Review of Here Comes Santa Paws

Here Comes Santa Paws
Melanie Travis, Book #24
Laurien Berenson
5 Stars

43467474. sy475 Synopsis:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Connecticut, but Melanie Travis finds surviving this December may take a real Christmas miracle when a yuletide murderer comes to town . . .

As Melanie attempts to deck the halls in a house overrun by pampered Poodles, her event planner friend, Claire, is busy playing Santa—beard and belly not included—for the wealthiest clientele on Connecticut’s Gold Coast. A personal shopper gig in the affluent town of New Canaan seems like business as usual. Except Claire’s stylish stint comes at a higher price than she bargains for when she stumbles over her newest customer’s dead body on the job. Named a prime suspect for murder, she begs for Melanie’s help, then vanishes like cookies and milk on Christmas Eve . . .

Determined to track down Claire, Melanie and her nosy Aunt Peg dash into a dizzying investigation that leads to even more questions. Why was homicide victim Lila Moran, a secretive woman with an untraceable past, permitted to live on a well-known socialite-turned-recluse’s private estate, and is Claire keeping her own incriminating secrets under wraps? Now, with a grinchy New Canaan detective on their case and disturbing clues piling up like presents beneath the tree, the crime-solving duo must rein in a sinister Kris Kringle before they’re the next ones on someone’s deadly wish list . . .
(Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. They all seem very realistic to me, like they could be your next-door neighbor. Melanie is a great wife, mom, friend and crime solver. I really like the fact that Melanie has a family, that makes her seem more down-to-earth to me. And all of the dogs are adorable just like the one on the cover.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The descriptions pulled me into the story right from the very beginning and pulled me along at a nice pace. The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved. Melanie figured out the culprit before I did, which is not unusual.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.