12 Days of Novellas – Day 10: An Unsaintly Season in St. Augustine by Kassandra Lamb: Review + Recipe!

Day 10 of the 12 Days of Novellas!  Can you believe it?
These short reads are so christmassy and cozy, I almost want to add another 12 days!

An Unsaintly Season in St AugustineJoin me for An Unsaintly Season in St.Augustine review, paired along with a delicious contributed cocktail!

Today we bring back Erin, from The Speckled Palate, with another delicious cocktail!
Guys look, Erin has a lot of amazing cocktails on her site.
I will not link you to them all, because I fear you will get lost (and perhaps tipsy) amongst all the deliciousness and forget to come back here :))

Cranberry Mule Cocktail
However, for right now – Just click the pic for your ingredients to whip up this delicious Cranberry Mule and come on back for your download of An Unsaintly Season in St. Augustine and my review!  Then seriously, go back to The Speckled Palate because you're going to want to bookmark many cocktails to ring in the Holiday Season with!

An Unsaintly Season in St. Augustine

An Unsaintly Season in St Augustine Kassandra Lamb
Author:  Kassandra Lamb
:  "Even on vacation, Kate Huntington can’t seem to avoid other people’s troubles. While in St. Augustine, Florida for the Christmas holidays, she and her PI husband get caught up in trying to find a friend of Kate’s parents who’s gone missing. They soon discover that this isn’t just a case of a senior citizen wandering off. Can they reunite the elderly man with his wife before Christmas, or will others who mean him harm find him first?…"

My View
I could not wait to get started on this novella.  2 things in life that are hands down my fav – Florida and a little mystery 😉
Although this title received some mixed reviews (and even removing my bias of Florida and mystery), the description caught my attention enough to give it a try.  Oh boy..I feel bad even saying this, but in my opinion this novella was a snooze-fest.  I was quickly annoyed with Skip (a former Trooper of 11 years, now turned P.I..But not licensed in the state of FL) taking on a problem of his in-laws neighbor, Irene (whose husband is missing).  Irene was stubborn in her actions – couldn't be bothered to be helped, or helpful in the investigation for the most part (although there is reasoning).  I found the scenarios and time spent at Irene's and the conversations with her, repetitive.  Most of the book felt like it was just a pretty scenic tour through St. Augustine, rather than anything suspenseful.  I struggled (I mean struggled) to get through to the end.  The most exciting part of the book was probably Skip and Kate trying to billow through 12 days at Kate's parents, without any *action* and their need to find a place to slip away, while the children were preoccupied with Grandma and Pop Pop.  There are other books in the Kate on Vacation Mysteries (with excellent reviews) so perhaps I will try out another!  Personally, I would not recommend this particular novella, but hey…You may enjoy it! 🙂 If you'd like to give it a shot An Unsaintly Season in St.Augustine can be downloaded from amazon.com or amazon.ca

My Rating
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2 out of 5 Candy Canes – Lack of suspense.
Don't forget to check back in tomorrow, as I share another Christmassy novella review!..Oh, and a recipe too! 😉