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The Christmas Guest
The Christmas Guest | Peter Swanson
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OriginalCyn620
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Really enjoyed this one! Lots packed into this novella - festiveness and twists!
#christmasinjuly
#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I always have trouble putting down a Swanson book. 😂 2w
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Octoberwoman
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I‘m posting one book a day from my massive collection. No description, no reason for why I want to read it (some I‘ve had so long I don‘t even remember why!). Feel free to join in!

#ABookADay2024

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Sharpeipup
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Finally found some reading time!

Gissy 📖🙌 5mo
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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

While the story was engaging, the over-production of the audio made this less than enjoyable. The sound of the pages turning was distracting and I didn't find the narrator had a particularly good American accent.

But, it got me in the Christmas spirit as we drove to my in-laws for the holiday 😛

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erzascarletbookgasm
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My library hold just came in 😆. This will be perfect for a cozy festive read.. from the English country house, village pub to Christmas meals, it‘s a great holiday read, with a murder (or more) thrown in! It‘s a quick, engrossing and fun read, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ruthiella I‘m hanging on to this for next year. Hoping to do #CloakandDaggerChristmas again! 6mo
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Purpleness
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… And a lovely afternoon at Munro‘s. I definitely went in just for a calendar, but Christmas books were on sale, and who could resist that forest stories book? Not me, apparently. #bookhaul

mabell These all look great! 6mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Books 10-13 of the year.

13/100 for 2024 @goodreads challenge.

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bookandbedandtea
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My favorite read in December was festive yet murdery.

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Two Swanson books in one day? My library hold on this tiny novella just came in today, so I decided to read it now while it was still December. This was a clever little holiday mystery. I‘m always going to prefer a full-length novel, because there‘s more time to develop characters and all that, but this was a solid read. Now I think it‘s time to read something in a different genre!

ElizaMarie That kitty is so big! I love it! 7mo
RaeLovesToRead I liked this one too! And I love your festive chonk 🥰🐈 7mo
LiteraryinLawrence @RaeLovesToRead @ElizaMarie I feel like I should say that I didn‘t catch her at a flattering angle? 😋 But she‘s the best! 7mo
RaeLovesToRead Nope! Shows off her floofs in all their floofy glory! 🥰🥰 7mo
LiteraryinLawrence This is my final book of 2023: number 113! 7mo
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TEArificbooks
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Quick novella thriller with a few twists. This is another one by this author I liked. #wintergames #teamevergreen @Clwojick

1825 pts

JenReadsAlot I did too! 7mo
janeycanuck We listened to this on the drive to my in-laws for Christmas. The narrator had such a bad American accent but the story was great! 7mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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A quick Christmas Murder novella to finish in one cozy sitting. A perfect mini whodunnit.

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Bookzombie
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Mehso-so

Yeah, I didn‘t love this one. I can‘t exactly put my finger on why as it has all of the elements I enjoy. I had it mostly figured out, but that doesn‘t bother me usually. I would have ended it differently, but it‘s not that either. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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JamieArc
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A very happy Jolabokaflod to you all! I hope you‘re all having a peaceful evening!

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Nessavamusic
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A solid Christmas/Winter thriller novella. A young American girl going to school in England gets invited to a classmates estate home for the holidays and bad things happen. There is an excellent twist and a good mystery for such a short book. 4⭐️
#WinterGames #WGWordSearch 20
#AtoZBingo #bookspinbingo - 2 bingos!
Team #SnowAngels
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Dreowone Beautifull cover 7mo
Nessavamusic @Dreowone it really is! 7mo
Emilymdxn That is gorgeous! 7mo
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KathyWheeler
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For a short time, I thought Peter Swanson had stepped out of his comfort zone and had written a Christmas romance, but in chapter 3, we start to understand that‘s not the case. He‘s well within his psycho protagonist genre. My husband and I listened to this on our errands around town. I listened to the much more Hallmarky The Wishing Bridge (Viola Shipman) on my #audiowalk.

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bookandbedandtea
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I'm not always a fan of novellas but this was the perfect length. Ashley, an orphaned American college student with nowhere to go for Christmas, is invited by Emma to her family's manor house. Ashley soon finds that Emma's parents are horrid, her local pub is charming, and her brother's a dreamboat. But a local girl was murdered a few months ago and there's a creepy figure in the woods. Is romance in the air or something more sinister?

batsy I really enjoyed this, too! 7mo
bookandbedandtea @batsy I loved that it defied all my expectations 😁 7mo
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kimmypete1
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Fun little Christmas mystery novella.

