It's December 1992, and children are going crazy for the Tracy Island toy - almost as crazy as the parents! Christmas day is fast approaching and Coco Pinchard is desperately trying to track one down for her four-year-old son Rosencrantz. Throw into the mix a horrible boss, a lazy husband, and the prospect of her in-laws arriving for the festivities, and Coco wishes she could cancel Christmas and sail off to a desert island somewhere - preferably with the gorgeous-yet-unattainable Tom from work.
But retail therapy is at hand! Coco's faithful friends Chris and Marika rally round, and even her mother-in-law Ethel tries to help in her own eccentric way.
From dodgy dealings in a motorway lay-by, to extreme shopping in Hamley's with a Sylvanian Families fanatic, to having a go at the Blue Peter make-your-own Tracy Island, Coco tries everything in the hope that Rosencrantz will open his must-have toy on Christmas morning.
Everyone loves Coco Pinchard's Must-Have Toy Story:
'Kick off your shoes, grab a mug (or four in Ethel's case) of mulled wine and laugh your festive socks off with this brilliant addition to the Coco Pinchard series!' Bookaholic Confessions Blog
'From blackmail to Black Friday-like mayhem, I highly recommend this witty and hilarious lovely Christmas tale' La Chouette Blog
'Robert Bryndza has a wicked sense of humour, a truly amazing talent for writing comedy and creates over-the-top (but totally believable) characters that will have you in stitches!' Billiwiz, Reader review, 5 stars
'A perfect light and easy read for the stressful holidays, complete with the timeless message on the importance of family and friends (and Tracy Island, of course).' Julayn Adams's Book Reviews
'I had tears of laughter running down my face lots of times reading it. It's AMAZING! So many laughs-BRILLIANT!' Julie Haigh, Reader review, 5 stars
About the author
The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets, has just been published.
Robert's books have sold over 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.
In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.
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