Saturday, 20 December 2014

Review: Killer Christmas, by Harper Lin

After breaking up with hunky movie star Nick Doyle, Grammy Award-winning singer Emma Wild returns to her hometown for Christmas to get away from it all. In Hartfield, a small town in Ontario, Canada, she gets caught up in a murder case after a fan's drink is poisoned at the Chocoholic Cafe, owned by Emma's sister Mirabelle.

Who is the killer and was the drink originally intended for Emma?
To add to the chaos, Sterling Matthews is the detective on the case. He'd shattered her heart nine years ago and inspired all her hit singles, but now they must work together to find the murderer before the murderer finds Emma.

This book is the first book of Harper Lin's 4-Book holiday mystery series. It was cute but in many places fairly unrealistic (especially considering the amount that Emma gets heavily involved in the police investigation into her own attempted murder that had gone awry). However, its still a cute Christmassy read that leads into the rest of the series with only partial resolution.. At least the main story line is resolved, and its just the entire romantic and future-life choices elements of the whole book that are left unresolved... I did like the character, and the story, and the secondary characters, but just not quite enough to spend actual money on the second book in the series. You might call me cheap, but I do try to reserve my pitiful pile of cash for the sequels that I JUST HAVE to download immediately, (and if they are not released yet I revert back to 14 year old girl status and just Can't Even).
And on the topic of I Just Can't Even... Seriously, how is the romantic choice not totally clear to Emma? Mr. Not quite committed who she walks away from because its not going anywhere, or the guy who broke up with her to set her free to be as successful as a grammy award-winning singer- which she now is... who also happens to be a sexy, sweet guy who fills the room with sizzling chemistry. Even if I was going to read the rest of the series, if she didn't pick Sterling.... pffftt... Here comes the can't even..

Ok, in short a groovy Christmas read, that doubles up as a surprisingly good murder mystery novella, despite the glaring abuses of standard police procedure.

Highlights: Sterling Matthews!
Low points: I'm sorry, but a hot chocolate mixed with coffee is called a MOCHA, not a hot chocolate latte!!!

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