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Murder on the First Day of Christmas

Murder on the First Day of Christmas

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by Billie Thomas

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It’s beginning to look a lot like murder.

Finding a severed hand at a client’s house might throw lesser decorators off their games. But Chloe Carstairs and her mother, Amanda, won’t let a little thing like murder keep them from decking the halls. With a body under the partridge’s pear tree and a dead Santa in a sleigh, they have to


It’s beginning to look a lot like murder.

Finding a severed hand at a client’s house might throw lesser decorators off their games. But Chloe Carstairs and her mother, Amanda, won’t let a little thing like murder keep them from decking the halls. With a body under the partridge’s pear tree and a dead Santa in a sleigh, they have to crack the case before the killer strikes again - this time much too close to home.

Filled with laugh-out-loud humor, romance and a delightfully difficult mother-daughter relationship, this new series from Billie Thomas offers a face-paced caper as these two southern ladies try to keep their very merry Christmas from turning into the Noel from hell.

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Annie Acorn Publishing LLC
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Chloe Carstairs Mysteries , #1
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Meet the Author

Billie Thomas is the pseudonym of a Birmingham-based author. After the real Billie passed away unexpectedly at the end of 2011, getting Murder on the First Day of Christmas, the first of a series, revised and published was her daughter’s top priority as a way to honor the mom who had given her a lifelong love of books.
In her real life, Ms. Thomas writes within the advertising industry and is a founding member of the writing collective, IndieVisible. Other publications include Bar Code: Your Personal Pocket Decoder to the Modern Dating Scene.
The author enjoys combining her interests in decorating and gourmet cooking with her writing. She is still trying to solve the mystery of her own love life.
Ms. Thomas welcomes your contacts at . You are welcome to friend her on Facebook as chloe.carstairs.73 and to tweet with her as @ChloeGetsAClue.

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Murder on the First Day of Christmas 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
bhart12 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The characters were so much fun...saucy and hilarious. The story was engaging and you couldn't wait to see what happened next. The writing just reels you in and keeps your interest with her witty and charming style. The main character is someone you wish was your best friend...if you were that much fun. I hope this is a series because I can't wait to see what else would happen with Chloe.
SUzyQBA More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Laughed and Laughed
Cwritebuzz More than 1 year ago
A murder mystery that can make you laugh is quite a feat. The voice had me hooked and the sharp wit on every page is to die for. Full of Southern charm, mother-daughter banter, and a mystery that keeps you on your toes, all set during the Christmas season, makes for a very entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Murder on the First Day of Christmas was a fabulous read. Funny and witty along with being a great whodunit! I was totally shocked. Can't wait to read the next Chloe Carstairs Mystery!!! Way to go Billie Thomas!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Murder on the First Day of Christmas - Chloe Carstairs Mystery Author: Billie Thomas Published: 2-17-2012 Publisher: Annie Acorn Publishing LLC Pages: 264 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Humor & Satire ISBN: ASIN: B00APPOR40 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/2 Stars . Chloe and Amanda Carstairs are true southern belles. The two are designers can get the job done under any circumstances. Showing steel spines in the midst of adversity the two complete their Christmas decorating requested by their clients, A severed hand on the Christmas doormat no problem, scream, call police and go on. A body under the Pear Tree might be a bit of speed bump, but the police will remove it and you can complete your tasks. Another dead body in the sleigh might be problematic, but nothing these two can't work around. After all Amanda has drilled into Chloe was "You have to develop a narrow focus to get the job done. Post-Traumatic Stress would just have to wait." The mother daughter duo use humor, quick wit and southern charm to find a killer when their friend is accused of the murders. Not to mention Chloe's half-hearted attempts to get find a man worth dating more once. Especially since the cute Yankee transplanted detective in charge of the investigation keeps wandering through thoughts. I picked this nook because of its location. I lived just north of Birmingham and went there quite often for business and for a night out. The southern atmosphere and style charmed me and I fell in love with Billie Thomas' writing style. You can be gasping at the crime scene even as you are chuckling over the dialog exchanges. The snide and snippy insulting compliments are truly southern. Such bad manners as an open insult would never be tolerated. Her plot is tight and thought out. her characters quickly take on the feeling of old friends you want to visit with often. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting collection of folk. Chloe a bit on the immature side. Jacob's character development poor. Lasr several chapters seemed to disintagrate. Too much repetition used as filler. BUT I would read another of this series.
JoRy12 More than 1 year ago
Chloe is a charming character and her whit and sassiness kept me laughing. Poor Santa had a rough holiday season, but Chloe prevails and keeps the holidays from becoming too much of a disaster. Great read!
Chanzie More than 1 year ago
This book is not exactly what I expected. For a comedy novel, I did not find it very humorous, although half way into the book I picked up the humor a little bit easier and I did have a few giggles. Unfortunately this book was a like a hit and miss. I didn't connect with Chloe that well and I got a little bit bored. There were quite a few editing errors, but nothing that took away from the story.  Characters: 3/5 Chloe -  Chloe is smart and witty. She is one of 2 characters that bring humor to the story. I did enjoy her character but didn't feel a huge connection. I am glad she wasn't all love-sick, even if part of the story was that she was dealing with a separation from Jacob. Chloe is a strong character that holds her own ground. Amanda - Chloe's mom. I liked this character. She was probably my favourite character in the story. She sees more than she lets on and knows better than to get involved with gossip, but also uses it to her advantage during the investigations.  She has a good dry sense of humour. Detective McGowan - I wish Chloe could recognise what a catch Detective M is. He likes Chloe, even when she is a suspect and getting into trouble. They would make such a cute couple. He is a nice character addition in the story, my second favourite to Amanda. Plot, Pace, Writing style & world building: 2.5/5 I really enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere that was created. Although I found the plot a little bit boring, there were one or two twists that made in an interesting read. The pace was moderate, maybe a little slow at times. The writing style was easy but didn't keep my attention all the time.  Cover talk 4/5 I loved this cover. This is probably what made me chose the book, coupled with wanting to read a good comedy - based on the blurb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute, comical, quick read. Not a lot of substance or thought needed. Rather unusual that two Christmas decorators solve a murder that the police can't.