Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O'Connor

Christmas Cocoa Murder

'Tis the season for hot chocolate and mouthwatering treats. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be downright deadly . . . CHRISTMAS COCOA MURDER by CARLENE O'CONNOR Siobh�n O'Sullivan's hopes for a quiet Irish Christmas are dashed when the local Santa turns up dead in a carnival dunk tank of hot cocoa. Now instead of hunting down holiday gifts, she's pursuing a heartless killer. Seems the dead Santa was no angel either, stealing neighbo...

Details Christmas Cocoa Murder

TitleChristmas Cocoa Murder
Release DateSep 24th, 2019
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
GenreMystery, Holiday, Christmas, Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Anthologies

Reviews Christmas Cocoa Murder

  • Natalia R
    Three delightful Christmas themed stories. The first story, Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O'Connor is set in Ireland. It was well written and full of humor. I really liked the main character, Siobhán. She's smart, easy to relate to, and I enjoyed getting to know her and her siblings. The mystery was solid and interesting enough for me to keep reading until the end. The second story, Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse by Maddie Day is set in the wo...
  • Jill McGill
    'Tis the season for hot chocolate and mouthwatering treats. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be downright deadly . . . Christmas cozy mysteries... Yes please!Christmas Cocoa Murder combines 3 Christmas themed short stories from 3 different authors - CHRISTMAS COCOA MURDER by CARLENE O'CONNOR, CHRISTMAS COCOA AND A CORPSE by MADDIE DAY, and DEATH BY HOT COCOA by Alex Erickson. Each story is well-written, highly entertaining, and has a th...
  • Mark Baker
    Kensington has released another Christmas novella collection, this time featuring three authors that haven’t been featured before. All three stories feature hot cocoa is some capacity. Up first is “Christmas Cocoa Murder” by Carlene O’Connor, which takes place in an Irish village leading up to Christmas. Her series main character, Siobhan O’Sullivan, is just a couple of weeks away from joining the police force, but she gets pulled in ea...
  • Juli
    I love holiday theme cozy novella collections! I read every one I can get my hands on. Not only are they cute, quick holiday theme stories, but it's a great way to find new authors/series to add to my tbr!Christmas Cocoa Murder gathers 3 Christmas theme stories from different popular series. One series I have never read before, and the other two I've read one or two of the books. I'm definitely moving all 3 series up my tbr stack because I enjoye...
  • Eve (Between The Bookends)
    September seems to be Christmas month for publishers, so I have a bunch of holiday themed cozy mysteries to indulge in. First up is Christmas Cocoa Murder. A three short story anthology dedicated to cocoa. Christmas. And Murder. CHRISTMAS COCOA MURDER by 𝓒𝓪𝓻𝓵𝓮𝓷𝓮 𝓞'𝓒𝓸𝓷𝓷𝓸𝓻 I enjoyed this story a lot. It was set in Ireland, which made it extra special to me. It was also very festive. I'm not a fan of ...
  • Tari
    I really enjoyed reading these Christmas-themed short mysteries by authors that I knew I already read and liked. I wasn't familiar with the series that the first story belongs with, but I had read the author's newest series. Even though I didn't know anyone, it didn't take long to warm up to Siobhan's character and her siblings. That and her possible love interest made me want to read this series. The ending of this story was so sweet and I hadn'...
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    This book is made up of three novellas, all from series that I read and enjoy. Each of the stories uses Cocoa as a theme in their story. Christmas Cocoa Mystery stars Siobhán O'Sullivan, the oldest sibling in a family left orphaned in the first book in the series. While she raises her siblings, runs the family bakery/cafe she also went to school to become a garda. In this story she has not yet started her new job, but is allowed to help when ask...
  • Aisling
    This is actually three short novellas by three different authors. I got it because my bookgroup was reading Carlene O'Connor. Her short was the same as the book title and then there were two other short stories by Maddie Day and Alex Erickson. O'Connor's was good but not as suspenseful as her full length novels (or maybe because it was Christmas themed). The other two were fine but I did not know their characters or settings as well as the first....
  • Karen Hollins-Stallman
    Tis the season for hot chocolate and mouthwatering treats. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be downright deadly . . .I loved each of these short stories who doesn’t love hot cocoa and murder!. I have read books by these authors before so I knew I was in for an enjoyable few hours. I recommend these stories to anyone looking for an enjoyable Christmas themed cozy! There great for reading on the bus or while waiting at appointments (if ...
  • Lola
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.I have to admit that the biggest reason I requested this one was because there's a novella by Maddie Day in this book. I love her Country Store Mysteries series and I was excited to read her Christmas novella set in that series. I also like discovering new to me authors, so I figured this was a great opportunity to check out the other two stories as well which are by new to ...
  • Kristina
    Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O'Connor, Maddie Day, and Alex Erickson contains three cozy novellas that are a part of the following series: An Irish Village Mystery series, A Country Store Mystery series and A Bookstore Café Mystery series. I thought they were three entertaining Christmas cozies. They are all well-written and full of Christmas spirit. The three mysteries were interesting with various levels of complexity. The escape room mys...
  • Peggy R
    This is a delightful anthology of Christmas cozy novellas from three authors with well-developed series. I am a huge fan of the Carlene O'Connor Irish Village Mystery series and loved this glimpse in Siobhan O'Sullivan and her siblings in this Christmas mystery. We get to see Siobhan in action before she is officially a guarda and solve a murder of Santa to save Christmas. The second novella is from author Maddie Day and is part of her Country St...
