Title: The Nutcracker’s Suite
Author: Chautona Havig
Series: Ever After Mysteries, book 6
Major Themes: Prohibition, Mysteries, Romance
Synopsis: Clarice suddenly went from minding her own business and doing her job to racing through the streets of Rockland trying to stay alive!
As a rule, I avoid murder mysteries. I don’t like reading about murder. However, if Chautona Havig writes a murder mystery, I’ll read it because I haven’t found very many books by her that I don’t like. Her most recent book in this genre is The Nutcracker’s Suite. It is based on the fairy tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which I haven’t read, so I have no idea how closely or loosely it follows that story!
Clarice was just quietly doing her job of painting wooden dolls at the toy factory when she was suddenly given a new task. She needed to paint thousands of nutcrackers in the next few weeks! She couldn’t believe it—and then things got worse when a murder was committed in the factory. Suddenly, Clarice finds herself racing through the streets of Rockland with Milo, who is wanted for the crime—and if they don’t find who really did it, both of them will be in trouble.
There are so many fun elements in The Nutcracker’s Suite. I really enjoyed reading it. Finding unknown family, adjusting to many new things, avoiding the rival mobs, and figuring out how to run business honestly in a corrupt world. Milo is fun, too—he stutters and mixes up his words all the time! I also liked how feminine and ladylike Clarice is. Bottom line? Although this is a murder mystery, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I received a review copy of this book from the author, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults