Murder in Her Stocking (A Granny Reid Mystery, #1)
As the Moonlight Magnolia Agency revisits old memories on Christmas Eve, Granny Reid takes the reins back thirty years to the 1980s--back when she went by Stella, everyone's hair was bigger, and sweaters were colorful disasters. But murder never went out of style . . .Christmas has arrived in sleepy McGill, Georgia, but holiday cheer can't keep temperamental Stella Reid from swinging a rolling pin at anyone who crosses her bad side--and this season, there are plenty. First an anonymous grinch vandalizes a celebrated nativity display. Far worse, the scandalous Prissy Carr is found dead in an alley behind a tavern. With police puzzled over the murder, Stella decides to stir the local gossip pot for clues on the culprit's identity . . .Turns out Prissy held a prominent spot on the naughty list, and suspects pile up like presents on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, the more progress Stella makes, the more fears she must confront. With a neighbor in peril and the futures of her beloved grandchildren at risk, Stella must somehow set everything straight and bring a cunning criminal to justice before December 25th . . .

Murder in Her Stocking (A Granny Reid Mystery, #1) Details

TitleMurder in Her Stocking (A Granny Reid Mystery, #1)
Author
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-139781496716262
Rating
GenreMystery, Holiday, Christmas, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Murder in Her Stocking (A Granny Reid Mystery, #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Murder in Her Stocking by G.A. McKevett is the first book in the new A Granny Reid Mystery series. This series however seems to be a prequel spin off series to the author’s long running Savannah Reid series featuring Savannah’s grandmother Stella Reid.Stella Reid is a grandmother to seven young children who’s mother isn’t the best role model ever often choosing to go out and drink than watch her kids leaving Stella to pick up the slack. Stella is not one to back down to anyone or any challenge t Murder in Her Stocking by G.A. McKevett is the first book in the new A Granny Reid Mystery series. This series however seems to be a prequel spin off series to the author’s long running Savannah Reid series featuring Savannah’s grandmother Stella Reid.Stella Reid is a grandmother to seven young children who’s mother isn’t the best role model ever often choosing to go out and drink than watch her kids leaving Stella to pick up the slack. Stella is not one to back down to anyone or any challenge though and those kids mean the world to her.When Stella is out one night though she hears a scream and when going to investigate she finds Prissy Carr in the alley behind the tavern. With the help of her grandkids Stella knows a murderer is on the loose and she’ll do whatever it takes to find them before Christmas.Again I have accidentally stumbled into a series that while this is the beginning it’s also a spin off leaving me the feeling that I was missing something or other when I started reading. For me that feeling that things weren’t introduced as new to readers leaves me a bit disconnected to a story.Stella “Granny” Reid also seemed to be doing a lot more interacting with the kids than solving a murder, which makes sense when her granddaughter will become a sleuth herself one day, but that also seemed to slow this down a bit. I think fans of the original series will probably love this one but not being familiar with it myself it was just an OK read.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    Murder in Her Stocking is an exciting start to the new Granny Reid series by G. A. McKevett.This story goes back to a time that will leave you laughing and crying, and hoping the story never ends.We learn how all 7 of her grandchildren come to live with Granny Reid and the heroics of a young Savannah.I read this book in two days, only because I had to get some sleep in between.I love this first in a new series and cannot wait to read the next book in the series.I volunteered to read and review a Murder in Her Stocking is an exciting start to the new Granny Reid series by G. A. McKevett.This story goes back to a time that will leave you laughing and crying, and hoping the story never ends.We learn how all 7 of her grandchildren come to live with Granny Reid and the heroics of a young Savannah.I read this book in two days, only because I had to get some sleep in between.I love this first in a new series and cannot wait to read the next book in the series.I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Gail C.
