Not A Creature Was Stirring (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery #1)
Empty nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV.But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband’s body in one of the RV’s compartments. Add to that his missing winning lottery ticket believed to be stashed somewhere in the RV, leading the homicide detective and Merry’s stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit. With visions of prison dancing in her head, will Merry be able to solve this Christmas calamity before she’s locked away?- - - - - - - - - - - - -NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING by Christina Freeburn | A Henery Press Mystery. If you love one, you’ll probably love them all.

Not A Creature Was Stirring (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery #1) Details

TitleNot A Creature Was Stirring (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherHenery Press
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GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Holiday, Christmas

Not A Creature Was Stirring (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery #1) Review

  • Mark Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Merry is hoping to turn her Christmas crafting business into a full-time job, and as part of that plan, she's purchased a motorhome from her ex-step-daughter. The hope is she can use it as a mobile crafting studio and a place to show her stuff at some of the more popular craft shows. She's trying it out at the Christmas Holiday Bazaar, one of her favorite events of the year. However, when she's unloading her products, she finds the dead body of her ex-husband in one of the storage compartments. Merry is hoping to turn her Christmas crafting business into a full-time job, and as part of that plan, she's purchased a motorhome from her ex-step-daughter. The hope is she can use it as a mobile crafting studio and a place to show her stuff at some of the more popular craft shows. She's trying it out at the Christmas Holiday Bazaar, one of her favorite events of the year. However, when she's unloading her products, she finds the dead body of her ex-husband in one of the storage compartments. How did his dead body get into the RV?With as much as I love Christmas, this book was a lot of fun. We got lots of talk about everything Christmas, even comparing characters to famous fictional Christmas characters. I did feel the book needed another polish to flesh a few things out, and I found Merry's concern for her ex-husband's family a little hard to believe considering how short her marriage had been. On the other hand, I loved the majority of the characters, and Merry's relationships with her own kids was fabulous. The plot was good with many twists and turns. I figured out a couple of things early, but I was left guessing about the rest of it until the end.NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in a new series. The protagonist is named Merry Winters. She was left on the doorsteps of the church shortly after her birth. Her adopted parents named her Merry. She recently divorces after a costly one. Her ex-has remarried. This book takes place during the Christmas season. Her stepdaughter sells her an RV and Merry heads to a craft fair with her sidekick Ebenezer. Arriving at the location she finds her ex-husband stuff in a storage bin. The homicide detective decided she was t The first book in a new series. The protagonist is named Merry Winters. She was left on the doorsteps of the church shortly after her birth. Her adopted parents named her Merry. She recently divorces after a costly one. Her ex-has remarried. This book takes place during the Christmas season. Her stepdaughter sells her an RV and Merry heads to a craft fair with her sidekick Ebenezer. Arriving at the location she finds her ex-husband stuff in a storage bin. The homicide detective decided she was the killer and arrested her. There are many twists as Merry begin to explore what happened as she must find answers before end up like her ex. I highly recommend this book.Disclosure: Many thanks to Edelweiss and Henery Press for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in a new series starring protagonist, Merry Winters.Merry was adopted as a baby after being found on the steps of a church on Christmas Eve. She has recently divorced her two-timing husband Samuel. She wants to be a full-time crafter, so when her step-daughter offers to sell her an RV she jumps at the offer, using most of her savings. It is not until she arrives at a craft show and tries to find out what the terrible smell in the RV is, that she finds Samuel, dead in the b This is the first book in a new series starring protagonist, Merry Winters.Merry was adopted as a baby after being found on the steps of a church on Christmas Eve. She has recently divorced her two-timing husband Samuel. She wants to be a full-time crafter, so when her step-daughter offers to sell her an RV she jumps at the offer, using most of her savings. It is not until she arrives at a craft show and tries to find out what the terrible smell in the RV is, that she finds Samuel, dead in the bench seat. Of course, she is the main suspect. What follows is a wonderful introduction to the important people in Merry's life, the ones she is not so happy with and her nosy, annoying neighbour. I enjoyed the characters in this book. Merry is a great character that is quite upbeat most of the time. She is caring, loves her family and wants to protect those close to her. The town is quaint, but we need to see more of its citizens to really get a feel of the place. There are a couple of possible romantic interests for Merry, but she does not seem interested. I really enjoyed the characters of Grace and Abraham. It is nice to see a character with autism, who is able to lead a relatively good life, but the worries of his mom are real. Ebenezer, the guinea pig is a delight. He has free run of the house and seems more like a cat or dog. I love how his noises and antics are described. Overall, this was a solid introduction to this series. The mystery was quite interesting as it turns out, there were many people that might have wanted Samuel dead. Throw in a missing "ticket", a lottery where the winner has not come forward, and a totally destroyed RV and there are a lot of clues and red herrings. There are many twists as Merry begins to explore what happened, The police seem to think they know who the murderer is, so if she wants to stay out of jail, she better find out who really killed Samuel. I did figure out who the murderer was earlier than the reveal, but it was still an exciting time to see what was going to happen next. This book was the right mix of Christmas cheer, family relationships, mystery and community. I am looking forward to seeing where Christina Freeburn takes us in the next outing with Merry Winters.
