12 Days of Novellas – Day 3: Christmas is Murder by Carolyn Arnold: Review + Recipe!

♪ ♫ On the 3rd Day of Novella's my blogger gave to meee…Christmas is Murder by Carolyn ArnoldChristmas is Murder, shared along with a graciously contributed recipeee ♪ ♫

Okay, so today's recipe is going to take a *bit* of work before before we can enjoy it along with our Christmassy Novella, but I promise, it'll be worth it.  We're serving up a delicious pasta penne dish, with blackened chicken…
Blackened Chicken Recipe
Thanks so much to Brooke for allowing me the use of her delicious pasta dish to accompany our story and review today!
Just click the pic and jump on over to The Art of Comfort Baking for this amazing recipe!
Once you have dinner ready to go, head on back here for your download of Christmas is Murder and my review!

Christmas is Murder
Christmas is Murder by Carolyn Arnold
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Description:  "Albany’s the perfect image of a winter wonderland, and Sean and Sara’s friend Jimmy is going to be Santa Claus for the upcoming Christmas parade. The trees and decorations have been selected and the gifts have been purchased. The season has truly cast its magical spell–until Sean and Sara’s neighbors die in a horrible house fire.  While the fire department ruled holiday-related hazards as the cause, Sara suspects there’s more to it. Her determination to find the truth has her and Sean toeing the line between what’s legal and what’s not.  As they sort out fact from fiction, the McKinleys make the final decision about whether or not they should open a private investigation firm…"

My View:
The opening sentence sets the scene for comfort (and joy!) by entering in a wintery wonderland of falling snow and heading out to pick up a Christmas tree – I was immediately excited.  Although the direct storyline is in relation to the "suspicious" house fire of Sean and Sara's neighbors, it never did take away from the Christmassy aspect.  The descriptive words and sentences used throughout for people, places and things was so pleasant and allowed for an easy visual follow along.  Both main characters, Sean and Sara are very likable – as were Sara's parents.  I especially liked her dad!  This story kept my interest throughout with the little twists.  I loved the humor with the blinking nose and hoofs, the chase at the parade and the little jokes between Sean and Sara.  I definitely think this cozy mystery will bring a smile to your face and is perfect for a quick read to get you in that holiday spirit!  I have not read any of the McKinley Series novellas before, but plan to do so!  I'd like to know the back-story of Sara's adoption, their police work etc.  Carolyn Arnold will be an author for my list for sure!!  Grab the Kindle download of Christmas is Murder from amazon.com or amazon.ca

My Rating

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4 out of 5 Candy Canes – Everything you could want in a Christmassy novella and more!
Don't forget to check back in tomorrow, as I share another Christmassy novella review!..Oh, and a recipe too! 😉