    January 1, 1970
    Murder in Her Stocking by G. A. McKevett is a stand alone mystery that is also a prequel to her popular Savannah Reid mystery series. As a mystery it stands alone, but much of the book is also exposition for Savannah Reid and others of the Reid family. Because this was the first book in the series for me, I was somewhat at a loss as it began, feeling as if I should know these characters better than I did. The story of the Reid family, and Granny Reid in particular, is more prominent than the my Murder in Her Stocking by G. A. McKevett is a stand alone mystery that is also a prequel to her popular Savannah Reid mystery series. As a mystery it stands alone, but much of the book is also exposition for Savannah Reid and others of the Reid family. Because this was the first book in the series for me, I was somewhat at a loss as it began, feeling as if I should know these characters better than I did. The story of the Reid family, and Granny Reid in particular, is more prominent than the mystery itself. Throughout the novel there was emphasis on creating the atmosphere of the poverty stricken Reid family in the hardscrabble town of McGill, Georgia. The narrative was made up of an abundance of colloquialisms and other southern phrases, some more famous than others. There was a familiarity in these initially that helped to create the book’s atmosphere, but they became somewhat redundant as they were used so often they created a feeling the author had a list of sayings she was determined to include before the book ended. Overall, the story of the Reid family comes across as a bit cliche. It’s the typical portrayal of the simple, but good, uneducated southerners who have hearts as good as gold and an abundance of common sense. The story is written to occur at Christmas, during a cold winter, but the feel is more consistent with barefoot children shuffling down a dirt road on a long hot summer’s day and adults spending the majority of their time gossiping about the other adults in their small community while fanning themselves with a hand-held funeral home fan. Until the final few chapters, it was only with an occasional reference to the cold, or to a typical Christmas activity such as buying a tree, that would remind me the story actually took place in December. The timing was made clear in the prologue of the story, but was quickly forgotten as I became engaged in the story itself. I found the mystery of “who done it” easy to solve, as well as the process to lead to the unmasking of the murderer which was a bit of a mystery of its own. Because the solution of the murder was not as central to the book as some of the other storylines, there were some good clues, but not many red herrings. This resulted in the feeling more of reading a novel about the Reid family than a mystery novel with well identified suspects, clues and false trails. As such, it may be more enjoyable for people who are acquainted with the Savannah Reid mystery series and who would like more information on her early days, along with more in depth information on the early years of her family.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    I love G A Mckevett Savannah Reid series so I was excited to learn Granny Reid was getting her own series. This story takes place before the Reid kids came to live with Granny. Granny, Savannah and Waycross are out and her a woman scream. Granny sends the kids to the police station and goes back to help the person. She is of course too late. The sherif asks for her help and of course Savannah helps as she wants to be a policewoman when she is older.The book also shows how the kids came to live w I love G A Mckevett Savannah Reid series so I was excited to learn Granny Reid was getting her own series. This story takes place before the Reid kids came to live with Granny. Granny, Savannah and Waycross are out and her a woman scream. Granny sends the kids to the police station and goes back to help the person. She is of course too late. The sherif asks for her help and of course Savannah helps as she wants to be a policewoman when she is older.The book also shows how the kids came to live with Granny and how living with their mother was like. I enjoyed seeing the kids when they were small and to see that their personalities didn't change when they got older. I liked seeing Savannah and Granny team up just like always. This book had everything that I love about this series . It always makes me happy to read about the Reid family. I know need to reread all of my Savannah books now. That's how much I love this book. Great first book in a series .
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Granny Reid, from the Savannah Reid Mystery series, is the headliner of this new series. It's all about the love as the Moonlight Magnolia Agency gathers on Christmas Eve, remembering the events leading up to the first Christmas the Reid children spent with their beloved Granny as their guardian is the basis of this story.Raising 7 children ages 11-6 in small town McGill Georgia has Stella Reid stretched. Finding herself holding Prissy Carr as she takes her last breath, Stella is determined to d Granny Reid, from the Savannah Reid Mystery series, is the headliner of this new series. It's all about the love as the Moonlight Magnolia Agency gathers on Christmas Eve, remembering the events leading up to the first Christmas the Reid children spent with their beloved Granny as their guardian is the basis of this story.Raising 7 children ages 11-6 in small town McGill Georgia has Stella Reid stretched. Finding herself holding Prissy Carr as she takes her last breath, Stella is determined to do right by Priscilla by helping Sheriff Manny Gilford investigate the murder.Meeting a young Savannah and seeing the dynamic woman who shaped her was a true cozy experience.I am looking forward to more Granny Reid stories.I volunteered to read an ARC through Net Galley
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    Murder in Her Stocking is the first book in G. A. McKevett’s Granny Reid Mystery series. This delightful read had me laughing aloud one moment and then reaching for a box of tissues the next. The storyline is well thought out, the well-developed characters are affable, is full of compassion and caring, and the dialogue is witty and engaging. There’s some adult language, but no graphic violence or sexually explicit situations. This quickly paced whodunit kept me guessing until the reveal.The Reid Murder in Her Stocking is the first book in G. A. McKevett’s Granny Reid Mystery series. This delightful read had me laughing aloud one moment and then reaching for a box of tissues the next. The storyline is well thought out, the well-developed characters are affable, is full of compassion and caring, and the dialogue is witty and engaging. There’s some adult language, but no graphic violence or sexually explicit situations. This quickly paced whodunit kept me guessing until the reveal.The Reid family and friends are gathered together on Christmas Eve in California and while Granny Reid is rocking her newborn great-granddaughter, Vanna Rose, she reminisces