Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – #Mystery Novels – Sharon Marchisello, Harmony Kent, Geoff Le Pard, Amy M. Reade

Welcome to the Christmas book fair and today I am sharing some of the great mystery books on the shelves that would make wonderful gifts.

And the first mystery today is one I can personally recommend is Going Home by Sharon Marchisello.

My review for the book 30th September 2021

This is a well written and thought provoking story that combines a care crisis that many of us face with elderly parents who have developed dementia, and the unravelling of the mystery surrounding a murder in a family home.

It is clear the author has experience of the challenge of communicating with someone who has short term memory loss, and brings in a cleverly crafted murder plot with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested.

There are flashbacks to the past and events which have a bearing on the present, and the reader is witness to the fallout that revelations result in as the search begins for a viable suspect amongst the outsiders who have access to the family home. It would seem that the authorities have only one suspect in mind, and without the ability to communicate coherently, an elderly woman must rely on her extended family to prove her innocence.

The author does a great job in keeping all the various strands of the plot running smoothly in parallel and brings the story to a satisfactory climax.

I recommend to those who enjoy well written murder mysteries and family sagas.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UsAnd: Amazon UK

Also by Sharon Marchisello

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – follow Sharon: Goodreadsblog: Sharon Blogspot – Twitter: @SLMarchisello

Another mystery that I can recommend is The Vanished Boy by Harmony Kent... a parent’s worse nightmare.

About the book

It’s so remote out here. Anything could happen …

A missed phone call in the night is all it takes.

When Carole’s 18-year-old son goes missing, she breaks into Jayden’s laptop to try to understand his life.

All too soon, Carole discovers just how little she knew her boy.

And when one lead after another dead-ends, the distraught mother has to face the unthinkable.

Sucked into a sticky web of deceit and lies, nothing is as it seems.

When your life turns inside out and upside down, who would you trust?

My review for the book June 23rd 2021

A parent’s worst nightmare. A missing teenager and a realisation that you didn’t know them as well as you thought you did.

The author has created a fast paced thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, as widow Carole searches social media for clues as to where her missing son might be. She heads down paths that lead to even more questions, as the empathetic detective in charge of the investigation does his best to keep her updated on developments.

The circle of family and friends she can turn to is small, and as she slowly uncovers key pieces of information, she begins to feel even more isolated and her sanity is threatened. The physical evidence mounts up and turns her world upside down; trust in everything and everyone in her life is challenged.

The characters are relatable, as are the extremes of emotions and pain that fuel the events leading to the unexpected climax of the story.

Can you believe all that you see and hear? Or are you being manipulated by someone with something to hide? You will have to read the book to find out.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

A small selection of other books by Harmony Kent

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And : Amazon US – Follow Harmony:Goodreads – Website:Harmony KentTwitter: @Harmony_Kent

The next book is by Geoff Le Pard.. a contemporary mystery romance – The Art of Spirit Capture

About the book

Jason Hales is at his lowest ebb: his brother is in a coma; his long-term partner has left him; he’s been sacked; and Christmas is round the corner to remind him how bad his life has become.

After receiving an unexpected call telling him he’s a beneficiary of his Great Aunt Heather’s estate, he visits the town he vaguely recalls from his childhood, where his great aunt lived. Wanting to find out more, he’s soon sucked into local politics revolving around his great uncle’s extraordinary glass ornaments, his ‘Captures’, and their future.

While trying to piece his life back together, he’ll have to confront a number of questions: What actually are these Captures and what is the mystery of the old wartime huts where his uncle fashioned them? Why is his surly neighbour so antagonistic? Can he trust anyone, especially the local doctor Owen Marsh and Charlotte Taylor, once a childhood adversary, but now the lawyer dealing with the estate? His worries pile up, with his ex in trouble, his flat rendered uninhabitable and his brother’s condition worsening. Will Christmas bring him any joy?

Set in the Sussex countryside, this is a modern novel with mystery, romance and magic at its core, as well as a smattering of hope, redemption and good cooking.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Mae Clair5.0 out of 5 stars A brillant, quirky, and charming read!  Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2021

The Art of Spirit Capture is a VERY unusual story that mixes a bit of the metaphysical with small town politics, a splash of romance, and a collection of eccentric and intriguing characters. Jason Hales has just been sacked from his engineering job when he learns he and his brother, Peter, are the joint executors and beneficiaries of his deceased aunt’s estate. Peter, however, is in an induced coma following a biking accident, leaving Jason to sort out the legalities.

