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

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24 Robin Sisco December 28, 2020 at 4:43pm

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

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25 Beverly Furlong December 28, 2020 at 8:02am

looks good

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26 Peggy Clayton December 28, 2020 at 8:03am

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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27 Shannon December 28, 2020 at 8:05am

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

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28 Linda Bing December 28, 2020 at 8:06am

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

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29 Gigi December 28, 2020 at 8:07am

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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30 doc
Twitter: @aboarts
December 28, 2020 at 8:12am

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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31 Merry Chapman
Twitter: @Merry C
December 28, 2020 at 8:19am

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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32 renee mirsky
Twitter: @aerokorngal
December 28, 2020 at 8:38am

Love incorporating animals into stories!

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33 Mary Harmon December 28, 2020 at 8:40am

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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34 Christine December 28, 2020 at 8:51am

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

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35 Robin Whitaker
Twitter: @TeaPetal
December 28, 2020 at 9:02am

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

Blessings

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36 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
December 28, 2020 at 9:10am

We have a winner!

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37 Kat Taylor December 28, 2020 at 9:19am

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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38 Elizabeth Belden Handler
Twitter: @lizbelden
December 28, 2020 at 11:15am

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

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39 Jean Boe December 28, 2020 at 9:33am

Sounds like a book I would like…..

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40 Bonnie December 28, 2020 at 9:57am

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

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41 Michaela Hofer December 28, 2020 at 10:01am

merry Christmas!
mrshofer@hotmail.com

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42 Sue Waagner December 28, 2020 at 10:08am

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

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43 Freda W December 28, 2020 at 10:15am

I love your cozy mysteries!

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44 Jess D December 28, 2020 at 10:22am

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

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45 Regina Adkins December 28, 2020 at 10:34am

Sounds like a great book. Fingers crossed

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46 Paula Mason
Twitter: @PaulaMa06196373
December 28, 2020 at 10:38am

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

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47 Jane Starcher December 28, 2020 at 10:44am

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

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48 Julie Young December 28, 2020 at 11:22am

I love these cozy mysteries!

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49 Julie Young December 28, 2020 at 11:23am

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

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50 Karen December 28, 2020 at 11:46am

Thanks for the chance and happy 20211

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51 Alisa mitchell December 28, 2020 at 11:46am

Thank you for the opportunity to win

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52 Donna December 28, 2020 at 11:46am

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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53 Isabel December 28, 2020 at 11:52am

Looks like a great book!

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54 Linda H Ovenden December 28, 2020 at 11:56am

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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55 seema sharan December 28, 2020 at 12:02pm

Would love to try this out!

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56 Carol Hauschild December 28, 2020 at 12:08pm

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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57 Jodi Wresh December 28, 2020 at 12:11pm

Sounds like an awesome read!

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58 charlene December 28, 2020 at 12:21pm

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

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59 F. Mims December 28, 2020 at 12:24pm

I would love to read this! flo.mims@gmail.com

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60 Jayne Shannahan December 28, 2020 at 12:27pm

Sounds intriguing. Would love to read!

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61 Barbara December 28, 2020 at 12:34pm

Thanks I would really appreciate having this and reading this.

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62 Susan Brooks
Twitter: @Flakey
December 28, 2020 at 12:38pm

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

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63 Malinda Seirmarco December 28, 2020 at 12:41pm

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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64 StuffSmart
Twitter: @StuffSmart
December 28, 2020 at 12:43pm

Merry Christmas!

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65 Catherine Ojalvo
Twitter: @I don\'t Tweet.Sorry.
December 28, 2020 at 12:44pm

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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66 Mary Garback December 28, 2020 at 12:55pm

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

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67 Charlene Fraley December 28, 2020 at 12:58pm

I love reading books with animals in them?

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68 Teresa December 28, 2020 at 1:05pm

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

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69 Linny Duran December 28, 2020 at 1:07pm

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

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70 Terri Echols December 28, 2020 at 1:16pm

Sounds great! Thanks for the opportunity!

