Cozy Holiday Mysteries (Happy Homicides Mystery Series)

By Joanna Campbell Slan

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Enjoyed all stories EXCEPT Jenna Bennett's "Contingent on Approval". This was not a mystery except for how this story was included in the Happy Homicides mysteries. To me, it was trashy.
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Loved every story.
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Fun reading.
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bec pearce
Left mostly unread after a chapter or few.
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I don't like being forced to write a review on anything. This is a terrible annoyance and I will not get anymore of these books
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suzanne hamilton
Love it! Great read!
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alex green
Awesome read. I love Joanne Campbell Slan. She is a great writer!
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lisa alsop
some books better than others but enjoyable overall.
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michelle dennen
Fun read, light and easy.
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irene j
I love this collection and found several new authors to follow. This has been a great year for collection. Any one of the stories would be worth purchasing the collection but chances are great they any reader will love most of them.
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kayla avery
No intense mysteries -- ok read for passing the time. I like more complex reading.
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annika duurland
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It is funny
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Mostly entertaining light reading. I enjoyed the collection.
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Happy Homicides is like a holiday sampler platter – every morsel is delicious, and when you are finished you want the full menu! I enjoy anthologies. The stories are shorter so I can read them on the go, and I get in-between glimpses about familiar characters from my favorite authors, as well as discovering new authors who are probably similar to ones I already like. This collection was one of the best I have read and includes stories by Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Pakcy, Lois Winston, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Jill Thames, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino, Nancy Warren, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent.

The stories are all holiday themed, but that is where the similarity ends. It’s a diverse set: we get dogs and cats and children of course, and some murder sprinkled in. We go to familiar settings like tea shops and craft stores and recipe competitions, but also take a fun trip to a trailer park. We meet sisters and aunts who are wonderful family, but there are some husbands who are not so wonderful and some scary strangers. One of the stories is very down home, while another is almost scientific, and Jane Austen makes an appearance in one story.

I did have a couple of favorite stories, but I enjoyed each and every one of them, and ended up purchasing several books by new-to-me contributing authors because I enjoyed their Happy Homicide so much. It was a great way to start getting into the holiday spirit.

This is a must read. It’s well written, quick to read, and very entertaining. And . . . there are recipes and crafts!

I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
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christi madden
These mostly read like writing class assignments, not bad but not terribly good either. Some authors were better than others, most failed to pull me into the story and with short stories this has to be done right away.
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scott l
Have not yet read.
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Thirteen stories for the holidays. How great is that!

Some of my favorite authors contributed to this anthology along with some new ones for me.

Each story, though not a full length novel, was so well written it felt complete. That shows the talent of these authors, giving you a beginning, middle, and end, in a limited amount of words.

Spend the holidays meeting new characters, falling in love, and solving some murders.

Each new story brings that feeling of wonder. You are entering a new world, going on a new adventure.

After I finished one story, I couldn’t resist starting the next one. And so it went until I finished them all.

With weather cooling down, these stories would be great companions while curled up with a snug blanket and a hot cuppa tea.

