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Murder Fir Christmas
Down the mountain from Sweet Pepper, Tennessee
is Christmas Tree Valley, a place filled with hundreds of Christmas
tree farms where generations of growers have made people’s lives
brighter. Yet even here in this quiet, postcard-perfect corner of
the world, darkness and murder can still stalk the night.
Federal Wildlife Agent Bonnie Tuttle has always
had a special gift with wild animals. It was one of the reasons she
decided to train with the wildlife agency. She’s spent the last ten
years in Alabama working, but her mother needs her home and she’s
back despite all the bad parts of her life she hoped to leave
Her first day home begins with a fire on the
island in Sweet Pepper Lake and the death of Harvey Shelton, the
wildlife agent she’s supposed to replace. Bonnie manages to rescue
dozens of animals from the fire – including a wolf pup that was shot
with the same bullet that killed Harvey.
Now she’s hot on the trail of Harvey’s killer
and trying to reintegrate the wolf back into the wild even though he
seems to want to stay with her. Yet old memories persist in the
small community where she grew up, and the killer now seems to
believe that she has what he killed Harvey for. All she has to do is
figure out what that is before it’s too late.
Christmas Recipes included!
Book #1 Christmas Tree Valley Mysteries
Available October 4th
Praise for Murder Fir Christmas:
"What can I say but Wow!! I Loved this book!
Federal Wildlife Agent Bonnie Tuttle has always had a way with
wild animals. And even though she's spent the last 10 yrs in
Alabama, when a job comes along that will bring her back home so
that she can care for her mother, she takes it. Which means, back to
Christmas Tree Valley. Her first day back home and there's already
work for her to do. She and the wildlife agent that she's replacing
are called to the island in Sweet Pepper to help rescue what wild
animals they can from a fire. Bonnie is able to rescue a dozen or so
but unfortunately, Harvey, the agent she is replacing, is murdered.
As is the suspect she had in custody for starting the fire. So all
Bonnie has to do is help find the killer, take care of her mother
and their family Christmas tree farm and take care of the wolf pup
that was shot when Harvey was. Piece of cake, right?
so great to see Bonnie in a story all her own. And it was neat to
see Stella and Eric's relationship from an outside point of view. I
really enjoyed this book and can't wait to see where the series goes
from here! Highly recommend this new series!"
There was so much heart, in this book, it came
alive, for me, and I would love to be able to visit Christmas Tree
Valley in person. The setting and characters, the wolf pup, Cherokee
legend and the mystery all made for a wonderful read.
Tuttle, returning home, to TN, to replace retiring wildlife agent,
Harvey Shelton, has her hands full. With her mother's health
failing, Bonnie is needed to help with the family Christmas tree
farm. As the new wildlife agent, she must protect the animals,
enforce laws and investigate criminal activity.
day, Bonnie and Harvey report to a fire, to rescue animals, where
Harvey is shot and killed. Bonnie rescues a wolf pup, near Harvey's
body, also shot. Bonnie now has a wolf pup to nurse back to health
and Harvey's killer to find.
Bonnie enlists the help of
Matthew Brown Elk, who owns a nearby tree farm, to help with the
wolf pup and as a scout, during the investigation. Bonnie has a
special way with animals, they seem to understand her. Bonnie, also,
encounters an old man who believes she has returned, from Cherokee
legend, to protect the animals.
When a motive, for the
killing, is discovered, it will take Bonnie and Matthew (working
with the Sweet Pepper authorities) to find the killer (and what the
killer is looking for), before someone else dies.
pup was precious. I so enjoyed reading about his antics. I am so
appreciative, to the Lavenes, for choosing the name I submitted for
the wolf pup. I hold dear my small part, in this book, and the
memory of Joyce Lavene, who passed away October 20, 2015.
~ Pat Tucker