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  • Cats of Ulthar February Weird Fiction
    January 1, 1970
    Merry Winters is a Feckless Heroine indeed. A woman who sees the best in everybody, believes everybody should follow their dreams, and thinks Truth wins over all, Merry is an admirable character but unfortunately an individual whom some predators and manipulators will delight to target. At home in Seasons Greetings, West Virginia, a quiet community to which Merry moved after her folks retired there, Merry has recently divorced for the second time from an abbreviated marriage to a master manipula Merry Winters is a Feckless Heroine indeed. A woman who sees the best in everybody, believes everybody should follow their dreams, and thinks Truth wins over all, Merry is an admirable character but unfortunately an individual whom some predators and manipulators will delight to target. At home in Seasons Greetings, West Virginia, a quiet community to which Merry moved after her folks retired there, Merry has recently divorced for the second time from an abbreviated marriage to a master manipulator. Endeavouring to make her co-owned crafts business a thriving concern, Merry drives her newly purchased RV to Morgantown for a big Crafts venue. Unfortunately, "newly purchased" means the day before, from her 18-year-old former stepdaughter. Really unfortunately means the RV is emitting a terrible stench, and it's not caused by Ebenezer the pet hamster. When the source is uncovered, Merry soon finds herself under suspicion of murder by a Morgantown police detective[ and her first ex-husband, a high-powered attorney in DC, rides to the rescue to take the case and clear her name.What made this cozy mystery delightful for me was the settings, of course (all that snow!) but mainly the character of Merry Winters. Here is an individual we ought to all admire: a genuinely GOOD person, ready to think the best of everybody and to exert the effort to help and comfort anyone in need. Yet it is that very integrity she possesses that makes her a target. She is slow to recognize emotional and financial predators; she didn't recognize the truth about her second husband until his money-grubbing grasp threatened to affect her Alzheimer's suffering mother. She sees good in everyone and overlooks the negative, sometimes till it's too late. Yet I still cheered her on; because really, our world needs many more like Merry.
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  • Yvonne
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas is the best time of year for Merry Winters. She loves everything about it. Along with her best friend, they start a Christmas crafting business. She’s quite excited to attend a Christmas vendor event and even buys an RV to transport her crafting materials. Things are looking good for Merry. Then, it takes a horrible turn when she discovers her ex-husband’s dead body hidden in the RV. The prime suspect is Merry herself. Even her stepdaughter believes she killed her father. Then, to comp Christmas is the best time of year for Merry Winters. She loves everything about it. Along with her best friend, they start a Christmas crafting business. She’s quite excited to attend a Christmas vendor event and even buys an RV to transport her crafting materials. Things are looking good for Merry. Then, it takes a horrible turn when she discovers her ex-husband’s dead body hidden in the RV. The prime suspect is Merry herself. Even her stepdaughter believes she killed her father. Then, to complicate matters even more, it is believed a winning lottery ticket was hidden somewhere in the RV as well. Merry knows nothing about any of these things. She just wants to be in the Christmas atmosphere, but instead she might find herself spending the holidays in jail.This is the first in a fun new series. Merry Winters is a wonderful, strong character with a deep love for her family and, of course, Christmas. She has two adult children and is very close to them and their father. She even adopts a pet guinea pig she names Ebenezer.Not A Creature Was Stirring is fast-paced, funny, and filled with a quirky cast of characters. I devoured this book in a couple of days. It’s wonderfully written and I found myself engrossed until the last page. The author did a great job of transporting me to West Virginia. There were so many different possibilities of whodunit. I love a mystery that keeps the reader on their toes. Just when you think the case is solved, it’s not.I never read anything by this author before, but I'll definitely be looking for more of her work. She has another cozy mystery series that I intend to add to my TBR. I always enjoy “discovering” new-to-me authors. This was definitely a hit for me. Although the release date is January, it’s never too late for a Christmas mystery.FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Rekha Rao
    January 1, 1970
