The fourth book read for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge (Details and sign-up HERE, Reviews HERE) I've achieved Visions of Sugar Plums and the Mistletoe level.
BLUE CHRISTMAS by MARY KAY ANDREWS.
SOURCE: Ex-library stock. The edition I read was a 2006 A Little Black Dress Book and not the edition as linked to above.
Tis the season to be jolly
and Eloise Foley is looking forward to a magical Christmas filled with friends, family and festive fun.
But then a mysterious break-in at her beloved antiques shop combines with some very unhealthy competition from the interiors shop opposite, suggesting not everyone's feeling as much seasonal goodwill as Eloise. Adding to this problem are the increasingly eccentric antics of her family and a boyfriend who's about as Christmassy as a deckchair - generally things are starting to look a little less than merry.
It's up to Eloise to fix things so she can have the fairy-tale festive season she wants so much. But will she be able to do it on time - or is she heading for a blue, blue Christmas?
..... Outer back cover
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): I was just hot-gluing the last popcorn and cranberry strand to the second of two five-foot-high topiary Christmas trees when my best friend came breezing into Maisie's Daisy.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 34): ..... Mama wearing her traditional Christmas party outfit, which consisted of a green wool skirt and one of those awful seasonal sweater s she adores - this one featured giant knitted Christmas trees adorned with tiny ornaments that actually lit up and blinked. Unfortunately, two of the blinking red lights were located directly in the middle of her chest, so that from across the room it appeared her nipples were winking.
MY THOUGHTS: Apparently the third book in the Weezie and Bebe Mysteries series though given that it works so well as a standalone read you would never have guessed it.
A thoroughly cheesy read but then given the time of year who doesn't like a nice bit of cheese?
Blue Christmas is a fun seasonal read. OK so the plot was rather far fetched, the 'mystery' hardly mysterious, but Eloise's/Weezie's love of Christmas was so infectious as to be catching, her descriptions of 'the' family get together so funny that I had to chuckle - and not always quietly it has to be said. And as for the 'love affair' between pooches Jethro and Ruthie? Well, lets just say its sweet.
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