I received this book for my honest review.
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I really enjoyed this book! I always like anthologies like this cause they give me a chance to read new authors. Joanna Campbell Slan, Joyce and Jim Lavene, Neil Plakcy, Lois Winston, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett Nancy Warren, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino, Nancy Jill Thames, Linda Gordon Hengerer, and Teresa Trent each had a story in this book and I enjoyed them all. The bonus file of recipes and craft tips was a fun addition as well. Great way to get you in the mood for the holidays and I would definitely recommend picking it up Oct. 15th when it comes out! I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Enjoy!
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arkadiusz gorka
This boxed set presented a great chance to try some new authors. And with so many well written and diverse stories to choose from, any mystery lover is likely to find all or many of the selections to his/her liking. I know I did. Here are my impressions of just a few of the stories (in no particular order).
The first story in the compilation is Cara Mia Delgatto and the Misdirected Gifts by Joanna Campbell Slan. A well written and touching mystery about lost love and family relationships – good and bad – is triggered by the discovery of a hollowed out book in a box that Cara acquired for her second-hand/recycling shop from an estate sale. Cara, her grandfather, and her friends, are likeable, good-hearted characters who work together to solve the mystery.
Another story that I really enjoyed was Dying for Holiday Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella by Linda Gordon Hengerer. This culinary cozy features three sisters, Dani, Chelsea, and Alex, who run the tea shop they inherited from their grandmother. Preparations for the traditional holiday tea are soon complicated by a dead body and a missing cookbook. I understand that a series featuring the sisters and tea shop is forthcoming. Sounds promising to me.
I love almost anything with dogs, and Neil Plakcy’s contribution to this boxed set didn’t disappoint. Dog Forbid: A Golden Retriever Mystery was a light and fun mystery. When a friend’s puppy is dognapped, Steve’s faithful companion, Rochester, literally sniffs out the culprit. I hadn’t read anything by this author before, but will likely look for his work in the future.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this boxed set as part of a blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
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jenni v
This was a good collection of cozy holiday mysteries. Most of the authors were new to me and I’m looking forward to reading their other books - some of the stories fell flat, but most were real gems. My favorites in the collection were Contingent on Approval, by Jenna Bennett, and The Neon Ornaments, by Camille Minichino.

In Contingent on Approval, Jenna Bennett introduces you to the characters, their relationships, and past events seamlessly, dropping little snippets here and there throughout the story to build a rounded past and present that give this novella a feeling of solidity and depth that short stories often lack. Well-bred Savannah Martin’s rough-around-the-edges boyfriend Rafe has surprised her by coming for Christmas at her mother’s Southern mansion, and the family tension escalates humorously throughout the holiday celebrations.

Camille Minichino’s refreshing inclusion of science in The Neon Ornaments, as well as her sharp and funny character development, made me look forward to reading more from her Periodic Table mysteries. From the first line – ‘Rose started the argument when she claimed to have bought "a box of fabulous neon Christmas ornaments"’ – I knew this wasn’t going to be your standard cookie-cutter cozy. Gloria and Rose are complete opposites – one a pragmatic, down-to-earth scientist and the other a fashionable socialite. When Gloria visits Rose in Boston for some Christmas shopping and catching up, she’s pulled into a homicide investigation with the local police department involving the death of a local physicist. It turns out Rose has tried to lay some match-making groundwork by mentioning her friend’s scientific brilliance to the attractive, single, gentlemanly Detective Matt Gennero, and the hook of a puzzling investigation is more than Gloria can resist...

I also quite enjoyed Elementary, My Dear Gertie, by Lois Winston - When Nori and her boyfriend Mac visit her family for the holidays, the marriage and baby pressure starts immediately. When they try to sneak to Mac's hotel for some together-time and end up narrowly escaping arson, a web of intrigue is revealed connecting many of the small-town residents to some... unusual goings-on. Interspersed with the suspense are classic holiday family moments that had me laughing and remembering similarly barbed exchanges around the turkey - I'm sure a lot of us can relate to overbearing mothers, squabbling relatives, and skeletons that simply refuse to stay demurely in the closets during the holidays!

Other stories take us to a small town tea shop where a gingerbread competition leads to unintentional homicide; an Amish community hiding a horrible secret; a perky direct-sales rep (you know the type!) who gets in over her head when the flashy diamond necklace she borrowed is stolen right off her neck; and a school Christmas pageant where jealousy and poison go hand-in-hand.

These stories range from funny to thought-provoking and are all different and unique. Some weren't as appealing to me (and some of the characters I wanted to smack!), but all in all this is a bargain and was a great way to find some new-to-me authors to enjoy.

