I met Holly Tierney-Bedord this summer at an author event, and I have has a lot of fun reviewing her short stories and novellas since then 🙂 She has a knack for creating some interesting and quirky characters in her novellas and it always makes for a good read 🙂
Carnage at the Christmas Party is the 2nd book of the Windy Pines Mystery Novella series. This one is a standalone and you don’t have to have read Murder at Mistletoe Manor to enjoy this one.
Windy Pines, Idaho, is known for three things: Beautiful mountain views, the world’s most incompetent police force, and, lately, murder.
Charlotte Smyth’s new job as the O’Leery Snowboarding Inc.’s Spreader of Cheer is anything but a perfect fit. She hates sports, cold weather, and anything bordering on ‘extreme’. Within days of starting her new job, she finds herself in a sea of political incorrectness, verbal abuse, and long hours, with little relief in sight. In a small town like Windy Pines, where a person’s lucky to find a job at all, her only choice is to make it work. Her boss Shane Letcher is just as disappointed with Charlotte, whom he’s decided isn’t cool enough to understand the company culture or raise the spirits of the staff.
Giving her one last chance to prove herself, Shane decides the O’Leery Christmas party is Charlotte’s make-it or break-it opportunity. She needs to deliver a fun, fabulous time, or find a new place to work. What Charlotte doesn’t know is that even if she can throw together a spectacular soiree, there are schemes happening behind the scenes that could foil her party plans.
Charlotte and her new love interest had better unravel this who-done-it before the Windy Pines police decide to arrest someone, or they may find themselves spending Christmas in jail!
The one thing I like about Holly Tierney-Bedord is she makes some crazy and quirky characters. This novella definitely had some interesting side characters, and some you just wanted to kick right in the balls. *cough* Shane and Wally *cough* Charlotte was a fun character, she put up with a lot of crap and still pulled through it all. Ensar was an interesting character, and I loved the ending.
The who dunnit of the story kept me guessing who was going to be the murderer at the end, and I really enjoyed the whole mystery of the book. I didn’t suspect anything until very close to the end 🙂
The only problem I had with this one is there is all this build up to the “Carnage” but then it just goes by really quickly and felt like more could have been added to that scene or chapters to add more to it. I did enjoy the story though and look forward to more novellas from this series!
My Rating: 3 stars
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I’ve read Snowflake Valley Advice Fairy and Murder at Mistletoe Manor and I loved them both! The other 3 are ones that I want to read 🙂 She has MANY more books, these are just a few!