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Not a Creature Was Stirring–A Christmas cozy for any time of year

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Not a Creature Was Stirring

by Christina Freeburn

not a creature was stirringCozy mysteries are often thematic, and Not a Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn is no exception. Freeburn’s first series was centered around scrapbooking, but her new series focuses on crafting in general. Look for an emphasis on Christmas in this book and possibly in other books in the series since the main character, Merry, is captivated by all things Christmas. 

There are many complications, but the basic plot is that Merry Winters discovers her ex-husband dead in the RV she purchased from her stepdaughter. This RV was supposed to be a wonderful bonus to her life to help her with her new handcrafting business as she travels to various craft fairs.

Merry is under suspicion for the murder, but she, in turn, wonders who would have killed her ex-husband and why. Her maiden voyage in the RV, when the discovery of the body is made, is of course, a disaster. It does draw in a host of characters who try to help Merry or are in pursuit for something they think Merry has.

My favorite characters are Ebenezer, a squeaky guinea pig, and Abraham, the young adult son of another crafter. Abraham will always mentally be a child and is easily frustrated by changes in his routines. He is a gentle giant who will always need help in life. Watching him interact with others is touching.

Bright is the other half of Merry’s crafting business, but we only meet her through texts. Perhaps her supportive role to Merry is the only one she will have in this series. She could also be cast as the main character in a future book in the series.

Not a Creature Was Stirring is a fast-paced mystery. There is a lot of action as well as investigative work. Numerous suspects come to light and there are lots of family relationships that play an important role. When the going gets tough, who will save the day—Merry’s Grinchy neighbor, the  curmudgeon Cornelius, or her adorable Ebenezer?

I would like to extend my thanks to Edelweiss and to Henery Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: #1 in The Merry and Bright Handcrafted Mystery Series

Publication:   January 22, 2019—Henery Press

Memorable Lines:

I swore the weather app on my iPhone worked like a Magic Eight Ball. If I didn’t like the forecast, check again in a few minutes and it changed.

Never take advice from a man who puts money in front of people.

I fled upstairs before any of the questions in her eyes came out her mouth.


  1. Christopher says:

    That cover— I love it. This one sounds like a lot of fun. I love the idea of a Christmas-focused cozy, and I’d be curious how that plays out in the rest of the series. I’ll have to grab this one. Great review!

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  2. carhicks says:

    Great review Linda. Abraham and Ebenezer were my favourite characters as well. I love the quote about the weather app. I remember laughing quite a bit when I read that one. I don’t think Bright will ever be more than a voice in the distance, but only time will tell.

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  3. I keep finding characters named Merry… how interesting!

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