Liz McCall grew up in a playful winter wonderland, but it was never her dream to settle in her small, albeit charming, hometown. When her father sinks his entire police pension into a vintage toy shop, however, someone needs to help him turn his dreams into realityand keep him from sneaking out of retirement and off to patrol the not-so-mean streets of East Aurora, NY. Fortunately, with Christmas right around the corner, business is on the upswingnot to mention the quantity of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Yuletide carols, and mistletoe.
The mood goes from nice to naughty when a nervous man, who was trying to have his antique toys appraised, is later found murdered in the shop. Suddenly, Liz’s business plan has been run over by a reindeer while she and her father find themselves toying with a cold-blooded killer who's after more than a sleigh full of toys.
Now, it looks like Christmas might be cancelled if Liz can't wrap up the case in this fun and festive series debut.
About the Author
Barbara Early earned an engineering degree, but after four years of doing nothing but math, developed a sudden allergy to the subject and decided to choose another occupation. Before she settled on murdering fictional people, she was a secretary, a school teacher, a pastor's wife, and an amateur puppeteer. After several years living elsewhere, she and her husband moved back to her native Western New York State, where she enjoys cooking, crafts, classic movies and campy seventies television, board games, and posting pictures of her four cats on Facebook. This is her fourth mystery, and the first in her Vintage Toyshop series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this well written cozy mystery and am already looking forward to book 2! The setting and focus on the vintage toy shop added a fun touch to the book. The mystery was very done and I liked how we could easily follow along with Liz her suspicions and thought process. Who the murderer was came as a surprise to me, but it did make sense. There are some good red herrings and a lot of other information that gets uncovered along the way. This book kept my attention from start to finish. And it was a fun book to read this time of the year as it took place around winter and Christmas. The characters all come alive and have their own quirks and personality. I can't wait to return to this town in book 2! I would recommend this to everyone who loves a good cozy mystery!