24 Days Before Christmas: A Book Review

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Age Appropriate For: 13 and up for violence and mild intensity
Best for Ages: 13 and up
Description:   God Rest Ye Missing Gentleman...
Leland Bell is missing. Blood on the carpet, an absent vehicle, and vanishing fingerprints point to a sinister crime in tiny Poinsettia. The Singh and Winter families are just trying to celebrate Christmas with their friends, but their normal traditions are getting mixed up with murder investigations and police interviews. A dark shadow threatens the joy of the season and the townspeople find their trust in God shaken.
Each day brings a new Christmas carol for the families to memorize and revealing new clues to what could be a double murder.
Carols and crime, memories and mystery, doubters and danger – will there be a Merry Christmas after all?

I’ve wanted to read this for quite a while I finally made time in my Christmas reading binge of 2019 to read this story. I’m glad I did. It was a well-told story with lots of fun Christmas aspects, as well as a solid mystery.

First of all, I loved all the Christmas traditions that this family had. Really, I would have almost read the whole book just to enjoy the antics of a family trying to memorize all those long carols ever day, watch old Christmas movies, as well as all the other fun stuff.

The mystery was well done and took a lot of unexpected twists. Nothing was very graphic, but I would still say that younger readers or sensitive readers who usually avoid murders and death should probably skip on this story. I have to say that it kept me reading and flipping those digital pages to find out what was going to happen next.

Perhaps the only downside to this story was the number of characters. While Jones did a pretty good job with the story, there were a couple of places I was a little lost. However, the large cast was a huge and very special part of the book.

I highly recommend this story to those who love clean mysteries, stories about larger families, and Christmas novels that aren’t all fluff.

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  1. I've been wanting to read this one! It sounds like so much fun. Great review!

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