    The story was a perfect blend of Christmas, family, love, revenge, and murder. With so many twists and turns and whatnot, the story is engaging and exciting till the very end!The names of the characters are unique. Merry is named so after she was found in a large stocking on the steps of a church. Then there is Bright, Merry's crafting partner who, though lives far away, cares for Merry. In fact, Bright is always there for Merry, like a 3 am friend. Grace and her son Abraham also play an importa The story was a perfect blend of Christmas, family, love, revenge, and murder. With so many twists and turns and whatnot, the story is engaging and exciting till the very end!The names of the characters are unique. Merry is named so after she was found in a large stocking on the steps of a church. Then there is Bright, Merry's crafting partner who, though lives far away, cares for Merry. In fact, Bright is always there for Merry, like a 3 am friend. Grace and her son Abraham also play an important role in the story. Abraham's learning disabilities and Grace's struggle as a single parent, Merry's struggles as a single parent and not-so-lucky-in-love is well described in the story.Ebenezer, the cute little guinea pig brings oodles of charm to the story. Speaking of names, Merry's son's name is Scotland. It was a bit funny as Scotland is a police officer.Merry's ex-husband, (husband #1) Brett Calloway, makes an appearance halfway through the story. The kids - Raleigh and Scotland inform Brett that their mother is taken to the police station by Detective Grayson for questioning. Brett being a lawyer and all decides to be Merry's attorney. Detective Grayson was an ass! Like seriously! The guy goes to assisted living and accuses Merry's mother of killing Samuel! The poor old woman suffers from Dementia, she can hardly remember the date and there he is, accusing her of committing a crime! How dare he!The twist in the story is when the lottery results are declared. What has lottery got to do with all this murder business? Well... I can't tell you that and spoil the suspense now, can I?The identity of the perp was someone who was not in Merry's suspect list. This is what I like about a good mystery. Make a list of suspects and snoop around. The perp is someone whom you never expected it to be. The story gets really exciting (or should I say gripping?) at the end when Merry comes face to face with the murderer.The author's writing style was something that I really liked. Freeburn's story-telling skills are praiseworthy. The inclusion of crafting in a cozy mystery was something that caught my attention. I have only read cozies that have an element of baking in them so this was my first cozy mystery read with crafting in it. I really enjoyed reading this book and I am looking forward to read more of Merry and Bright's adventures.Overall Rating: 4.5/5 (rounding it off to 5). Thank you, Edelweiss+ and Henery Press for the ARC
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    Having been a fan of Christina Freeburn's scrapbook mystery series for a few years now, I was eagerly anticipating diving into her new Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery series--and I wasn't disappointed! Crafter Merry Winters is eagerly anticipating one of the largest craft sales events in her area of West Virginia. She has loaded a new-to-her RV with her wares and supplies, excited about the opportunities having a mobile work studio and home on the road will offer her and her business with Having been a fan of Christina Freeburn's scrapbook mystery series for a few years now, I was eagerly anticipating diving into her new Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery series--and I wasn't disappointed! Crafter Merry Winters is eagerly anticipating one of the largest craft sales events in her area of West Virginia. She has loaded a new-to-her RV with her wares and supplies, excited about the opportunities having a mobile work studio and home on the road will offer her and her business with her friend, Brighton (aka Bright). So Merry certainly isn't going to let a suspicious stink rain on her parade . . . or is she? While investigating the source of a foul odor in the RV, Merry finds the body of her ex-husband stuffed into the banquet storage seat. Sure, their relationship was acrimonious at the end, but Merry certainly would never kill the man! Trouble is, the police seem to think she did. With a murder investigation putting a serious damper on Merry's generally cherry holiday spirit, she sees little choice but to track down to really killed her ex. Unless, of course, the killer finds her first. Not a Creature Was Stirring is cute, clever, and features a crafty heroine, making this book a great holiday read. The plot moves along at a great pace and kept me engaged and thinking about who the killer could possibly be even after setting the story aside when I needed to. I really enjoy Merry and her furry friend, Ebeneezer, and look forward to getting to know both of them in future mysteries.
