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Tenth in the USA-Today and Kindle Top Ten bestselling Leigh Koslow mystery series! Frances Koslow was ecstatic to have her humble abode chosen as stop #3 on the Holiday House Tour. Then everyone drank the cider. When Leigh’s parents’ house becomes a last-minute substitution on the regional garden club’s famous Holiday House Tour, Frances Koslow is thrilled. But the t Tenth in the USA-Today and Kindle Top Ten bestselling Leigh Koslow mystery series! Frances Koslow was ecstatic to have her humble abode chosen as stop #3 on the Holiday House Tour. Then everyone drank the cider. When Leigh’s parents’ house becomes a last-minute substitution on the regional garden club’s famous Holiday House Tour, Frances Koslow is thrilled. But the tour is tomorrow, there’s work to be done, and Frances’s dwindling and aging “Floribunda” chapter is in dire need of reinforcements. Worried about her mother’s blood pressure, particularly as sisterly tensions rise over Leigh’s Aunt Lydie’s upcoming Christmas Eve wedding, Leigh steps in to make sure the tour runs smoothly.But perhaps Leigh isn’t the ideal choice for the task. Not when a fortune cookie has just portended the return of her infamous “bad karma.” Not when everyone knows the real reason the Floribundas have declined is because every remaining member is a whackadoodle. And not when someone’s idea of Christmas spirit is to add a little something extra to the sweet cider punch.One dead Floribunda later, Leigh struggles to keep her family calm in the midst of swirling suspicions, flying accusations, and dubious warnings of biological warfare. But when someone threatens to silence her own all-too-curious daughter, mother-rage kicks in. Nobody is ruining her family’s Merry Christmas. Not even her family.


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Tenth in the USA-Today and Kindle Top Ten bestselling Leigh Koslow mystery series! Frances Koslow was ecstatic to have her humble abode chosen as stop #3 on the Holiday House Tour. Then everyone drank the cider. When Leigh’s parents’ house becomes a last-minute substitution on the regional garden club’s famous Holiday House Tour, Frances Koslow is thrilled. But the t Tenth in the USA-Today and Kindle Top Ten bestselling Leigh Koslow mystery series! Frances Koslow was ecstatic to have her humble abode chosen as stop #3 on the Holiday House Tour. Then everyone drank the cider. When Leigh’s parents’ house becomes a last-minute substitution on the regional garden club’s famous Holiday House Tour, Frances Koslow is thrilled. But the tour is tomorrow, there’s work to be done, and Frances’s dwindling and aging “Floribunda” chapter is in dire need of reinforcements. Worried about her mother’s blood pressure, particularly as sisterly tensions rise over Leigh’s Aunt Lydie’s upcoming Christmas Eve wedding, Leigh steps in to make sure the tour runs smoothly.But perhaps Leigh isn’t the ideal choice for the task. Not when a fortune cookie has just portended the return of her infamous “bad karma.” Not when everyone knows the real reason the Floribundas have declined is because every remaining member is a whackadoodle. And not when someone’s idea of Christmas spirit is to add a little something extra to the sweet cider punch.One dead Floribunda later, Leigh struggles to keep her family calm in the midst of swirling suspicions, flying accusations, and dubious warnings of biological warfare. But when someone threatens to silence her own all-too-curious daughter, mother-rage kicks in. Nobody is ruining her family’s Merry Christmas. Not even her family.

