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Oh Holy Fright by Teresa Trent
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Read 2 times. Last read December 15, 2018 to December 20, 2018.

Cute cozy with a curious concept! Yay, another cozy with an atypical plot! Betsy Livingston, the local paper's "Happy Hinter" of rural, small-town Pecan Bayou, Texas is preparing for Christmas with her blended family. (Another plus, unusual family setting and low-key on the romance angle.) Everyone is preparing for Christmas, contending with an off-key, ear-splitting soloist in the choir, and confronting a Christmas Creeper.

Unfortunately, a beloved mailman is murdered in the street which may implicate her aunt Maggie as she recently armed herself against the intruder. In the middle of it all, an instant Christmas store hawking super sales on coveted electronic gift items, including Play Stations, have her boys on a Christmas campaign.

There are enough threads here to keep you busier than a one-armed paper-hanger, yet the well-plotted mystery dragged somewhat for me. I appreciated the focus on the family situation since that scenario is quite common as well as the sympathetic and sensitive handling of Down's Syndrome, Danny, whose sweet character was well developed. There is humor in the strangest situations and that was another takeaway, also appreciated.

What had me scratching my head was the obtuseness of the characters, including (once again) the local constabulary. Much of this is pretty obvious so there are few surprises. The narrative examines reverse mortgages and the financial plight of the elderly, as well as offspring with drug problems and exes, the push to get the little ones out to sell subscriptions, scammers, and counterfeit money.

This is book 8 of the series, but I felt could easily work as a standalone as we see enough fleshing to understand the major characters and those who have reoccurring roles. We received this free download through BookBub and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review.

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Belly laughs in a small town.

Combining small-town drama with mystery and suspense makes this read a hoot. A bit of Nancy Drew meets Perry Mason. Predictable but with some good belly laughs along the way. CE Williams from Bookbub

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Reading Progress

November 25, 2018 – Started Reading
November 25, 2018 – Shelved
November 28, 2018 – Finished Reading
December 15, 2018 – Started Reading
December 15, 2018 – Shelved as: bookbub
December 15, 2018 –
December 19, 2018 –
December 20, 2018 – Finished Reading

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