  • Teresa
    I only read the Carlene O'Connor story in this collection, but it was so delightful to be back with this crew. I love the O'Sullivan Six and the town of Kilbane. It's worth noting, however, that this book is marked as 4.5 in the series but it's more like 2.5, just before Siobhan becomes a Garda. The lack of Macdara made me sad but the rest of the crew is still enjoyable. It only made me long for the next book.
  • Wulfwyn
    Review coming after the readathon.I enjoyed this book so much! There are three stories in the book. The first story, Christmas Cocoa Murder, is set in Ireland. The words aren’t spelled incorrectly. I had no trouble with reading it but I grew up hearing, and using, most of the words. I thought the plot was original and entertaining. I love the nutcracker event. Their is a tasty cocoa recipe at the end of this book. The second story, Christmas Co...
  • Mary Hawkes
    It would be hard to give a single rating to a book containing 3 novellas, but in this case, I had no problem. They were all very enjoyable.I had already read all 4 of Carlene O'Connor's Irish Village mysteries, so I had no problem with the many characters. I hadn't read anything by the other two authors, but I plan to check out both of their series. I liked the characters in the stories.Recommended (but you might not want to drink cocoa for a whi...
  • Brooke
    I loved all three of these short murder mystery's.
  • Annarella
    Three sweet and entertaining Christmas stories.I like them all and I think they're well written and fun to read.Recommended!Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
  • Missi Martin (Stockwell)
    It's like getting 3 books in one !!! Three great stories to get lost in !!!I was on the edge of my seat reading the scary tale Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O'Connor, then I felt like I was back in my hometown hanging with my friend, Robbie, in Christmas Cocoa by Maddie Day and to finish it off, I had a blast in a Christmas themed escape room in Death by Hot Cocoa by Alex Erickson. All three stories were so cleverly written with Christmas and...
  • The Cozy Review
    Series: Holiday CollectionAuthor: Carlene O’Connor, Maddie Day, Alex EricksonGenre: Cozy Mystery/HolidayPublisher: Kensington BooksPage Count: 354In stores now a marvelous holiday collection from Kensington Books Christmas Cocoa Murder written by three of today's best cozy writers in the industry.This is a collection of three cozy stories all set at Christmas time with a theme of cocoa in each story. All three stories are well-written and highl...
  • Lesa
    Carlene O'Connor, Maddie Day and Alex Erickson have more in common than the facts that they write cozy mysteries featuring amateur sleuths. Each of their novellas in Christmas Cocoa Murder features cocoa. Well, duh. Of course. They are also all enjoyable stories, which is unusual in a collection. Often, one story is weaker than the others. All three of these will please cozy mystery fans looking for new Christmas stories.In "Christmas Cocoa Murde...
  • Toni
    4.5 StarsI was very excited to dig into these stories. The one by Alex Erickson, Death by Hot Cocoa, is the one that really drew me in. I love his Death by Coffee series! I am such a fan girl. The whole Escape Room drama was so on point! That is the perfect setting for a murder. I think there needs to be a Clue themed Escape Room where you have to not only get out but solve the mystery as well. I am so in! I am so amazed that Krissy and Rita rema...
  • K.A. Davis
    CHRISTMAS COCOA MURDER, a trilogy of novellas by three authors is a light, easy read to get you in the mood for the holiday season! Each of the novellas is a stand-alone story and can be read in one sitting. During the hectic craziness of Christmas, I enjoy this kind of read. It’s easy to pick up when I have a free moment and easy to put down when chores and responsibilities call. Of the three, the first by Carlene O’Connor was my favorite. M...
  • Sabrina
    My favorite story in this collection of short stories was the last one. The first story was okay but if you didn't already know series' universe it was difficult keep everything straight. All in all, not a bad read.
  • Lisa Morin
    Cute three story Christmas book to get the reader in the holiday spirit.Each story is unique in its own way and each story was well told and interesting.Perfect for a book club choice or a weekend treat.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for approving me to read this book.
  • Debra McEathron
    These are 3 short stories about chocolate and murder. There are also recipes to enjoy as well. The stories are very good and up to date. The last one is an escape room murder.
  • Helen
    I very much enjoyed the first book, by Carlene O'Connor. It gave plenty of detail about each character and the village, and the mystery was fascinating! Her book gets 5 stars; the other two get 3 stars for being just-fine mysteries.
  • Tina
    ?? Just started the book yet list has me down as finished. Wonky internet lately. :-/
  • Jay
    It's beginning to look a lot like...Well, actually it's beginning to look a lot like death didn't take a holiday when it comes to the three themed mysteries in this new novella collection.Authors Carlene O'Connor, Maddie Day and Alex Erickson have each set up yet more reasons to rue the invention of hot cocoa. Not being a fan of the drink, but certainly a fan of murder most foul, I definitely got into the idea of "hot chocolate" playing a part in...
  • Jan Fore
    Christmas Cocoa MurderCarlene O’ConnorSeptember 27, 2019In September many Christmas novellas hit the shelves. A trio of authors brings us 3 tales that take place right before Christmas arrives. In the first, Christmas Cocoa Murder we find ourselves in Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland. Siobba’n O’Sullivan has just graduated from Templemore Garda College. She is due to start her position as a garda in Kilbane right after the first of the new yea...
  • Christine
    This book actually contains three Christmas mysteries. The authors pull off the difficult task of writing murder mysteries that still end on a hopeful note, suitable for a holiday collection. I had read books by only one of the authors who contributed to this book, but I really enjoyed all three stories. All three stories feature hot cocoa in some aspect in keeping with the Christmas cocoa theme.The first story is the titular "Christmas Cocoa Mur...