I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Christina Freeburn and her new book Better Watch Out. This is the second book in her A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery series. I have read both book in the series and I thought they were great.
Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
2nd in Series
Henery Press (October 15, 2019)
Hardcover: 252 pages
Paperback: 252 pages
Digital ASIN: B07VQST5YT
Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Kobo
Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
by Christina Freeburn
Christina Freeburn has written a wonderful tale of festivities, family, fun ….. and murder!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
For me, the Christmas setting was the strongest element of the entire book. Imagine finding a body in the midst of a Christmas parade with all the trimmings. That should give you a taste of the story…one of the most delightful Christmas cozy mysteries I’ve read in recent times.
~My Devotional Thoughts
The story was fast-paced and a good cozy mystery. I enjoyed Merry and her friends the townsfolk. The characters are entertaining.
~My Reading Journeys
Better Watch Out by Christina Freeburn is a sweet mystery, that shows that there are multiple sides to every town.
~Baroness’ Book Trove
Making a list. Merry’s life is Christmas chaos. Her divorce is still in question. She’s behind on crafting orders. Ebenezer is an escape artist. And with one day left, she hasn’t completed the line-up for the annual Christmas parade, thanks to one grinch. Once Merry knows the Christmas secret, she realizes Santa isn’t what’s coming to town.
Checking it twice. Santa’s naughty list, courtesy of Jenna Wilcox, will roll down Main Street with names of residents who deserve a lump of coal in their stocking. Saving the parade won’t be easy, but Merry is up to task. Or so she thinks until she discovers Jenna’s body stashed in Santa’s sack.
Going to find out. As facts are unwrapped, Merry finds the line blurred between who’s naughty and nice. As threats are aimed at her and those she loves, Merry dashes for the truth before the murderer puts her on the naughty list and crosses her off for good.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. I really like that Merry is a little older and has grown children This is different than many of the cozies I read. This made her seem more realistic to me and I could relate with her better. I felt that the relationship between her and her mom was heartwarming. Her mother is having memory problems and Merry has to learn to deal with this. Many readers can relate to this and I felt like it made the book more realistic.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me in from the beginning. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the entire book. There were enough twists and turns and red herrings thrown in and it was not easily solved, which is how I like my mysteries.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. And if you are a fan of Christmas, you will want to give this book a try.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Henery Press, and Edelweiss, which I greatly appreciate.
Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she’s been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.
Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.
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October 16 – My Devotional Thoughts – REVIEW
October 17 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
October 17 – Diane Reviews Books – GUEST POST
October 18 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
October 18 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW*, GIVEAWAY
October 19 – Reading Is My SuperPower – SPOTLIGHT
October 19 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
October 20 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
October 21 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW – Coming Soon.
October 22 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
October 22 – eBook Addicts – SPOTLIGHT
October 23 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
October 23 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
October 24 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
October 24 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW*
October 25 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW*
October 25 – Laura’s Interests – SPOTLIGHT
October 25 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
13 thoughts on “Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Better Watch Out”
Looks like a fun read
Thank you for your review on “Better Watch Out” by Christina Freeburn and for being part of the book tour.
Love the cover! The Christmas tags remind me of those used when I was a child bringing back so many happy memories.
The story line is definitely right up my alley. Love cozies and love Christmas so nothing better when you mix the two for one amazing book.
Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one to receive a copy of this fabulous book. Thank you for the opportunity!
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I say this often, but I am always glad for mature characters. And, another holiday season cozy to look forward to as well!
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I enjoy cozy mysteries set around Christmas, and this book sounds like fun. I have read some of Christina’s other books but haven’t started this series yet. Thanks for the chance! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com
It was a good book and very Christmasy.
Loved the first book in this series
I really enjoyed your review of this book! I loved the first book in the series and can’t wait to read this new book. acate9(at)utk(dot)edu
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This book & series sound fun. I’m looking forward to meeting Merry.
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