Merry Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery #2 by C.S. McDonald

Full list of C.S. McDonald reviews below.  

Synopsis - 

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?

Review - 

This early title in author C.S. McDonald's Fiona Quinn series has all the elements that make these books so fun to read.  Fiona is intelligent, fearless and committed to finding the truth, but things seem to happen to her along the way that bring both humor and danger. Her boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry loves her, partners with her at times, but is always worried for her safety.  And because this story is set at Christmas, the plot also includes her parents and their dogs. 

The murder this time around is that of her favorite uncle, a Christmas Santa who is always full of good cheer. Who would target such a lovable old man?  And why in the world would they do it just to steal his Santa suit? In fact, several other Santa's have had their suits taken.  The mystery isn't an easy one to unravel.  With her mother riding shotgun, Fiona ends up dumpster diving, arrested, and finally in serious danger. Will Nathan figure it out and arrive in time?

And then their is Fiona's resident coffee making grandma who has a part in every book in this series. There is a mystery surrounding her. SHHH, it's a secret. You'll just have to read to find out what it is.

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Fiona Quinn Mystery Series Reviews:
Murder on Pointe #1 HERE
Merry Murder #2 HERE
Waves of Murder #3 HERE
Tastes Like Murder #4 HERE
Good Luck to Murder #5 HERE
Mambo and Murder #HERE
Saddle Up For Murder #7 HERE
Bon Voyage to Murder #8 HERE
Taking Notes on Murder #9 HERE
Matrimony Mayhem and Murder #10 HERE
Deep Blue Murder #11 HERE
Four Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries HERE

Owl's Nest Mystery Series Reviews -
Back to the Burgh and Beyond #1 HERE
Maxed Out #2 HERE
Double Dog Dare #3 -HERE

Meet the Author - 

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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