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71 Sandy Sutter December 28, 2020 at 1:17pm

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

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72 Shirley
Twitter: @Shirley Strait
December 28, 2020 at 1:20pm

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

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73 Pat Hudson December 28, 2020 at 1:22pm

Love me some books!

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74 Sandra Angelo December 28, 2020 at 1:29pm

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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75 Deb Hartman December 28, 2020 at 1:38pm

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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76 Joy Isley December 28, 2020 at 1:55pm

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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77 Robyn K December 28, 2020 at 2:01pm

Thank you for this chance! Happy New Year!

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78 Margaret Burke December 28, 2020 at 2:17pm

Mysteries with h receiprs are my favorite.

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79 Anne December 28, 2020 at 2:18pm

Looking forward to reading this!

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80 Teressa Surber
Twitter: @TeressaSurber
December 28, 2020 at 2:25pm

Sounds very interesting, always waiting read your books

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81 Andrea Young December 28, 2020 at 2:31pm

I’d love to win 🙂

Thank you for this opportunity ?
Andrea
passion4puzzles@yahoo.com

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82 Pat Cole December 28, 2020 at 2:50pm

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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83 jill pechauer December 28, 2020 at 2:53pm

Oh pick me please.

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84 Pat Cole December 28, 2020 at 2:56pm

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

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85 Pat Cole December 28, 2020 at 3:01pm

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

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86 Donnell Jenkins December 28, 2020 at 3:17pm

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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87 Jackie Mungle December 28, 2020 at 3:20pm

I so want to read your book,

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88 MS. T December 28, 2020 at 3:22pm

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

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89 Linda Herold
Twitter: @1957
December 28, 2020 at 3:27pm

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

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90 Barbara Workman December 28, 2020 at 3:46pm

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

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91 Jennifer Cone December 28, 2020 at 4:38pm

Thank you for the chance!!

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92 Anneke Schep December 28, 2020 at 5:15pm

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

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93 Sunnymay December 28, 2020 at 5:54pm

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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94 Sandy December 28, 2020 at 5:57pm

Merry Christmas! Sounds like a good read.

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95 Debra Anderson December 28, 2020 at 6:09pm

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

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96 Latifa Morrisette
Twitter: @latifamorrisett
December 28, 2020 at 6:12pm

Sounds like a great read

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97 Deb Cassidy
Twitter: @Mmejolie
December 28, 2020 at 6:30pm

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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98 Lois Sprengnether Keel
Twitter: @Lois-sez
December 28, 2020 at 6:31pm

Would be a great way to get this before next year!

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99 Belinda Bazinet December 28, 2020 at 6:51pm

I love these books! Happy New Year.

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100 Belinda Bazinet December 28, 2020 at 6:52pm

I love these books and would love to win.

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101 Annalisa December 28, 2020 at 7:19pm

Omg! I hope I win!!!!

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102 Connie Fidgeon December 28, 2020 at 7:24pm

I am looking forward to starting the series.

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103 Christiane December 28, 2020 at 7:36pm

Thank you for the opportunity to read your book.

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104 Sally A Goodman December 28, 2020 at 8:50pm

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

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105 Sharon Jaffee
Twitter: @Jaffee53
December 28, 2020 at 9:23pm

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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106 Celestra Snyder December 28, 2020 at 10:14pm

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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107 Rhonda Stibbe December 28, 2020 at 10:20pm

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

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108 Lesley McIntosh December 29, 2020 at 4:06pm

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

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109 Charleen Pruett December 30, 2020 at 1:37am

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

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110 Dixie Shoemaker December 30, 2020 at 9:27am

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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111 Cathi Gil December 31, 2020 at 1:10pm

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

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112 catherine January 1, 2021 at 1:23pm

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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113 Linda McGee January 1, 2021 at 3:17pm

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

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