Oops, did I say I’d written my last review of the year?
I thought so, but hey, with free time over the holiday, I squeezed in this neat novella, and now I want to share it with you!
What a fun Christmas read! The small Florida township of Mayfair, named after it’s founding family, some of whom are still around, plans on dragging a few tourists away from nearby Disneyland with the wacky idea of building an ice skating rink for their Victorian Christmas Fair. Unfortunately work on the rink comes to an abrupt halt when a skeleton is uncovered on the site. How long has it been there? And is there any chance of identifying the murder victim, who’s head took a good bashing.
I love a cozy mystery, and this one has all the choice ingredients – a strong central character, a cast of slightly eccentric individuals, and a mystery that leads to a satisfying, and in the spirit of Christmas, somewhat happy ending. Delving into mental health issues and family loyalty, the outcome could have been much nastier, but Kassandra Lamb delivers instead a pleasing and unusual wrap up to a murder mystery, with a yarn that brings her characters and setting alive in an accomplished style.
A quick-read novella, intriguing stand-alone seasonal story that introduced me to a new series I shall be reading more of. Highly recommended.