The Spirit of the Season (A Lexie Starr Mystery, Novella)

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Author proceeds from the sale of this 29,000 word novella are donated directly to Toys for Tots. Thank you for your generous support.

Lexie Starr, the 50-year-old co-owner of a B&B, adopts a local military family struggling to make ends meet at Christmas while the father serves in Afghanistan.
Soon collection bins are overflowing with toys, food, and household items for the Allens, so Lexie expands her cause to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
Then the most expensive toys go missing and Lexie is determined to bring the holiday-cheer-stealing grinch to justice . . . until she meets him.

Foreword by Sgt. Dominique G. Yost, USMC, Toys for Tots Coordinator, Leavenworth, Kansas

REVIEWS:
"Lexie's sly, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor provides plenty of laugh-out-loud moments."
~Booklist on Leave No Stone Unturned
"No matter what time of the year it is, everyone can use a quick "pick me up" of a story. And this is one such tale." ~Donald Hunt, Amazon Reviewer

THE LEXIE STARR MYSTERIES, in series order
Leave No Stone Unturned
The Extinguished Guest
Haunted
With This Ring
Just Ducky
The Spirit of the Season (A Holiday Novella)
Cozy Camping
Marriage and Mayhem


THE RIPPLE EFFECT MYSTERIES
, in series order
A Rip Roaring Good Time
Rip Tide
Ripped to Shreds
Rip Your Heart Out
Ripped Apart

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Seattle, WA: Philanthropist Murdered, Rapella Ripple Investigates in Rip Your Heart Out, a Ripple Effect Cozy Mystery by Jeanne Glidewell

While celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary on an Alaskan cruise, Rip experiences a serious cardiac event that results in a triple-bypass. Of course, the hospital is just the beginning; the Chartreuse Caboose isn’t the best place to recuperate and heal. His cardiac care nurse, Sydney Combs, has the perfect solution: her recently deceased aunt's home.

The Ripples move into the ancient Victorian mansion free of charge for the next two months. Mabel Trumbo bequeathed the home to the heart center to be used as temporary housing for heart patients' families, but it’s not quite up to snuff, which offers a great project to distract Rapella.

When an anonymous tip leads the police to suspect Sydney of murdering her aunt, Rapella's determined to exonerate Sydney. Despite several individuals with dubious intentions, a mouthy cockatoo and a huge St. Bernard to tend to, along with a house that seems possessed by evil spirits, Rapella can’t help but get wrapped up in this newest mystery.

Don't miss Rapella's heart-healthy recipe, Garlic-Roasted Salmon & Brussels Sprouts along with a special dessert, featured at the end of the story. When you make the Salmon & Brussels Sprouts, be sure to heed the warning!

From The Publisher: The Ripple Effect series will be enjoyed by fans of Joanne Fluke, Madison Johns, Ceecee James and readers of cozy mysteries who enjoy light-hearted, clean & wholesome, mysteries featuring female amateur sleuths and senior citizens.

"In a world that views aging and senior citizens obsolete, it is refreshing to read A Ripple Effect Cozy Mystery series by Jeanne Glidewell." ~Cindy Travis, Reviewer

"It is not often a book makes me laugh aloud but Jeanne Glidewell never disappoints . . ." ~Yvonne P., Reviewer

"I hope this series continues. Being Rip and Rapellas' age I am happy to see them featured in adventures. I can recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries, cozy or not." ~Anna, Reviewer

THE RIPPLE EFFECT MYSTERIES, in series order:
A Rip Roaring Good Time
Rip Tide
Ripped to Shreds
Rip Your Heart Out
Ripped Apart

THE LEXIE STARR MYSTERIES, in series order
Leave No Stone Unturned
The Extinguished Guest
Haunted
With This Ring
Just Ducky
The Spirit of the Season - a holiday novella
Cozy Camping
Marriage & Mayhem

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ePublishing Works!
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Published on
Aug 8, 2013
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Pages
100
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ISBN
9781614174547
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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'Tis the season for death, taxes, and maybe even love under the mistletoe...

Death, Taxes, and Mistletoe Mayhem is a brand-new holiday novella from award-winning author Diane Kelly!

Christmas is fast approaching when IRS Special Agent Tara is assigned a new case involving a jewelry wholesaler who's repeatedly claimed large theft losses on her tax returns. Was Nadine Gramercy really robbed, or were the thefts a mere ruse to pocket tax-free profits? Tara believes Nadine belongs at the top of Santa's "naughty" list. Her investigation takes her to Chisholm Trail mall, where she meets Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz and her fluffy K-9 partner, Brigit. Though Megan believes Tara is barking up the wrong tree, she agrees to provide backup if a bust goes down. Moreover, they decide to team up as matchmakers to find love for Chris Rasmussen, a pediatric nurse who moonlights at the mall playing Santa Claus. Chris has a warm heart and a body that's hot enough to melt to the polar ice caps. This sexy-yet-sad shopping mall Santa was recently dumped by his fickle fiancée, leaving the not-so-old elf more jilted than jolly. Can Tara and Megan solve the crime...and lift Santa's spirits in time for Christmas?



Look for Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream—available now!—from St. Martin's Paperbacks.



Praise for Diane Kelly's Tara Holloway novels:

"Smart, sassy, and so much fun!"—New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday

"Better than a refund check from the IRS!" —Reader to Reader Reviews

"Tara Holloway [is] a kindred spirit to Stephanie Plum: feisty and tenacious...laughs and nonstop action."—RT Book Reviews





ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Diane Kelly is a former CPA and tax attorney, who had several brushes with white-collar criminals during her career. When she realized her experiences made excellent fodder for novels, her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her Special Agent Tara Holloway romantic mystery series. A recipient of the 2009 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, she has received more than two dozen RWA chapter awards. Diane's fiction, tax, and humor pieces have appeared in True Love Magazine, Writer's Digest Yearbook, Romance Writers Report, Byline Magazine, and other publications.

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