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Friday, July 22, 2016

Mistletoe & Murder by Laina Turner (Book Review)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Mistletoe & Murder by author Laina Turner!

Book Review

Mistletoe & Murder by Laina Turner
Book 4: The Presley Thurman Mysteries Series
Publisher: Five Seas Ink
Publication Date: November 23, 2011 
Format: eBook - 96 pages
               Kindle - 2914 KB
               Nook - 518 KB
ISBN: 978-1465784179
ASIN: B006D3Y4Q4
BNID: 2940150856158
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Buy The Book:

Buy The Series: The Presley Thurman Mysteries Series
Book 1: Stilettos & Scoundrels
Book 2: Necklaces & Nooses
Book 3: Handbags & Hooligans
Book 4: Mistletoe & Murder
Book 5: Gems & Gunshots
Book 6: Cupids & Crooks
Book 7: Tiaras & Texans
Book 8: Vows & Victims
Book 9: Accessories & Alibis
Book 10: Romance & Revenge
Book 11: Bats & Bling
Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

Book Description:

In this short story Presley goes home for Christmas expecting it to be a relaxing holiday until her old boyfriend, Brian, asks for her help finding out who has been stealing from him and it turns from theft to murder. Why would anyone want to kill Tommy and what was he hiding?

Can Presley track down the killer before something else bad happens?

My Book Review:

In Mistletoe & Murder, the fourth book in The Presley Thurman Mysteries Series, the reader follows the latest investigative adventures of amateur sleuth Presley Thurman.

Author Laina Turner weaves another entertaining cozy mystery that follows sassy Presley Thurman as she gets herself embroiled in a new murder investigation. Told in the first person narrative, Presley heads home to Alkon for the Christmas holiday with her family. While there, Presley's ex-boyfriend Brian asks for her help when there is a theft and murder of his employee at his auto garage. Presley and friends once again find themselves caught up in a new murder investigation.

Mistletoe & Murder is an intriguing cozy mystery novella that is filled with enough crazy antics and trials and tribulations that easily keeps the reader guessing. Just when you think Presley and friends will be enjoying the Christmas holiday, the theft and murder at ex-boyfriend Brian's auto garage has this sassy lady kicking into amateur sleuth mode, and if that isn't enough, there is family drama between her younger brother Jesse and his girlfriend Ashley added into the mix. Presley is determined to find out who is behind the theft and murder at the auto garage with the help of Cooper, Jesse, and Ashley, even when danger is around the corner.

Mistletoe & Murder is a fast paced Christmas cozy mystery novella that has a good mixture of humor, mystery, and a touch of romance that will easily keep the reader engaged as they follow Presley's latest amateur investigative adventures. There is a lot that goes on between the pages of this short story, the intriguing twists and turns will keep the readers on their toes, especially with the variety of crazy situations that pop up, but Presley's humorous shenanigans, and the intrigue and suspense behind the mystery of the theft and murder at the auto garage will easily keep you guessing right to the very end!

The Presley Thurman Mysteries Series is an entertaining cozy mystery series that will keep the reader in stitches!


About The Author

As a child Laina Turner thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child).

As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.

Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.

Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.

Taking the plunge to write books (cozy mysteries and chick lit) that she actually let people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to being a real author, having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, Writing is a Lifestyle, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.

Author Website

Virtual Book Tour

Tour Schedule:

July 11 – The Phantom Paragrapher – Review
July 12 – Ali The Dragon Slayer – Spotlight
July 14 – The Mystery Tavern – Review
July 16 – Kelly’s Nerdy Obsession – Review
July 18 – Chick Lit Plus – Review
July 20 – Chick Lit Goddess – Spotlight
July 20 – Turning Another Page – Review
July 22 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review
July 25 – Book Lover in Florida – Review
July 25 – Granny Loves to Read – Review

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