Saturday, November 9, 2019

Nogged Off by Barbara Ross

Nogged Off by [Ross, Barbara]
Hello!  I hope you have had a good week and are enjoying a relaxing day. A Mystery Before Christmas by Adriana Lucio* releases on November 20.  It is the third An Italian Village Mystery.  Thin Ice by Paige Shelton comes out December 3 along with Holiday Homecoming Secrets by Lynette EasonVerse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower is available on December 10.  It is A Magical Bookshop Mystery.
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Nogged Off by Barbara Ross has Julia Snowden finally letting go of her Tribeca apartment.  Imogen Geinkes has been subleasing the apartment and has agreed to take over the lease.  Julia arrives to find Imogen crying because she lost her job and her boyfriend within one week.  Imogen is now unable to take over the lease or buy the furniture plus she has nowhere else to go.  Julia quickly rents a moving truck, packs up the contents of her apartment and invites Imogen to spend Christmas with her family in Busman’s Harbor, Maine.  The arrive home in the middle of the night so Julia leaves the moving van in her mother’s driveway.  The next morning the van is gone.  The police find the moving van in a remote location with Imogen’s ex-boyfriend dead inside.  Julia wants to tie up this investigation quickly so she can enjoy the holiday with her family.  Things, though, do not go quite as planned.
Christmas Prelude Celebration in Kennebunkport -- Credit: Robert Dennis
Nogged off by Barbara Ross is a part of the A Maine Clambake Mystery series.  If you read Eggnog Murder which came out a year ago (three novellas in one book), then you have already enjoyed Nogged Off.  Julia Snowden goes to clear out her Tribeca apartment and ends up taking Imogen Geinkes home to her mother’s house for the holidays.  Murder and confusion soon ensues.  I enjoyed reading Nogged Off.  It is well-written and proceeds at a steady pace.  Julia, Chris, Gus, Julia’s mother are all included in the story.  It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series.  I thought the whodunit was clever with a surprising twist.  In addition, there are some mysterious happenings at the Snowden house.  They are beginning to wonder if the house is haunted.  I enjoyed the humor sprinkled throughout Nogged Off.  Nogged Off is an entertaining novella with a curious mystery, Christmas traditions, good food, family, friends, humor and a little mayhem. 
Christmas Tree - Camden, Maine - New England
Nogged Off is available in ebook through Amazon* (Amazon UK).  Sealed Off is the next A Maine Clambake Mystery which comes out on December 31.  Thank you for stopping by today.  I plan on sharing my review of A Precious Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray next time.  It is part of The Walnut Creek series.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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