Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Murder on the First Day of Christmas

I received a copy of Murder on the First Day of Christmas by Billie Thomas from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Finding a severed hand at a client’s house might throw lesser decorators off their games. But Chloe Carstairs and her mother, Amanda, won’t let a little thing like murder keep them from decking the halls. With a body under the partridge’s pear tree and a dead Santa in a sleigh, they have to crack the case before the killer strikes again - this time much too close to home.

Filled with laugh-out-loud humor, romance and a delightfully difficult mother-daughter relationship, this new series from Billie Thomas offers a fast-paced caper as these two southern ladies try to keep their very merry Christmas from turning into the Noel from hell.

This was a book that took me a while to get into.  There are a lot of characters and I had a hard time keeping up with who was who.  Amanda and Chloe are interior decorators that are very busy decorating large, over the top houses for Christmas.  The start with Saul's house and continue on to his neighbor Nancy's house.  There has been a long standing fight between the two to have the first Christmas party of the neighborhood.  They both wanted themes that take Amanda and Chloe weeks to finish.  During each of the Christmas parties someone is murdered.  Of course the police start the suspect list with anyone who was invited to both parties.  Since Amanda and Chloe decorated both houses they're top on the list.  They resolve to find out who the real killer is and in the process get themselves into a lot of trouble.  I have to give it to them they connected dots I didn't see coming.

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