"Christmas Lights and Cat Fights" by Heather Weidner: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Sarah Erwin

 Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Christmas Lights and Cat Fights is book three in Heather Weidner’s Jules Keene Glamping Mystery series. Jules is the owner and operator of a camping resort in the small town of Fern Valley. Her resort offers themed tiny houses and fancy campers for rent. In addition to her business, Jules is president of the local business council and one of the key organizers for the Fern Valley Christmas Extravaganza.

The Christmas festival is set to occur over two weekends, with a variety of vendors and a carnival like atmosphere. Unfortunately, the festival gets off to a bumpy start when two vendors (the current wife and the ex-wife of a big-cat showman who is a vendor) get in a loud and physical fight. Jules and friends try to break it up, but the tensions are high.

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The big cats and their cubs are a wonderful draw, but Jules notices that just a day into the festival that some of the cats and cubs are missing. The owner insists Jules counted wrong, but Jules knows something is fishy.

As Jules begins to investigate the missing big cats and cubs, Tabbi Morris (the ex-wife) is found murdered in one of her ex-husband’s tiger cages, which are being stored on Jules’ property. Not one to simply sit around, Jules begins to investigate the cats and the murder. She and her handsome boyfriend Jake even attend Tabbi’s wake to see what they can learn. It’s not long before Jules starts receiving threatening letters telling her to stop asking questions. She knows she’s on to the culprits.

This is a charming cozy mystery for the Christmas holiday. Heather adds many festive details to the descriptions of Fern Valley, making me wish I could visit Jules’ resort and stay in a tiny house. I particularly loved the descriptions of snow in the valley. The side characters are enjoyable, and it was fun to see how the entire town took part in the festival. Jules makes a strong amateur sleuth, using a wide variety of tools to weave the various clues together to solve the mysteries. Recommended for readers who need an escape from the hecticness of the holiday!

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Sarah Erwin started her career as a children’s librarian, later becoming a public library director and now she’s a stay at home mom. While her career might have changed, her love of reading has been a constant since 4th grade and she reads over 200 books a year. Read along with her on her blog Sarah Can’t Stop Reading or on Instagram. Sarah lives in St. Louis, MO with her two kids, her husband and a family dog and cat.

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