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  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    A good good good good good Christmassy cozyI love Christmas and I love crafting. So this started out really well for me. And: I loved this book from start to finish!!! The pages turned themselves. Marrying Samuel was not one of Merry’s best decisions. Divorcing him was. Now there’s a fantastic weekend at the Christmas craft fair ahead of her. When she smells something stinky in her new-to-her RV, she just blames it on her guinea pig. But things spin out of control faster than she can cut decals. A good good good good good Christmassy cozyI love Christmas and I love crafting. So this started out really well for me. And: I loved this book from start to finish!!! The pages turned themselves. Marrying Samuel was not one of Merry’s best decisions. Divorcing him was. Now there’s a fantastic weekend at the Christmas craft fair ahead of her. When she smells something stinky in her new-to-her RV, she just blames it on her guinea pig. But things spin out of control faster than she can cut decals. And she’s the number one suspect… I loved the cozy part of the book: a likeable-but-stubborn-and-independent main character, nice setting with the Christmas theme and the crafting, cute guinea pig. I loved the mystery part of the book: suspenseful, clever, suspenseful, scary at times, suspenseful ;) A book full of cheerfulness and love and … murder. It was very well written! This is what a cozy should be like! The only tiny minor little thing: I don’t like it when too many names in one book are … well … frankly, just a bit weird. Merry, Bright, Grace, Holly… Individually, they are fine names, not unlikely, but paired together: that just doesn’t happen IRL. And her son who’s a police officer, named Scotland?! Luckily his last name isn’t Yard… But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book immensely. Because it was a good good good mystery. The kind you just don’t want to put down. The kind that leaves you in a daze after finishing. The kind that makes you want to buy all the other available books by this author, now, pronto, stat.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    I found myself struggling to like the character until I finally read how old she was - or wasn't, as the case may be. Overall this was a charming cozy, whodunit.Merry Winters, 45, plans to turn her love of Christmas Crafting into a full-time job with the acquisition of a used RV. On her first craft show, her ex-husband appears in the storage bench - quite dead! Her crafter friend Grace's disabled son, Abraham, needs Merry to be his sleepover provider and Merry finds herself having mixed feelings I found myself struggling to like the character until I finally read how old she was - or wasn't, as the case may be. Overall this was a charming cozy, whodunit.Merry Winters, 45, plans to turn her love of Christmas Crafting into a full-time job with the acquisition of a used RV. On her first craft show, her ex-husband appears in the storage bench - quite dead! Her crafter friend Grace's disabled son, Abraham, needs Merry to be his sleepover provider and Merry finds herself having mixed feelings.There are a lot of people in Merry's life including her first ex-husband & lawyer, her two adult children, neighbors in Season's Greetings West Virginia.I volunteered to read an ARC of this from Henery Press through Edelweiss.
