Friday, December 7, 2018

December 7th's Book Beginnings and Friday 56

Well, it's been six weeks or so, but I'm back with another Book Beginnings and Friday 56.

This week, I'm featuring Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge by Laura Levine.


Yes, it's a Christmas entry in the long running Jaine Austen comedic mystery series.  I saved it for December, and it was worth the wait!  This has long been a favorite series.
Here's how it begins:

I blame Connie Van Hooten for everything.  If she hadn't packed up her staff and gone yachting in the Mediterranean, I would've never spent that cursed Christmas as a murder suspect.

Page 56 features part of an e-mail from Jaine's father:

I've got to look at the bright side.  The clattering false teeth I ordered for Lydia Pinkus's Secret Santa gift are tucked away safe in my suitcase.

As a fan of the series, I was already laughing just imaging this since Jaine's dad has a one sided rivalry going with Lydia.

Honestly, the entire book was great.  I'll have my full review up on Monday, so I hope you'll come back then.


  1. This looks like an interesting story. I look forward to reading your full review for it.

  2. A Christmas cozy sounds perfect for my mood. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “TELL ME LIES”

  3. I'm not familiar with this series. I loved the excerpts and should add it to my wishlist. This week I have a historical mystery - A Moment in Crime by Amanda Allen. Happy reading!

  4. Looks like a fun holiday read!! I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!


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