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TheEllieMo
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I enjoyed this novella; snow, murder, intrigue and a bit of ghostliness, perfect for this time of year!

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JenReadsAlot
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I really enjoyed this! #wintergames

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ClairesReads
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Jessica Knoll recommended this on Instagram and she‘s not wrong- it‘s a great read. An atmospheric, well-paced Christmas novella. I often find novellas tricky- like short stories that are too long, or novels that aren‘t long enough, but this was just the right length. A great, quick read for a festive week.

Centique Merry Christmas Claire! I hope youve had a good day and you have some holiday time to read some good books 🎄🎅📚 7mo
ClairesReads @Centique thank you and Merry Xmas to you too. Hope you‘re enjoying this summer spell for good reading time x 7mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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I really enjoyed this Christmas mystery thriller- which is a good thing because I have 3 book clubs at the bookstore who are reading this book, so I'll have to discuss it 3 times this month!
#WinterGames #GangstaWrappers @Bookwormjillk @Clwojick @StayCurious
#WGWordSearch 1300pts

Bookwormjillk I liked this one too💙❄️💙❄️ 7mo
bthegood 🥳🎁 7mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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This "festive" novella was delicious, creepy, Christmas noir.

I loved it.

Ashley is delighted to be invited to Emma's country manor in the Cotswolds for Xmas. She soon sets her sights on Emma's charming brother... but something is a bit off...

Concise, gothic, unsettling, and (by the end) unhinged. I loved it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

JenReadsAlot I'm planning on reading this soon! 7mo
LiteraryinLawrence I‘m on the hold list for this at the library! 7mo
RaeLovesToRead @JenReadsAlot @LiteraryinLawrence Hope you enjoy it too! 😊💕 7mo
batsy Nice review! I felt the same. 7mo
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BookwormAHN
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A nice little Christmas Gothic mystery. Although I could of used a little less of Ashley attempting to hook up with her friend's brother.
#GhostsOfXmas #WinterGames
#WinterGamesDailyPhotoChallenge #Snow #Rushathon @Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader #Adventathon @BookmarkTavern #AToZ @Texreader

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
BookmarkTavern Love this cover! 7mo
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candc320
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I don‘t know about anyone else but I‘ve found a number of murdery Christmas stories to read this year 😆. This one was quick and vicious. I will say I much preferred the first half to the second. Either way the story as a whole was good but a little too quick (I would have preferred more). I guess that can be a problem with novellas! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 #wintergames #SantasBookshELVES

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AudiobookingWithLeah
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4.25⭐
The story is mostly told from diary excerpts, which are made to sound tinny to set them apart from the non-diary parts of the story. It would have been better to have the same audio quality for the entire book. Other than that, this was surprisingly good for such a short story.

If regular Christmas stories just don‘t cut it for you and you think maybe you need a little murder thrown into the mix. This is your story.

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EclecticBookLover
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Reading another 2023 holiday release. Nevermind the holiday books I own that have been on my TBR for years 👀

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jlhammar
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#CloakandDaggerChristmas Prompt: All I Want For Christmas is You - read a mystery set during the holiday season

If you enjoy tales of the gothic, dark and unsettling variety, this novella is a treat. Grab yourself a nice cuppa and read in one go. ☕️

Ruthiella This is the third 👍 I‘ve seen this month for this title. I‘ve read and enjoyed other books by Swanson before, so it‘s on my list! 7mo
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Bookwormjillk
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This was a cross between Stephen King and Northanger Abbey. It was short and perfect for reading or listening to all at once. The less you know going in the better.

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Rachiiebookdragon
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Mehso-so

This is an ok novella.

3.75/5

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Mpcacher
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I enjoyed this novella, but did not love the ending. Suffice to say, without adding any spoilers, it lacked the necessary 'comeuppance' I need to feel justice was truly served. In spite that that slight let down, it was still a fun and easy read that ensconced one in the British countryside over Christmas. 3.5/5 stars!

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twinkletoes74
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Ti's the season to be wary.
This book has a brilliant twist , Read it in one sitting. I highly recommend it.

