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Publisher's Summary

Deck the mall with boughs of holly and murder.

Attempts to get Stacie in the holiday spirit fall flat when Santa’s elf finds herself in a shooter’s crosshairs. With another shooting, initial theories go up in smoke and the search is on for the true motive. Stacie avoids her own stressors following up on the shooting and murder. Faced with relationship turmoil and a killer on the loose, Stacie embraces her "bah humbug" perspective as she seeks to identify the culprit. 

Let this cozy holiday mystery novella with Stacie and her friends get you in the holiday spirit.

©2020 Christa Nardi (P)2022 Christa Nardi

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Holidays & Murder

Stacie once again finds herself caught up in a murder and helps solving the case.
Well narrated
Enjoyed listening to a number of books in this series

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Holidays & Murder

I really enjoyed this fifth book in the "Stacie Maroni Mystery" series. It amused me that Stacie was once again dragged into a murder investigation, even though her friends always tell her "Not to get involved". I find this series hilarious. I appreciate the relationship between Stacie and her friends and also the relationship between Stacie and her father. I recommend this series to others who enjoy this genre. Naomi Rose-Mock's narration was great as her performance fits the character of Stacie and the series well. I was given a free copy of the audiobook, and I have voluntarily posted this review.

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Great characters

This is the fifth book in the Stacie Maroni Mystery series. It begins with Stacie going shopping with friends for Christmas presents. A t the mall, they hear shots fired coming from Santa’s area. Santa’s elf has been shot. Stacie and her friends deal with helping the elf, notifying the police of an active shooter situation, and then try to help the detectives solve the crime.

Her relationship status is up in the air, the elf shooting has her wondering why others wouldn’t help the elf, her father is going on a cruise with his new wife, her brother is deployed, and life still goes on.

I enjoyed the story and the characters. I wished the book was a little longer. Already looking forward to the next episode.

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Short but great mystery

Stacie and her friend are shopping at the mall when they hear shots fired. Stacie sees that Santa’s elf has been shot. She goes to help the girl until the first responders arrive. They notice a couple of suspicious men on scene. Stacie and her friends get involved in the investigation and it seems they now have a target on their backs too.

This is the fifth book in the series but my first. I had no problems with understanding the characters and their relationships. This was an interesting story and pulled me in from the beginning. It is a short story but does not lack any components of a good mystery. There were plenty of suspects and twists and turns to keep me guessing. I will definitely read more of this series in the future.

I listened to the audio version of the book. The narrator does a wonderful job with the characters and story telling. She has a pleasant voice that makes listening to the story enjoyable.

All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way have I been influenced by anyone.

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Cozy mystery

Holidays, Hijinks & Murder is a clean cozy mystery appropriate for older teens and up in my opinion. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the storyline and I’m looking forward to more stories from the author. The narrator gave a great performance.


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Ho ho ho Stacie helps solve a homicide

The title “Holidays, Hijinks & Murder” (by Christa Nardi) is the perfect title for the story. While preparing for Christmas, Staci Maroni and her friends become embroiled in a shooting and murder at the mall. I love the camaraderie of the friends and their willingness to help each other. Of course, they help solve the mysteries, and have a great Christmas party. The narration by Naomi Rose-Mock is excellent. She creates unique voices for each character and brings the story to life.

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Holiday Murder

Holidays, Hijinks, and Murder is Book 5 in A Stacie Maroni Mystery by Christa Nardi. Stacie is at the mall with a friend w hug an Santa's Elf is shot. This might not be the way to begin the holidays, but, it is a great way to begin a wonderful murder mystery. Stacy and Trina are up to finding the murderer even if the police want them out of their investigation. Naomi Rose-Mock gives an outstanding performance with her narration. Holidays, Hijinks and Murder is a great way to spend an afternoon.

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What a gift good friends are.

This was a fun book with a mystery mixed in. It reminded me how blessed the gift of friendship is. This book was filled with antics, and crime solving. the narrator has a perfect voice for reading mysteries. good job all around. thanks

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The trouble trio

I enjoyed this book and the only reason it didn't get a five star is because I wish it could have been longer. This is book five in this fun series and works very well as a standalone mystery and is great if you only have a few hours to fill in. I keep coming back to the series because I like the characters. Stacie is a great main character, she is smart and capable, so can solve the case and also know when to call for help, unlike many cozy mystery sleuths who are forever needing rescuing. Her group of friends are also fun and colourful. The mystery was good, with several targets for who the killer wanted dead and a mystery man who kept you guessing as to how he was involved or what he wanted. I also liked the Christmas theme but as it is a good mystery it can be listened to any time of the year.I
Stacie is busy at work making sure nobody goes over board with The Christmas spirit, so as a result she is not feeling it especially with her boyfriend away on a training course. Her friends decide to help by taking her Christmas shopping but when they hear gun shots, the trio heads towards the danger. They find one of Santa's Elves shot but alive. Why would a gun man only fire twice? was she the intended target and it wasn't a spree killer? Stacie and her friends keep seeing the same man and check in on Santa and his Elf, fearing the event isn't over. Then Santa is found dead and all there theories need to be looked at again with Santa as the original target but with the mystery man is still hanging around its anybody's guess who the target was or is. Can they work out what is going on in time to celebrate Christmas?
I like the narrator. She is a good choice for Stacie and her friends and gives them voices to match the picture in my head.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.