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Feature book: The Christmas Tree Thief

13 January 2021

The Christmas Tree Thief by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Series: Charlotte Dean Mystery #1
Subgenre: cosy mystery
Release date: 8 Nov 2019
Publisher: self-published
Format: ebook and print
Length: 382 pages
RRP: $3.99 (ebook); $28.57 (print)

It was supposed to be a new beginning. A new town. New job but for some reason she is involved in several mystery thefts.

Charlotte Dean is working in a bookstore. Not her usual occupation but it is something. She is helping Rosie but does enjoy the work she does. Charlotte is also a curious type. She explores the town and takes note of things of interest. Not long after her arrival the town’s Christmas trees start to go missing. The trees from the stores and even the larger one in the town’s square.

Charlotte has informed the local policeman, Sid, but he doesn’t seem to be of much assistance as he seems to be more interested in following her and digging into her past. He sees her as a troublemaker. Charlotte has to be careful, but the mystery of the missing Christmas trees has her intrigued. Slowly Charlotte and the towns folk are able to find out who is stealing the trees and why. The town’s people also help a family in real need.

This story is not a romance. There is not a couple at the end. There is no HEA or HFN ending. We have the moments where it is alluded to that something happened between Charlotte and Trev, Rosie’s son. But that was another place and time.

I wish that I had read the story where Charlotte was a secondary character as some of this story may have made better sense for example, the relationship between Charlotte and Trev, and what happened in the other town. This may have helped me to get my bearings with some of Charlotte’s thoughtful moments.

Did I notice that the last names of some of the characters are some from our own romance community?

reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author’s publicist.

One Comment
  1. Phillipa Nefri Clark permalink
    13 January 2021 9:15 am

    Thank you so much for featuring this first-in-series! I am happy to say the series is completed and does have a heartwarming HEA, not just for Charlotte but other couples in Kingfisher Falls. I’ve also just updated the title and cover to fit in the with series a bit more so here is the link with new info.

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