Murder With All the Trimmings by Elaine Viets is the fourth book in the “Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper” cozy mystery series.  Publisher: Signet, November 2008

A humbug of a Shopping mystery…
From The Anthony and Agatha Award-Winning Author of Accessory to Murder
Includes insider shopping tips!

Mystery shopper Josie Marcus doesn’t get the appeal of the year-round Christmas shop. But when three such holiday houses pop up within two blocks, she’s assigned to rate them anonymously.

Easy enough, Josie thinks, until she realizes that shoppers at one store are finding a strange—even deadly—secret ingredient in their holiday cake. And Josie must get to the bottom of it all before someone else becomes a Christmas spirit.

Josie has a lot to deal with for the holidays: an old lover, Nate, has return wanting to see his daughter, Amelia; her daughter questions why she lied about her daddy; her current boyfriend has an obnoxious daughter and now Amelia’s father is threatening to take her away from Josie.  Josie gives a failing grade to her boyfriend’s ex business and the ex now blames Josie for her lack of business and two people are poisoned after eating chocolate cake by the ex’s business rival.  Josie has to solve the murder or else her boyfriend goes to jail covering for his daughter.  This was an enjoyable mystery with the holiday spirit that I could not put down.

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