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  • Lghiggins
    January 1, 1970
    Cozy mysteries are often thematic, and Not a Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn is no exception. Freeburn’s first series was centered around scrapbooking, but her new series focuses on crafting in general. Look for an emphasis on Christmas in this book and possibly in other books in the series since the main character, Merry, is captivated by all things Christmas. There are many complications, but the basic plot is that Merry Winters discovers her ex-husband dead in the RV she purchased Cozy mysteries are often thematic, and Not a Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn is no exception. Freeburn’s first series was centered around scrapbooking, but her new series focuses on crafting in general. Look for an emphasis on Christmas in this book and possibly in other books in the series since the main character, Merry, is captivated by all things Christmas. There are many complications, but the basic plot is that Merry Winters discovers her ex-husband dead in the RV she purchased from her stepdaughter. This RV was supposed to be a wonderful bonus to her life to help her with her new handcrafting business as she travels to various craft fairs.Merry is under suspicion for the murder, but she, in turn, wonders who would have killed her ex-husband and why. Her maiden voyage in the RV, when the discovery of the body is made, is of course, a disaster. It does draw in a host of characters who try to help Merry or are in pursuit for something they think Merry has.My favorite characters are Ebenezer, a squeaky guinea pig, and Abraham, the young adult son of another crafter. Abraham will always mentally be a child and is easily frustrated by changes in his routines. He is a gentle giant who will always need help in life. Watching him interact with others is touching.Bright is the other half of Merry’s crafting business, but we only meet her through texts. Perhaps her supportive role to Merry is the only one she will have in this series. She could also be cast as the main character in a future book in the series.Not a Creature Was Stirring is a fast-paced mystery. There is a lot of action as well as investigative work. Numerous suspects come to light, and there are lots of family relationships that play an important role. When the going gets tough, who will save the day—Merry’s Grinchy neighbor, the curmudgeon Cornelius, or her adorable Ebenezer?I would like to extend my thanks to Edelweiss and to Henery Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Laura Reading
    January 1, 1970
    This book is the beginning of a new series that has so much potential! All Merry wants is to create decorations to brighten the lives of others, spread some holiday cheer, and take care of her children. Family is precious to her. From an across the street neighbor who hates everything and keeps his eye on all, to a young man with some differently enabled emotions and processes who only wants to see the good in people and situations, to men who marry for all the wrong reasons and the women who lo This book is the beginning of a new series that has so much potential! All Merry wants is to create decorations to brighten the lives of others, spread some holiday cheer, and take care of her children. Family is precious to her. From an across the street neighbor who hates everything and keeps his eye on all, to a young man with some differently enabled emotions and processes who only wants to see the good in people and situations, to men who marry for all the wrong reasons and the women who love them, plus an RV that offers so many possibilities but ends up being the gift from Hades at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...well, maybe not so wonderful for some people. The story frays at a few points only to be woven back into something more complicated and satisfying. There are a lot of parallels in this story and much back and forth. Was the man who died really evil or did he just make the worst choices? Even if people want the best for us, can they ever be depended on one hundred per cent? EVERYONE has secrets and impulses they can not resist. This is a story about new possibilities and old insecurities, some relationships and choices revisited, some regret. Who killed Samuel and left him in an RV that his daughter sold to her stepmother? What else may be tucked away in the RV of doom? Who is determined to find it and why?There is more going on here than can be seen at first look. The characters are complicated and have ``interesting`` relationships. I look forward to seeing where this adventure takes us.
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  • Floyd
    January 1, 1970
    Henery Press continues to produce some of the best cozy mysteries on the market - Christina Freeburn’s newest book, the first in a new series, is no exception.Merry Winters arrives at the first of the season’s craft sales in Morgantown, West Virginia, with an awful smell in her new (though used) RV. And she is the first, and most likely suspect, in the murder of her ex-husband who is the source of the rancid smell.With the help of Ebenezer, Merry’s pet guinea pig, she will have to survive the ob Henery Press continues to produce some of the best cozy mysteries on the market - Christina Freeburn’s newest book, the first in a new series, is no exception.Merry Winters arrives at the first of the season’s craft sales in Morgantown, West Virginia, with an awful smell in her new (though used) RV. And she is the first, and most likely suspect, in the murder of her ex-husband who is the source of the rancid smell.With the help of Ebenezer, Merry’s pet guinea pig, she will have to survive the obnoxious detective and the various attempts to sabotage her work as a Etsy dealer, in order to discover the actual culprit. The book kept moving forward at a satisfying pace, held this reader’s attention and kept him returning for more. The possible suspects grows and keeps the reader guessing and gathering clues as the story progresses. The book should remain satisfying to most cozy mystery readers. The book will make a great Christmas read - except its publication is not expected till after the new year (January 2019). Perhaps a January purchase in preparation for a Christmas 2019 gift. ______________This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
    January 1, 1970
    What a fantastic start to a new series! Death, disaster, pain and joy (hmm sounds like a typical Christmas so far), this is a well crafted crafting story and I love the characters.Merry and an on-line friend have set up the Merry and Bright Christmas Etsy shop (also selling through various craft shows), Merry has an RV which used to belong to her ex-stepdaughter and she plans on using this to go to the various craft fairs, but also to hopefully use it as a mobile craft room (maybe even do some t What a fantastic start to a new series! Death, disaster, pain and joy (hmm sounds like a typical Christmas so far), this is a well crafted crafting story and I love the characters.Merry and an on-line friend have set up the Merry and Bright Christmas Etsy shop (also selling through various craft shows), Merry has an RV which used to belong to her ex-stepdaughter and she plans on using this to go to the various craft fairs, but also to hopefully use it as a mobile craft room (maybe even do some teaching), when she arrives at the first Craft Fair things go wrong, very wrong, starting with finding her ex-husband dead in the RV, then getting attacked and finally being accused of murder! Now she needs to use all of her crafting skills to find out the truth, and not just about her dead ex! There are various story lines intertwined and it is great to see them being unraveled for our reading pleasure!
