Sunday, September 8, 2019

Review: Christmas Trifle (A Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Mystery) by Heather Haven (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Christmas Trifle
(A  Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Mystery)
by Heather Haven

About the Book 

Christmas Trifle (A  Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Mystery)
Romantic Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Wives of Bath Press (September 1, 2019)
• Number of Pages - 322

When chefs Charly and Cliff Harding divorce, she gets custody of their upscale restaurant and its namesake, Felix, the cat.  He gets custody of their dog, Oscar.  What they both still have custody of is each other’s heart. But they seem to be the only two people in the small ski resort town of Snow Lake, Nevada, that don’t know it.

When Cliff opens his own restaurant in direct competition with Charly, bad things start to happen. Death threats, accidents, and murder are now on the menu. Their ‘if-you-can’t-take-the-heat-then-get-out-of-the-kitchen’ battles are backfiring, and regrets consume the two of them. But can they find their way back to each other?  Or is it too late? Because they just might spend the rest of their lives in prison unjustly accused of killing someone. Or can love triumph over even murder?

My Review

Chefs Charlotte (Charly) and Cliff Harding are experiencing a painful time. They are going through a divorce that neither one wants, but they don’t realize it yet. Instead they are busy dividing up their assets. Even going as far as Charly getting custody of their cat, while Cliff gets custody of their dog.

Charly gets their restaurant Chez Felix, which prompts Cliff to open his own competing restaurant. They quickly learn there is no room for two restaurants in the small town of Snow Lake, Nevada. Not only do both restaurants suffer financially, but a dead body shows up and Charly receives death threats. Somehow the police focus their attention on the couple and suspect them of murder.

I have to admit, at first I did not like the main characters very much. They seemed too wrapped up in their own needs, but it didn’t take long for me to change my mind. Their characters grew throughout the book. The author did a great job of showing character growth.

I especially liked Cliff’s sister and her romance. I’d love to read a book centering on their romance. There were even some cute dog and cat scenes.

The ending took me by surprised. I didn’t see it coming, which is always fun. It’s nice to be surprised. This is a well written romantic suspense that keeps you guessing.

For reading challenges:
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2019 (Nevada)

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Heather Haven

Heather Haven, in the midst of writing her fourteenth novel, has also written short stories, comedy acts, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and plays. She has won numerous awards for her Silicon Valley-based Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries; Manhattan-based WWII Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries; Ringling Brothers’ Circus mystery noir, Death of a Clown; and Corliss and Other Award-Winning Stories. She has two romantic suspense series: Love Can be Murder Mystery Novellas with Lee Alvarez and Gurn Hanson, the Nick and Nora Charles of Silicon Valley, and the new Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Novels, of which Christmas Trifle is Book One.

She and her husband of thirty-four years are allowed to live with their two cats, Ellie and Yulie, in the foothills of San Jose, California.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me, Socrates! Much appreciated.

  2. I wasn't interested until I read there is a Felix the cat :)

  3. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. The book sounds terrific!


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