Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Murder with All the Trimmings by Elaine Viets

Murder with All the Trimmings is the 4th installment of Elaine Viets' Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series. Poor Josie's love life becomes extremely complicated when she is forced to mystery shop the new Christmas shops, one of which is run by her current flame's ex-girlfriend who is also the mother of his daughter. The shop is atrocious (pornaments?!), as is Mike's daughter Heather, and while Josie is afraid it will ruin her new relationship with Mike, she must do her duty. As if that weren't enough trouble, Josie's past comes back to haunt her in the form of her daughter's father, Nate, whom she never believed she'd see again, and whom she'd also told Amelia was dead. The lie she'd told to keep her daughter safe from Nate's dangerous life threatens to wreck her relationship with Amelia. As always next door neighbor Mrs. Mueller adds to the trouble with her constant nosiness! Could Josie's life be any more difficult and hectic? Somehow most things work out in the end, and there's a little bit of a surprise for those who've been following the series and know about Josie's neighbor, good and dependable but boring Stan. I can't wait to see what happens with him next! I'm really enjoying this series and highly recommend it, it's very entertaining!

For more information on Elaine Viets and her books, check out her website HERE

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