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Eggnog and Extortion

About the book: Tess Crawford has her hands full at the bakery with Christmas orders, an upcoming event, and two men vying for her attention. 
Getting pulled into a murder investigation wasn’t in her plans, but she can’t take the threat to her life in Silver Springs lightly. Though the police make an arrest in the case, Tess is sure they’re wrong. When not just her case but her business is at stake, can Tess find out the truth, save an innocent woman, and solve her relationship woes? 

My review: I was lucky enough to be able to beta read this book. I have been loving reading this series about Tess and I loved this one too! 

Tess is really a great character. She loves to bake, and eat yummy food (that makes her a bit like me!), and she is always willing to jump in and figure out a big case (not really like me - unless it's something our kids are missing that I have to go through our house to find!) In this book, she's catering a big event for Nova Cosmetics when she by chance sees a young woman who seems very familiar. She's sure she's seen her before but can't remember her name. The young woman had a headache and appeared to head home. But, as Tess is leaving, she finds her lying on the ground in the parking lot and she doesn't make it. 

Tess has a hard time getting the young woman out of her mind and pretty soon the owner of Nova Cosmetics, Anise, insists that Tess take on the case and lead the police away from her company. Oooh, Anise as a character really bugged me! She's not very nice. It kind of irked me the way she went about insisting that Tess take the case, pretty much threatening to shut down her bakery if she didn't. But I digress!

I loved that Tess was not content, even when the police made an arrest. She knew that something didn't seem right. But she put her life in the cross hairs of a murderer once again. And neither of her boyfriends were thrilled with that choice.

I had no idea who the real killers were at the end of this book. I had guessed the wrong person. I love it when it seems as though the story is going one way and then turns and goes a completely opposite way!

This book is great! I loved the characters, the story line, the suspense and the touch of romance that is included in it. It has everything you could want in a book that will keep you up reading long past your bedtime!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

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About the book: Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. 

Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email. 

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

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