These are two of my latest NetGalley Reads. I received free ebooks of these titles in exchange for a fair review from NetGalley. I requested Christmas at the Dog & Duck mainly because I am a sucker for Christmas stories in general.
The protagonist in Jill Steeples book is Ellie Browne, who recently was made redundant at her big city accountancy job and has returned home to lick her wounds, recover and decide what to do next with her life. Her parents are away on contract work, so she has the family home to herself as she cobbles together a living from a dog walking/sitting service and shifts as a barmaid at the local pub. She develops a couple of love interests, one old and one new and deals with changes happening in the little village that she holds dear. There are classic misunderstandings and poor communication between the lovers and a HEA Christmas for all. There was not as much emphasis on the Christmas theme here as in many of these novels, that came more at the end. I didn’t really feel the chemistry between the leads and so the book fell a little flat for me.
A Killer Closet opens with a body being found in the closet of the newly ready consignment shop about to be opened by mother and daughter team, Irene and Adelle. Irene is a big city DA, called home to help her mother through her latest financial crisis resulting from the death of her latest spouse. She decides to stay since her mother refuses to move to the city and open a high end goods consignment shop. The victim has connections to the shop and Adele and the clues begin to pile up as the local police look hard at Irene and Adele. The novel covers murder, theft and plenty of secrets. I had a difficult time getting into the book and the characters, that may be because I read and enjoyed Duffy Brown’s series, A Consignment Shop Series, and couldn’t help but compare the two. An okay cozy mystery with a fashion/consignment shop theme.