Sunday, December 6, 2015

REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY:The Santa Claws Bandit

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Book Information
Genre: Cozy mystery
  • File Size: 290 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017HXSI24

Synopsis: Imagine Beatrice Young's surprise when she's shopping for Christmas presents with her three cats ... and Santa appears armed with a gun and makes off with a sack full of toys! 

The sixty-two-year-old amateur sleuth and Cozy Cat Cafe owner had better get to the bottom of this crazy case, and quickly because Santa's hitting up stores all over town ... and depositing his stash on the lawns of needy kids.

With her crime-solving feline crew in tow, Beatrice tracks down the renegade Santa—all while trying to hold together a disastrous charity Christmas play and prepare the cafe for the holiday season. But she'd better be crafty because this Santa definitely doesn't want to be caught!

The Santa Claws Bandit is the fifth book in the Beatrice Young cozy cat mystery series. These books can be read in any order but are extra delightful when enjoyed in sequence.

Review: This is my first experience with Beatrice and her trio of cats, but I plan to remedy that situation in the near future. If this book is any indication, I am going to LOVE this series.

This is a great Christmas read. Beatrice is busy with holiday orders at the Cozy Cat Cafe, practices for A Christmas Carol, and gift shopping. When Santa shows up during her shopping trip and steals toys, including one Beatrice had her eye on, she gets herself right in the middle of the investigation.

There is humor throughout this story, which adds to its appeal. I enjoy the fact that Beatrice is older than many cozy mystery sleuths, as well--and that she still has romance in her life.

I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery, but it really seemed more of a subplot to Beatrice's personal life, which provides us with a happy surprise at the end of the story. Can't wait to see how THAT plays out.

**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Five stars

About the author
Alannah Rogers is a retired librarian living in rural New Hampshire. She has three cats, all named after authors: Charlie, Wilkie, and Jane.

Alannah is an obsessive knitter and Scrabble player who loves a strong cup of English Breakfast tea. She makes a mean strawberry rhubarb pie and enjoys tinkering in her garden when time permits.

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