The Twelve Books of Christmas Book Review

The Twelve Books of Christmas Book Review

Title: The Twelve Books of Christmas
Author: Kate Carlisle
Published: October 24, 2023, Berkley
No. of Pages: 313
Cover Price: $14.99 Kindle

Fans of bestselling author, Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile Mysteries will welcome 17th installment of this fun series, The Twelve Books of Christmas . This is a fun cozy mystery, and it’s the only one in the series with a Christmas theme. Those who aren’t familiar will enjoy it too, since Carlisle gives enough background to introduce the characters. In this novel, Brooklyn Wainwright, the protagonist, and her husband Derek Stone are asked to be best man and matron of honor to their good friends Claire and Cameron. Cameron is the Laird of the castle in the small town of Loch Ness, Scotland, and he has asked Claire to marry him on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, some of the girls in the village have different plans for the handsome Laird, and Claire’s life is endangered. In addition, twelve valuable Christmas books are found missing from the castle library, and Claire has a bad feeling about the librarian.

Actually, the characters are well-developed, and seem like real people. The main characters are very likeable, and most readers will want to read the previous and subsequent novels to enjoy what they’ve done before. With the many scenarios happing at once, readers will be kept on the edges of their seats; Carlisle is an excellent storyteller.

All told, this is a great book to read during the Christmas holidays, or anytime for that matter. Carlisle captures nuances of the Scottish culture which is very appealing, and as little different from the norm. This is definitely a five star novel and will be enjoyed by all readers.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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