Traitorous Toys by Mildred Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
It’s Christmas in Estes Park, Colorado: cozy fires, twinkling lights, soft snowfall, and… murder.
The winter holidays in charming Estes Park lulls Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, into thoughts of spiced chai and gingerbread as they settle into their new home. Fred’s dream bookshop is becoming a reality, and with Christmas only days away, her only concerns are spending time with family, enforcing Watson’s diet, and finding the perfect gifts.
The toy store beckons Fred and her friend Katie, who dash in out of the cold, during a shopping spree to discover handmade toys, cuddly stuffed animals… and a dying man on the floor.
When Katie’s desperate attempts to save the man ends in her being taken in for his murder, Fred once again dons her detective hat. She puts aside her Christmas list and—with Watson sniffing around—begins a list of suspects. But as quickly as clues point to one person, new discoveries shift the spotlight to another.
With Katie’s freedom in the balance, Fred has little time to think about gifts or to enjoy the holiday lights and music. A killer is on the loose, one who became violent in a picture-perfect Christmas toy shop, and Fred and Watson can’t begin to predict what might happen next…
This is the second book in the Cozy Corgi Mysteries series by Mildred Abbott and again I had a great, entertaining read with it.
The main heroine, Fred, is again in trouble when this time the local toy store owner’s son is lying dead on the floor of the shop. And it’s Fred’s new friend Katie who is accused of murder or at least a heavy supsect.
The events and the crime case in this book were pretty thrilling and it was a page turner. Again, Fred is doing what she does best: she investigates on her own. Pretty much to dismay of the the local police office and their detectives.
The charactes get within the book more depth and I really enjoyed having a witty heroine like Fred and her adorable companion, her corgi Watson make the book charming, funny and sometimes hilarious. There is also the start of a small romance story in the book, actually Fred is having more than one admirer but she isn’t ready for a new relationship yet. We’ll see how this will – or will not change – with the next books. I hope we see more of those flirtious scenes. 😉
With the solid crime case, the entertaining writing and the charming, quirky characters, the book deserves the 4 out of 5 stars. 🙂