This year I've been trying to read more seasonally by cramming in as many holiday themed reads as I can. Here are a few I read this December.
Christmas at Whisper Beach by Shelley Noble - Noble was a recent discovery for me this year. I loved The Beach at Painter's Cove and really wanted to spend some more time in Noble's worlds. However, I think I made a misstep with this one. Since I hadn't read the first book in the series it was a bit like walking into a party where you don't know anyone. Everyone seemed very nice but since I didn't have a connection with any of the characters it took me awhile to have any investment in what they were talking about or what was happening. However, while this book wasn't my favorite it did make me want to really get to know these characters in the first Whisper Beach book. I'm anxious to get started on that one. I suspect after I read that one I'll be anxious for a reread of this novella. Rating: Not a good standalone.
Ginger Snapped (A Spice Shop Mystery #5) by Gail Oust - So the ginger in the title and the gingerbread man on the cover fooled me a bit. This isn't a Christmas themed mystery at all. However, it was a fun read with a good mystery. I love a "team" of investigators - especially when there's a law enforcement officer turned suspect involved and Osut does the setup incredible well. This book works fine as a stand alone and while there are a lot of characters I had no trouble keeping up with who was who and their relationships. The mystery was well done and while I wasn't surprised by the reveal I did enjoy watching Piper figure everything out. This was a light and entertaining cozy and it's a series I'm very much looking forward to continuing. Rating: Good