Making a list. Merry’s life is Christmas chaos. Her divorce is still in question. She’s behind on crafting orders. Ebenezer is an escape artist. And with one day left, she hasn’t completed the line-up for the annual Christmas parade, thanks to one grinch. Once Merry knows the Christmas secret, she realizes Santa isn’t what’s coming to town.
Checking it twice. Santa’s naughty list, courtesy of Jenna Wilcox, will roll down Main Street with names of residents who deserve a lump of coal in their stocking. Saving the parade won’t be easy, but Merry is up to task. Or so she thinks until she discovers Jenna’s body stashed in Santa’s sack.
Going to find out. As facts are unwrapped, Merry finds the line blurred between who’s naughty and nice. As threats are aimed at her and those she loves, Merry dashes for the truth before the murderer puts her on the naughty list and crosses her off for good.
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BETTER WATCH OUT by Christina Freeburn | A Henery Press Mystery. If you love one, you’ll probably love them all.
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This is the second book in this new crafting series by Christina Freeburn. Merry Winters is the sleuth and is the co-owner of a Christmas theme crafting business. Merry has a problem with tears. So much so, you could do a drinking game when they are mentioned but better to do it with non-alcoholic beverages as I wouldn’t want you to become too inebriated. Merry also has a little bit of an issue with opposing any form of authority. She can’t seem to take a suggestion from her friendly police force. Instead, she runs headlong into situations that put her or her loved ones into trouble. However, there is light at the end of this second tunnel. Merry starts questioning why she can’t do as she is asked when it is obviously the safer route. Of course, that might make for a less interesting whodunnit. Speaking of which, the plot in this story is interesting. It involves a murder (of course), the Season’s Greetings Christmas parade, and a whole host of suspects. There were definitely twists and turns in this story that I wasn’t suspecting. It made for a bit of a sit on the edge of your seat mystery story. If only Merry could do something about those tears (streaming down her face, welling up in her eyes, threatening, etc.), it would be a much better story. Merry needs to be a little less emotional and acting on those emotions and the stories in this series would be really great. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Edelweiss.
What great fun Better Watch Out presents, but there painful both painful and wonderful heart touching moments, too. I especially loved the Christmas focus throughout the book and enjoyed reading about Merry’s holiday business, in addition to the intriguing plot and interesting characters. I appreciate books that are just a little different, and even though this one is a traditional cozy, there is a unique feel about it. Better Watch Out was a good name because several things happened that I really hadn't expected! Talk about twists! Christina Freeburn knows how to throw curve balls!! I had not read the first book in the Merry and Bright series, but blurbs about Better Watch Out had been catching my attention for a while, so when I saw it on Edelweiss, I requested it. I was delighted to be approved. Anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery or who loves the Christmasy feel created by decorations, and music, and bustle will love this book. Now I need to go back and catch up, and I will be waiting for the next one. I recommend this one for fans of good cozy or amateur mysteries and books that celebrate Christmas. #Edelweiss #BetterWatchOut