Murder in Her Stocking

Murder in Her Stocking

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As the Moonlight Magnolia Agency revisits old memories on Christmas Eve, Granny Reid takes the reins back thirty years to the 1980s, when everyone's hair was bigger, and sweaters were colorful disasters. She recalls the story of the scandalous Prissy Carr, who was found dead in an alley behind a tavern in McGill, Georgia just before Christmas. Stella "Granny" Reid decided to investigate and what she found put the lives of those she loved in danger.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2018.
Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781496716262
Branch Call Number: Fic MacKe
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 22 cm.


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Apr 01, 2019

This book, 'Murder in Her Stocking', is AWFUL.

I have stopped reading 'cozy' novels by Leslie Meier and Joanne Fluke, but I still really enjoy the G.A. McKevett Savannah Reid novels.

'Murder in Her Stocking' is so needlessly disappointing. This could have been a good mystery and a good jumping off point to know the history of Savannah and her Granny in depth, but there is so much hokey dialogue, so many repetitive "Southern" colloquialisms that is almost rendered unreadable. And yes, we get it, after reading it on every other page we fully understand that Stella despises her disappointing daughter in law, is saddened by her disappointment in her son and fully, truly loves her grandchildren. But that does not save this book. Further, the only thing Christmas in this 'Christmas book' is that it takes place in the few days before Christmas. Good grief.

While the mystery idea is as good as any in the Savannah Reid books, the dialogue is absolutely not the writing of the Savannah Reid series. Unfortunately, Stella's participation in the investigations pretty much requires you to suspend belief . . . even for an isolated small town in the South. It's just rather silly and again, does not live up to what we know of G.A. McKevett's writing.

There is one quote that touched me:

"Everybody's deserving of human kindness, darlin'. And besides, we don't treat people according to who they are. We treat people according to who we are, and we try our best to be decent people, even if we do come ups short lots of the time."

2 stars (bumped up from 1) because I know G.A. McKevett can write better than this although I doubt I'll read a Granny Reid Mystery #2, if there is one.

Feb 01, 2019

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book but I really really enjoyed it! It moves along and a good pace, interesting characters that you already know about if you’ve been reading the main series with Savannah Reid and the Magnolia detective agency! Granny Reid is lovable and I love the glimpse into Savannah’s childhood. Great story!

Nov 06, 2018

Granny Reid, from the Savannah Reid Mystery series, is the headliner of this new series.

It's all about the love as the Moonlight Magnolia Agency gathers on Christmas Eve, remembering the events leading up to the first Christmas the Reid children spent with their beloved Granny as their guardian is the basis of this story.

Raising 7 children ages 11-6 in small town McGill Georgia has Stella Reid stretched. Finding herself holding Prissy Carr as she takes her last breath, Stella is determined to do right by Priscilla by helping Sheriff Manny Gilford investigate the murder.

Meeting a young Savannah and seeing the dynamic woman who shaped her was a true cozy experience.

I am looking forward to more Granny Reid stories.

I volunteered to read an ARC through Net Galley


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