Monday, October 15, 2018

Tratorous Toys by Mildred Abbott

Traitorous Toys (Cozy Corgi Mysteries, #2)Book Description:
It’s Christmas in Estes Park, Colorado: cozy fires, twinkling lights, soft snowfall, and… murder. 
The winter holidays in charming Estes Park lulls Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, into thoughts of spiced chai and gingerbread as they settle into their new home. Fred’s dream bookshop is becoming a reality, and with Christmas only days away, her only concerns are spending time with family, enforcing Watson’s diet, and finding the perfect gifts. 
The toy store beckons Fred and her friend Katie, who dash in out of the cold, during a shopping spree to discover handmade toys, cuddly stuffed animals… and a dying man on the floor. 
When Katie’s desperate attempts to save the man ends in her being taken in for his murder, Fred once again dons her detective hat. She puts aside her Christmas list and—with Watson sniffing around—begins a list of suspects. But as quickly as clues point to one person, new discoveries shift the spotlight to another.   
With Katie’s freedom in the balance, Fred has little time to think about gifts or to enjoy the holiday lights and music. A killer is on the loose, one who became violent in a picture-perfect Christmas toy shop, and Fred and Watson can’t begin to predict what might happen next…

My Thoughts:
This is the second in this series and I think you should read the first to get the full effect but it can also stand on its own.  Watson is still my favorite character, the little pup is just too cute.  Fred and dead bodies...she just must investigate. That is especially true when it looks like her friend Kate is going to be blamed for the murder.
This one pulled me in faster than the first book and felt a little more 'mystery' than the last one because it kept me guessing more. That didn't take away from the cozy portion because it isn't nail biting, just more curiosity. I love Fred's investigation and how it all unfolds (and bugs the police!).  I'm ready to start the next one now!
It was a 5/5 for me.

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book (via PUYB). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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