Sunday, April 14, 2024

Easter Basket Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross


Do you like to read holiday themed books?  I read this delightful collection of Easter mysteries in the week leading up to Easter.  I’m trying to catch up on my reviews and am just now posting my review on the third Sunday of Easter.  At least I’m still in the Easter season? 

This book had three easter mystery themed novellas in it.  I loved their short length.  It kept the action moving without getting bored.  I enjoyed all three stories, and they were a perfect read in the week before Easter.  The stories were as follows:

Easter Basket Murder by Leslie Meier

Tinker Cove’s chamber of commerce has put together an Easter themed promotion to help local businesses.  If you get stamps from all of the businesses on a card, you have a chance to win a fabulous Easter basket which contains a one-of-a-kind Easter egg by a famous and reclusive artist.  When the egg is stolen, and a murder occurs, will reporter Lucy Stone be able to crack the case? 

Death by Easter Egg by Leslie Hollis

After the Easter bunny is found dead after eating a peanut butter egg that he is allergic to from her grandson’s easter basket, Hayley Powell is determined to clear her young grandson’s name.  Will she discover who really murdered the Easter bunny and why?

Hopped Along by Barbara Ross

On a remote island in Maine, Julie Snowden has been rehabbing a mansion that will soon open as a resort.  She is startled to find a dead body in the garden, that soon disappears.  Is this an April Fool’s Day joke or is something else afoot?

I enjoyed all three stories equally, which is rare to find in a collection.  They were all amusing mysteries that caused me to laugh out loud at times. They also made me feel old when I realized that Hayley Powell, the grandmother detective in Death by Easter Egg is my age.  My oldest is just graduating from high school and I hadn’t thought of myself in a grandmotherly way yet.  The mystery plot in all three novellas was interesting and had great conclusions.  I loved the three main heroines.  I have not read any of these authors before, but I think I need to investigate more cozy mysteries by all three as I enjoyed these so much.

Overall, Easter Basket Murder is a great collection of Easter themed cozy mystery novellas that I highly recommend if you are looking for a holiday read and intriguing cozy mysteries.

Book Source:  Review copy from NetGalley. Thank-you!  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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