Mystic Mistletoe Murder by Sally J. Smith/Jean Steffens #Mystery #mgtab@Goddessfish @SmithSteffens


Mystic Mistletoe Murder

by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens


GENRE:  Mystery



‘Tis the season at The Mansion on Mystic Isle, and Melanie Hamilton, resident tattoo artist at the resort renown for its supernatural atmosphere, can feel the holiday spirit everywhere in the Louisiana bayou. The festive mood runs deeper than just the tinsel, mistletoe, and twinkling lights, as the milk of human kindness is flowing with gift giving, good cheer, and donations. But when Papa Noël turns up as dead as the Ghost of Christmas Past, and all the bounty from a recent charity drive is stolen, Melanie turns to Jack Stockton, the handsome resort’s general manager, to help her find the killer and get it all back.

Who wanted Papa Noël dead and why? Was it the bag of loot they were after, and Papa just got in the way? Or was it a more personal attack on the jolly man in the red suit? Not only does Mel find herself in a fight to prove one of her co-workers innocent, but she’s also in a race against a ticking clock to save the life of a sick child. Before long, she closes in on the killer—or maybe it’s the killer closing in on Mel!


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Poor Jack ran frantically from place to place, picking up the robes off the ground and pleading with the Ravens to take them from him and put them on. His frantic voice carried up the hill on the chill breeze. “Please, please, people. This just isn’t…isn’t…what management had in mind when we encouraged you to celebrate the holidays in your own way.”

It only took another minute or two for the rest of them to get naked. Poor Jack finally gave up, opened his arms, let all the robes fall back to the yellowed grass, and turned around. That was when he noticed me. He lifted his arms in a what-the-heck-can-I-do gesture and began to trudge back up the hill.

When he joined me, he put one arm around my shoulder and placed his other hand over my eyes, blocking the view, which had begun to get a little out of hand with all the mistletoe being passed around.

“I’m hoping they’ll get cold pretty soon and give it up,” he said.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

The USA Today Best-selling writing team of Sally J. Smith (right brain) and Jean Steffens (left brain) make up equal halves of one totally functional writer’s mind. Creative and intuitive and organized and systematic? What could be better than that?

The two desert dwellers work together side-by-side, literally finishing each other’s sentences, putting together their novels faster and more efficiently than they ever could individually.

When their heads aren’t together over a manuscript, you’ll find them with their families, at a movie, the yoga studio, the mall, or out-to-lunch—in the food sense, not the spaced-out sense, well…most of the time. Their current series include Jordan Welsh & Eddie Marino Novels, Mystic Isle Mysteries, Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mysteries, Aloha Lagoon Gabby LeClair Mysteries, and Digby Sloan Mysteries. Visit our website, look around, and sign up for our newsletter. We love hearing from our readers and always answer our e-mails:








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35 Replies to “Mystic Mistletoe Murder by Sally J. Smith/Jean Steffens #Mystery #mgtab@Goddessfish @SmithSteffens”

    1. Sally & I know our characters before we start writing. We outline our books from our synopsis so we can move along quickly. We write a chapter or two a day and at quitting time we plot for the next workday.

      Jean & Sally

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  1. Some of you might wonder how two writers’ can work together writing books. Sally & I have been working together for many years. I (Jean) keep the series bible (all the important facts in the series) and we write 3 series, so it’s a big job. We write 3 books a year, 1 per series, so keeping everything straight can be tough.

    Sally & I outline our books from our synopsis so we can move along quickly. We write a chapter or two a day and at quitting time we plot for the next workday. And of coarse, we drink lots of coffee!

    Any questions?

    Jean & Sally

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    1. I like the idea of plotting one or two chapters at a time. I’ve always been a pantser. Though I’ve taken some great plotting courses, I never got the hang of it, lol. Have to give this a try 🙂


  2. Very interesting excerpt. I’m going to have to read this book to see where that fits in. Congratulations on your new release!

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  3. Hi Everyone,

    Glad you stopped by. Sally and I had a lot of fun creating the Mystic Isle series, dreaming up the Mansion, the employees, and the townspeople. Melanie Hamilton has a big heart and is always helping people. Jack Stockton, her boyfriend, who doesn’t love a man that helps his girlfriend solve a murder. You can read all about the crazy cast in Mystic Mistletoe Murder & Mystic Mayhem ~ Book 1.

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