Today I’m participating in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Vicki at I’d Rather Be At The Beach, in which bloggers share a bit about a book they’re reading or planning to read soon. Feel free to join in by posting your own book intro, linking back to Vicki’s page and joining the FCFPT linky.
Slay Bells by T.C. Wescott is a delightful, atmospheric Christmas cozy mystery. I just finished it last night and hope to review it soon. Just from the opening, you can already tell it’s full of seasonal charm. Read on…
Night settles in over smoking chimneys and snow-capped rooftops.
A potpourri of pine, holly, and cinnamon swirls in the breeze over white pastures and along sleepy lanes as festive decorations left hanging on each street lamp and along every thoroughfare dance upon its passing.
Winter birds offer up their sing-song as the rows of of cottage windows blink out their goodnights.
But for many in the happy hamlet of Christmas Village, the night will be a short one, made restless with excitement for the morning when they will rise early to prepare for the inaugural day of the annual Christmas Festival.
‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the village, the night settled in over swirling-smoke chimneys.
The air was alive with pine and with holly, with sugar and cinnamon and cider, by golly!
Along snowy lanes and through shadows it crept, past windows behind which each villager slept,
Where sleeping dogs lie and cats rest a’purring—
Tonight, in Christmas Village, a killer is stirring.
Nestled betwixt an opulent garden with meandering footpaths and an ancient grove of plum trees, Plum Cottage Inn is plum-full with lodgers in for the Christmas Festival. There are no vacancies…until one by one the lodgers start dying in inexplicable ways.
Short as a stump, round as a wheel, sweet as a candy cane, and a sharp as a whip, Maribel Claus loves a good puzzle. Can Mrs. Claus solve the mystery and save Christmas?
If you enjoy the classic Golden Age small village and English country house mysteries as well as lighthearted cozies of our present day, you will fall in love with the Christmas Village Mysteries. And your love affair starts right here with Slay Bells.
Slay Bells includes diagrams of the murder scenes and a one-of-a-kind BOOK GROUP CHALLENGE.
It’s Day Two of Cozy Christmas Week! Every Christmas, for the last few years I’ve wrapped books for each of my boys to open on the seven nights before Christmas Eve. Last night was our first for this season. The books are a combination of new, secondhand and ‘forgotten-but-from-their-own-shelves’. It’s so cute to see them get excited about unwrapping these and lovely to see them reading. The two-year-old still needs me to read to him, but the older boys are happy to try on their own. It makes me both happy and sad to experience that development.
These are the newest editions to our Christmas bookshelf.
Thanks very much to Carla for her lovely review, which inspired me to add the Holiday Heroes one. Go check it out!.
I hope the holiday spirit is finding you this year! 🎄