What they say: Klarinda Snow is the innkeeper of a beautiful, historic bed and breakfast in Windy Pines, Idaho. Guests come to Mistletoe Manor to escape from their troubles while enjoying the scenic mountain town.
When all seven rooms of the inn get booked on a Tuesday night in December, Klarinda is excited about having so much business, but a little confused as well. After all, her inn normally isn’t exactly a destination hotspot.
The guests have barely settled in before strange things begin happening. Is this the most accident prone group of travelers ever, or is someone out for revenge?
If you love closed-room mysteries like And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, you’ll love this holiday who-dunnit.
This is the first book set at Mistletoe Manor in Windy Pines, Idaho. Don’t miss the others, including new release (November, 2019) IN THE HEART OF WINDY PINES.
The review: I actually saw this book being offered for review JUST as I signed up for Audible and was thrilled that one of my favourite authors would approve me to listen. (Thanks to the author for this book in return for an honest review).
It came at a time we were moving house, and so accompanied me on trips to the dump, to and from both houses and also as I dropped the kids to school (I let the older ones listen in a bit too and have hopefully added to an ever mounting pile of love for books I try to instill in them-one they don’t always pay attention to, but this one gave a hugely favourable reaction from both!!) and I was LOST when it ended.
This is a light, very atmospheric murder mystery that has everything you need, an old inn taken on by the brilliantly done Klarinda, that comes complete with employees almost from another era, a group of related somehow, but the reason for the connection is unbeknownst to most, travellers (an eclectic mix of characters, with one in particular that had me from the off), drawn to Mistletoe Manor by a mysterious invitation, and heavy drifts of snow that mean they are unable to leave and it is difficult for help to arrive (and then the arrival of it gives us some standout moments with bumbling law enforcement!).
The narrator took me a few minutes to settle into the voice of, but once I did get used to his American twang, I found it hard to get it or the story out of my head, with the name Klarinda making me excited each time I put it on. In fact I’ve listened to some extremely good books since and adored the narrators, getting excited for all the different voices out there, but this one is the one my mind keeps returning to-I can HEAR her name!!!
You might guess from the review how much I loved this book. What I wasn’t ready for was just how much I wanted everyone to read it-I recommended it all over the place, beseeching people to get to it before Christmas, as the weather and darkness will I’m sure add even more of a satisfying dimension.
I’m pretty sure this was my book of the year, recommended to possibly the highest level I’ve recommended any book since I began this blog and the author, who was featured and loved before on this blog is now on my list of authors I will automatically read (have since signed up for her epic newsletter, downloaded some books, bought some more and am reading another of this series on Kindle!). Yes, that’s it. Top book of 2019.
About the author
Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of over twenty books ranging from serious women’sfiction to romantic comedies, domestic thrillers, humor, and cozy mysteries. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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