I was offered an advanced copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.
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manoj sharma
I just finished reading Happy Homicide: Thirteen Cozy Mysteries for the Holidays. It contains some delightful cozy mysteries by Camille Minichino, Nancy Warren, Jenna Bennett, Sara Rosett, Neil Pakcy, Joanna Campbell Slan (the first and last story are by this author), Lois Winston, Annie Adams, Nancy Jill Thames, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Teresa Trent, and Joyce and Jim Lavene. I liked this book because it gave me a chance to check out some series that I have not read before and revisit some series that I enjoy. I like the story by Camille Minichino because it is a prequel to The Periodic Table series. One of the first series I have read in the cozy mystery genre was The Periodic Table series. All the stories in the book are easy to read and enjoyable. The common theme throughout the books is that they all take place during the holiday season. If you like to read cozy mysteries, then you will enjoy these delightful short stories. I give Happy Homicide 4 out of 5 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of Happy Homicide from Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
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danita m
Just in time for holiday shopping -- a baker's dozen of attractive mysteries. A great way for a mystery fan (like me) to visit again with some favorite writers and discover new ones. Twelve authors contribute 13 varied tales. (Joanna Campbell Stein contributes two stories -- each featuring a favorite heroine -- Cara Mia Delgatto and Kiki Lowenstein.) I was happy to visit Annie Adams Flower Shop again where murder seems to be always available, even during holiday season. A special delight was Camille Minichino's "Neon Ornaments" as she prequels her Table of Elements mystery series with an introduction to her heroine of that series. If you're a dog lover, you'll enjoy Joyce and Jim Lavene's "Dog Who Came for Christmas," Nancy Jill Thames's "Teddy Saves Christmas," and Neil Plakey's "Dog Forbid." Other authors new to me were Lois Winston, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Warren, Sara Rosett, Linda Gordon Hengerer and Teresa Trent. Each contributed as tantalizing tidbit to raise my appetite for more. There's a variety of plot lines, a variety or crimes and criminals but altogether satisfying. Together, these 12 authors p
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burke mcferrin alciatore
Calm Assurance: Orlosian Warriors Bk. 1“Happy Homicides” is a fun read, and lives up to its description – “cozy.” I seldom take time to read mysteries these days, but chose this to entertain me while I completed a manuscript. The 13 stories are well-written, and prior to reading the set I had not been introduced to any of their writing. Now, I’m seeking some of their single works.

Authors Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Joanna Campbell Slan, Linda Gordon Henderer, Camille Minichino, Neil S. Plakcy, Sara Rosett, Nancy Jill Thames, Teresa Trent, Nancy Warren, and Lois Winston quickly won me over with colorful scenery and characters, and I found myself reaching for the next story every time a took a break.

As an animal lover, the stories with animal stars were my favorites, of course, but I enjoyed the variety. The stories are short, well-paced, and although I could have read more, the adventures were developed well enough to pique my interest in other works by each author. I would definitely recommend this set to mystery lovers and anyone who just enjoys a good, wholesome read.

I received this book through Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
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greg fanoe
Wonderful stories by a superb group of authors, you cannot go wrong with HAPPY HOMICIDES. It’s a must have collection for every mystery reader.

With the variety of impressive authors participating in this anthology, I knew this was going to be a spectacular book, and it was! There are stories by many favorite authors of mine. Authors that when I see their names, I know I am in for a reading treat. And then there were so new to me authors who now have a new fan in me!

The short story format of each individual offering did nothing to lessen the mystery, fun, or integrity of each story. Each author did incredible work with the word count I’m sure they had to be considerate of. In fact, they were so well done, it felt like reading thirteen full length novels in one sitting. HAPPY HOMICIDES is just proof of the talent each author in this ensemble.

It’s my extreme hope that there will be a second volume from these great names!

Note: When you purchase this book, you are given a wonderful opportunity to download a free book!
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char utyro
1 Lost and Found Holiday Gifts: A Cara Mia Delgatto by Joanna Campbell Slan

I liked it. but I thought it was interesting with the title that there was no homicide in the first story.
shows a little bit of Cara and friends life and they find time to reach out to others.

2 Dog Forbid by Neil Plakey

still no homicides. Not a happy subject either but a happy ending.

Dog is stolen while on vacation along with ipads. That would ruin a vacation. Deals with puppy mills too. Which are depressing.