When Jason arrives in the small town he vaguely recalls from childhood, he learns the estate includes not just his aunt’s home, but also a large surrounding stretch of woods and several workshops where his uncle made spirit captures—glass ornaments containing the last breath of departed loved ones, and capable of producing strong emotional reactions.

Because Jason hadn’t seen his aunt in decades and because the spirit (and light) captures are integral to the life of many people in the town, Jason is immediately viewed with suspicion. What keeps this story moving forward is Jason’s need to locate the formula for producing captures, and the townspeople’s wariness of what he intends to do regarding the future of captures.

The characters are an eccentric collection, each with backstories of their own, many of which overlap in surprising ways. The deeper I sank into the book the more complexities the author revealed. The plot is ingenious and rewarding, with many twisting threads tied neatly together at the end. I loved the descriptions of the captures (especially the light capture display), and the resolution of how everything played out.

Jason is a highly likable character, but I also need to mention other personal favorites. Lotte, Jason’s childhood friend, now a lawyer assisting him the estate, and Cyrus, a neighbor farmer with a chip on his shoulder really stood out for me. I also loved Viscount, a dog Jason “inherits” with the estate.

If you’re looking for something different, give this quirky and well-written book a read. It’s well worth sinking into the pages!  

Head over to buy the book: Amazon UK And Amazon US

A selection of books by Geoff Le Pard

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website: Geoff Le PardGoodreads: Geoff on GoodreadsTwitter: @geofflepard

The final mystery day has a festive theme and is by Amy M. Reade with The Worst Noel (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series Book 1)

About the book

Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace, love, and joy, but for Lilly Carlsen, this Christmas is murder.

As a single mom, small business owner, and president of the local Chamber of Commerce, the last thing she needs is to find a dead body on the floor of her jewelry shop on the busiest shopping day of the year. And as if that isn’t enough, Lilly has to deal with a deadbeat ex-husband, a mother with declining mental health, and two teenagers.

But when a second body turns up, Lilly finds herself squarely in the crosshairs of suspicion. Can she figure out who killed the victims before she becomes one herself? And will her family’s Christmas be merry…or scary?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Jun 28, 2021 Marissa rated it four stars really liked it
Christmas spirit takes a deadly turn.

Lily a single mom and president of the local chamber of commerce finds a dead body in the floor of her jewelry store during the busiest shopping day of the season. Not only has she had to deal with her no good ex-husband, two teenagers and a mother who mental condition is declining.

When another body is found she finds herself in the middle of the things. Will she be able to save the day and find the killer before she might be another victim? Can she survive the chaos of Christmas alive and in one piece?

A delightful read which pulls you in.  

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Amy M. Reade

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Read the reviews and buy the books : Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Blog: Amy Reade WordPress Goodreads: Amy Reade Goodreads – Twitter: @readeandwrite



Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books… thanks Sally.

89 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – #Mystery Novels – Sharon Marchisello, Harmony Kent, Geoff Le Pard, Amy M. Reade

  1. Another wonderful selection of authors, books, and reviews! I love your review for The Vanish Boy. It was a gripping story. I have added two of these to my long TBR list! 🙂 Thank you, Sally, for sharing

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  2. Thank you for spotlighting these writers and sharing the reviews, Sally. I’ve read The Vanished Boy and really liked it. Now I look forward to reading the others. Congrats to all! 😊

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  3. Great lineup of books, authors, and reviews. Congrats to Sharon, Geoff, and Amy. I’m doing my happy dance at being featured here! 💃 I have Geoff’s book on my ereader, still waiting for me, lols, and will have to go and take a look at Amy’s. Great Christmas reading/ideas here. Thanks for sharing, Sally 💕 🙂

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  4. Hi, Sally. So nice to see my review of Geoff’s book here today. It was quite the compelling story.
    I will say the same about Harmony’s The Vanished Boy which I also loved. I’m going to need to add the others to my reading list. Congrats to all of the authors and thanks for sharing!

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  5. I’m delighted and grateful to you for including my book on your list today, Sally. Congratulations to the other authors, and now I must tend to my ever-growing TBR list! Great selection of stories to choose from. Thank you!

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  6. So much delicious talent – my new Kindle’s going to be feeling the strain! I have several of these waiting patiently to rise to the top of my TBR mountain. Many thanks for these great gift ideas. xx

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