In this spinoff cozy mystery series opener, a small-town Georgia grandmother reminisces about the murder of the local floozy in the 1980s.
As the Moonlight Magnolia Agency revisits old memories on Christmas Eve, Savannah Reid’s grandmother, Granny Reid, looks back to the 1980s—back when she went by Stella, everyone’s hair was bigger, and sweaters were colorful disasters. But murder never went out of style . . .
Christmas has arrived in sleepy McGill, Georgia, but holiday cheer can’t keep temperamental Stella Reid from swinging a rolling pin at anyone who crosses her bad side—and this season, there are plenty. First an anonymous grinch vandalizes a celebrated nativity display. Far worse, the scandalous Prissy Carr is found dead in an alley behind a tavern. With police puzzled over the murder, Stella decides to stir the local gossip pot for clues on the culprit’s identity . . .
Turns out Prissy held a prominent spot on the naughty list, and suspects pile up like presents on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, the more progress Stella makes, the more fears she must confront. With a neighbor in peril and the futures of her beloved grandchildren at risk, Stella must somehow set everything straight and bring a cunning criminal to justice before December 25 . . .
Praise for Murder in Her Stocking
“Tender . . . . Other story lines . . . pack an emotional punch and add a poignant layer to this enjoyable cozy. Readers will look forward to Stella’s further adventures.” —Publishers Weekly
“McKevett gives us a sometimes sassy and sometimes stern yet always relatable protagonist in Stella, whose juxtaposition of strength and vulnerability beautifully embodies the complexities and dynamism of real, everyday women.” —Criminal E
Stella Reid, widow and grandmother of seven, takes center stage in this tender spinoff from McKevett's Savannah Reid series (Hide and Sneak, etc.), set in McGill, Ga., in the 1980s. Stella has the misfortune to discover town floozy Prissy Carr dying in a dark alley behind a seedy tavern. The coroner later determines she was strangled. While the gossipy residents of McGill lack sympathy for the victim, who was notorious for seducing several straying husbands, the kindhearted Stella decides to help the handsome Sheriff Manny Gilford find the killer. Stella's oldest and most perceptive grandchild, 12-year-old Savannah Reid, helps uncover important clues. The duo's sleuthing ranges from studying the contents of Prissy's jewelry box, which is filled with gifts from her lovers, to investigating an abandoned farmhouse on Christmas Day. Other story lines, such as Stella's tense relationship with her alcoholic daughter-in-law and mother to her grandchildren, pack an emotional punch and add a poignant layer to this enjoyable cozy. Readers will look forward to Stella's further adventures.