3 Elementary, My Dear Gertie by Lori Winston

a murder finally. also a imaginary friend and A not boring family Christmas. Keeps you guessing.

There are 13 stories in this collection. Some of the authors were familiar to me and there series I read. Some of them I have never heard of before but I now want to read there series. I really liked A Diamond Choker for Christmas by Nancy Warren I loved the characters and would read more about them in fact I have already down loaded one of her books.

This collection is good fun mysteries. You can just read one if you want at a time or the whole 13 stories. I have read most of them in two days. I will read the others when I have more free time.

Some of the books were just too short I wanted to read more about them. I liked The Dog who Came for Christmas by Jim and Joyce Lavene. You could feel the terror of the main character.

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This collection of holiday-themed short stories is a great way to sample the works of several authors. All of the novellas fall into the category of cozy mysteries, with a few including a romantic angle.

"Menace at the Christmas Market" by Sara Rosett was one of the first to really grab my attention. I also enjoyed "Dying for Holiday Tea" by Linda Gordon Hengerer and "The Rowan Tree Twig" by Joanna Campbell Slan. My favorite was "The Deadliest Christmas Pageant Ever" by Teresa Trent. I have been following the Pecan Bayou series from the beginning and was really happy to encounter Betsy Livingston and her friends once more.

If you enjoy Christmas stories and mysteries, this anthology will be a great way for you to get into the holiday spirit.

4 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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amanda golderer
Happy Homicide contains 13 short stories of murder, mayhem, mystery and romance all connected by a Christmas holiday theme. These stories are penned by some of my favorite cozy mystery authors including: Joyce and Jim Lavene; Joanna Campbell Slan with Kiki Lowenstein and another for Cara Mia Delgatto; Jenna Bennett with a dilemma for Savanna Martin; Teresa Trent and her Pecan Bayou characters; Nancy Jill Thames with another Teddy the dog tale; and seven other delightful stories. If you are looking to get into a holiday mood, then try this anthology…there is sure to be at least one entry that will delight you and you may even find a Christmas miracle or two. Finally, this anthology also provides recipes and crafts to really help get you in the holiday spirit. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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leslie bird bassett
Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
You have 13 very different stories of the cozy mystery variety. The writing was fun, fresh and highly enjoyable for a murder mystery anthology. Each of the characters that were you were introduced to were likeable. It kept your attention and your bound to find one that will hold your attention rather nicely. So if you ever get a chance check it out and you just may enjoy it a whole lot.
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brian colquhoun
I truly enjoyed reading Happy Homicides: Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries! Each story was different and kept my interest throughout. The editor did an excellent selecting stories that complement each other. I cannot determine which story I liked best because they all were so well plotted and written.
Annie Adams, Neil Plakcy, Teresa Trent are favorite authors. As I finished stories by the authors new to me I immediately downloaded a book by each “new” author to my Kindle for future reading. They are quickly becoming favorites.
I look forward to future Happy Homicides collections.
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sharon morice mitchell
This was an enjoyable collection of mystery stories. Despite the title, not all of the stories involves homicides. My favorites were probably: "Lost and Found Holiday Gifts"; "Menace at the Christmas Market"; "The Neon Ornaments"; "Teddy Saves Christmas"; and "The Rowan Tree Twig." I found some new authors to check out.