about the past. Her focus is on a Christmas season over thirty years earlier in McGill, Georgia, when her seven precious children came to live with her. Stella’s son, Macon, is an absentee father and her daughter-in-law, Shirley, neglects and abuses the children and spends too much time drinking in bars. While Stella Reid and two of her grandchildren, Savannah and Waycross, try to repair the town’s recently acquired nativity display that an “anonymous” person vandalized, trouble breaks out in the alley behind a tavern. After taking Savannah and Waycross to the nearby police station, Stella returns to the alley to help the person in distress and ends up holding Priscilla “Prissy” Carr in her arms as she takes her last breath. Prissy had a well-deserved reputation as a loose woman, but that doesn’t stop Stella from wanting to find her killer and provide peace in the afterlife for her. Savannah, who wants to be a policewoman when she grows up, wants to help her granny and Sheriff Manny Gilford solve the case. Small towns are notorious for their gossip circuits, and Stella stirs McGill’s up looking for clues. Stella and even Savannah, help Manny with his investigation into Prissy’s death and locating the “missing” husband of her friend, Florence Bagley.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I've written this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!MURDER IN HER STOCKING BY G.A. MCKEVETT BOOK REVIEWA cozy mystery set in the South with a strong matriarch? Heck, yes!PREQUELS FOR THE WINSimilar to Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke, Murder in Her Stocking revisits a beloved mystery series with a prequel. truth be told, I’m brand new to the Savannah Reid series. But, as soon as I saw the heartwarming holiday cover fo I've written this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!MURDER IN HER STOCKING BY G.A. MCKEVETT BOOK REVIEWA cozy mystery set in the South with a strong matriarch? Heck, yes!PREQUELS FOR THE WINSimilar to Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke, Murder in Her Stocking revisits a beloved mystery series with a prequel. truth be told, I’m brand new to the Savannah Reid series. But, as soon as I saw the heartwarming holiday cover for Murder in Her Stocking, I was desperate to read it. Starting a new series is so exciting, If you love the characters and the setting, you know you’ll be in for a long road of beloved stories. Luckily for readers, the Granny Reid series is a winner.STELLA REIDStella is such an awesome character. First, she’s hilarious & keeps it REAL. She’s not putting on airs, trying to be someone else. When the going gets tough, she looks at the task at hand & figures out a way to get the job done.While this is a cozy mystery, G.A. Mc Kevett doesn’t shy away from serious issues. For example, Stella is so involved with her grandkids because her son, a long haul truck driver, is basically absent from their lives. Their mother, who can often be found on a barstool, is not any better. Now, I usually like my cozies to be absent of anything too rough, but this storyline melts my heart. We all know people in a similar situation as Stella. I’m talking about the people who sign up to care for kids when they need it most. This is Stella Reid. if her grandkids need her, she’s there for each & every one of them. She will fight tooth & nail to make sure they get what they need.GEORGIA SETTINGOh, I just love that this series is set in McGill, Georgia. This means the characters speak with a Southern dialect. YES! For me, this makes the story all the more real. G.A. McKevett throws some awesome sayings into the dialogue that will have you rolling with laughter.In Murder in Her Stocking, Mc Kevett introduces us to a cast of characters I’m looking forward to learning more about. Well, there’s the sheriff & I may see some sparks flying between him & Granny. There’s Stella’s neighbor with troubles of her own. Undoubtedly, Mc Kevett will continue to explore the dynamic between Stella & her son & daughter-in-law as well. Basically, I’ve met these folks & I want to know more about them!THE VERDICTI am Really Into This book. I love starting a new series & I’m really excited about this one!Check out my interview with the author, G.A. Mc Kevett aka Sonja Massie here.Special thanks to G. A. McKevett & Kensington Books for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    Murder in Her Stocking is a great start to a new series that is an off shoot to the Samantha Reid series. I have not read the series but this story has gotten me interested in looking into it. As the story starts, Stella "Granny" Reid is spending time with her adult grandchildren and friends at Christmas time when she is thinking back to another Christmas thirty years ago in McGill, Georgia-a Christmas that was good but also had some sadness. I was drawn in from the beginning and laughing out lo Murder in Her Stocking is a great start to a new series that is an off shoot to the Samantha Reid series. I have not read the series but this story has gotten me interested in looking into it. As the story starts, Stella "Granny" Reid is spending time with her adult grandchildren and friends at Christmas time when she is thinking back to another Christmas thirty years ago in McGill, Georgia-a Christmas that was good but also had some sadness. I was drawn in from the beginning and laughing out loud at the dialect, witty conversation between Granny and her seven "grand-angels," all named for towns in Georgia where their mother had lived. Stella is the only responsible person in the children's life. Their father, Macon, Stella's son, is on the road all the time and never around to help with the children while their mother, Shirley, spends all of her time at the local tavern. Savannah is the oldest and is very mature for a twelve year old because she has to look after the others. Waycross is the only boy and second to the oldest. Savannah devours Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books and plans to become a policewoman when she grows up. She gets her chance at detective work when she and Stella along with Waycross hear a dying scream one night while taking care of some mischief that Waycross had gotten into. The local lady of the night, Priscilla Carr, has been injured and is dying when Stella reaches her after securing the kids at the sheriff's office. Many wives in the town have reason to kill Prissy but so do others-men who spent time with her. Besides the mystery of who killed Prissy, there is a secondary mystery when Bud, the abusive husband of Stella's friend Flo's, disappears after a big fight with Flo.This story is rich with small town colorful characters who love to gossip and know each other's business but also show support in a time of need. Stella and her son's family are poor as dirt but she is rich in love and respect for others, especially with her grand-angels. When Christmas Day arrives, Stella and the children have a special day with friends and a few lovely surprises. I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Publishing through NetGalley for an honest review. The opinions stated are mine only.
