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This week’s review is for a book close to my heart, and I must disclose I am also the editor. Actually, the author is gracious to let me help her with editing. That’s my sneaky way of getting to read it first! Gail Meath is putting out a Christmas Novella in her Jax Diamond series. It’s a prequel, and it will be available on Black Friday. I’m so excited about it! Read my review below.
BOOK DESCRIPTION (From Amazon)
How did Jax meet Ace? Find out in this Christmas novella.
The Christmas holiday hinges on a dicey game of chance.
Officer Jax Diamond doesn’t always play by the rules, and he’s in the hot seat again with the captain of his precinct. So, when a brazen little puppy alerts him of a crime, Jax is ordered to stand down or get canned.
On the city streets, broke and alone, Jax beats himself up for making the wrong decision. Even the little tramp who keeps trailing him everywhere can’t lift his spirits. But crime never stops in New York City and a string of deadly Christmas capers spirals out of control.
Hang on to your seat as Jax and his new pint-sized partner, Ace, team up to save the Christmas holidays during the Roaring Twenties, an era of fun and frolic, song and dance, speakeasies, gangsters, bootlegging, and bribes.
I love a good prequel, and this is a great one as we learn how Detective Jax Diamond met his sidekick, the wily German Shepherd, Ace.
The action starts right away, as Jax happens to meet an unforgettable puppy and then goes through a heartbreaking situation that will change his life. Christmas in New York City in the early 1920s is on full display, and I was completely transported there. The department stores at that time are well described and the Christmas decorations and events are just so fun to read about. I enjoyed all the characters, but Puppy Ace steals the show, and he strutted right into my heart. The plot is full of clever twists and surprises. We visit famous department stores, investigate missing toys, and even get some cooking lessons! New hints are dropped about Jax’s background, which will be explored further in Book 5, coming out in 2023.
I pretty much demand that historical Christmas books deliver big on the “Christmas” and this one went over and above. I highly recommend it as both a great cozy and a Christmas read. Even though this is Book 4, it can be read first because it’s a prequel. This little novella is so fun I’m ready to read it again. You won’t be disappointed with this novella, or any book in the amazing Jax Diamond cozy mystery series.
I received a free copy of this book, but also purchased a copy. My review is voluntary and the opinions expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gail Meath is the author of the multi-award winning Jax Diamond Mysteries series, the story of a wise-cracking ex-cop turned PI, his sweet German Shepherd partner, and Broadway singing heartthrob as they solve crazy crimes during the Roaring Twenties. “Think Sam Spade meets Judy Garland.”
Gail has always been dreamer and lover of romance and history, and she finally picked up the pen to write plot-twisting mysteries, heart-wrenching westerns, and powerful biographies of fascinating yet unknown heroines of the past. She lives with her fabulous husband and beloved Boston Terrier on their own golden pond in a small village in Upstate New York. Connect with Gail at GailMeath.com, on Facebook @GailMeathAuthor, or on Instagram @GailMeathAuthor. Get free books by Meath on her website.
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9 thoughts on “Indie Weekend: Two of a Kind by Gail Meath #cozymystery #christmas #germanshepherds @gailmeathauthor”
This looks like a really good series. Thanks for your excellent review work, Bonnie.
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I love it. Such a good series.
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Bonnie, I can’t thank you enough for such a great review, but you helped get me get right into the Christmas spirit while writing it.
You’re welcome! I can’t wait for Book 5!!!
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I have to catch up on this series. I love little puppy Ace.
This book sounds amazing. My heart’s melting just reading about Puppy Ace in your review. Excellent!
Can’t wait to read it!!!
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