I am delighted to join the blog tour for Christmas Trifle by Heather Haven today! My thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Book Tours for the chance to join and the wonderful review copy!
Christmas Trifle (A Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Mystery) by Heather Haven
About the Book
When chefs Charly and Cliff Harding divorce, she gets custody of their upscale restaurant and its namesake, Felix, the cat. He gets custody of their dog, Oscar. What they both still have custody of is each other’s heart. But they seem to be the only two people in the small ski resort town of Snow Lake, Nevada, that don’t know it.
When Cliff opens his own restaurant in direct competition with Charly, bad things start to happen. Death threats, accidents, and murder are now on the menu. Their ‘if-you-can’t-take-the-heat-then-get-out-of-the-kitchen’ battles are backfiring, and regrets consume the two of them. But can they find their way back to each other? Or is it too late? Because they just might spend the rest of their lives in prison unjustly accused of killing someone. Or can love triumph over even murder?
1st in Series
Wives of Bath Press (September 1, 2019)
• Number of Pages – 322
This is the first book in the new ‘Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Mystery’ series by Heather Haven. Although I haven’t read any other books by this author, I had no problem getting stuck in and I was really thrilled with the story!
Even though the Christmas-time prominence was lower than anticipated, it was still a very enjoyable, sweet and lovely romantic suspense story that was right up my street! With its well drawn characters, exciting plot and wonderful setting, I was especially fond of the hardworking and solidly dependable Charly. Cliff on the other hand, was quite the enigma – seemly foolish and self-centred, though I warmed to him as the story unfolded. I loved Cliff’s sister, Julia, who seemed to have been blessed with such a good nature that she was able to get along with just about anyone!
I really appreciated some of the musical references in this tale, however, the icing on the cake was the author, Heather Haven’s superb plot-line. This novel was certainly no twee, cute romance story – not that there would have been anything amiss with that. This was also a cleverly written tale of suspense and mystery, with strange goings-on, death-threats and accidents. Christmas Trifle was so well-paced and certainly never boring. The comedic aspect to the story was also very pleasing, allowing me many laugh-out-loud moments.
A fabulous beginning to a fresh and exciting series and I can’t wait to read the next instalment. Highly recommended!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Great Escapes Book Tours at my own request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About Heather Haven
Heather Haven, in the midst of writing her fourteenth novel, has also written short stories, comedy acts, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and plays. She has won numerous awards for her Silicon Valley-based Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries; Manhattan-based WWII Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries; Ringling Brothers’ Circus mystery noir, Death of a Clown; and Corliss and Other Award-Winning Stories. She has two romantic suspense series: Love Can be Murder Mystery Novellas with Lee Alvarez and Gurn Hanson, the Nick and Nora Charles of Silicon Valley, and the new Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Novels, of which Christmas Trifle is Book One.She and her husband of thirty-four years are allowed to live with their two cats, Ellie and Yulie, in the foothills of San Jose, California.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HeatherHavenStories
Twitter – @HeatherHaven
Purchase Link – Amazon
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