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  • Elisa Hordon
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved each and every Savannah Reid story many times over, so I was super excited for the very first Granny Reid mystery as she is an absolute favorite book character in out house and I was not disappointed far from it this book is an absolute treasure.
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  • Anna Fox
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I've read by this author and it was a fun read. I hope for many more in this series. It was interesting enough for me to add her to my TBR pile. Granny Reid is a great character. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review - try this book even if you haven't read her other series.
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  • Sheila Penwell
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first Granny Reid Mystery that I have read and I really loved it. Besides the story around and finding the murderer which was hard to figure it out. Just when you thought you had it, you didn't., you had a story along with it relating to Granny Reid's family which really was a sad situation. You also saw the amount of friends that Granny had and how the small town came together for them plus her love of many years. There is a lot in this book to absorb but I just thought it was a won This is the first Granny Reid Mystery that I have read and I really loved it. Besides the story around and finding the murderer which was hard to figure it out. Just when you thought you had it, you didn't., you had a story along with it relating to Granny Reid's family which really was a sad situation. You also saw the amount of friends that Granny had and how the small town came together for them plus her love of many years. There is a lot in this book to absorb but I just thought it was a wonderful mystery as well as story and would recommend this book highly for any one looking for a great story.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I have read only one Savannah Reid mystery and wondered if I would be able to follow this new series which includes many of the same characters. Thankfully this series completely stands on its own and you don’t need to know anything about the author’s other successful series to fully enjoy this one. The writing was really excellent, a bit deeper than most surface cozies, but still something to curl up with on a cold night. The Christmas season was well described and I loved the unique setting of I have read only one Savannah Reid mystery and wondered if I would be able to follow this new series which includes many of the same characters. Thankfully this series completely stands on its own and you don’t need to know anything about the author’s other successful series to fully enjoy this one. The writing was really excellent, a bit deeper than most surface cozies, but still something to curl up with on a cold night. The Christmas season was well described and I loved the unique setting of a sleuthing grandmother watching over all of her grandbabies. An excellent book!Thanks to Net Galley for the comp!
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  • Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
    January 1, 1970
    Murder in Her Stocking is the first Granny Reid mystery, and it's the first book I've read by G.A. McKevett. I loved the uniqueness of this cozy mystery. This story is set in the 80s and visits Stella Reid and her grandchildren during the Christmas season. There's been a murder and Stella is trying to help the sheriff solve it. In addition to that, she is dealing with her daughter-in-law Shirley mistreating her seven children. There was a great deal of character and story development taking plac Murder in Her Stocking is the first Granny Reid mystery, and it's the first book I've read by G.A. McKevett. I loved the uniqueness of this cozy mystery. This story is set in the 80s and visits Stella Reid and her grandchildren during the Christmas season. There's been a murder and Stella is trying to help the sheriff solve it. In addition to that, she is dealing with her daughter-in-law Shirley mistreating her seven children. There was a great deal of character and story development taking place outside of the mystery. This read a lot like an inspirational/women's fiction featuring a mystery. Murder in Her Stocking dealt with heavier issues than you would typically find in a cozy and made for a solid story.The story is tender and full of Christmas magic. Being set in Georgia, there was plenty of Southern sayings and some had me laughing out loud. I am looking forward to visiting with Granny Reid and her grand-angels again.I received a copy of this book from NetGalley to read in preparation for a book tour. My opinion is my own and isn't influenced in any way.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    G.A. McKevett has given all of us Savannah Reid Mysteries fans a true gift in this new series. Granny Reid has long been a favorite character of mine, so when it was announced that she would be getting her own book series, I was beyond thrilled! Murder in her Stocking is a prequel to the Savannah Mysteries. Granny (Stella) Reid reflects back to the 80's, giving us a huge insight into the Reid gang, and how she came to raise them. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that the mystery in t G.A. McKevett has given all of us Savannah Reid Mysteries fans a true gift in this new series. Granny Reid has long been a favorite character of mine, so when it was announced that she would be getting her own book series, I was beyond thrilled! Murder in her Stocking is a prequel to the Savannah Mysteries. Granny (Stella) Reid reflects back to the 80's, giving us a huge insight into the Reid gang, and how she came to raise them. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that the mystery in this book is fantastic-just when I thought I had it figured out, something would happen and I had to rethink things. I personally loved getting a deeper look at Granny, Savannah, Waycross and the other members of the Reid family. I laughed and I cried while reading this book. A true, well deserved 5 star rating for Murder in her Stocking! **I received an ARC from the author after participating in a Facebook contest.** PS-If you haven't read the Savannah Mysteries, do yourselves a favor and start with book 1, Just Desserts and get to know and love the Moonlight and Magnolia Gang as much as I do!
