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Christmas Sweets por Joanne Fluke
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Christmas Sweets (original 2006; edición 2019)

por Joanne Fluke (Autor), Laura Levine (Autor), Leslie Meier (Autor)

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The Twelve Desserts of Christmas: "It's the perfect mix of naughty and nice when two lovestruck boarding school teachers watch six kids over Christmas break. But when someone wants the cozy couple's romance to burn out faster than a scorched fruitcake, it's Hannah Swensen to the rescue, armed with her sleuthing skills--and twelve deliciously festive recipes..." -- Page [4] cover.Nightmare on Elf Street: "Aside from the mortifying costume, how bad can a gig as a mall Santa's elf be? Jaine Austen finds out when she's teamed up with the Santa from Hell. But things go from bad to worse when he's found murdered on the job--and Jaine is a suspect. Now all she wants for Christmas is to find the real killer..." -- Page [4] cover.The Christmas Thief: "Elizabeth Stone is ready for a white Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine--until a fancy Yule ball at the Florida hotel where she works dumps snow on her plans. The sponsor's jewels have gone missing and the police are asking about her ties to a cute mystery guest. Good thing Elizabeth's mother, Lucy Stone, flew down to surprise her. 'Tis the season for a little investigating..." -- Page [4] cover.… (más)
Miembro:JuliW
Título:Christmas Sweets
Autores:Joanne Fluke (Autor)
Otros autores:Laura Levine (Autor), Leslie Meier (Autor)
Info:Kensington (2019), 320 pages
Colecciones:Tu biblioteca, Lo he leído pero no lo tengo
Valoración:****
Etiquetas:read-review-copies-2019

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Christmas Sweets
This book contains 3 stories from 3 different authors.
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THE TWELVE DESSERTS OF CHRISTMAS by JOANNE FLUKE
This story is about a group of kids who are left behind at the Christmas holidays at the boarding school.
Julie and Matt, both teachers will chaperon the kids, 3 boys, 3 girls and they discover there are NO desserts for them.
Julie was a HS friend of Andrea who's sister is Hannah the one that bakes and owns the Cookie Jar. She is persuaded to deliver desserts to them daily and each gets to pick out a favorite of theirs.
The teachers are romantically inclined and it's not hardship for them to be there together.
Mystery starts when the kids sign the wager. Love the story of the Christmas cake.
Love how Hannah and her family and friends help the kids celebrate. They are blown away with happiness.
Can't wait to read of Hannah's stories.
Recipes are included along with conversion tables at the end. Note from the author is included.
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NIGHTMARE ON ELF STREET by LAURA LEVINE
This story starts out when Jaine gets a job at the mall as an elf to a drunken Santa for the last few weeks before Christmas.
It is taken in hopes of her real work, a writer for ads. Lots of crazy things happen and before you know it her cat has upset the whole scene and she's left near the dead Santa.
She had been trying to get a photo for Christmas cards this year but the cat wouldn't put the antlers on...
After the murder she is a suspect and she gahters all the clues to find out who really did murder the Santa.
Lots of colorful characters.
Most unexpected but a quick holiday read. Note from the author follows along with her other works.
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THE CHRISTMAS THIEF by LESLIE MEIER
This story is about Elizabeth, working at big hotel chain, in FL. She's going to pack her suitcase for her Christmas holiday vacation to Maine to visit with the family.
Problem is a famous person is hosting a holiday party there for 4 days and she's getting a new position-a helper for any needs the guests want.
She cancels her trip and dives into her new temp position...
Her friend tells her it's all good, she will meet single men...
Lots of crazy scenes and the jewels go missing. Elizabeth is accused and before she knows it others are there to help her gather clues.
Had never heard the shanty about the codfish bones, cool.
Note from the author is included.
Sample chapter from another of Joanne Flukes books along with recipes. ( )
  jbarr5 | Jun 21, 2021 |
I seem to have a habit of reading Christmas fiction outside of Christmas-time. This book contains 3 novellas by three different authors. I've read quite a few Joanne Fluke books and at least one Leslie Meier book. I don't recall reading Laura Levine before, but I might have.

The back cover states "includes luscious holiday recipes" but in reality only Fluke includes recipes. (Though there are 12 of them--all desserts.)

"The Twelve Desserts of Christmas" by Fluke sounded like it would be interesting from the blurb, but it fell flat for me. There's apparently a boarding school in a town near Lake Eden, with a teacher who knows Andrea from their own school days. That teacher (a female) and another teacher (male) are tasked with staying on campus with 6 students who have no where to go during Christmas.

I guess it does make sense to move from large dorms to a smaller space where it would be easier to keep track of only 6 students (3 boys and 3 girls), but I don't know many schools that have a house like that readily available for use.

The female teacher comes up with the idea to order 12 holiday desserts from Andrea's sister Hannah Swensen. For most of us, that would entail making one or maybe two trips to the school--but Hannah seems to travel there every day!

I did like the way that Hannah got the two teachers around the students' bets with each other so that neither the boys nor the girls lost and the two teachers ended up at the place where they wanted to be too. A nice win-win situation.

"Nightmare on Elf Street" by Levine started out a bit slowly. In fact, I almost thought I'd read the story before (the part with the Santa who drank on the job). Once I got past feeling that I'd read the story before, the story grew on me. I laughed at Jaine's cat. The killer didn't turn out to be who I suspected. Jaine's dream sequence was a bit weird and I thought maybe the author needed some filler to meet a page quota and came up with that.

