Christmas at Swans Nest
The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent -- whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett -- that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, and now the Tales of Telenia fantasy saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). She lives in Rochester, NY, with her husband and three cats.
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Book Review by Bree Herron
Reading holiday cozies can be interesting, you usually know a theme, sometimes the murder, or mystery as in this case. I was pleasantly surprised.I will warn you this is a quick read, maybe an hour at most. BUT that makes the reader able to enjoy it in one sitting, and it makes you want to read more about Tori and Kathy!
I loved that Kathy is making an old house into an Inn. She is putting time, money and most importantly love into the house. Finding a mysterious hint that her home could host more than just crummy boards, Kathy knows she has mystery on her hands. But with the holidays quickly approaching she leaves it alone. In fact, I got the feeling that Kathy felt it was more of a prank than a possibility. She reminded me of myself, curious yet a bit jaded on the idea. I loved her best friend Tori, what a friend to have. If you have the ability to feel more stand offish then having a friend that never quits is the way to go. Lorraine, gave such life to these characters that I felt I was in their mind seeing the story. The descriptions of the house worked very well for me, I felt as though in the suspenseful moment of solving the mystery I could see clearly where and how.Christmas at Swans Nest- is a great stop on the Cozy Days for Bibliophile Reviews #giveaway Click To Tweet
If you haven’t read any of Lorraine’s books, here is what you are missing- she creates friends, not just characters. No matter the series they become your book BFF’s. Each series and book host such descriptions that in this case, I was seeing the house through the character’s eyes- the walls, floors, windows. The mysteries are cozy, they define the word. This mystery made my heart warm and a reminder that good can happen in the smallest or oddest ways.
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**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.
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