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  • Jeannine
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first of a new series featuring Savannah Reid's grandmother Stella Reid and set in the small town of McGill, Georgia, when Savannah was just 12, and she and her 6 siblings were pulled back and forth between their mother and grandmother. Their mother is a neglectful mother and dedicated alcoholic who hates her mother-in-law with a loud passion. It is from their "Granny Reid" that the children find love and stability. Into this complex situation are added neighbors and friends missing This is the first of a new series featuring Savannah Reid's grandmother Stella Reid and set in the small town of McGill, Georgia, when Savannah was just 12, and she and her 6 siblings were pulled back and forth between their mother and grandmother. Their mother is a neglectful mother and dedicated alcoholic who hates her mother-in-law with a loud passion. It is from their "Granny Reid" that the children find love and stability. Into this complex situation are added neighbors and friends missing and in jeopardy, the pranked town nativity (shiny black mustaches on all the figures!), the murder of the town floozy, and a kind and smart sheriff sweet on Stella.This is a wonderful small town story filled with believable, lovable characters, hard quandaries and decisions, and complicated relationships, plenty of humor (best funeral ever), all wrapped around the framework of a murder mystery. It is highly successful on all levels. I really enjoyed it. My copy was an ARC from NetGalley.
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  • Stephanie Tadlock
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas has arrived in sleepy McGill, Georgia, but holiday cheer can’t keep temperamental Stella Reid from swinging a rolling pin at anyone who crosses her bad side—and this season, there are plenty. First, an anonymous grinch vandalizes a celebrated nativity display. Far worse, the scandalous Prissy Carr is found dead in an alley behind a tavern. With police puzzled over the murder, Stella decides to stir the local gossip pot for clues on the culprit’s identity . . . I following the Savannah Christmas has arrived in sleepy McGill, Georgia, but holiday cheer can’t keep temperamental Stella Reid from swinging a rolling pin at anyone who crosses her bad side—and this season, there are plenty. First, an anonymous grinch vandalizes a celebrated nativity display. Far worse, the scandalous Prissy Carr is found dead in an alley behind a tavern. With police puzzled over the murder, Stella decides to stir the local gossip pot for clues on the culprit’s identity . . . I following the Savannah Reid series, this was a great backstory to Stella Reid (Granny Reid) and all the Reid family. A good cozy mystery and subplot the thing you would do for family. Thank you netgalley for the arc in exchange for my honest opinion I this review
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  • November Is Nyarlathotep
    January 1, 1970
    Review of MURDER IN HER STOCKINGby G. A. McKevettMurder is not what one usually asks for at Christmastide (I don't imagine anybody's ever requested that from Santa), but family, friends, life, love, and friendship are what most want at this season, as well as throughout the year. Author G. A. McKevett delivers a little of the former, and heapin' helpins' of the latter group, in MURDER IN HER STOCKING (a Granny Reid Mystery). Stella Reid is something special, a grandma we all could wish to have, Review of MURDER IN HER STOCKINGby G. A. McKevettMurder is not what one usually asks for at Christmastide (I don't imagine anybody's ever requested that from Santa), but family, friends, life, love, and friendship are what most want at this season, as well as throughout the year. Author G. A. McKevett delivers a little of the former, and heapin' helpins' of the latter group, in MURDER IN HER STOCKING (a Granny Reid Mystery). Stella Reid is something special, a grandma we all could wish to have, or to have had, and she's a dang good amateur sleuth as well.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Is this a prequel, a flashback, or a sideways start to a new series? No matter, it's good! And, don't worry if you haven't read the Savannah Reid series from which this is sort of derived. Granny Reid was once Stella and she was a kicker. This is set in the 1980s but still in McGill, Georgia. Prissy, who is found dead behind the tavern, is not a nice person but for me the mystery who who killed her was less interesting than Stella and her 7 grandchildren. What a life change for her and at Christ Is this a prequel, a flashback, or a sideways start to a new series? No matter, it's good! And, don't worry if you haven't read the Savannah Reid series from which this is sort of derived. Granny Reid was once Stella and she was a kicker. This is set in the 1980s but still in McGill, Georgia. Prissy, who is found dead behind the tavern, is not a nice person but for me the mystery who who killed her was less interesting than Stella and her 7 grandchildren. What a life change for her and at Christmas no less! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Nicely written and fun.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this cosy, Christmas book but it wasn't too focused on the murder aspect, rather on the Reid family. I haven't read any other G. A. McKevett books and at the beginning I felt that this would have really helped as it seemed to dive right in with the McGill town and characters without giving too much background and then ultimately ended up being very much focused on them.The author set the Christmas scene very well I thought and the overall setting - there was plenty of Southern r I really enjoyed this cosy, Christmas book but it wasn't too focused on the murder aspect, rather on the Reid family. I haven't read any other G. A. McKevett books and at the beginning I felt that this would have really helped as it seemed to dive right in with the McGill town and characters without giving too much background and then ultimately ended up being very much focused on them.The author set the Christmas scene very well I thought and the overall setting - there was plenty of Southern references. Whilst I did enjoy Stella 'Granny' Reid and the overall plot of the book the murder mystery part was definitely lacking and was easy to solve - a murder mystery which lacked mystery! The book was not focused much on the murder mystery and I felt this played second to the overall plot of the Reid family.
