Ho. Ho. No…
It’s Christmas in Sweet River, Texas, and the whole town is feeling festive apart from Ainsley McGregor. Ainsley has never enjoyed the holidays and would rather ignore them, but with her shop Bless Your Art busier than ever and filled with happy shoppers, even she’s feeling some Christmas spirit. That is, until her Great Dane, George Clooney, sniffs out a dead body in the Santa House at the Christmas Festival.
When one of her favorite crafters becomes the prime suspect, Ainsley is determined to prove his innocence. The case is full of so many twists and turns that even Ainsley begins to fear the truth. Is she protecting a killer?
With help from her friends and some extremely nosey townsfolk, Ainsley and her dog hurry to find the truth—as long as they can outwit and outrun the killer first. Otherwise, this Christmas might just be her last.
A Case for the Toy Maker (Ainsley McGregor, #3) by Candace Havens
Series: Ainsley MacGregor #3
Published by Tule Publishing on October 26, 2020
Genres: 1 Flame- Sweet Hallmark-ish, Cozy Mystery
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I received a complimentary ARC from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A CASE FOR THE TOY MAKER by Candace Havens
I enjoyed reading A Case for the Toy Maker by Candace Havens book three in her Ainsley McGregor mystery series.
Ainsley McGregor, a former, and now part-time, English professor, followed her dream and opened an artisan market in Sweet River, Texas. The market, “Bless Your Art”, would be a central location for local artists to sell their merchandise and teach classes, as well as hopefully bring tourists to the town.
Thanksgiving has just passed and as Christmas approaches, the entire town gets into the spirit as well as into the Holiday Craft Fair and Christmas Festival. The town and Ainsley’s shop is busier than ever, filled with lots of happy shoppers.
As Ainsley and her Great Dane, George Clooney, walk through the Christmas Festival displays, once again, George sniffs out a dead body. This time, it’s the man who was to be their Santa in the Santa House. When one of her favorite crafters becomes the prime suspect, Ainsley is determined to prove his innocence.
The case is full of so many twists and turns that even Ainsley begins to fear the truth; could she possibly be protecting a killer? With the help of her friends and the nosy townsfolk, Ainsley and her dog sniff out the truth, being on the tail of the killer; as long as she can outwit and outrun the killer.
I genuinely enjoyed reading this funny, sweet and intriguing book and had trouble putting this book down. Ms Havens kept me on my toes guessing who the killer was, throwing in some challenging red herrings, until I turned the last page. Her writing had me feeling as if I was there, watching the events unfold. I loved seeing Ainsley’s friendship with Jake progressing. I highly recommend A Case for the Toy Maker to other readers and look forward to the next book in this series.
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Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.