Murder Under the Mistletoe by Sherry Lynn has Kinsley Clark’s business Seascapes decorating Harborside, Maine for the holidays. Kinsley gets help from volunteers to make the numerous kissing balls she needs to bedeck the town. I enjoyed the descriptions of the town decorated for the holidays as well as the homes Kinsley and her crew adorned. A boat parade is something that I am familiar with living in Florida. At least I do not shiver (not most years) while watching it. The author captured the chilly temperatures of Maine. I could imagine the cold wind coming in off the water (brr). The town alderman dressed appropriately as the Grinch gets murdered during the boat parade.
The suspect list is longer than a five-year-olds
Christmas list for Santa. Kinsley
accompanied by bestie, Becca set out to solve the murder. I wish the guilty party had not been so
obvious (there might as well have been a neon arrow pointing at the person). The
mystery is neatly wrapped up at the end of the book in time for the
holidays. Kinsley’s brother is home for
a month, but some unexpected news gets his visit off to a rough start. There is a secondary mystery that is not resolved
in this book. I could have done with
less romance. There are numerous mentions
of Pete and how Kinsley feels about him.
I like the gift Kinsley receives from her brother for Christmas. I had a feeling she would receive this particular
gift from the references throughout the story, but I still enjoyed her reaction
to it. Murder Under the Mistletoe is the
second A Mainely Murder Mystery. It can
be read as a standalone for those who have not read Digging Up Daisy. Murder Under the Mistletoe is a Christmas
cozy with a chilly climate, a petty politician, a bar bruhaha, a slew of
suspects, a surprising secret, scrumptious cocoa, and a Happy Holiday!
The Avid Reader