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  • Lindsay Porter
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from Netgalley. G.A. McKevett is one of my favorite authors. I try never to miss a book. I was delighted to find that Granny Reid is getting her own series. This book was awesome. I loved reading about younger Stella Reid and the grandkids. Plenty of action and it was nice to know how Granny came to have the kids. Must read for everyone.
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  • Grace Koshida
    January 1, 1970
    As a devoted fan of the Savannah Reid mystery series, I was glad to see Grandma Reid was being given her own series. It's thirty years earlier in small town McGill, Georgia. Stella (Grandma) Reid is trying to make Christmas a happy festivity for her seven grandchildren. But there is trouble in town. Someone vandalizes a celebrated nativity display. And then Prissy Carr is found strangled to death in an alley behind a tavern. Sheriff Manny Gilford is investigating her murder and Stella decides to As a devoted fan of the Savannah Reid mystery series, I was glad to see Grandma Reid was being given her own series. It's thirty years earlier in small town McGill, Georgia. Stella (Grandma) Reid is trying to make Christmas a happy festivity for her seven grandchildren. But there is trouble in town. Someone vandalizes a celebrated nativity display. And then Prissy Carr is found strangled to death in an alley behind a tavern. Sheriff Manny Gilford is investigating her murder and Stella decides to help search for clues since her no-good daughter-in-law Shirley seems to have witnessed the murder and is putting both herself and Stella's beloved grandchildren at risk.This was a fun read and it was great to see an 11-year old Savannah using her burgeoning detective skills and determination to help solve the murder with her grandma, and for the Reid family to have a Christmas that they would never forget.I received an eARC via Netgalley and Kensington Books with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and provided this review.
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  • Teri Griffis
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is fantastic! Reading about Granny "raising" all the little Reids was very informative and interesting. This book will make you laugh and, probably, make you cry. Seeing how Savannah started out gives you more insight to how she is as an adult. You will love this very interesting and entertaining read. Enjoy!
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  • Marcia
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book on Goodreads. I really like the Savannah Reid series. This is a prequel to it and deals with Granny Reid as the main character. Even so, Savannah plays a prominent role and the beginning of her later interest in solving mysteries is apparent. The good & the bad point about living in a small, rural Southern town is that everyone knows everyone. Granny Reid manages to take care of her grandchildren and be an example to them.
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  • Sherri Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    *** I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewThis book is a little different from the other Savannah Reid mysteries in that it is Granny Reid remembering a Christmas in the past that was very special to her. The memory does involve a mystery... in fact it was the very first mystery that Savannah solved. The memory also includes the dire circumstances her grandchildren were forced to live under, the shameful excuse of a mother her daughter-in-law was, the town *** I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewThis book is a little different from the other Savannah Reid mysteries in that it is Granny Reid remembering a Christmas in the past that was very special to her. The memory does involve a mystery... in fact it was the very first mystery that Savannah solved. The memory also includes the dire circumstances her grandchildren were forced to live under, the shameful excuse of a mother her daughter-in-law was, the town floozy, and a pair of Grinch underwear. Wrap all that up and you get a fun read and a cozy mystery to solve. I loved it!
