Review of Carols and Yule Perils by Trixie Silvertale

It’s Christmas time in Pin Cherry and you’re in for a festive treat with this latest Mitzy Moon Mystery!

When a maple syrup mystery turns into murder, will this psychic sleuth’s luck run dry? 

Mitzy Moon can’t wait to cut her own gorgeous Christmas tree. But her forest adventure loses its thrill when the pristine blanket of snow reveals a blood trail. And her heart thuds when the crimson droplets lead to a body, bringing her Yuletide festivities to a deadly end. 

When her only employee becomes the prime suspect, Mitzy is forced to take the case. But even though she enrolls her eavesdropping Ghost-ma and a spoiled feline to help unwrap the evidence, each uncovered clue only seems to dig a more messy, murderous hole. 

Can Mitzy unstick herself from the tacky case, or is her festive fun about to turn fatal? 

Carols and Yule Perils is the sixteenth book in the hilarious Mitzy Moon Mysteries paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty tinsel-clad tale.

Available on Amazon and via Kindle Unlimited.

Every time I return to Pin Cherry I’m excited to find out what drama Mitzy has gotten herself into. This time around, she’s determined to help clear her grandma’s bestie from any suspicion in the murder of her beau’s ex.

The Christmas element: I gotta say, the whole ‘it’s winter and totally freezing up here in almost Canada’ is perfectly conveyed in the descriptions and activities of our characters. There might not be much page space devoted to decorations, but the spirit of the season is well-presented. Family. This Christmas is all about family for Mitzy. That’s more amazing than anything for a girl who grew up in the foster system. And at any festive family celebration we need good food, right? Mitzi’s stepmom certainly cooks up a hearty themed feast!

The mystery: It was a juicy one. There were a few suspects but we can’t quite figure out the opportunities and motives until we have some more details. Is this about the maple syrup business or is it about cranberries… hmmm…. that almost sounds like there should be joke in there somewhere. Ah well. Once a few connections are made, motives become much clearer. The big reveal isn’t particularly dramatic. But that’s okay. The big drama is saved for another part of the story!

Oh… there are some seriously hilarious one-liners and metaphors pulled out in this one… especially as concerns the ‘sugar shacks’. That’s a real thing! As is the maple syrup mafia!

The other characters: Mitzy’s family is about to get bigger. As a series reader, this book just hit all the right spots for the twisty turns it took with this particular storyline. I’ve seen a couple of reviews saying Carols and Yule Perils is their favourite so far. Just for the family connections, I’d completely agree.

Overall, an absolutely wonderful Christmas cozy. Carols and Yule Perils is truly a gift to series readers.

I give it 5/5 joyous espresso shots.

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