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In this short story, Presley goes home for Christmas expecting it to be a relaxing holiday until her old boyfriend, Brian, asks for her help finding out who has been stealing from him and it turns from theft to murder. Why would anyone want to kill Tommy and what was he hiding?

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Author PhotoAs a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child).
As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.
Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.
Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.
Taking the plunge to write books (cozy mysteries and chick lit) that she actually let people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to being a real author, having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, Writing is a Lifestyle, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.



Cooper and I walked up to where Brian was standing outside his shop. I gave him a hug. He looked awful, but finding a dead body would do that to you.

Murder and Christmas?! So…not expected, except—when there is a book title like Mistletoe & Murder. Turner’s fifth installment is captivating and a wonderful continuance in The Presley Thurman Mysteries. Plot twists are always something that this author enjoys throwing into the mix; however, this book was fairly predictable. That isn’t necessarily a terrible thing—the book still holds interest and mysteries are always intriguing as far as the “hows” and “whys” in regards to the method of which the investigators come to their conclusions with the clues that are presented. It is fairly evident that readers will still be hooked to this series after reading this book, but what does the next installment hold for Presley?

Everyone is coming together back to Alkon for Christmas…Jesse and Ashley, Cooper and Presley—and another murder. That’s right! The small town of Alkon is experiencing a tragic, yet unexpected news break again. Upon everyone’s arrival at their parents’ house, a friend of Presley’s calls soon enough to ask for their help with some missing tools. Why? Because, Presley is now a seasoned pro at finding culprits…if only she would think about going into the law enforcement field—but alas, that does not interest her in the least bit. As a friend, Presley agrees to help Brian with finding the missing tools, but then the person that they suspect of theft winds up dead and now…Presley is definitely on the case. With Cooper’s help, they are not only looking for the thief, but now a cold blooded killer too!

Turner does a superb job with character development. All of her characters are continuously portrayed with accurate precision from the previous novels within this series. The writing isn’t as clean as the second or third installment, but not terribly exhausting either. The grammatical and spelling errors in this book are consistent with the first book in the series and will need a little work. This story is a fast-paced novel like the others, which makes it very easy to read. If you are a reader of mysteries within a series, you will enjoy reading this book. It is highly recommended that readers begin with the first book called Stilettos & Scoundrels because there are many events that revert back to previous book scenes and situations.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.

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