Thursday, November 14, 2019

Book Review: 'A Cat Burglar Christmas (A Russo Romantic Mystery)' by Pamela Gossiaux

A Cat Burglar Christmas by Pamela Gossiaux

A charming cozy mystery for a comfy winter evening!

Michigan author and freelance writer Pamela Gossiaux earned her degrees in both Creative Writing and English from the University of Michigan, is a journalist, teaches writing workshops, is an inspirational Christian speaker, and is the author of nine books: ‘Why is There a Lemon in My Fruit Salad? How to Stay Sweet When Life Turns Sour’, ‘A Kid at Heart: Becoming a Child of our Heavenly Father’, ‘Six Steps to Successful Publication: Your Guide to Getting Published’ and ‘Good Enough’ The first two books proved her abilities as a humorist and a sensitive thinker, but ‘Good Enough’, ‘Mrs. Chartwell and the Cat Burglar’, ‘Trusting the Cat Burglar,’ ‘Romancing the Cat Burglar,’ and ’A Cat Burglar Christmas’ place her in the realm of important contemporary authors.

Pamela balances contemporary situations familiar to all of us with little glitches that can change our lives in both a positive way and a not so helpful direction, resolves the issues that she presents, and the result is a book of warmth, humor, and just plain fine storytelling that further establishes her as an significant new voice.

For those fortunate enough to have read one of Pamela’s Cat Burglar series, this novella continues with the same characters in a delightfully Christmas mode. For those new to her work, reading this story is a fine primer for exploring the other episodes. She distills the plot as follows: ‘Reformed cat burglar Tony Russo is looking forward to spending this first Christmas together with the love of his life, Abigail. He’s hoping for jingle bells, goodwill towards all, and lots of kisses under the mistletoe. Then, he and Abigail find a Christmas angel tree topper in the church’s donation box with a secret of its own, and their lives suddenly become intertwined with others as they search for clues. Their days before Christmas are taken up with solving a mystery, helping those in their community, and saving a wayward kitten. When a lonely, homeless man shows up in their lives, Tony and Abigail realize that things aren’t always as they seem, and that God may be using the stories of others to bring about the couple’s own Christmas miracle.’ 

The Christmas atmosphere flows from the opening page – “It’s beautiful,” Abigail said. She came up behind him to look art the tree, and wrapped her free arm around his waist. He could smell his wife’s lavender shampoo on her long, red hair. “So are you,” he said, turning and kissing her. They were still newlyweds, not even married a year. He doubted he’d ever get tired of holding her close, even after fifty ears. “Do you want me to show you how much I love you?” He raised an eyebrow and gave her his most charming smile…”Let’s finish the tree first,” she said, reaching over to pick up a small white ornament. It was a pair of porcelain angel wings…’ The Christmas tale begins! 

Said before, say again - Pamela Gossiaux is fast becoming a major player in the realm of writing. She deserves the awards and attention that are coming her way! Very highly recommended. 

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