Another Christmas mystery – which I read all the way through, but liked it less and less as I went along.? I’m not even sure why I finished it – I guess I thought she (the heroine?) would end up less in her head and more in her intuitive / physical Self.
Murder with All the Trimmings, by Elaine Viets, has a typical Christmasy cover – all the holiday mysteries do.? But our more or less heroine, Josie Marcus, really needs a good therapist.? She makes dumb mistake after dumb mistake because she insists on thinking, from a place of pretty deep self-loathing and condemnation, with the result that she almost loses her daughter, does lose an ex, alienates a perfectly usable lover, almost alienates her mother, and is threatened right and left.
I could not imagine that all the way through the book, she would refuse to see what was happening right in front of her, and refuse to stay in that moment.
The book cover talks about ‘panache and wit’.? Maybe.? I’d say a total lack of awareness and compassion.?? Sheeesh.