I received a free copy of the ebook from Reading Alley in exchange for a review.
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sachal khan
This was a very entertaining read. All thirteen stories were great. Nancy Jill Thames story "Teddy Saves Christmas" is a shiny Christmas present wrapped with murder. When Jillian Bradley finds herself alone for the holidays, her dog Teddy, a cute little Yorkie, finds a homeless woman with an interesting but dangerous secret. Teddy won't leave her on the street so Jillian has no choice but to take her home. Thames stories have a Jessica Fletcher "Murder She Wrote" feel to me and this one has a surprising end. Joyce and Jim Lavene's short story "The Dog Who Came for Christmas" was awesome and left me hoping that they revisit these characters again perhaps in a series. A woman running from her past,and a dog all come together in an interesting twist and a heartwarming ending. Another story in the anthology that I really enjoyed was "Dying for Holiday Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella by Linda Gordon Hengerer. Three sister's the Powell's runs their grandmother's old tea shop. The sister's find her recipe book, with her gingerbread recipe. Someone wants the recipe bad enough to commit murder. Hengerer is a very descriptive writer and I could smell the smells and see the sights of the tea shop. I am looking forward to her first book in the Beach Tea Shop mysteries. "Happy Homicides" will make a great holiday read for anyone. I received a copy from the publisher for a fair and honest review.
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jed john edwards
What a ride, what a journey, through 13 holiday mysteries from best selling & award winnng authors. These stories will take you from dognapping, recipe robberies, to neighborly? love(the kind you don't want) and many other mysteries for your holiday enjoyment. This book feels like 13 great authors each drop off a wonderful story for your holiday pleasure. Then on top of ALL THAT, you get a bargain price.Then they put at bow on it and throw in another present: free bonus file of recipes and craft tips. Things we are all looking for this time of year. Give yourself a present then treat your friends without breaking the bank, Delightful read. Wonderful bargain.
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If you buy just one book for yourself this holiday season, this should be the one!

I do not usually like Christmas anthologies. Having said that, I had the opportunity to read this one. And loved it! Probably because I like things served up with a side of mystery and murder... This is a delicious treat that does not disappoint. (There is even a Thanksgiving offering included, as well.) Each story was a gem! AND less fattening than eggnog & cookies, guaranteed! Treat yourself. You know you want to. At under a dollar, it is truly a guilt-free pleasure!
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kristin slonski
13 bite-sized cozy mysteries (some with murders, some not) that can deliver little doses of holiday cheer from now until New Year’s Day. We liked some of these much better than others--Our favorites include The Dog Who Came for Christmas by Joyce and Jim Lavene (excellent mystery/romance), Dying for Tea by Linda Gordon Hengerer (a lovely mystery featuring the Beach Tea Shop), and Menace at the Christmas Market bySara Rosett (poison at the Regency-themed Christmas Market, anyone?).
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bonnie rose ward
Happy Homicides, a fun read to get you started on the holiday season!
Admittedly, I only knew and read one author when I started-Joanna Campbell Slan. Her two stories, continued filling in
the gaps of her terrific story lines, and as always, I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in her series .
Along the way, I found some new authors who intrigued me and will be added to my "read pile".
Overall, the stories were well written, funny, timely, written on a variety of topics, and left me wanting more!
Really enjoyed this early Christmas gift!!
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yelena gordiyenko
Thirteen stories to get you into the mood for the holidays. There is something for everyone with mystery, humor and romance. A great assortment of stories and authors. I am a fan of Jenna Bennett and Sara Rosett so I was excited to read this book and their stories are awesome. But thanks to this book I have added some new authors to my must read book list.
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vlm 1124
Happy Homicides is a fun read, full of short stories by some of my favorite "cozy mystery" authors, as well as some from authors new to me. I enjoyed them all! I do hope there will be another anthology by this group of authors next year, and I look forward to reading other books by these authors (that are new to me!).

I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Although I prefer longer novels to short stories. This is a nice collection in time for the Christmas season. (The season when there isn't much time to read.) Many authors were familiar to me but I also enjoyed the stories from new to authors.
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andreas christensen
I love to read and am always looking for new authors. This cozy mystery anthology is a wonderful introduction to several new (to me) authors, as well as an opportunity to catch up with some old friends. Each novella is well written, and has enough twists and intrigue to keep you turning the pages.
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I loved the short stories especially Joanna Campbell Slan's Cara Mia is one of my favorite characters and i can't wait for the next installment.
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I did not want these books to end. I definitely want to read all of these author's books now that I have read these novellas. They were so entertaining that I did not want them to end. Definitely worth the .99 cents for all 13 novellas.
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molly brodak
Too many "romance novel" type stories for my taste.
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