Book Review: Sleigh Bells and Sleuthing: A Collection of 16 Cozy Mystery Novellas Featuring Female Sleuths by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson & Others

Sleigh Bells and Sleuthing: A Collection of 16 Cozy Mystery Novellas Featuring Female Sleuths by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
My rating: 🌟🌟 (2 stars)

I was in the mood for some cozy Christmas themed stories so I dove into this one. I didn't realize when I began that this is a tome. Like seriously, it's over 1K pages. I read it on the Kindle app so no wrist strain but still.

There were some fun novellas in here and all the authors were new to me, so in that regard, I'm glad I read this. On the not so my thing side, many/most of these stories had some sort of magic/witch/ghost element to them and that's not where my cozy mystery feels are. If I'd known this collection was mostly made up of those, I'd have skipped it but then I'd have missed the ones I quite liked. It also seemed that many of the stories were attached to series already running, so if you're a fan of any of these, you'll probably love these stories much more.

My favourites here (and by favourite, I mean, I'm going to seek out the author's books) were:
The Clause Killing: A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery Christmas Novella by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
Organized for Christmas Wishes by Ritter Ames
Hark! A Homicide by Tricia L. Sanders

I've rated this as just ok but only because there was a lot that wasn't for me here but I am very glad for the three novellas that I very much enjoyed. They didn't even make up a quarter of the whole so.,, I can't rate this higher. I do recommend the three stories above though. All the Christmas feels with a dash of cozy murder.

SummaryA COZY MYSTERY HOLIDAY NOVELLA COLLECTION WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO SAVING ANIMALS! Get comfy this holiday season with a cup of tea or cocoa, and while you’re enjoying a delightful seasonal cozy mystery, you’ll be helping rescue animals with Good Fortune Farm Refuge, a NO KILL animal refuge located in Alabama.
You’ll love these sixteen cozy mystery stories, many from Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors! Murder, mystery, magic, and mayhem don’t stop just because it’s the holiday season!
All profits from this collection go to Good Fortune Farm Refuge.
Each author is a member of the Sleuthing Women author collective, a select group of women mystery authors who have joined together to connect with our readers through a Facebook group called Sleuthing Women—Read. Sleuth. Solve. Repeat. Check us out on Facebook.
Stories come from both traditionally and independently published authors Stephanie Damore, Ava Mallory, Clare Kauter, Larissa Reinhart, Loraine J. Hudson, Mona Marple, Morgana Best, Ritter Ames, Sam Cheever, S.E. Babin, Tara Meyers, Tricia L. Sanders, Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, Jenna St. James, K.E. O’Connor, and Laina Turner

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