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    it’s a good start for a new series: interesting, entertaining and engaging.This book is fresh and original because, even if the plot contains elements of a standard new cozy series, it is also darker and more realistic than usual.The guinea pig is adorable and the heroine is likable and relatable.The rest of the cast is realistic: with light and dark as human beings are.The plot is engaging and entertaining, a bit slow at times. Even if it’s a cozy mystery I found it quite melancholic at times b it’s a good start for a new series: interesting, entertaining and engaging.This book is fresh and original because, even if the plot contains elements of a standard new cozy series, it is also darker and more realistic than usual.The guinea pig is adorable and the heroine is likable and relatable.The rest of the cast is realistic: with light and dark as human beings are.The plot is engaging and entertaining, a bit slow at times. Even if it’s a cozy mystery I found it quite melancholic at times but I do not thing this is something negative.I liked the style of writing.I look forward to reading other installment in this series.Recommended!Many thanks to Henery Press and Edelweiss for this ARC
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  • Bernadette Cinkoske
    January 1, 1970
    Not a Creature Was Stirring is a great start to a new series from Christina Freeburn. I enjoyed everything about this book. The characters were all quite interesting and well written. This book introduces lots of characters I expect we will see in the subsequent books in the series. Ebenezer, Merry's guinea pig and travel companion almost steals the show! The interesting plot has many twists. I did not guess who the murderer was which is wonderful. I highly recommend this book and am looking for Not a Creature Was Stirring is a great start to a new series from Christina Freeburn. I enjoyed everything about this book. The characters were all quite interesting and well written. This book introduces lots of characters I expect we will see in the subsequent books in the series. Ebenezer, Merry's guinea pig and travel companion almost steals the show! The interesting plot has many twists. I did not guess who the murderer was which is wonderful. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to the next ones in the series.
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  • Barbara Tobey
    January 1, 1970
    Since I am not a Christmas person I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. A clever murder mystery. Friends, family, a guinea pig, and a neighbor all create laughs or tears. While I assume this series will continue to focus on all things Christmas, I still look forward to reading the next one. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via Edelweiss.
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  • Katreader
    January 1, 1970
    NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING by Christine FreeburnThe First Merry and Bright Handcrafted MysteryMerry Winters has splurged on a new item for her Christmas crafting business-a used RV. It's perfect to transport her and all her crafting wares to various vendor events-and she got it for a steal from her step-daughter. The perfect deal turns into a nightmare when she discovers her recently divorced second husband stuffed into a storage compartment. The detective in charge is certain Merry's the murde NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING by Christine FreeburnThe First Merry and Bright Handcrafted MysteryMerry Winters has splurged on a new item for her Christmas crafting business-a used RV. It's perfect to transport her and all her crafting wares to various vendor events-and she got it for a steal from her step-daughter. The perfect deal turns into a nightmare when she discovers her recently divorced second husband stuffed into a storage compartment. The detective in charge is certain Merry's the murderer and her sales are plummeting as her step-daughter has arrived and is telling everyone that Merry killed her dad. Merry's adult children are doing what they can to protect and support her, including getting their dad, her first ex-husband, to be her attorney. But will that be enough to make Christmas merry again?NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING looks at what it is to be an empty nester as well as the changing relationships as everyone ages. Merry Winters has a big heart, which gets her into a lot of trouble. While her adult children seem to be well adjusted, pleasant people, her step-daughter is an emotional mess, and a constant conflict waiting to happen. Yet Merry goes above and beyond to protect her, regardless of the damage the girl intends to cause. In fact, most of the characters aren't entirely likable.An intriguing mystery and themes of Christmas and crafting make NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING a fun holiday read.FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through Edelweiss, in the hopes I would review it.
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