Feliz Navidead: A Santa Fe Cafe Mystery

Feliz Navidead: A Santa Fe Cafe Mystery

by Ann Myers

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Holly, jolly, and downright deadly—the third Santa Fe Café mystery unwraps surprises both naughty and nice . . . It’s the most picturesque time of theyear in Santa Fe, and Chef Rita Lafitte of Tres Amigas Café hopes the twinkling lights and tasty holiday treats will charm her visiting mom. Rita is also planning fun activities, such as watching her teenage daughter, Celia, perform in an outdoor Christmas play.

What she doesn’t plan for is murder.

Rita discovers a dead actor during the premier performance but vows to keep clear of the case. Sleuthing would upset her mom. Besides, there’s already a prime suspect, caught red-handed in his bloodied Santa suit. However, when the accused Santa’s wife begs for assistance—and points out that Celia and other performers could be in danger—Rita can’t say no. With the help of her elderly boss, Flori, and her coterie of rogue knitters, Rita strives to salvage her mother’s vacation, unmask a murderer, and stop this festive season from turning even more fatal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062382313
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Series: Santa Fe Cafe Mystery Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 734,685
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ann Myers, her husband, and extra-large housecat live in Colorado but, like Rita, feel most at home in Santa Fe.

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Feliz Navidead: A Santa Fe Cafe Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked her other books much better. So much of the book is tedious. I skipped over several chapters to get to the end.
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Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
I adore this cozy mystery series so as soon as I heard about this book I couldn't resist the chance to read it! There aren't very many series that I am completely caught up on but this is one of them because it is just so good (and the books are such fun reads). Feliz Navidead was such a great addition to this series and the perfect read for this time of year! In this book Rita finds herself drawn yet again into another murder investigation but with added stresses since her mother is visiting for the holidays. I loved reading about Rita trying to juggle everything that was going on especially as it seemed that her mother had some secrets of her own. I enjoyed the mystery portion of this story as it had me guessing throughout the entire book. It is the characters though that make this series so great for me. Reading this book was like chatting with old friends again- there is just something about these characters that I absolutely adore! In this book we also had the chance to see some of Flori's new antics which included "rogue knitting". Flori is hilarious and I love all of the trouble that she gets herself into. If your curious as to what rogue knitting is, it is knitting things in the night onto/covering public property (like statues or park benches). It cracks me up with the crazy things that she comes up with. I also liked that we got to see more of Rita and Jake's relationship. I'm a fan of that one so it was nice to see this book focus on it a bit more. Without spoiling anything, the author did set up a possible story line for a future book that I am very curious about. It didn't have anything to do with the ending of this book though which I felt like tied up everything very nicely. In fact, this was probably one of the more suspenseful endings in this series so far. I was actually sad to see this book end as I just enjoy this series so much! Overall, this was another great addition to one of my favorite cozy mystery series! The added bonus was the holiday theme that just made reading this book in December absolutely perfect. I don't always read holiday themed books during this time of year but I'm really glad that I did with this one. It helped to put me in the holiday spirit especially when the snow was falling outside while I was reading. I'm a huge fan of this series (obviously) and have read them all, but I do think that you could read this book on its' own or out of order if you haven't read the other two. I would recommend reading the entire series though as this is only book three and they are all definitely worth it. I highly recommend this book especially at this time of year! Bottom Line: A really great cozy holiday read! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher as part of a PICT tour.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Rita Lafitte’s mother is visiting Santa Fe for Christmas and Rita is trying to make this the best visit ever. Mind you Christmas is a little different in the desert with no snow and devils. But there is a bunch of great food that should make up for it. That is until an actor in the Christmas pageant that Rita’s daughter Celia plays a devil in, is discovered dead. It seems that some Native American artifacts are being returned to their tribes and someone doesn’t want this to happen. Rita tries her best to let the police investigate the murder but when it is suggested that others in the pageant might be a target, Rita steps up with Flori and plan on solving this mystery. This is a great cozy mystery and my first book in the Sante Fe Café Mystery series. This is a great story that kept me engaged with lots of red herrings. I had my idea of who the killer was and I was completely wrong. Along with the wonderful story you have an interesting cast. Rita is a nice person and I loved following the romance with Jake Strong. But I have to say that Flori’s knitting group with their knitting graffiti stole the show. Plus the recipes for some of the wonderful dishes were included. BONUS!!! I really enjoyed this story; it is one that I will be adding to my keep shelf. I will be definitely be checking out the other books in this series along with other books from Ann Myers. I received Feliz Navidead from Partners in Crime Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting Christmas indeed! Someone killed the devil – at least one of them. Rita’s daughter, Celia, is still alive, but she may well be in danger. The traditional Santa Fe Las Posadas and and Celia’s part in it is a surprise to Helen, Rita’s very conventional mother. Helen has the exact same Christmas every year. Until now, that is. Rita’s sister is spending Christmas at the beach, and Helen is here to celebrate a Santa Fe Christmas. Toss in Las Posadas, a dead devil, an ex-husband, a bunch of bones, a knitting group, disappearing objects, Indian curses and secretive teens. Mix them all together and you have a most interesting mystery on your hands. Bonus #1 If you’re a knitter, you’ll find some yarn bombing ideas here. Bonus #2 If you want to tantalize your taste buds, there’s some really good recipes at the back of the book. I’ve been drooling over Lorena’s Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie. I think that will have to be part of our family’s Christmas. Thank you, Ms Myers, for introducing me to Rita Lafitte. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her. ***I received this book free of charge from Partners In Crime, and am giving my honest opinion.*** submitted by sunny island breezes