#BookReview: Mistletoe and Murder by Laina Turner

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

mistletoe and murderSummary:

In this short story Presley goes home for Christmas expecting it to be a relaxing holiday until her old boyfriend, Brian, asks for her help finding out who has been stealing from him and it turns from theft to murder. Why would anyone want to kill Tommy and what was he hiding?


I have been really enjoying the Presley Thurman series, and was delighted to read Mistletoe and Murder. Just like all the other books, this one is quick and fast-paced, and really doesn’t leave any downtime for a reader. I actually finished this in one day so if you are looking for a novella to add to your collection, check out this series. For this one in particular I enjoyed the progression of a few minor characters and I actually really had no idea how this one was going to end, which I enjoyed. Fun mystery series.

4 stars

laina turnrAuthor Bio

As a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child).
As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.
Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.
Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.
Taking the plunge to write books (cozy mysteries and chick lit) that she actually let people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to being a real author, having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, Writing is a Lifestyle, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.

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