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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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