Poor Ellie. It seems she’s cursed when it comes to hosting parties. She gets too worried about every little detail being right, but I guess that’s an occupational hazard when you’re a professional organizer. Me, I throw the food out there, put on some music, and start mingling.

But that’s not Ellie. While I’m scarfing down the Christmas cookies, she’s aligning the napkins perfectly.

It’s weird, really. Her “to-do” lists are scary amazing. Everything, and I mean everything, from where the chairs will be positioned to wiping the kid’s toothpaste blobs out of the sink in the hall bath before the guests arrive, is listed. She takes it all into account.

So it’s odd that her parties haven’t turned out so great.

There was a squadron cookout a few years ago that ended with a flaming turkey fryer. And now her white elephant gag gift from the squadron spouse Christmas party has been used as a murder weapon. The local sheriff thinks Ellie had it in for Gabrielle, a pushy rival professional organizer who has been stealing Ellie’s clients.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Ellie doesn’t like Gabrielle, but Ellie is way too busy trying to hang on to the organizing clients she’s got, not to mention running her kids to the Christmas pageant rehearsal, volunteering at the local food bank, and attempting to sew a Wiseman costume for her son.

She doesn’t have time for murder. It’s not on her “to-do” list. It never is, but somehow I have a feeling that she’ll get involved in figuring out who did it. She always manages to pencil it in on her “to-do” list. Being a murder suspect does tend to help you reprioritize.

Wait a minute, why am I yakking away here? There are still some Christmas cookies left. You can read about the whole thing in Mistletoe, Merriment, and Murder. I’m off to see if there are any of those Christmas trees with red sprinkles left.

** Sara is giving a way two (2) copies of MISTLETOE, MERRIMENT, AND MURDER. Contest open to US residents only. Contest ends October 18. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Book will be shipped directly from the author. **

Meet Sara Rosett

A native Texan, Sara is the author of the Ellie Avery mystery series and the On The Run travel thrillers. As a military spouse, Sara has moved around the country (frequently!) and traveled internationally, which inspired her latest travel thrillers. Publishers Weekly called Sara’s books, “satisfying,” “well-executed,” and “sparkling.”

Sara loves all things bookish, considers dark chocolate a daily requirement, and is on a quest for the best bruschetta. Connect with Sara at www.SaraRosett.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Goodreads.

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