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review 2014-12-16 13:23
Sweet historical romance anthology
Greetings of the Season and Other Stories - Barbara Metzger

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

This Christmas-themed anthology contains 5 short stories by one of my favorite historical romance authors, Barbara Metzger. If you like sweet historical romance with more than a dash of humor and set at Christmas then this is the collection for you.

 

Greetings of the Season ~ Have you ever sent the wrong text or email to someone? Well, in this one the cards Bevin writes to go with his presents get mixed up by his secretary (on purpose) and the result is quite funny.

 

The Proof is in the Pudding ~ Who knew Christmas pudding would cause such a stir? I thought it would be the other way around. Hehe And after the story is a recipe for making Christmas Pudding. Yay!

 

Three Good Deeds ~ Three rambunctious boys are set on a certain path by the vicar. Yeah, this is either going to be a disaster or hilarious. Maybe both.

 

Christmas Wish List~ A fairly large cast and each POV starts off a bit different than anything I’ve ever seen. It reminded me a lot of that M.A.S.H. episode where Hawkeye was trying to get new boots. I quite enjoyed this one.

 

Little Miracles ~ Told from Reverend Evan Merriweather’s POV and from that of the church mice, this tale has a touch of fantasy to it.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/12/greetings-of-season.html
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review 2014-11-27 16:08
Holiday Special ~ Book 3
The Killer Wore Cranberry: Room for Thirds - J. Alan Hartman,Lisa Wagner,Toni Goodyear,Lesley A. Diehl,Elizabeth Hosang,Barb Goffman,Herschel Cozine,Barbara Metzger,Big Jim Williams,Randall DeWitt,Sarafina Gravagno,Laird Long,Rhett Shepard,Warren Bull,Lee Hammerschmidt,Sharon Daynard,Mary Mackey,Mar

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

A third helping of TKWC could make one appear gluttonous, but this huge heaping helping won’t make you put on an ounce. I swear!  In fact, laughing at some of the humorous stories in this anthology will actually help you lose weight. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

 

Stuffed by Toni Goodyear ~ I’d rather have a divorce, please.

A Saucy Kind of Holiday by Lesley A. Diehl ~ Yay! Aunt Nozzie stories are a kick!

The Corner Suite by Elizabeth Hosang ~ You just can’t trust anyone these days.

Operation Knock Her Down a Peg by Barb Goffman ~ Revenge can get you in trouble.

A Pig in a Poke by Herschel Cozine ~ Amusing.

Mama Made Kugel by Barbara Metzger ~ I love Ms. Metzger’s historical romances and wasn’t sure about a contemporary by her, but I love this story.

The Mashed Potato/Cranberry Thanksgiving Murder Case by Big Jim Williams ~ Ok, this is way out there on the far side of farcical.

The Bells of Saint Marie by Randall DeWitt ~ Woah…

You Say Potato by Sarafina Gravagno ~ Ha! A favorite.

Vegetables Aren’t Good for You! by Laird Long ~ Way out there. I’m beginning to sense a theme with Mr. Long.

Blame It on the Chef by Rhett Shepard ~ I thought my family was weird.

It’s All in the Timing by Warren Bull ~ My least favorite.

Diminishing Returns by Lee Hammerschmidt ~ Well, ok…revenge can be sweet.

Cheese It, The Cops by Sharon Daynard ~ It’s okay, not a favorite.

Fowl Play by Mary Mackey ~ Ok, I was stumped on this one, but the end is just weird.

Next Year, the Lotus Garden by Mary Patterson ~ Plenty of suspects. I like that.

 

Recipes by Lisa Wagner ~ These sound so yummy! I’m going to have to give them a whirl.

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/11/holiday-special-untreed-reads.html
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review 2014-11-27 16:08
Holiday Special ~ Book 4
The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fourth Meal of Mayhem - Barbara Metzger,Earl Staggs,Debra Goldstein,Sandra Murphy,Laird Long,Big Jim Williams,Rob Chirico,J. Alan Hartman

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

This fourth edition of TKWC is a bit smaller than the ones that came before, but do you really need to pile ‘em high on the fourth go ‘round? Well, ok, maybe. Anyway, these will fill you up quite nicely and you won’t even need to unbutton your pants.

