Title: Christmas Stalkings
Author: Chautona Havig
Major Themes: Cats, Christmas
Synopsis: When someone starts entering Wendy’s house and messing with her seven Christmas trees (one for each cat), she has to find out who the intruder is and stop him before any of the cats gets hurt.
Christmas Stalkings is purely a fun book! I enjoyed reading quotes from it as Ms. Havig was writing it, and hoping I’d get a chance to be an advance reader. I wasn’t disappointed! As with all of Chautona’s other books that I’ve read, the action starts right away and the characters seem very real.
Wendy Nabity is known in Fairbury as the crazy cat lady. She has seven cats in her house! And not only that, but she puts up a Christmas tree for each cat every year. Each tree, of course, is custom-designed for that cat, and she can’t wait each year to get all the trees put up. This year, though, as she starts putting up her trees, mysterious things start happening. It’s obvious that someone is entering her house and moving things around. Who could it be?
Peter Windish lives on one side of her. He’s nice—might even be thinking about asking her out on a date! Can she get him to help her solve her problem? Neal Kirkpatrick, on the other hand, lives on the other side. He is probably the intruder. How can she prove it and put a stop to the invasion of her house? The police don’t seem able to help her. What is a woman to do?
I’m not sure how well you’d like this book if you hate cats, although I happen to know that the author doesn’t like them. How she pulled off a story about a cat-lover so well, I’ll never know. There were some very funny parts in the story. The climax is absolutely hilarious. I wish I could tell you about it—but it would spoil the story. Let me just say, it involves killer cats and a broken bathroom door.
If you like light Christmas fiction, try out Christmas Stalkings. You won’t be disappointed. It’s a short book, too, more like a novella than a full-length book. This was a fun, easy read.
I received a free advance copy of this book and chose to write a review.
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