30 review for Never Mess with Mistletoe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    This is one of Edie Claire best books. I was laughing or smiling throughout the book. It dealt with serious social problems, assisted suicide and insurance fraud. The Floribundas, Francis Koslow's garden club are delighted that her home has been selected as a last minute addition to the annual Christmas Garden Tour. The scene where they received the information is great satire as the scene when they receive an anonymous message that the white power around the house is anthrax. One member of the F This is one of Edie Claire best books. I was laughing or smiling throughout the book. It dealt with serious social problems, assisted suicide and insurance fraud. The Floribundas, Francis Koslow's garden club are delighted that her home has been selected as a last minute addition to the annual Christmas Garden Tour. The scene where they received the information is great satire as the scene when they receive an anonymous message that the white power around the house is anthrax. One member of the Floribundas is found dead. The cause of death is important as an accidental insurance policy is in play. Allison's curiosity puts her in danger and Lucie and Mason are getting married. I highly recommend this book and series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    Once again Edie Claire gifts us a book filled with quirky yet believable characters and all kinds of fun--and of course, a murder mystery. I had never before heard the work floribundas--the name of Leigh's mother's garden club. I loved each character--so engaging and hilarious! And one membere that wants her fellow Floribundas to help her along to her grave and the surprise when she actually ends up there! Of course, Edie Claire's mystery has layers that must be peeled back to find out who murde Once again Edie Claire gifts us a book filled with quirky yet believable characters and all kinds of fun--and of course, a murder mystery. I had never before heard the work floribundas--the name of Leigh's mother's garden club. I loved each character--so engaging and hilarious! And one membere that wants her fellow Floribundas to help her along to her grave and the surprise when she actually ends up there! Of course, Edie Claire's mystery has layers that must be peeled back to find out who murdered the victim and why. I can't recommend this highly enough--if you enjoy cozy mysteries with quirky but lovable characters. If you do, this book's for you!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Scot

    This very much has the feel and tone of a Hallmark Channel murder mystery movie. The central focus is the Floribundas, a women's gardening club, who have been given a last minute opportunity to prep the home of Leigh Koslow's mother and father as a perfect 1970s decor Christmas site for a holiday tour. Leigh is the level headed character given to solving murders as people just always seem to be dying unexpectedly around her. She is the one readers are supposed to identify with. Her twelve year ol This very much has the feel and tone of a Hallmark Channel murder mystery movie. The central focus is the Floribundas, a women's gardening club, who have been given a last minute opportunity to prep the home of Leigh Koslow's mother and father as a perfect 1970s decor Christmas site for a holiday tour. Leigh is the level headed character given to solving murders as people just always seem to be dying unexpectedly around her. She is the one readers are supposed to identify with. Her twelve year old daughter is a regular Nancy Drew and the sharpest investigator of them all, while the grandmother and all her club member friends tend to be outrageous and silly caricatures. It's all very light hearted. The details about 70s décor made me smile, often spot on.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Pomerleau

    A nice little Christmas read. The mystery was pleasing enough. It was not glaringly evident who the perpetrator was, and I enjoy that in a mystery, The characters are off the wall and a little bit crazy, but I kind of didn't like the way they were portraying elderly people as paranoid and snappish. Frances is overcome with guilt for something that happened 50 or 60 years ago, and the Floribundas were paranoid that the Flying Maples were out to demean and humiliate them. Throw in some MEAN charac A nice little Christmas read. The mystery was pleasing enough. It was not glaringly evident who the perpetrator was, and I enjoy that in a mystery, The characters are off the wall and a little bit crazy, but I kind of didn't like the way they were portraying elderly people as paranoid and snappish. Frances is overcome with guilt for something that happened 50 or 60 years ago, and the Floribundas were paranoid that the Flying Maples were out to demean and humiliate them. Throw in some MEAN characters and the characters are all a bit too out there to be believable. But it was still an entertaining read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beverley Lombardi

