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A Baxter Family Christmas (The Baxters #24) by Karen Kingsbury

A Baxter Family Christmas4 Stars

Published October 25th 2016 by Howard Books

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A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews

A Holiday by Gaslight4 Stars

Published November 13th 2018 by Perfectly Proper Press

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A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft

A Christmas Gift4.5 Stars

Published October 4th 2018 by Avon

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The Christmas Star (Christmas Hope #9) by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Star (Christmas Hope #9)4 Stars

Published October 16th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

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‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #2) by Jacqueline Frost

'Twas the Knife Before Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery, #2)4.5 Stars

Published November 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

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Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle

Hope at Christmas4.5 Stars

Published October 10th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

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Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

Alaskan Holiday4.5 Stars

Published October 2nd 2018 by Ballantine Books

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Jacob’s Bell: A Christmas Story by John Snyder

385089885 Stars

Published October 2nd 2018 by FaithWords

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Slay Bells Ring (Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #7) by Karen Rose Smith

Slay Bells Ring by Karen Rose Smith4.5 Stars

Published October 31st 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

Slay Bells Ring is the 7th book in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery series. This is one of my favourite series and I look forward to each book. I absolutely loved the cover to this one. The dog, Blitz, plays a central role in this story. Other reviewers who have not read any of the series seem to have a problem with getting to know the characters, so it might be best to read the series from the beginning, but I don’t think it is necessary.

Caprice is hired to put stage a home using a holiday theme. The owner of the home and his wife are not of the same mind when it comes to selling. Chris Merriweather is a toy maker and has played Santa at the local park for years. Caprice notices that something is off about Chris, especially when he almost falls down leaving the sleigh at the local parade. He also has some injuries that he tries to brush off as an accident at the store, but Caprice is not buying that either. When Chris is found dead, murdered on Santa Lane of all places, Caprice and her family are once again on the case to find out what happened to the Vietnam vet who loved to play Santa. It turns out he had a lot of secrets.

This story touches on the subjects of PTSD and other after-effects of war, plus the pain of discovering dark secrets. It has a great plot with these subjects are woven into the story well. Once again the DeLuca family plays a large part in the story. Caprice’s dad is a good friend of Chris and is asked by his wife, Sara, to take his dog. He is involved in solving the mystery more than he has been in other stories. Her sisters and their families/friends are also part of her home-staging and volunteer life and I love how they all work together and flesh out the story. Even though there are some dark spots, the story has humor and brightness sprinkled throughout. I enjoy the pace of the relationship of Caprice and Grant and that they are remaining chaste until their wedding. The mystery moves at a great pace, and there are plenty of suspects and twists along the way. The ending wasn’t a huge surprise as I had my suspicions earlier in the story, but it was well executed and a good ending for the story. Once again, I enjoyed getting together with the residents of Kismet Pennsylvania and solving another mystery. The publisher, Kensington Publishing Corporation, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own. Continue reading “Slay Bells Ring (Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #7) by Karen Rose Smith”

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