"Dash Away All" By Christina Freeburn: Review/Giveaweay

by Sandra Murphy

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

As a crafter, what job could be better than being hired as the on-site crafter for a Christmas movie, no matter that it’s being filmed in July in Indiana, not December at the North Pole. Merry Winter thinks this is her dream job, working on set with Luna Carmichael, queen of the Christmas movies. The plot is about a crafter who solves a mystery.

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Once on site, it’s disillusioning to find out Luna is nothing like her characters. She’s overly controlling and not above humiliating someone who’s gotten onto her naughty list. There are small accidents on site too, thought to be pranks, until the storage shed is set on fire. That’s where the props were kept and that means Merry has to replace everything as soon as possible. Shooting doesn’t stop for mere details like that.

The only person Merry knows is Marie, sister of Merry’s friend Paul. Marie is working as Luna’s assistant, a thankless job, literally. She and Merry barely have time to connect when Marie is sent on an errand.

When Marie doesn’t return on time and doesn’t answer her phone, Luna sends Merry on the errand instead. Passing a wrecked car, Merry realizes it’s Marie’s. She’s not in the car, though, so Merry searches and finds her some distance away, dead.

The more Merry learns about the cast and crew, the more she’s sure she was hired, not for her crafting skills but a reason only Luna knows but she’s not talking. Whatever her secret, Luna’s life is in danger.

This is a behind the scenes look into the making of a movie, the need for all the props, and continuity from one day’s filming to the next—all done in summer heat for Christmas viewing plus a mystery too.

This is the third in the Merry & Bright Mystery series. Freeburn also writes the Faith Hunter Scrap This books (6).

Check out other Henery Press mysteries on their website.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  2. This looks so good! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  3. This sounds like a fun series to get into as fall approaches and we start to prep for Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  4. Sounds like a great book. Looking forward to reading it.

  5. This sounds perfect! Would love to read this.

  6. Sounds like another good book to read. We need to make more than 24 hours in a day. :)

  7. Looks like a fun read! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. I love the cover! Christina Freeburn, is an author I've not read yet..now this book is on my TBR list!! Thanks & have a good day! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. Another Christmas book! I can never read too many! obriena73(at)gmail(dot)com.

  10. New author for me, would love to get a copy! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com


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