Sugarplums and Scandal

Sugarplums and Scandal

Book - 2006
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SUGARPLUMS AND SCANDAL brings together the best of romance and mystery in one delightful collection of Christmas tales. In the expert hands of six of Avon's best storytellers, the holiday season takes on an air of love and scandalous surprises! Filled with Christmas miracles, romance, and suspense, this will make the perfect gift for both romance and mystery fans. Each author brings their own unique voice and characters to the collection, as well as their fan followings.

All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth - Lori Avocato

The Lords of Misrule - Dana Cameron

The Ghost of Christmas Passed - Mary Daheim

Partners in Crime - Cait London

Holly Go Lightly - Suzanne Macpherson

A Very Vampy Christmas - Kerrelyn Sparks


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IrishMoon
Jan 15, 2015

I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries and especially enjoy the holiday issues, but the stories in this book all bored me.

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vloveg
Mar 06, 2012

Sugarplums and Scandal

All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth - Lori Avocato
** (2 stars)

"When nurse-turned-investigator Pauline Sokol decides to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to a helpless old man, she unwittingly discovers misdeeds of a Scrooge-like local dentist."

The jokes fell flat, I couldn't follow the motivations and logic of the non-narrator characters, and the plot was thing and sloppily executed.

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Lords of Misrule - Dana Cameron
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"Modern detection skills are called for on Christmas Eve in an elegant eighteenth-century English manor when murder and grand theft get thrown in amidst the Christmas cheer."

The description of this story didn't appeal, so I skipped it.

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The Ghost of Christmas Passed - Mary Daheim
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"All the wacky relatives are together for the holidays at Judith McMonigle Flynn's bed-and-breakfast - but a murderous, uninvited 'ghost' may dampen the Christmas spirit."

The description of this story didn't appeal, so I skipped it.

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Partners in Crime - Cait London
** (2 stars)

"When a well-meaning do-gooder lets a mysterious man into her life, she must discover if he's protecting her - or stalking her."

I wanted to identify with the main characters, but their thought processes were too obscured. I liked them in theory, but I just couldn't get attached or sympathise. The story was an interesting idea, but it didn't pace well. I might try one of this author's longer stories to see if the problem was just the shorter novella format.

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Holly Go Lightly - Suzanne Macpherson
**** (4 stars)

"A handsome hero's plucky late fiancee won't leave him be until he completes her unfinished mission on Earth."

I really liked this story. The characters had some depth and were likeable and funny. The plot had some nice twists, and while the ending was a little abrupt, I was ultimately satisfied.

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A Very Vampy Christmas - Kerrelyn Sparks
***** (5 stars)

"Coming home for the holidays takes on new meaning when a newly turned vampire discovers his own Christmas miracle."

As a fan and follower of Sparks' "Love At Stake" series, this story was the reason I picked up this collection. I was already invested in one of the main characters and enjoyed the extra insight provided from her background. The supporting cast was colorful, sympathetic, and contributed to the story. Sparks' stories are always a nice mix or warmth, humor, and suspense, and this story is no exception.

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