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Caturday Reads: Purring around the Christmas Tree

Purring around the Christmas Tree

by Liz Mugavero

Kensington Books

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 26 Sep 2017


Wow, once again Liz Mugavero has served readers a treat as tasty as those her heroine “Stan” Connor serves up in her pet bakery. Liz Mugavero consistently provides readers with entertaining mysteries where pets are more than just window dressing. In this holiday themed cozy, Santa is found in his sleigh, DOA. At first, everyone fears the victim is Seamus, the uncle of Stan’s boyfriend. Instead, it is a local drunk known to spend the winter at the local Christmas tree farm. Meanwhile noone knows where Seamus has disappeared to and why he wasn’t in the Santa Claus suit. To top everything off, Char’s husband Ray has also dropped off the map, and a number of Seamus’s shady friends have arrived in town to await his return.

Purring around the Christmas Tree is a fantastic cozy as complex and satisfying as a well seasoned mug of spiced cider. I definitely recommend it, as well as Liz Mugavero’s other novels to anyone who enjoys well written cozies and of course - pets.

5 / 5

I received a copy of Purring around the Christmas Tree from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



In the New England town of Frog’s Ledge, the Holiday Light Festival is a Christmas tradition. Killing Santa is not. To bring joy back to the season, organic pet patisserie owner Kristan “Stan” Connor will have to find another Santa before it’s too late . . .

To the townspeople’s delight, the annual lighting of the tree is a spectacular success. Unfortunately, Santa pulled up in his sleigh, DOA. At first Stan is sure it’s Seamus, her boyfriend’s uncle, inside the red suit. But the victim turns out to be an employee from the town’s Christmas tree farm. Rumor has it the deceased was a mean drunk with a soft spot for feral cats. Stan has no idea why he was dressed as St. Nick—or why he’s dead.

Meanwhile, Seamus, a jolly Irishman who comes to America every December to visit his pub-owner nephew, is nowhere to be found. Could he just be off on a Boston bar crawl? Or is something more sinister under the tree? Seamus was supposed to be dressing up and posing for pet pictures with Santa at the shop, but the dogs and cats might have to find another lap to curl up in if Stan doesn’t solve two mysteries soon. Or murder might be the only thing under the mistletoe this holiday . . .

Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

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