Killer Christmas

Killer Christmas

by Harper Lin

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After breaking up with hunky movie star Nick Doyle, Grammy Award-winning singer Emma Wild returns to her hometown for Christmas to get away from it all. In Hartfield, a small town in Ontario, Canada, she gets caught up in a murder case after a fan’s drink is poisoned at the Chocoholic Cafe, owned by Emma’s sister Mirabelle.

Who is the killer and was the drink originally intended for Emma?
To add to the chaos, Sterling Matthews is the detective on the case. He’d shattered her heart nine years ago and inspired all her hit singles, but now they must work together to find the murderer before the murderer finds Emma.

Join Emma Wild on her first adventure in the first book of Harper Lin’s 4-Book holiday mystery series.

Today is December 1st, which means that it is time for CHRISTMAS COZY MYSTERIES!  Yes people, you have so much to look forward to this month! 😀  I am so excited about my reading list that I am on the verge of dancing!

Now, I may be out of college but I am still living the life of a ‘poor college student.’  This means that I love finding free, or close to free, books on my Nook.  This is how I stumbled upon Killer Christmas which is a murder mystery that includes coffee, chocolate, and Christmas.  I honestly squealed in delight upon reading the synopsis!  Killer Christmas is the first of four novellas in the holiday themed series staring celebrity singer Emma Wild.

I really enjoyed Emma Wild.  She is a well developed character and I was instantly swept up in her story.  I felt like she was the type of person I could instantly be friends with and her fiery personality was actually refreshing.  I understood her relationship issues, her struggle to stay grounded, and her feelings of frustration.  I just liked her!  And I loved the mystery that Emma finds herself investigating.

The fist two-thirds of the book was great and I was feeling quite proud of my thrifty find.  Then the last third happened.  Don’t worry, it wasn’t horrible but it was down right frustrating.  Lin did such a wonderful job building her characters and setting the scene only to just dump out the ‘who-dunnit’ climax on the table.  There little investigation was actually performed; the reader was just told who the killer was.   The conclusion was just there; no stumbling down dark alleys of information, no having to back track.  Just ta-da!  I don’t necessarily want to think hard when reading a cozy mystery but I do actually want to think some!

And then there was an issue with believably.  I am not typically the person who points out the detail discrepancy when it comes to crime novels or shows.  My husband is, but he was a cop for years, so I put up with it.  He would have been proud at how frustrated I was with Emma’s involvement in the investigation.  There is NO WAY a civilian would have been allowed to do an interrogation ALONE with a murder suspect.  NO!

I still recommend Killer Christmas if you are willing to put up with these points.  I am torn about getting the second installment.  I loved Emma and want to read more of her story but I’m still a little irked at the conclusion and interrogation issue.  I honestly wish Lin had taken this in to a full blown novel.  She has the skill to do so and this storyline would have thrived as a cozy mystery novel.  It was still a good rainy afternoon read.  Has anyone else read Killer Christmas or any other Harper Lin story?

Lindsay

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