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Melancholy. Whispering through my mind while I was reading was sadness, it wasn't overwhelming, but nothing about Granny and Savannah's childhood was good other than the fact they had each other and a few good friends (and one or two of Savannah's siblings).I like getting to see how the Moonlight Detective Agency started out and why. Liked Granny getting some more page time. I just wished there had been a little more light. The ending was positive and filled with love, but ultimately more sad fo Melancholy. Whispering through my mind while I was reading was sadness, it wasn't overwhelming, but nothing about Granny and Savannah's childhood was good other than the fact they had each other and a few good friends (and one or two of Savannah's siblings).I like getting to see how the Moonlight Detective Agency started out and why. Liked Granny getting some more page time. I just wished there had been a little more light. The ending was positive and filled with love, but ultimately more sad for me (you have to read to possibly understand why I felt that way). Definitely interested to see how the author develops this series.I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Really Into This
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah contributed this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!MURDER IN HER STOCKING BY G.A. MCKEVETT BOOK REVIEWA cozy mystery set in the South with a strong matriarch? Heck, yes!PREQUELS FOR THE WINSimilar to Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke, Murder in Her Stocking revisits a beloved mystery series with a prequel. truth be told, I’m brand new to the Savannah Reid series. But, as soon as I saw the heartwarming holiday cov Sarah contributed this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!MURDER IN HER STOCKING BY G.A. MCKEVETT BOOK REVIEWA cozy mystery set in the South with a strong matriarch? Heck, yes!PREQUELS FOR THE WINSimilar to Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke, Murder in Her Stocking revisits a beloved mystery series with a prequel. truth be told, I’m brand new to the Savannah Reid series. But, as soon as I saw the heartwarming holiday cover for Murder in Her Stocking, I was desperate to read it. Starting a new series is so exciting, If you love the characters and the setting, you know you’ll be in for a long road of beloved stories. Luckily for readers, the Granny Reid series is a winner.STELLA REIDStella is such an awesome character. First, she’s hilarious & keeps it REAL. She’s not putting on airs, trying to be someone else. When the going gets tough, she looks at the task at hand & figures out a way to get the job done.While this is a cozy mystery, G.A. Mc Kevett doesn’t shy away from serious issues. For example, Stella is so involved with her grandkids because her son, a long haul truck driver, is basically absent from their lives. Their mother, who can often be found on a barstool, is not any better. Now, I usually like my cozies to be absent of anything too rough, but this storyline melts my heart. We all know people in a similar situation as Stella. I’m talking about the people who sign up to care for kids when they need it most. This is Stella Reid. if her grandkids need her, she’s there for each & every one of them. She will fight tooth & nail to make sure they get what they need.GEORGIA SETTINGOh, I just love that this series is set in McGill, Georgia. This means the characters speak with a Southern dialect. YES! For me, this makes the story all the more real. G.A. McKevett throws some awesome sayings into the dialogue that will have you rolling with laughter.In Murder in Her Stocking, Mc Kevett introduces us to a cast of characters I’m looking forward to learning more about. Well, there’s the sheriff & I may see some sparks flying between him & Granny. There’s Stella’s neighbor with troubles of her own. Undoubtedly, Mc Kevett will continue to explore the dynamic between Stella & her son & daughter-in-law as well. Basically, I’ve met these folks & I want to know more about them!THE VERDICTI am Really Into This book. I love starting a new series & I’m really excited about this one!Check out my interview with the author, G.A. Mc Kevett aka Sonja Massie here.Special thanks to G. A. McKevett & Kensington Books for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.
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  • Theresa Larson
    January 1, 1970
    Murder in Her StockingBy: G. A. McKevettKensington Books5 StarsMurder in Her Stocking takes place about 30 years ago in the small southern town of McGill, Georgia. The story centers around Stella Reid and her seven grandchildren. One night while out with two of her grandchildren, Stella hears the most dreadful cry coming from the alley behind the local tavern. Stella sends her grandkids to the police station, and she rushes to the alley to see if she can help. There she finds the town’s “bad gir Murder in Her StockingBy: G. A. McKevettKensington Books5 StarsMurder in Her Stocking takes place about 30 years ago in the small southern town of McGill, Georgia. The story centers around Stella Reid and her seven grandchildren. One night while out with two of her grandchildren, Stella hears the most dreadful cry coming from the alley behind the local tavern. Stella sends her grandkids to the police station, and she rushes to the alley to see if she can help. There she finds the town’s “bad girl,” Prissy Carr, dying. She takes Prissy into her arms and comforts her during her final minutes. By the time the sheriff arrives, Prissy is dead. While not everyone in McGill thinks she is worth the effort, the sheriff and Stella know they need to solve the mystery of her death.Life doesn’t stop though just because there is a murder to solve. Stella must also deal with her daughter-in-law, the town drunk, in order to ensure her grandkids are being properly cared for. Stella also comforts one of her closest friends who is going through a difficult time in her marriage. She must also deal with her changing feelings for the local sheriff and his for hers. This story does a great job of taking you back in time and setting the scene for this Christmas mystery. It also does a great job of creating memorable, unique characters. This book is so much more than just a cozy mystery. It’s also about heartbreak, love, family, and the value of true friends. It touched me in a way that other cozy mysteries simply haven’t. I found myself laughing at the funny parts, and crying through the tough times, and wishing I could help. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys mysteries, Christmas mysteries, or especially stories that help to teach the true meaning of ChristmasI’ve seen from other reviewers that this book is a prequel to the Savannah Reid mystery series. I’ve not read that series yet, but I was still able to throughly enjoy this book. I’m looking forward to reading through the Savannah Reid series, and I hope to see more from the Granny Reid series. Thanks to Net Galley and Kensington Books for an ARC of this book. #NetGalley #MurderInHerStocking
