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|Brand:||Dell Publishing Company||EAN:||9780440245032|
|Format:||Paperback / softback, 337 pages|
|A gorgeous Victorian mansion is being converted into a bed-and-breakfast in the idyllic town of Snowcap, Colorado, but murder and mystery are around every corner this holiday season. Original. It's Christmastime in sleepy Snowcap, Colorado, and the town is up in arms. The venerable Goodwin Estate has been sold to enterprising out of towners and is getting a major makeover just in time for the holidays. Interior designers Erin Gilbert and Steve Sullivan walked smack into a storm of chaos: the estate's new owners, including one whose idea of holiday decor involves inflatable elves and a gingerbread facade, are battling among themselves. Erin's big-talking ex-boyfriend shows up just in time to make Sullivan crazy jealous, and when a local building inspector is found strangled with a strand of Christmas lights, Gilbert and Sullivan begin to suspect it might be time to leave this psychodrama of a project behind. But after an incompetent sheriff accuses Erin of murder and there's another gruesome killing, the only way out is to turn detective. Her new job: solve a mystery with too many clues...and far too many guilty parties.... FEATURING DOMESTIC BLISS HOME DECORATING TIPS!|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||71923602|
|Number Of Pages||352 pages|
|Publisher||Random House Publishing Group|
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HOLLY & HOMICIDE: Another Cozy Domestic Bliss Whodunit
What's not to like about a cozy mystery wherein one of the suspected bad guys has a box of old children's toys that he's considering selling on eBay? And you get Domestic Bliss tips, too! Actually, there's a lot to like about Leslie Caine's Domestic Bliss Mysteries. "Holly and Homicide" is no exception: The characters are fairly believable and mostly well drawn, the plotting is thorough, and the storyline is altogether very nicely done. "It's 'Trading Spaces' meets 'Murder, She Wrote'!" gushes one blurb (from an author I've always thought was strictly B-list). Nonetheless, he does sum this cozy series up nicely. And there are plenty of blurbs from authors who I do like and respect. The basic premise of the Domestic Bliss series is that interior decorators Erin Gilbert and Steve Sullivan (or Sullivan and Gilbert, as the dueling duo finally dub their finally joint design venture) use their respective tastes to design and decorate client projects while invariably finding dead bodies along the way. At first they had firms of their own and hated each other, but we're now seven books into the series, so by this time they've not only partnered up in business, they're partners in bed too. (Evidently they hooked up in book #6, "Poisoned By Gilt", which I haven't yet read. Sorry to have missed THAT scene…) In "Holly and Homicide", Gilbert and Sullivan (doesn't that bit of cleverness just set your teeth on edge after awhile?) are decorating a historic bed and breakfast inn that's supposed to be Grand Opening just in time for Christmas. The estate's new owners, one of whom thinks that holiday decor should include inflatable elves and a gingerbread facade, are battling among themselves (but not so severely as to prevent them from agreeing on Sullivan & Gilbert's 12 Days of Christmas theme for the interior -- a truly grandiose scheme). When Erin's big-talking ex-boyfriend mysteriously reappears and a local building inspector who'd been giving the inkeepers trouble is found strangled with a string of lights, Gilbert and Sullivan begin to suspect that it might be best to leave this psycho-drama of a project behind. Nonetheless, of course they forge on (or else there would be no book). One ongoing annoyance in the Domestic Bliss series is the sans-serif chapters of at-home scenes with landlady and Domestic Bliss diva Audrey Munroe that alternate with the main chapters. They are hard on the eyes, and the Domestic Bliss tips make Martha Stewart look like an underachiever. Another problem is that the main characters bring out my inner snark in a big way. Erin is such a design know-it-all, and she's always getting overly involved in her clients' lives. Meanwhile, Steve is the Ken doll of straight male decorators (if that isn't that an oxymoron). They get engaged in this book, and his proposal speech puts romance novels to shame. The best part of "Holly and Homicide", in my admittedly snarky opinion, was that the heroine (Erin) actually changes into a negligée just prior to the big climactic scene with character who is revealed as the murderer. Ooooh, how very horror movie! But don't let my snarkiness interfere with your enjoyment of this admittedly superior series. Sometimes I enjoy a good kvetch as much as a good read, and you'll notice I keep reading the Domestic Bliss Mysteries. Thank you for reading my review. If you found it helpful, please vote by clicking "Yes" below!