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Publisher's Summary

Lucy normally loves planning for the holidays, but this year, Tinker's Cove has fallen on hard times. With so many residents struggling, Christmas festivities are a luxury some can't afford. But the story's not so bleak at Downeast Mortgage, whose tightfisted owners, Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner, are raking in profits from everyone's misfortune. Half the town is in their debt, so when the miserly Marlowe is murdered, the mourners are few and the suspects are many. Scribner believes Marlowe's ghost has come to warn him of his own demise, and when he starts receiving death threats, Lucy wonders if there's more to the omen than the ravings of a bitter old pinchpenny. Can Lucy solve the case and deck the halls before the killer strikes again?
©2013 Leslie Meier (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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"...engaging..." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Beatrice on 01-20-14

Very good cozy mystery

I love these books. I love the characters, setting, and pacing. I wish audible would get more of this series.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Leon Miller on 11-30-15

Not cozy enough.

Would you try another book from Leslie Meier and/or Karen White?

Maybe. This was the 20th in a very popular series and I don't want to judge the others by a late entry.

What could Leslie Meier have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could have made the story less grim. I enjoy the notion of “Christmas cozies” and try to read two or three of them during the holidays. I say “notion” because they are usually better in the abstract than the realization, and I’m often disappointed. They’re intended to be nothing more than light holiday entertainment, a pleasant distraction, but even by that low standard, I did not enjoy “The Christmas Carol Murder.” It has some great things going for it: it’s set in a small town in Maine and the plot is an interesting take on the Dickens story. However, it’s decidedly grim. The story is set in the aftermath of the subprime mortgage crisis and the small town of Tinker’s Cover, Maine, is suffering. The author’s concern for victims of an out-of-control banking industry is admirable, but the circumstances are made even darker by the gruesomeness of the murder and the desperation of the characters. “Grim” and “Christmas cozy” do not go together.

What didn’t you like about Karen White’s performance?

She seemed uninteresting and at first, unintelligible. Perhaps it was her rhythm or a poor quality recording, but it took me half an hour of more of listening to her to begin to understand what she was saying.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I admired the author’s topicality and deep felt concern for economic victims, and it may work better as a darker murder mystery instead of holiday entertainment.

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