Thursday, December 21, 2023

Books from the Backlog - Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Blurb:  Freelance writer Jaine Austen is feeling festive about spending Christmas house-sitting at a posh Bel Air mansion, accompanied by her friend Lance and her cat, Prozac. But when a grumpy neighbor gets himself iced, she'll have to find the culprit or she may spend the New Year in jail . . .
Scotty Parker is a former child star who once played Tiny Tim, but now he's grown up into the role of neighborhood Scrooge. He cuts the wires on his neighbors' Christmas lights and tells local kids that Santa had a stroke. And his miserly, bah-humbug attitude lasts year-round--a fact known all too well by his current wife, his ex-wife, his maid, and many more.

Scotty thinks he can stage a comeback with the screenplay he's working on (The Return of Tiny Tim: Vengeance Is Mine!), and Jaine's been reluctantly helping him edit it. So when Scotty is bludgeoned with a frozen chocolate yule log and the police start making a list of suspects and checking it twice, Jaine's name is unfortunately included. True, she's been under some stress, with Lance trying to set her up on dates and her fickle feline taking a sudden liking to someone else--but she's not guilty of murder. Now she just has to prove it, by using her gift for detection and figuring out who committed this holiday homicide.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  I've heard good things about this series and this one looks fun - plus it's been sitting on my shelf for years!


  1. I love that she named her cat Prozac!
    And I just posted a list of bookish books on my blog that center around either a bookshop or a library, or where the main character is an author or bookstore owner. I know you said you were looking for some good bookish books to read, so maybe you'll find some there that appeal to you. :D

  2. I hope you enjoy it. This is the season for it.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  3. I started this series year ago and loved it. With all the cozy mystery series out there, I kind of got away from this one. I have to go back to it.