Friday, December 4, 2015

Review: Murder Fir Christmas by: Joyce & Jim Lavene

Title: Murder Fir Christmas
Author: Joyce & Jim Lavene
Publisher: J. Lavene
Series: Christmas Tree Valley Mysteries #1
Pages: 208
Format: e-book ARC
Source: Great Escapes Book Tours


Down the mountain from Sweet Pepper, Tennessee is Christmas Tree Valley, a place filled with hundreds of Christmas tree farms where generations of growers have made people’s lives brighter. Yet even here in this quiet, postcard-perfect corner of the world, darkness and murder can still stalk the night.

Federal Wildlife Agent Bonnie Tuttle has always had a special gift with wild animals. It was one of the reasons she decided to train with the wildlife agency. She’s spent the last ten years in Alabama working, but her mother needs her home and she’s back despite all the bad parts of her life she hoped to leave behind.

Her first day home begins with a fire on the island in Sweet Pepper Lake and the death of Harvey Shelton, the wildlife agent she’s supposed to replace. Bonnie manages to rescue dozens of animals from the fire – including a wolf pup that was shot with the same bullet that killed Harvey.

Now she’s hot on the trail of Harvey’s killer and trying to reintegrate the wolf back into the wild even though he seems to want to stay with her. Yet old memories persist in the small community where she grew up, and the killer now seems to believe that she has what he killed Harvey for. All she has to do is figure out what that is before it’s too late.

My Thoughts:

In this book we are introduced to Bonnie Tuttle who is back to Christmas Tree Valley right next to Sweet Pepper where we know the fire brigade through the book series by J.J. Cook in this book Bonnie is joining the Federal Wildlife as she has a bond when dealing with animals, they seem to understand what she is saying.  When the person she is replacing Harvey Shelton winds up dead along with a criminal for setting a fire on a small island at Sweet Pepper Lake it's up to Bonnie to find out what is going on and who had the most to gain by killing Harvey.

This book was full of adventure and mystery I enjoyed visiting old residents of Sweet Pepper along with new residents returning home.  It was such a pleasure to read such a great story full of so much going on definitely kept me going until the fires burned out.  I also enjoyed the relationship that was forming between Bonnie and her wolf who seems to have made her his mom.  If you haven't had a chance to read this grab it before the holiday is over!  You won't be disappointed!
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