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  • Great series!

    Hemlock for the Holidays is book #3 in the Fine Art Mystery series by Paula Darnell. Amanda is getting ready for her kids and parents coming to visit for Christmas while worrying about a lack of sales of her artwork. She has a lot going on and then people get sick at a crafts fair. I find Amanda to be very relatable - the finances, the being uncomfortable selling her art, the love for her pets. She has great friends and an interesting profession. The mystery was interesting and there were plenty of suspects to keep you guessing. I received a copy of this book from BookSprout and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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  • An entertaining read

    Hemlock for the Holidays is the third book in the Fine Art Mystery series and is an entertaining cozy mystery. I really enjoyed this book. The characters are likable and the story engaged my interest from start to finish. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Hemlock Danger

    Amanda is working the high school winter craft fair and Christmas is coming up quickly. Police show up and apparently the carrot bars have hemlock in them and people are getting sick. The next day, Amanda and Susan stop by to see Eric and find him dead on the floor of his kitchen, a carrot cake on the counter. This cozy mystery is well written, with plenty of clues, surprises and twists. The characters are fun and the banter fits well. Loved the situations she encounters and the process of figuring out who did it. Great ending. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Suspenseful

    A delightful cozy mystery once again. Amanda’s plans to get ready for the family’s arrival doesn’t seem to be going well. A possible murder could be interfering. Loved it

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  • A Cracking Read

    My first in this series although it is the third instalment, Hemlock for the Holidays sees artist Amanda Trent looking forward to the holiday season as Lonesome Valley begins its annual parade. Amanda's family will be in town to spend Christmas with her and she is already dreaming of sugarplums and spending some time with her next-door neighbour, Brian who works on an oil rig. Short of cash, she is helping at the high school Christmas craft fair where there are carrot bars available. When the students start falling ill and someone eats one then drops, the emergency services are called but the man dies so Amanda starts some sleuthing. I loved Paula Darnell’s fun writing style and I thought the plot was wonderfully engaging. The main character, in her fifties, was warm and someone I could relate to and I liked the contributions of her pets, a calico cat named Mona Lisa and her golden retriever, Laddie. Also worth mentioning is her neighbour Belle, though there is great camaraderie between most of the supporting cast. The setting of Arizona at Christmastime was lovely to imagine and the author made this easy for me with charming Yuletide descriptions. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries with a Christmas holiday theme, then you need to check out Hemlock for the Holidays. It's comical, and it will definitely keep you guessing. This very happy reader highly recommends it! I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Campbell and Rogers Press via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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