Before Amy can get into the holiday spirit, she meets Franklin Finch-the cocky new owner of Christmas House Village, one of the most beloved attractions in town. Locals have been squawking over his decision to sack veteran staff members for cheaper help. And when Finch blows off a business deal with Amy, it confirms that he's the biggest scrooge around. Still, she's stunned the night his dead body is found swinging in the attic of a festive Victorian . . .
Clashing against Chief Kennedy once again, Amy sets off to prove that Finch was murdered. But while her investigation quickly reveals a gaggle of disgruntled ex-Christmas House Village employees and unusual clues, Amy must move with caution as she focuses in on the seedy killer . . .
Praise for J.R. Ripley's Beignets, Brides and Bodies
"Appealing . . . A clever, amusing cozy."
"Ripley's entertaining second series outing is a tasty option for foodie mystery fans."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 stars. One of the best in the series so far. The small town of Ruby Lake once again is plagued by murder. I have to admit, I didn't figure out who the killer was. While the characters are believable, I personally find Amy just plain annoying. She just can't keep her nose out of other peoples business. After almost being killed in the first 5 books, you think she would have learned her lesson. Told with a touch of humor (mainly due to Amy's stupidity). Only a few editing errors noted.
Kim Christy is the real estate agent who helped broker the deal for the sale of Kinley's Christmas House Village, a popular favorite of the local townspeople. Unfortunately, Franklin Finch, the new owner, is only concerned about his bottom line. Finch fires many employees and upsets the whole town. Enter Amy Simms, Kim's best friend, who owns the store, Birds and Bees. Amy is also an amateur detective. When Mr. Finch is found swinging from the rafters of his own loft, Amy senses foul play. She works tirelessly and sometimes recklessly to find the killer. This was the first book I had read by this author, but I will probably go back to the beginning and try to catch up. Nicely enough, this book was enjoyable without any previous background. More thoughts on this book: It has just enough smiles and snarkiness to make it a great cozy. I enjoyed the relationship between Amy and Kim and also liked seeing how Amy and her mother interacted. Derek's secretary is a total pain, yet makes me smile. The ending came without my guessing the correct villain, and I totally laughed out loud at the final resolution. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. I am freely leaving a review. The opinions herein are solely my own. I recommend Donna Andrews's (aka JR Ripley)book, How the Finch Stole Christmas.