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    Murder in Her Stocking is the first book in the Granny Reid series, which is a spin-off of the Savannah Reid mysteries. I haven’t read the Savannah Reid books, but I had no problems jumping right in with Murder in Her Stocking.It’s the holiday season in the small town of McGill, Georgia, and Stella Reid is surrounded by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This time of year takes her down memory lane back to the 1980s, when she helped solve a tragic murder.As the story jumps back in t Murder in Her Stocking is the first book in the Granny Reid series, which is a spin-off of the Savannah Reid mysteries. I haven’t read the Savannah Reid books, but I had no problems jumping right in with Murder in Her Stocking.It’s the holiday season in the small town of McGill, Georgia, and Stella Reid is surrounded by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This time of year takes her down memory lane back to the 1980s, when she helped solve a tragic murder.As the story jumps back in time, Stella is helping out raising her seven grandchildren. Her son, a long-haul truck driver, is rarely home; her daughter-in-law spends the majority of her days warming her seat at the local watering hole. Stella can’t give her grandkids everything, but she sees to it that they have food on the table and warm shoes on their feet during the cold winter months.When local woman Prissy Carr is murdered, Stella stumbles across the scene during Prissy’s final moments of life. She’s devastated that someone in McGill would commit such a violent act, and she’s also determined to find out who’s responsible. With her inquisitive granddaughter Savannah by her side, Stella sets out to find the guilty party—and it seems that many of McGill’s residents have a motive for murder.I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I went into it expecting a fun, cozy mystery—and while it’s definitely that, it’s also much more. The relationships between Stella and her grandchildren are both heartbreaking and moving, and the complicated family dynamics between Stella and her daughter-in-law feel maddeningly authentic. In addition, I really appreciated how Stella empathized with Prissy when others treated her as less than human at times due to Prissy’s less than stellar reputation. Stella’s moral compass is strong, and while she touches on faith elements from time to time, it never feels overbearing.I cheered for Stella the whole way through! She’s feisty and ferocious, but in the best possible way. Now that I’ve met the Reid family, I’m looking forward to going back and reading Savannah’s series and I’ll definitely be picking up the next Granny Reid mystery.I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed the series of mysteries involving Savannah Reid and was eager to read this prequel spin off series with Granny Reid. I was not disappointed. It's 30 years ago and Stella, Granny Reid is taking care of her seven grandchildren, Savannah being the oldest, at a very mature twelve years old. Their mother falls way short in the parenting department and their father is on the road most of the time. It's Christmas and Granny Reid is thinking back to that past Christmas when murder joined I have enjoyed the series of mysteries involving Savannah Reid and was eager to read this prequel spin off series with Granny Reid. I was not disappointed. It's 30 years ago and Stella, Granny Reid is taking care of her seven grandchildren, Savannah being the oldest, at a very mature twelve years old. Their mother falls way short in the parenting department and their father is on the road most of the time. It's Christmas and Granny Reid is thinking back to that past Christmas when murder joined the season, the victim being the local lady of the evening, Prissy Carr. It was just happenstance that Granny Reid was out that night with Savannah and her brother on another family matter when she heard a woman scream. When she goes to investigate, she finds Prissy dying in an alley. Granny Reid is bound and determined to solve the mystery before Christmas.While I have read the series of Savannah's stories and knew the characters, I can see that a reader new to G.A. McKevett's books might be a bit out of the loop but not enough to lessen their reading pleasure too much. In fact, it might very well get them to go read the rest of the books. This mystery came across to me as setting the stage for more Granny Reid mysteries and that there would be a faster pace in future mysteries. I'll be ready to read the next one as soon as it comes out.My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange to my honest review.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    It's Christmastime but things aren't as cheery as they could be in sleepy McGill, Georgia. Someone has vandalized the town's celebrated nativity display. And a scandalous resident has been found dead in an alley. The police are puzzled so Stella Reid decides it's time to stir the gossip pot to figure out who could've done such a thing. With her grandchildren in danger, as well as her best friend and neighbour in danger for different reasons, finding the suspect isn't going to be easy especially It's Christmastime but things aren't as cheery as they could be in sleepy McGill, Georgia. Someone has vandalized the town's celebrated nativity display. And a scandalous resident has been found dead in an alley. The police are puzzled so Stella Reid decides it's time to stir the gossip pot to figure out who could've done such a thing. With her grandchildren in danger, as well as her best friend and neighbour in danger for different reasons, finding the suspect isn't going to be easy especially before Santa Claus comes to town.I didn't realize this was a prequel series to the Savannah Reid series, which I've never read. It felt as though I should have known these characters right away and I didn't, so I don't know if that's why I never connected or really cared for any of them. It took me about halfway through to enjoy the book. Before that I didn't want to pick it back up when I set it down. It's more focused on Stella Reid and her seven grandkids who are poor Southerners with hearts of gold living in a small town where everyone gossips.. ugh, I have that here, I don't want to read about it too. The mystery itself was good. I guess that's why I enjoyed the last half, we were getting closer to solving the murder. And closer to the book ending. I'm glad it's over. It wasn't for me.Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for an ARC.
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