A Mistletoe Mystery Just for You

by | Nov 15, 2022 | New Book | 40 comments

As the weather cools and the holidays approach I look forward to treating myself to one or more holiday reads. Today, Donna Schlachter introduces a new holiday anthology and her story A Mistletoe Mystery. Donna is offering a giveaway, so be sure to comment to include your name in the drawing. 

Romance, History, and Mystery

By Donna Schlachter

Since this anthology called “Merry Little Mysteries” was meant to be a fun mystery and not too serious, I named my heroine—actually, I have two—Holly and Ivy. Christmas. They own a tree farm. And when their trees are sabotaged, they blame the brothers who live next door and also have a tree farm.

Turns out they have history—from grade school—with these boys. Stolen kisses, it seems. Once I sat to write, their stories came alive for me. And wouldn’t you know it? Each character has hopes and dreams that collide with their sibling’s but matches with another character. The set-up for a Happily Ever After.

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.

A Sneak Peek:

Holly & Ivy Christmas Tree Farm, Boulder, Colorado

Chapter 1

December 3rd, 1883

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.

Mistletoe.

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.

About A Mistletoe Mystery in “Merry Little Mysteries”:

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?

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Giveaway: Leave a comment and we will randomly choose one lucky winner to win an ebook copy of “Merry Little Mysteries” anthology. Click here to comment.

About Donna:

A hybrid author, Donna Schlachter 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.

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40 Comments

40 Comments

  1. Debbie Wilson

    Phyllis White wrote, “Sounds like a fun and festive read!” Phyllis, I’ll make sure your name is in drawing. I realized I had the link going to the previous post.

    • Donna Schlachter

      Thanks, Debbie, for catching the link issue, and thanks, Phyllis White, for leaving a great comment.

  2. Bev Rihtarchik

    Donna,
    My mom is coming to visit for a couple of weeks in December. She loves mysteries and “who dun its” so this would be perfect! I enjoyed reading the preview here at Debbie’s blog. Please include me in the drawing!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Debbie Wilson

      Wonderful, Bev. Your name is included in the drawing.

  3. JD Wininger

    Thanks for sharing Ms. Debbie. Happy Thanksgiving ma’am.

    • Debbie Wilson

      And to you, J.D.!

  4. Elsie

    Wow I am very excited about this giveaway, a really good fun read for Christmas, I do like the names Holly and Ivy. I do not think as many people put up mistletoe today as they did back in the days. Happy thanksgiving to all and enjoy preparing for it and getting ready for Christmas.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Elsie. I think you’re right. Mistletoe used to be more popular. Recently I overheard it being used medicinally at a clinic!

    • Donna Schlachter

      Thanks, Elsie. Encourages too much social contact, I guess 🙂

  5. Amy Jung

    That sounds like a fun book! I love the names!

    • Debbie Wilson

      It sounds like a lot of fun for the holidays! Thanks, Amy.

  6. Ann Musico

    I rarely read nonfiction but the last time I did I think it was from a guest post here and I so enjoyed the read! This sounds wonderful and like II probably wouldn’t be able to put it down until I found out what happens!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Ann, I discovered fiction can take you to new places and teach you lots. 🙂

    • Donna Schlachter

      Hi Ann, that’s exactly what authors want to hear from readers!

  7. Donald Powers

    Sounds extremely interesting. Very original and certain ending with warmth inside guaranteed!
    The time period setting adding that special flavor and essence of the time of season.
    Delightful with charm, I’m sure. Thanks for the peak. … Donald

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Donald.

    • Donna Schlachter

      Hi Donald, thank you for stopping by.

  8. Sue Welling

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to win a copy!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Great, Sue!

  9. Marie

    I love to read books based in the 1800’s . I love to read books that are not filled with trash as well. This seems right up my alley. Thank you for introducing me. Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Me too, Marie. Harder to find these days. Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Sarah Schwerin

    I love reading a good Christmas book at this time of year too. This one sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thanks for reading, Sarah.

  11. Paula Short

    Debbie, thanks bunches for sharing this review and sneak peak. Ooo, this sounds like a fantastic read.
    Visiting today from Let’s Have Coffee #15,16&28

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thanks so much for dropping by, Paula!

  12. Nancy E. Head

    Sounds like a nice adventure. Thanks and God bless! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, Nancy!

  13. Yvonne Morgan

    Sounds so wonderful and fun. Wishing you the best of luck with the book. Happy thanksgiving

    • Debbie Wilson

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, Yvonne!

  14. Cindy Woolard

    I love everything Christmas so reading Christmas books all year long is something I love to do but reading them during the Christmas season is even more special. ‍❤️

    • Debbie Wilson

      Cindy, I love Christmas books too!

  15. Katherine Pasour

    Donna’s story sounds wonderful. Thank you, Debbie, for hosting her today. I enjoyed the preview. Lighthearted mystery and romance combine together beautifully. Wishing you both a Happy Thanksgiving and a blessed holiday season.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Katherine. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  16. Lauren Renee Sparks

    I love a Christmas book! Thanks for introducing us to this one!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Lauren, she has another one coming out too. So stay tuned!

  17. Annie Yorty

    Sounds like a fun read. Happy Thanksgiving, Debbie!

    • Debbie Wilson

      And to you, Annie!

  18. Charleen

    The first chapter is captivating. Like to read more.

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