    I have read other books in this series. I have enjoyed them but this one ran on and on without anything happening. I finally gave up.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I thought this book started out very slow, but about 1/2 way through it started to build momentum, and it ended strong. I've read other books in this series, and like the characters Leigh & Maura a lot. Good series. I thought this book started out very slow, but about 1/2 way through it started to build momentum, and it ended strong. I've read other books in this series, and like the characters Leigh & Maura a lot. Good series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Low 3 stars I found the beginning very slow, relying only on a vague feeling that something bad would happen for tension. So has someone who hasn't read previous books thus wasn't invested in the character interactions, the beginning was a real drag. After that it improved.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I have loved all of these Leigh Koslow mystery books. This one might be my favorite though. Most of the main characters show up in this book that revolves around Leigh’s mother, Frances. Throw in a mix of some crazy new characters and you have a lot more questions than answers. Even though it’s centered around the Christmas season, it’s a great read for anytime of the year!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Leigh Koslow, married with 12-year-old twins, manages to be places where people get murdered. In this installment, the murder happens in her mother's house during a Parade of Homes, in which her mother's home is furnished in 1970s furnishings and decorated for Christmas with some of the decorations provided by a rival garden club. Her mom is a germophobe, so when one of the garden club members succumbs while sitting in the front room after someone has called in to the police anonymously about a Leigh Koslow, married with 12-year-old twins, manages to be places where people get murdered. In this installment, the murder happens in her mother's house during a Parade of Homes, in which her mother's home is furnished in 1970s furnishings and decorated for Christmas with some of the decorations provided by a rival garden club. Her mom is a germophobe, so when one of the garden club members succumbs while sitting in the front room after someone has called in to the police anonymously about a health problem at the house, her mom is stunned. It's her sweet 16 party all over again, during which a number of guests got sick, and which prompted her germ phobia. This mystery combines family relationships, garden club relationships, and of course the mystery itself. The 12-year-old daughter is an amateur sleuth, aspiring to be a real detective like her mom's best friend. A fun read, definitely in the class of cozy mystery.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Leigh Koslow is the daughter, wife, mom and subject of this mystery series. She has 2 middle school aged kids and a mom who is deep into a gardening club called the Florinbundas. The group who meet to discuss gossip and would be threats from another garden club have a special seasonal open house- during which one of the long time members of Floribunda is found dead. The mystery comes to play as Leigh with the help of her detective oriented daughter, Allison, family members, the Floribundas, and Leigh Koslow is the daughter, wife, mom and subject of this mystery series. She has 2 middle school aged kids and a mom who is deep into a gardening club called the Florinbundas. The group who meet to discuss gossip and would be threats from another garden club have a special seasonal open house- during which one of the long time members of Floribunda is found dead. The mystery comes to play as Leigh with the help of her detective oriented daughter, Allison, family members, the Floribundas, and the local police find out who really caused the murder. There are certainly wack a doodle folks in the club and many catty or more vicious commments made, a number of family memb ers who don't get along and a wedding planned. The mystery is ok, the characters fun if not terribley likeable. I enjoyed it but was not wowed by the plot or outcome.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    Leigh's mom has never been one for hosting large gatherings in her home. Family get together, garden club meetings, ok but no parties. When her house is a last minute substitution on the Holiday House Parade she reluctantly agrees. After all lightening doesn't strike twice 40 years apart, does it? Unfortunately it does and when someone dies during the house tour Francis is sure it was something someone ate or drank in her house. With the help of her family the mystery is solved! Another great Le Leigh's mom has never been one for hosting large gatherings in her home. Family get together, garden club meetings, ok but no parties. When her house is a last minute substitution on the Holiday House Parade she reluctantly agrees. After all lightening doesn't strike twice 40 years apart, does it? Unfortunately it does and when someone dies during the house tour Francis is sure it was something someone ate or drank in her house. With the help of her family the mystery is solved! Another great Leigh Koslow mystery. I am really looking forward to Allison growing up!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    This is my first read of a Ms Claire book and I’ll say right now that I enjoyed this one enough that I’m sure I’ll read some more in this series. This book is definitely Christmassy enough to qualify in my 2019 Xmas reading project and it’s solid 4 star rating places it in the top few of my Xmas reads this year. Lots of weird and wacky characters plus some really likeable ones like Leigh, Mason, Warren and Lydie and then there’s Allison who’s 12 going on 22 years and is almost the star of this s This is my first read of a Ms Claire book and I’ll say right now that I enjoyed this one enough that I’m sure I’ll read some more in this series. This book is definitely Christmassy enough to qualify in my 2019 Xmas reading project and it’s solid 4 star rating places it in the top few of my Xmas reads this year. Lots of weird and wacky characters plus some really likeable ones like Leigh, Mason, Warren and Lydie and then there’s Allison who’s 12 going on 22 years and is almost the star of this show. Lots of smiles and chuckles along with some good looks at a very current social concern, a pretty good murder investigation and a good satisfactory happy ending for the good guys and an appropriate ending for the bad guy who I didn’t really suspect until Leigh, Allison and Lenna put all the clues together. Again a good read that I really liked.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Corthel

