AUDIOBOOK REVIEW + Autographed Book - Merry Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery by C.S. McDonald
Book Title: Merry Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery #2
Author: C.S. McDonald
Category: YA Fiction, 219 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: McWriter Books
Release date: Sep 16, 2016
Content Rating: G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone--adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)
The cookies are baked. The tree is trimmed. The shopping? Well, it's almost done, and Fiona's parents have finally returned home for a holiday visit - along with some unexpected unruly friends. Yep, Fiona's perfectly planned Christmas is coming together, but how could've she planned for her favorite uncle's murder? Who could possibly kill a sweet old man who's played Santa at the local mall every year without fail? Fiona's boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry, is determined to find out - before Christmas day arrives. There's only one problem: Nancy Quinn. Fiona's mom is just as determined as the detective to catch the murderer, and she isn't shy about getting the job done - even if it includes breaking a few pesky laws! Will Fiona and her mother find the killer first or will the killer find them?
As part of this book tour, I had the opportinity to read the entire series.
Merry Murder is the second in the Fiona Quinn Mystery series and I continue to enjoy this series. In this installment Fiona’s perfectly planned Christmas is coming together when her favorite uncle is murdered. Fiona and her mom can’t possibly imagine who would want to kill a sweet old man who plays Santa at the local mall each year. Fiona’s boyfriend Detective Laundry is determined to find out.
The only problem? Nancy Quinn (Fiona’s mom) is just as determined and isn’t afraid to break a law or two along the way. Fiona gets her sleuthing skills from her mother and this connection made the story more intriguing. This series is fun and lighthearted. The dynamic between Fiona, Nathan, and Nancy kept me engaged while laughing out loud at their antics. As a result, Nancy gets Fiona into more trouble than she could get in on her own. I also loved that Fiona’s parents arrived with their pack of dogs. As a Dog Mom, I loved them from the start. Their personalities added depth to the story and will entertain all dog lovers.
The narrator did an excellent job of bringing this story to life and hope she narrates future books! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys holidays stories filled with the unexpected.
I look forward to listening to more of this series. I can’t wait to join Fiona and Nathan on their next adventure. I also look forward to seeing how this series develops over time.
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries includes nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg.
Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh and the female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Nest Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy!
Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.
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