Karen’s Killer Book Bench: MERRY LITTLE MYSTERIES, A #Holiday #Cozy & #Historical #Mystery #Anthology by Donna Schlachter ETAL

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A Holiday Cozy & Historical Mystery Anthology

Anthology Blurb

If you enjoy a little romance, a little history, and a little mystery, you’re going to love “A Mistletoe Mystery” in the Merry Little Mysteries anthology. A half dozen authors have banded together to bring you a collection of contemporary and historical mysteries, all clean and sweet, that are sure to tickle your funny bone all the way down to your toes in your stockings.

Murder Takes the Train by Katherine Brown

The Children’s Party by Lexie Conyngham

Feliz Navi-dead by Katherine Moore

A Dash of Deceit by Carmen Radtke

A Mistletoe Mystery by Donna Schlachter

A Christmas Wish Before Dying by C.H. Sessums

You can purchase the ebook now on pre-order at: https://mybook.to/MerryLittleMysteries

The print book releases mid-November at the same link.


A Mistletoe Mystery By Donna Schlachter

Blurb: Boulder Colorado 1883: Two sisters living next door to two brothers. When bad stuff starts happening, who is behind it? If not a neighbor, then who? Can the two ranches, competing in the Christmas Tree Market, cooperate enough to save their land? Or are they doomed to lose all?

Note from Donna: My story, A Mistletoe Mystery, is set in Boulder Colorado in 1883, and it opens with Holly and Ivy Christmas discovering that somebody has seeded their champion spruce trees with dwarf mistletoe, a parasitic plant every bit as destructive as the ordinary kind of mistletoe, but not quite as pretty. They follow the trail to a neighbor’s property but lose the tracks because the wind blew the snow away.

What follows is a typical mystery in that the four band together and follow the clues, ask questions, narrow down the list to a few suspects, and trigger a meeting of the bad guys by putting pressure on a weak link.

While they’re doing this, they’re also spending time with each other. Figuring out they like how the other person has turned out. Wonder why they ever stopped talking to each other. And—well—love blossoms, as it should, in any good romantic mystery.


Holly & Ivy Christmas Tree Farm, Boulder, Colorado

December 3rd, 1883

Chapter 1

Holly Christmas froze in her tracks. Not because the temperature hovered around ten degrees—although it did. Not because she’d tromped around her thousand-acre Norway Spruce tree farm for almost three hours—although she had. And not because the sun only now cast a blush on the Rocky Mountains as it peeked over the horizon—although it was.

No, Miss Holly emulated a statue because of what hung from the branches of the prime specimen before her. A tree destined to decorate the grand ballroom of the governor’s mansion in six days’ time. Already paid for. Already marked with a red flag for cutting and shipping tomorrow.

She tore her gaze from that monster of a spruce and scanned the next in line. This one, a foot shorter than its neighbor’s fourteen feet, for the mayor of Kansas City. Again, due for cutting next week.

Holly pushed her spectacles higher on her nose. Didn’t change what she saw.

Her heart pounded in her ears at the sight before her. And at its ramifications.


Dwarf, to be exact, if she knew her botany.

Native to Colorado. Usually found in stands of spruce and pine that suffered from disease, or overpopulation, or overgrowth.

Never in her tree farm.

Not before today, that is.

Holly slogged through the knee-deep snow back to the barn, hitched a wagon to their cart horse, tossed a couple of long poles into the bed, then headed for the house.

She scraped her boots before entering through the back door.

Her sister, Ivy, stood at the stove cooking breakfast. She looked up, all rosy cheeks and steamed up spectacles. “You’re back early.” Her brow pulled down. “What’s wrong?”

Ivy knew her too well. “We got trouble.”

“With the trees?”

“What else?” She snagged her sister’s winter coat and woolen cap from the hook near the door. “Come on. Daylight’s a-burnin’.”

Ivy chuckled at her voicing about their father’s favorite witticism. “Barely.”

Holly led the way to the wagon and clambered aboard. She nodded when Ivy, younger than her own twenty-nine years by eleven months, slid onto the wooden seat. Slapping the reins, Holly urged the gelding into a quick walk.

Ivy tugged on her sleeve. “You gonna fill me in?”

“Somebody is out to destroy us and our farm.”

Meet Author Donna Schlachter…

A hybrid author, Donna writes squeaky clean historical and contemporary suspense. She has been published more than 50 times in books; is a member of several writers groups; facilitates a critique group; teaches writing classes; ghostwrites; edits; and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, traveling extensively for both, and is an avid oil painter.


Links to Donna’s website, blog, books, etc.

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**Special Giveaway**
 Donna is giving away an ebook copy of “Merry Little Mysteries” anthology to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

Happy Reading!


Thanks, Donna, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

13 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench: MERRY LITTLE MYSTERIES, A #Holiday #Cozy & #Historical #Mystery #Anthology by Donna Schlachter ETAL”

  1. Good morning, Donna, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love cozy mysteries, as well as anthologies. This is a win-win. Can’t wait to dig in. Thanks for sharing your stories with us today!

  2. Anthologies are great and this one sounds like a great read and a good one to review in print. A bunch of all these authors how could you go wrong. Love reading these types of books all year round.
    Thanks for such a great and suspenseful excerpt.

  3. The stories of this Anthology sound Great, I love the titles and I love the book cover! (not entering this ebook giveaway, but Thank you, I am not tech savvy, so I on’t read ebooks at all) Have a great week.

  4. This sound like a really good anthology. I really enjoy stories set around Christmas time, and mysteries are my favorite.

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