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Christmas Sweets

(Lucy Stone #18.5)

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Gathered in one volume for the very first time, here are three yuletide tales of mystery, murder, and romance, featuring your favorite sleuths . . .

It's the perfect mix of naughty and nice when two lovestruck boarding school teachers watch six kids over Christmas break. But when someone wants the cozy couple's romance
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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4 stars to Leslie Meier's candy canes of christmas past, a novella in the "Lucy Stone" mystery series. What a fun book! It started out a little concerning as 20% into this 100+ page story, there was no mystery yet... but then it suddenly got cooking with tons of side stories. Definite series read.

Lucy Stone is reminiscing one holiday with her children about her first Christmas with her eldest son when they lived in Maine. They'd just moved to town and knew very little folks, having left a
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was a little disappointed to discover that my annual dose of Hannah Swensen Christmas cheer was a recycled story published in Sugar & Spice in 2006......but, while waiting for the next book in the series, (coming out in February 2020!) I'm willing to take any dose of Hannah that I can get! Plus, the book has two more awesome Christmas theme cozy stories! Laura Levine contributes a Jaine Austen holiday tale. I have had the Jaine Austen series on my TBR shelf for a long time. Gotta move it ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: preordered, netgalley
This is the first compiled short Christmas stories volume that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. It didn't seem to matter where a person was in the series. Each book just fit in well.

In the Twelve Desserts of Christmas by Joanne Fluke, we met Matt and Julie a couple of love-struck teachers who volunteered to stay with some kids at boarding school over Christmas. There was no murder, but it was a fun little mystery that Hannah got involved in, since she was baking cookies and desserts for the
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet read for fans of these authors. The first book was not a murder mystery, but rather the story of two young teachers and their six students at a boarding school not far from Lake Eden. Hannah Swensen is hired to make cookies and deserts for them over the Christmas season, and the young couple is falling in love. The second book is quite amusing, a Jaine Austen book. Jaine gets a temporary job at the "Conspicuous Consumption" Mall as a elf, working with two different Santas. When ...more
Linda 📚
I read the second cozy novella by Laura Levine, Nightmare on Elf Street. It is absolutely hilarious with protagonist Jaine Austen and her cat, Prozac! When a mean mall Santa is murdered, the last person I’d suspect was the killer! An enjoyable short read! The other two novellas are from popular cozy series and; hopefully, just as delightful to read.

I won a copy of this book via a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is a book of three Christmas novellas. In the first, Twelve desserts of Christmas, Hannah is helping out a friend of Andrea's by suppling desserts for a group of kids that have to stay at their boarding school over Christmas break. A cute little romance sparks between the teachers that are chaperoning them. A little mayhem happens in the form of three little mischievous boys. a very cute read.

Next is Laura Levine's Nightmare on Elf Street. Jaine gets a job at a upscale mall as an elf for
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How could I not love this book? Three of my favorite cozy mystery authors in one book. A real treat () for the Christmas season. And they did not disappoint. Wonderful stories, well written and capturing the spirit of the holidays, despite some investigations. Highly recommend!

Advance didgital copy provided by #netgalley but opinions are my own.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Christmas Books and Cozy Mysteries are just two of my sweet indulgences! To find 3 Christmas themed cozy mysteries by 3 of my favorite authors all tied up in 1 book like a beautiful Christmas Gift was awesome! Each story is unique and a little bit different from the authors usual entry in the series. I really enjoyed reading each one of the little gifts :)
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy, 2019
There were three stories in this one. They were new to me although they were each included in previous volumes. The Joanne fluke story was hardly a mystery. More like a bad romance. The Laura Levine was a pretty good murder mystery. The Leslie Meier was an okay jewel theft mystery with very little of Lucy stone.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

These three-pack short story sets are a hoot! I have seen quite a few of them come out lately. I recently reviewed HAUNTED HOUSE MYSTERY which features similar authors. These books give you a taste of each author’s style and gives you a peek into what you will get when digging into one of their full length novels.

When I started the Joanne Fluke novella, THE TWELVE DESSERTS OF CHRISTMAS, I wondered when Hannah Swensen might make an appearance. It starts off with a couple of teachers who
D.K. Hundt
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

CHRISTMAS SWEETS - Available now for pre-order now and scheduled to be released on October 29, 2019.

The Twelve Sweets Of Christmas’ by Joanne Fluke is a sweet romantic tale wherein lovestruck teachers, Julie Jansen and Matt Sherwood, have been given the task of watching six kids during Christmas break.

Will Julie and Matt’s relationship continue to bloom, or will someone succeed in sabotaging their relationship? You will have to read the book to find out! :)

Also included throughout
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this type of light mystery collection for the holidays. This book includes stories by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier. All three are older stories, so anyone following the novels will know that things have progressed for the characters since the time of these stories. I have read some or all of the books in all three series, but the book would also be a great introduction for new readers. Happily, all of the stories were new to me, so I really enjoyed the book and ...more
This book caught my eye, because one of my guilty pleasures from long ago were the Hannah Swenson books by Joanna Fluke and I haven't read any of her books for some time. So I decided to give this a try, and to my surprise, I enjoyed the other two short stories even more. I think it's partly because I was expecting a murder in the Hannah Swenson story and it turned out to be a silly little mystery/romance. It wasn't a bad story, it just wasn't really a mystery. Still, I did enjoy it and it makes ...more
Wendi Lee
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I requested Christmas Sweets because Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson series is my go-to for cozy mysteries. There are actually three novellas in this collection, written by three different authors. I'll give my thoughts below.

The Twelve Desserts of Christmas: True to Hannah's innocent, small-town world. She has to rescue the students and staff of a boarding school left behind during the holidays by 1) bringing delectable desserts and 2) solving a non-murder mystery. If you like the series, I think
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
A great holiday collection filled with love, murder and mayhem.

12 Desserts of Christmas - Hannah Swensen strikes again. This time Christmas is filled with love when two boarding school teachers try to find love while the students in their charge try to keep them apart. But in true Hannah style, she gets to the bottom of the mystery with treats and desserts.

Nightmare on Elf Street - Laura Levine - Nothing says Christmas than an elf accused of killing Santa. This story was filled with a great
Susan Johnson
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I was disappointed in this book. I thought they would be new stories from three talented authors. They're not. They have already been out. Joanne Fluke admits her story was published in 2006 and while it was a heart warming Christmas story, there was no mystery.

The other two stories were by authors I have heard about but never read. I enjoyed them. I particularly liked Laura Levine's "Nightmare on Elf Street". I thought it was both clever and funny and it was actually a mystery. I wouldn't mind
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
Christmas Sweets is comprised of three previously released novellas, by three established cozy authors, together for the first time!

Joanne Fluke's The Twelve Desserts of Christmas, originally published in the anthology, Sugar and Spice.
Laura Levine's Nightmare on Elf Street, originally published in the anthology, Secret Santa.
Leslie Meier's The Christmas Thief, originally published in the anthology, A Winter Wonderland.

All three are quick, well-written mysteries that can be read even if you
Bin Blogs Books
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-ebook
Another homerun hit from three great cozy writers. I thoroughly enjoyed getting into a holiday mood with these sweet mysteries.

Thanks for an advanced copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine 4
The Christmas Thief by Leslie Meier 3
The Twelve Desserts of Christmas by Joanne Fluke 2

I will definitely read more books by Laura Levine, by far my favourite in this collection.
I enjoyed Nightmare on Elf Street the most and thought the characters and whodunit were interesting.

I found the other two stories in the collection okay but they did not really grab me.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Lisa Morin
Nothing screams Christmas like a book put out by three fabulous authors.
Christmas Sweets is a fun holiday compilation of three stories to warm your heart, make you laugh, and definitely make you want to eat some sweets.
In the first story featuring Hannah Swenson, mischief runs amok when it's the boys versus the girls in this sweet story by Joanne Fluke. Hannah is a fun character who can solve mysteries almost as quickly as she can bake a tray of cookies.
In the second story, Jaine Austin is
Carol Deegan
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Christmas Sweets is a book of three short cozy mysteries.

