Mistletoe & Murder

Secrets don’t stay secrets in small towns.

Presley can’t wait to celebrate her first Christmas with Cooper and her family, but things don’t go as planned.
On Christmas Eve, an old boyfriend comes knocking and he’s not there to drop off gifts. It seems someone’s been stealing from his business, and he needs Presley’s help in finding the culprit.
Help Presley’s family doesn’t want her to give.
When his employee winds up dead the next day, her boyfriend’s concerned he might be next.

The Presley Thurman Cozy Mystery Series

Prequel: Promotions & Poisons

Book 1: Stilettos & Scoundrels

Book 2: Necklaces & Nooses

Book 3: Handbags & Hooligans

Book 4: Mistletoe & Murder

Book 5: Gems & Gunshots

Book 6: Tiaras & Texans

Book 7: Cupids & Crooks

Book 8: Vows & Victims

Book 9: Romance & Revenge

Book 10: Accessories & Alibis

Book 11: Bats & Bling

Book 12: Weddings & Weapons

Book 13: Diamond & Disguises

Book 14: Keys & Kidnappers (due out late 2019)

Book 15: Icicles & Icepicks (due out Christmas 2019)

Other cozy mystery series by Laina Turner:

The Spencer University Cozy Mystery Series

The Read Wine Bookstore Cozy Mystery Series
Now, instead of sipping eggnog and eating cookies, Presley’s trying to catch a killer–before that killer claims his next victim.
If you like courageous women, you’ll love this mystery novella. Get it now. 

Mistletoe & Murder - Laina Turner Summary

Mistletoe is the common name for obligate hemiparasitic plants in the order Santalales. They are attached to their host tree or shrub by a structure called the haustorium, through which they extract water and nutrients from the host plant. Their parasitic lifestyle has led to some dramatic changes in their metabolism.The name mistletoe originally referred to the species Viscum album (European mistletoe, of the family Santalaceae in the order Santalales); it is the only species native to the British Isles and much of Europe. A separate species, Viscum cruciatum, occurs in Southwest Spain and Southern Portugal, as well as Morocco (North Africa) and southern Africa. The genus Viscum is not native to North America, but Viscum album was introduced to Northern California in 1900. European mistletoe has smooth-edged, oval, evergreen leaves borne in pairs along the woody stem, and waxy, white berries that it bears in clusters of two to six. The Eastern mistletoe of North America is similar, but has shorter, broader leaves and longer clusters of 10 or more berries. The eastern mistletoe native to North America, Phoradendron leucarpum, belongs to a distinct genus of the family Santalaceae. Over the centuries, the term has been broadened to include many other species of parasitic plants with similar habits, found in other parts of the world, that are classified in different genera and families such as the Misodendraceae of Chile and Argentina and the mainly southern hemisphere tropical Loranthaceae. ..

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