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Murder in Her Stocking by G.A. McKevett

jbrooxd's review

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4.0

I thoroughly enjoyed this look at Granny Reid, Savannah and her siblings when the kids were little. These are characters I have enjoyed after reading all of the Moonlight Magnolia/Savannah Reid books. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this as much if I didn't have a history with the characters. The mystery was good, but not as punchy as the ones in the original series. Like other Christmas books I have read this season, there's less suspense and drama and more heartwarming moments and stories. I hope there will be more Granny Reid stories. I love her character as well as that of young Savannah.

jferrell526's review

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4.0

Stella Reid is well known in McGill for taking in her grandchildren. She also soon comes to the aide of the sheriff when a murder happens. Good reading.

abookwormwithwine's review against another edition

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4.0

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Even though I did feel like I was missing things, this book was still good as a standalone/beginning to a new series. I loved Stella and quite a few of the other characters, and the grandchildren were all so endearing. I also LOVED the setting of McGill, Georgia and was excited that this was Southern fiction on top of being both mysterious and heartfelt. There are some laugh-out-loud moments mixed in which I appreciated, and I felt like I was wrapped in a warm blanket while I was reading it. I did listen to the audio, which is narrated by Mil Nicholson, but I think I might go with reading the other books unless they are narrated by someone else. She did a good job but there were 'mouth' sounds that I could hear that bothered me.

Overall, Murder in Her Stocking is an enjoyable if sometimes sad read, and I will now be going back to the Savannah Reid series so I can relate myself with that storyline before coming back to these. If you like kickass grandmas who solve mysteries, this would be a great one to check out!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

hezann73's review

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4.0

Really enjoyed this! Could almost be inspirational fiction as well as a cozy

annarella's review

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5.0

This is a wonderful book and I hope it's a start of a new series. I never read anything by Ms McKevett and this was a wonderful discovery.
This more complex than the average cozy and there's a strong component of women's fiction.
The characters are fantastic and well developed, the writer is a wonderful storytelling and this book can be funny and moving at same time.
It's a wonderful Christmas tale full of hope and love.
The mystery was good, it kept me guessing till the end.
I hope this is the start of a new series because this one was so good. I will surely read Savanna Reid series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC

nickieandremus's review

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5.0

*** I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review

This book is a little different from the other Savannah Reid mysteries in that it is Granny Reid remembering a Christmas in the past that was very special to her. The memory does involve a mystery... in fact it was the very first mystery that Savannah solved. The memory also includes the dire circumstances her grandchildren were forced to live under, the shameful excuse of a mother her daughter-in-law was, the town floozy, and a pair of Grinch underwear. Wrap all that up and you get a fun read and a cozy mystery to solve. I loved it!
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