Thursday, October 25, 2018

Book Review of Murder in Her Stocking

Murder in Her Stocking
By:  G. A. McKevett
Kensington Books
5 Stars

Murder in Her Stocking takes place about 30 years ago in the small southern town of McGill, Georgia.  The story centers around Stella Reid and her seven grandchildren.  One night while out with two of her grandchildren, Stella hears the most dreadful cry coming from the alley behind the local tavern.  Stella sends her grandkids to the police station, and she rushes to the alley to see if she can help.  There she finds the town’s “bad girl,” Prissy Carr, dying.  She takes Prissy into her arms and comforts her during her final minutes.  By the time the sheriff arrives, Prissy is dead.  While not everyone in McGill thinks she is worth the effort, the sheriff and Stella know they need to solve the mystery of her death.

Life doesn’t stop though just because there is a murder to solve.  Stella must also deal with her daughter-in-law, the town drunk, in order to ensure her grandkids are being properly cared for.  Stella also comforts one of her closest friends who is going through a difficult time in her marriage.  She must also deal with her changing feelings for the local sheriff and his for hers.

This story does a great job of taking you back in time and setting the scene for this Christmas mystery.  It also does a great job of creating memorable, unique characters.   This book is so much more than just a cozy mystery. It’s also about heartbreak, love, family, and the value of true friends.  It touched me in a way that other cozy mysteries simply haven’t.  I found myself laughing at the funny parts, and crying through the tough times, and wishing I could help. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys mysteries, Christmas mysteries, or especially stories that help to teach the true meaning of Christmas

I’ve seen from other reviewers that this book is a prequel to the Savannah Reid mystery series.  I’ve not read that series yet, but I was still able to throughly enjoy this book.  I’m looking forward to reading through the Savannah Reid series, and I hope to see more from the Granny Reid series.

Thanks to Net Galley and Kensington Books for an ARC of this book.  #NetGalley #MurderInHerStocking

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