"The Christmas Thief" by Meier was the most interesting to me. I liked Elizabeth, and I could sympathize with her realizing that not everyone who's nice on the outside really has your best interests at heart. I believe I've read a book that features Lucy Stone as the amateur sleuth--but really--two women being able to fly to Florida (from Maine) on the spur of the moment exactly when they want/need to do so. Not realistic. I did like that Chris and Elizabeth were only agreeing that they were interested in dating each other at the end of the book rather than the more common-to-the-genre getting engaged or married. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Feb 20, 2021 |
I was a little disappointed to discover that my annual dose of Hannah Swensen Christmas cheer was a recycled story published in Sugar & Spice in 2006......but, while waiting for the next book in the series, (coming out in February 2020!) I'm willing to take any dose of Hannah that I can get! Plus, the book has two more awesome Christmas theme cozy stories! Laura Levine contributes a Jaine Austen holiday tale. I have had the Jaine Austen series on my TBR shelf for a long time. Gotta move it up to the top and start reading! And, Leslie Meier has a holiday Lucy Stone Christmas gift for readers.

Ok....Hannah first.... (of course!) The Twelve Desserts of Christmas: Sugar & Spice (the book this story was originally published in) is a collection of Christmas romance novellas, so this story is more romance angle than cozy mystery. There are quite a few recipes included and a bit of a mystery to solve....but it's mostly Christmas kissie face fun. No dead bodies in this story. Six students remain at the boarding school outside Lake Eden, MN. The kids are staying at the school for Christmas break so two teachers have to remain as well. Is there romance in the air? Maybe....but someone really, really wants to squash any chance of romance. Hannah, delivering lovely baked holiday cheer, is on the case to find out the truth.

Cute story! And there are of course 12 yummy recipes included as well! Despite the fact I was disappointed this was not a new story, it will still fun to read!

Nightmare on Elf Street: Laura Levine jumps in after Joanne Fluke's tale with a story featuring Jaine Austen. I have never read any of the series yet. Most of the books have been on my TBR shelf waiting for me to get to them for several years now, so this novella gave me a perfect jump start to move the series to the top of my to-read list!

Jaine heads to the local swanky upscale mall hoping for an advertising job, but somehow ends up dressed as an elf for the holiday season. The only thing worse than dressing in striped tights and a hat with a fuzzy pompon is......a dead santa.

Although it took awhile for the mystery to appear in this holiday story, I enjoyed every bit of this holiday tale. A horrible minimum wage gig that involves an elf costume....a cat named Prozac who refuses to don reindeer antlers for a photo....and a drunk, unruly, horrific santa claus. What's not to love?? This story definitely earned the Jaine Austen series a higher spot on my TBR list! Book one is sitting right at the tippy top! Humorous and fun, this story was an entertaining read!

The Christmas Thief: Leslie Meier offers up a short mystery featuring her sleuth Lucy Stone. Lucy and her friend Miss Tilley fly to Florida to help Elizabeth Stone out of a serious predicament. Elizabeth has been put on leave at her job at a hotel in connection with some missing jewelry. Not just any jewelry. Very, very expensive jewelry. Millions of dollars. Yikes! Can the three ladies work together to salvage the holiday and keep Elizabeth out of trouble??

My favorite story in this collection is Nightmare on Elf Street. Just imagining Jaine Austen in that horrible costume having to deal with a nightmarish santa claus.....oh my! The humor made the story entertaining and fun. This story easily breezed by the recycled Hannah story because it's one I already read 13 years ago!

Cute Christmas cozy collection! And I will definitely be awaiting these holiday novella collections each holiday season! It's become a reading tradition for me!

**I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Three nice Christmas stories written in the character of Joanne Fluke and her other alter egos Leslie Meier and Laura Levine. Very entertaining in a light way and fun Christmas stuff. ( )
  lhaines56 | Feb 9, 2020 |
The Leslie Meier story was pretty good, especially the last third. That's what earned the third star from. ( )
  Beth3511 | Dec 20, 2019 |
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"The Twelve Desserts of Christmas" -- It was a mild day by Minnesota standards.
"Nightmare on Elf Street" -- You'd think after all I'd done for my cat -- the belly rubs, the back scratches, the endless cans of Fancy Feast -- you'd think she could at least wear a pair of reindeer antlers for three minutes while I took her picture for my annual Christmas card.
"The Christmas Thief" -- "That bag is to die for."
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The Twelve Desserts of Christmas: "It's the perfect mix of naughty and nice when two lovestruck boarding school teachers watch six kids over Christmas break. But when someone wants the cozy couple's romance to burn out faster than a scorched fruitcake, it's Hannah Swensen to the rescue, armed with her sleuthing skills--and twelve deliciously festive recipes..." -- Page [4] cover.Nightmare on Elf Street: "Aside from the mortifying costume, how bad can a gig as a mall Santa's elf be? Jaine Austen finds out when she's teamed up with the Santa from Hell. But things go from bad to worse when he's found murdered on the job--and Jaine is a suspect. Now all she wants for Christmas is to find the real killer..." -- Page [4] cover.The Christmas Thief: "Elizabeth Stone is ready for a white Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine--until a fancy Yule ball at the Florida hotel where she works dumps snow on her plans. The sponsor's jewels have gone missing and the police are asking about her ties to a cute mystery guest. Good thing Elizabeth's mother, Lucy Stone, flew down to surprise her. 'Tis the season for a little investigating..." -- Page [4] cover.

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