Murder Fir Christmas
by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Murder Fir Christmas
(Christmas Tree Valley Mysteries)
Print Length: 208 pages
Publisher: J. Lavene (December 1, 2015)
Down the mountain from Sweet Pepper, Tennessee is Christmas Tree Valley, a place filled with hundreds of Christmas tree farms where generations of growers have made people’s lives brighter. Yet even here in this quiet, postcard-perfect corner of the world, darkness and murder can still stalk the night.
Federal Wildlife Agent Bonnie Tuttle has always had a special gift with wild animals. It was one of the reasons she decided to train with the wildlife agency. She’s spent the last ten years in Alabama working, but her mother needs her home and she’s back despite all the bad parts of her life she hoped to leave behind.
Her first day home begins with a fire on the island in Sweet Pepper Lake and the death of Harvey Shelton, the wildlife agent she’s supposed to replace. Bonnie manages to rescue dozens of animals from the fire – including a wolf pup that was shot with the same bullet that killed Harvey.
Now she’s hot on the trail of Harvey’s killer and trying to reintegrate the wolf back into the wild even though he seems to want to stay with her. Yet old memories persist in the small community where she grew up, and the killer now seems to believe that she has what he killed Harvey for. All she has to do is figure out what that is before it’s too late.
Christmas Recipes included!
First I want to say how sad I am that Joyce is no longer with us. She will be missed.
My thoughts: This is the first in the Christmas Tree Valley Mysteries. I was not disappointed in the least. You will recognize some of the characters from other books they authors have written and that makes the story even better. When Federal Wildlife Agent Bonnie finds out about a job back home where she can take care of her mother she jumps at the chance. She has to help rescue animals at Sweet Pepper from a fire. Harvey was killed and the suspect was as well. Now Bonnie has to find the killer along with taking care of her mom amongst other things.
The book was wonderful seeing Bonnie again and the way she handles herself with the Tree Farm and more.
About The Authors –
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.