 

A Foolish Fowl’s Thanksgiving/Cranberry Murder Case by Big Jim Williams ~ Too farcical for me.

Leave it to Cleaver by Lesley A. Diehl ~ Aunt Nozzie and gang are always a favorite.

The Tator Tot Caper by Sandra Murphy ~ Looks can be deceiving.

Turkey Tuesday by Earl Staggs ~ Favorite. Love Sheriff Mollie!

Bogged Down by Barbara Metzger ~ Favorite

More Good Times by Steve Shrott ~ I love Stan, the dentist to mobsters.

Murder on the Side by Rob Chirico ~ Not a fan of hardboiled fiction. They make my head hurt.

Talk, Turkey! by  Laird Long ~ Least favorite.

It’s a Trap! by Barb Goffman ~ Never make a promise you don’t want to keep.

Thanksgiving in Moderation by Debra H. Goldstein ~ Like this one!

 

Recipes by Lisa Wagner ~ More yummy recipes in this installment that I need to try.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/11/holiday-special-untreed-reads.html
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review 2014-11-27 16:06
Holiday Special ~ Book 2
The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping - Stephen D. Rogers,Arlen Blumhagen,S. Furlong-Bolliger,Lesley A. Diehl,Earl Staggs,Barb Goffman,Andrew MacRae,Gail Farrelly,John Weagly,Laura Hartman,J. Alan Hartman

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

TKWC anthology is back with a second edition containing even more wacky and wonderful stories of Thanksgiving mystery and mayhem. Dig in! Don’t worry, they’re calorie free and not poisoned.

 

Reign Check by Arthur C. Carey ~ Ha! Gotta love George!

Thursday Night at Pins and Pub by John Weagley ~ My least favorite of the bunch.

Justice for Elijah by Earl Staggs ~ Ah! Sheriff Mollie is back. A favorite!

All in the Family by Amanda Lundberg ~ Funny!

Campaign Seasoning by Betsy Bitner ~ Like this one.

The Over the Hill Gang by S. Furlong-Bolliger ~ Oops.

Good Times by Steve Shrott ~ Stan, the dentist to mobsters. Yeah, this dinner is gonna go well. lol

Felony at Farquhar Farms by Andrew MacRae ~ This is like Clue!

Secret Ingredients by Zoe Burke ~ Good one.

Green Beans & Murder by Arlen Blumhagen ~ Another good one.

Mashed in the Potatoes by Lesley A. Diehl ~ Yay! Aunt Nozzie & gang are back!

They eDone Him Wrong by Gail Farrelly ~ Weird.

I Yam What I Yam by Herschel Cozine ~ Oh, no. Not again!

Talkin’ Turkey by Linda S. Reilly ~ Gotta be smarter than that.

Drumsticks Can Be Deadly by Stephanie D. Rogers ~ Even the best laid plans…

Murder a la Mode by Barb Goffman ~ I would definitely plot revenge.

Perfect Pumpkin Pie by Laura Hartman ~ Never be a bitchy mother-in-law. It won’t end well.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/11/holiday-special-untreed-reads.html
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review 2014-11-27 16:04
Holiday Special ~ Book 1
The Killer Wore Cranberry - J. Alan Hartman,Laird Long,Stephanie Beck,Jack Bates

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

This collection of nine wacky and wonderful Thanksgiving mysteries is well-written and entertaining. Some I like better than others and a few are downright weird, but I think there’s something for everyone here.

 

Biscuits, Carats, and Gravy by Barb Goffman ~ Sneaky, but not sneaky enough.

How to Sweeten a Mother-in-Law by Stephanie Beck ~ I love this!

Turkey Cull by Laird Long ~ This is a bit weird.

A Mobster’s Guide to Cranberry Sauce by Beth Mathison ~ An inside look at a mobster family Thanksgiving. lol

The Thanksgiving Cookoff War by Earl Staggs ~ Love this one, too.

Who Snuffed the Turkey? by Lance Zarimba ~ Hahahaha

Murder with All the Trimmings by Lesley A. Diehl ~ Another favorite.

Ambrosia by Jack Gates ~ Ooooh…this was a good whodunit.

Last Licks by Kathleen Gerard ~ This wins Weirdest prize.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/11/holiday-special-untreed-reads.html
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