In 12 Desserts of Christmas by Joanne Fluke, Hannah Swensen returns. She still has an uncanny ability to solve mysteries, but not a murder this time. Strange things are happening at Lakes Academy where six children and two teachers are in residence during Christmas break. I am looking forward to trying some of the yummy-sounding recipes!

Jaimie and her cat Prozac return in Nightmare on Elf Street. She is hired by a mall to be an elf at
Amary Chapman
Oct 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
A Trio of Christmas Cozies
The Twelve Desserts Of Christmas by Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swenson's sister's college friend and teacher, Julie Jansen is tasked along with teacher Matt Sherwood yo care for 6 students marooned at their boarding school for the Christmas holidays. Julie can't cook, and the school's cook has only left frozen meals, sans desserts. Julie asked Andrea for Hannah's help and the ladies came through.
Julie and Matt were already dating and the extra time spent together brought
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars - Top Pick

I really enjoy this type of light mystery collection for the holidays. This book includes stories by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier. All three are older stories, so anyone following the novels will know that things have progressed for the characters since the time of these stories. I have read some or all of the books in all three series, but the book would also be a great introduction for new readers. Happily, all of the stories were new to me, so I really
Lisa Leone-campbell
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas Sweets is an enjoyable book of short stories by three well-known women authors who write cozy mysteries.

The Twelve Desserts of Christmas by Joanne Fluke

This holiday short story is perfect for any Hannah Swensen fans, as well as anyone looking for some holiday recipes as those are included at the end!

Two boarding school teachers must spend their Christmas holiday at the school taking care of students who had no where else to go. They begin to fall in love, but someone isn't too happy
Oct 22, 2019 added it
. Her cozy mysteries are the ultimate in cozy. Her protagonist, Hannah, owns a bakery in a small town in Minnesota. After each chapter or two, Fluke inserts a recipe that corresponds with the book’s story. What I love about the recipes is that they’re so homey and easy to follow. The ingredients are always found at any grocery store or already in your pantry, and the steps are no-frills. No fancy, obscure foods or a need to buy a spiralizer. I’ve never tried a recipe because I hate baking, but ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What's not to love about three short Christmas stories that capture your attention from beginning to end? These are cute and will get you in the mood for Christmas for sure! In the first one, Twelve desserts of Christmas, at a boarding school, some kids get left at the school for the holiday and two of the teachers have been left behind in charge of them. When they discover that there isn't any sweets for the time they are to be there, they know what they have to do. Hannah helps out a friend of ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another Christmas box set of previously released books from three cozy mystery authors.

This was super cute. I loved that it was centered around young kids stuck at a boarding school over Christmas break. I also really liked that there wasn't a murder. Instead it was just a charming Christmas romance.

My own complaint/concern is that the recipes often called for packing the flour into the cup to measure it. This goes against all
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas Sweets is an anthology of three novellas, one each by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier, all with Christmas themes. Fluke's story is a sweet one about two teachers left at boarding school with six kids, three of each, who make a bet on their romance. Hannah Swenson gets involved when she volunteers to bring sweets to the kids to make their Christmas more special. Nightmare on Elf Street is Levine's entry which is a murder mystery revolving around a dead Santa at a mall ...more
Laney Estel
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
BOOK: Christmas Sweets
AUTHOR: Joanna Fluke

This little novel is a combination of 3 different ones. As such I am putting the synopsis below. But in the interest of space (and short reading) I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the mixture of these stories! Joanna Fluke was the only one I read previously and discovering the other 2 was just as fun. Perfect for Christmas Eve gifting and cozying under a blanket with cocoa.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Oct 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Christmas Sweets gives us three novellas from three different authors. I was slightly disappointed to find that both the Joanne Fluke and the Leslie Meier stories were older books from these authors. However, since I love Hannah and Lucy I was good with rereading these stories since each was very sweet and set during my favorite time of the year.
The Twelve Desserts of Christmas was a fun and short novella that is mainly a romance with a slight mystery combined. When six students are stuck at
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