    Nice mystery but there’s a plot hole... I liked the book and the writing and the mystery which was fairly obviously solved about halfway through the book except for the Plot Hole. That has to do with a notebook and access to it, which is never explained. Thinking I knew who did it, I researched back through chapters to figure out where the access was. It was not previously dropped as a hint nor explained at the end. I think if that plot hole were filled, the suspense ( which was not much), could Nice mystery but there’s a plot hole... I liked the book and the writing and the mystery which was fairly obviously solved about halfway through the book except for the Plot Hole. That has to do with a notebook and access to it, which is never explained. Thinking I knew who did it, I researched back through chapters to figure out where the access was. It was not previously dropped as a hint nor explained at the end. I think if that plot hole were filled, the suspense ( which was not much), could have been much greater and the book much more enjoyable

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the 10th in the series and the first time reading this author. The main character is Leigh and her mother is Francis suddenly part of a holiday house tour. Leigh is worried about her mother and ends up part of the show. When someone ends up dead before they are done for the day, she wonders which of he friends is behind the death. When her daughter ends up caught up in all of it, Leigh really begins to worry. Can they figure it all out in time ?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Suzette

    An Unmerry Holiday House Tour The local Garden Club unexpectedly need to host a home for the Holiday tour. The Floribundas work feverishly to prepare the house for the tour. Before the tour ends one of them will be dead. Colorful characters make for an entertaining read that keeps you guessing. This is the first book in the series that I have read. I didn't feel lost because I hadn't read any of the earlier books. You could read and enjoy this book any season of the year.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julia Walker

    This book is pretty funny with its over-the-top ridiculous characters and descriptions of the ladies of the garden club collecting decorations, getting the house ready and working as a team. When a member of the club dies during the tour everything turns upside down in the middle of the Christmas Holidays. This is a fun silly mystery about greed, secrets and healing relationships. It is a fun addition to any Holiday reading list.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lorna Francis

    Never Mess With Mistletoe : Volume 10 Leigh Koslow Mystery Series by Edie Claire. 4.5 stars Jumping into a mystery series at book 10 is probably not the best way to start. I wasn’t sure if it was for me but I continued reading and was soon hooked. Great characters and plot with an even better outcome. I’ve downloaded the first book in the series and can’t wait to start.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle David

    Never stop I enjoy this series because it moves — characters aren't stuck at one point in their lives. People get married, change careers, have children, and occasionally solve a murder. I hope it never ends.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Hetzel

    First in the series I have read and this is book ten so it is difficult to quickly internalize who is who and how they are all related. An index of characters is given at the front but that approach I find off putting. Why should I start a new book memorizing the names and backstories of some 20+ people. Mildly entertaining plot but I won’t be seeking out the first nine!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    It took a while for me to get into this but it is book 10 with a lot of characters. Fortunately, it works as a stand-alone fine, it just took me longer to remember who everyone was. Fun Christmas-themed cozy mystery 🙂

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Jensen

    Enjoyable This is a fun mystery that took me by surprise at the end. I love the characters and really enjoyed the situations they got into. I definitely would recommend this book as a fun, clean,enjoyable book! 😀

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erinn

    I’m not a fan of any story that has a group of wacky older women. As such, this mystery didn’t hold much satisfaction for me. The mystery itself was tipped a bit too early and the behavior of the seniors was irritating. There are simply better mysteries out there with more like able characters.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suzen

    Cute cozy, kept me guessing who done it. The Holiday house tour was the scene of the murder when Lucille , one of the Foribundas was murdered. Throw in all the little old ladies in the club, a 16 year birthday party that went bad, and a smart precosious 12 year old and you have a nice little story!

  24. 4 out of 5

    rose

    A great Christmas Read This is a fun read for the christmas holidays or anytime really. I love the garden club ladies and Leigh's mom is a hoot. I will be reading more of this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Koka Kliora

    A good mystery, but too long This story takes a long time to get started (the mystery doesn’t actually start until almost halfway in) and drags out the ending. Once the mystery actually gets going, the story is engaging and reads easily.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maryteresa

    Could have been a short story This was a fast reading fun story but it would have been better as a short story. There were sub stories that were completely superfluous. Regardless it is a bit brain candy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Usually love these books, however this one was a little bit..... Meh.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    not the best in this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Meyer

    Good mystery. This is a good mystery story. It will keep you guessing to the very end of the book. I enjoyed it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    I was so bored.

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