I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.  Published by Thomas & Mercer  via NetGalley.

Lucy Resnick has her hands full with more trouble, and just before Christmas too!  She not only has an escape artist cow called Blossom, but has now taken on 2 goat called Hot Lips and Gidget, who are equally as bad!  And someone is out digging up her farm in the dead of night!

On top of that she and Peter (the goat herder and her best friend Quinn’s boyfriend) rush to a house fire and discover the body of a young woman, who has been dead some time before the fire started.

Rumours are abound about Civil War treasure.  A New church is protesting at the Christmas Market, and a new incomer is trying to gain the votes for the mayors post…oh, and Lucy’s parents arrive unannounced to spend Christmas with her.

With Sheriff Rooster Kocurek up to his normal tricks of doing nothing but sitting on his 42″ polyester butt and arresting the wrong person.  It is up to Lucy to match wits with a killer…or die trying!

All the normal antics that you will find in a Karen MacInerney book, with well rounded characters, crazy critters and a well written and plotted story…not to be missed!

5 Stars*****


Lucy Resnick’s nerves are as tight as a tea cozy. Her new goats, Hot Lips and Gidget, keep making a break for the town square, her truck is dying, and her boyfriend’s gorgeous ex-wife is in town for the holidays. Worse, someone’s digging holes on her land…and uprooting her peach orchard and dewberry patch in the process. Lucy needs additional holiday stress like she needs a blow to the head—which she receives one night, courtesy of the mystery digger.

When the dim-witted sheriff arrests one of Lucy’s best friends, the former reporter puts her own problems on the back burner and starts investigating. What she finds is a patchwork of clues—an injured puppy, a sapphire necklace gone missing, and a string of poison-pen letters—that draws her deep into a web of small-town secrets.

Word travels fast in Buttercup. When the killer learns Lucy’s on the trail, Lucy finds she needs more than her reporting skills to save her friend—she needs a Christmas miracle.

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