Yes, it looks like another Christmas rom-com, right? But it’s a mystery! And you know what mysteries mean right? Drama! Hehe, you know what I mean. Thanks again to Rachel for this opportunity, and be sure to click on the banner for more information and the rest of the blogs on the tour! One day blog blitzes are pretty crazy and exciting, am I right?
In the Heart of Windy Pines
by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Light Romance
Publication Date: November 24, 2019
Klarinda Snow is the innkeeper of Mistletoe Manor in beautiful, remote, Windy Pines, Idaho, where she brings her unique brand of hospitality to the tiny mountain town.
When she finds her inn unexpectedly fully booked on a snowy Tuesday night in November, it brings back memories of a tragedy years before. Before she knows what hit her, she and her trusty team of employees (Myrtle, Pierre, and her new night manager, Josephine), have found themselves back at the task of solving another mystery at Mistletoe Manor!
While this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novella, if you plan to read the books in the Windy Pines Mystery series or The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club, it’s highly recommended you read those first, as this book contains spoilers that could affect your ability to enjoy them.
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Holly Tierney-Bedord lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She’s the author of over twenty books including The Woman America Loves a Latte, The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club, and Kindle Unlimited All-Star winner Sweet Hollow Women.
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Holly Tierney-Bedord for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
I personally love reading mystery novellas because sometimes I just don’t want to go through too many pages of the same mystery. Why? That could just be me wanting to resolve the ending quicker than usual. Plus I don’t want a major mystery case taking place during the holidays. Give the characters a little break, right?
But really, cozy mysteries are one of the coolest genres I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, and I love getting to find some really awesome ones, like this one! Plus cozy mystery taking place during Christmas? Even better.
The synopsis does note that while this is technically a standalone, it would be beneficial to read the other series first since there will be spoilers that you can’t avoid when reading this one. I also feel like that was correct, and while I haven’t had the chance to read the other novels – yet – I knew that I was going to have to try to not let that get in the way of my enjoyment too much. However, we all know that I tend to forget the plot or minute details of a novel a few weeks or so after reading it, so I bet I could read the other series in the future and I’ll have no idea that I was spoiled back in the day. It works out in my favor, right!
All of the main characters from this novel were also in the Murder at Mistletoe Manor novel, and I was glad to see that despite whatever they had to deal with in that first novel, they were still able to work together as a cohesive unit and solve this mystery together. It almost reminded me of the Mystery Inc. gang, because while it seems like they would have not too much in common, they worked together so well. I don’t know. That’s just the vibe I got, and I love it when that happens. I don’t like seeing groups of characters that are soooooooo alike that I can’t distinguish one from another, and honestly can you really honestly work with someone that’s so much like you that you can’t tell whether you guys are missing something? Just a thought.