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AmandaBlaze
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I enjoyed this novel by Swanson. I had not read his books before, so I have nothing to compare it. I like the first part better as it was epistolary. The second half was good, but I identified more with Ashley than Emma. Word Search = 850.
#Adventathon @BookmarkTavern
#Rushathon @Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES
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#CloakandDagger @Ruthiella
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#AtoZ @Texreader
#BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks
#PromptMaze

Ruthiella I‘m definitely going to put this on my list for next year (if I can wait that long!)😃 7mo
AmandaBlaze @Ruthiella For 89 pages of text, it was quite good. 7mo
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Catsandbooks 🍭❄️❤️ 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
BookmarkTavern Yay! 🎉🎉🎉 7mo
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Although it takes place over Christmas, this is not a Christmas themed book. The story took an interesting turn about 3/4 of the way through. A real page turner!

BiblioLitten Our city library does not have it unfortunately! It looks interesting. 7mo
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batsy
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My #CloakAndDaggerChristmas is off to a nice start. I read this for the first prompt, "Do they know it's Christmas". It's a dark and satisfying novella that meshes the Gothic with the contemporary to good effect, and strikes the right tone for both murder and Christmas festivities, somehow! Lol. It's best to go in without knowing anything, and it can be polished off in one sitting, which is what I recommend. 'Tis the season! ?? @Ruthiella

batsy Kind of like A Christmas Carol meets 1980s Northanger Abbey with a dash of The Secret History, in a way? 8mo
Ruthiella Looks good! I‘ve read a couple other books from Swanson in the past. 👍 8mo
jlhammar Glad to see this is a pick since it is in my December stack. Looking forward to it! 8mo
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batsy @Ruthiella I have The Kind Worth Killing waiting for me on my shelves. And I'm keen to read Eight Perfect Murders but only after I've read all of the books referenced... 😅 8mo
batsy @jlhammar I hope you like it! 8mo
RealLifeReading Ooh looks fun and such a striking cover! 8mo
RealLifeReading Bahaha I just looked it up on Libby via the Singapore library and the cover there is such a bland and boring one that I had to go make sure it was the same book 🤦🏻‍♀️ 8mo
batsy @RealLifeReading Oh no! Haha yes this particular cover is so striking. 8mo
merelybookish Yay for murder at Christmas! 😀 And the cover is great. 7mo
batsy @merelybookish It's a fab cover for a Christmas murder tale 😆 7mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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Ho ho ho, #GangstaWrappers and all my fellow #Wintergames gamers! Here's some of my December TBR (yes, just some- but most of them are audio and I can get through some audiobooks). I still have to pull together my physical books, but that will have to wait and I wasn't go to pass up an opportunity to score points for my team! It's a lot of holiday reads, but lots of mystery thrown in, so I'll be slaying with my sleighing!

bthegood Looks fantastic 🎁 8mo
Traci1 I've got several of those on my tbr list too. 8mo
JessieKB This looks great!!! I may have to borrow some💚🎄❤️🎁 8mo
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MysticFaerie
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4⭐️/5⭐️

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Jemgirl2014
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Meh. It was just okay. It didn‘t meet my high expectations. Great beginning but I hated how it ended. It is so dull and flat. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I haven‘t been hoodwinked so successfully since I was a teenager reading Agatha Christie novels well past my bedtime.

Hats off to you Peter Swanson, I thought I was in for a silly little Christmas cozy but then I got to part 2 of this little book 🫨

Lizpixie Will there be an #AussieSecretSanta this year Sharni?? 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Lizpixie, I‘ve been wondering if people have the headspace for it 🙃 feels like it‘s been a rough year for everyone 8mo
Lizpixie It‘s been tough but I think we all look forward to giving gifts at Xmas, especially books! Ask around & get a feel for everyone, no obligation if you want & go from there!🎅🏻 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Lizpixie, might be a smaller swap - but we‘ll see 8mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Be so real with me : is Peter Swanson a writer of comedies?

Alfoster Is this one billed as a comedy?? Most of his that I‘ve read aren‘t and are chilling and dark! 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Alfoster, it‘s definitely crime - it was just briefly in a silly goofy mood. I haven‘t read Peter Swanson before but this was pretty good… 8mo
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Fine and normal

Born.A.Reader This is on my TBR for Christmas. How do you like it so far? 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Born.A.Reader, I just finished - hooked me completely, recommended! (edited) 8mo
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Lizpixie
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The 1st book from my recent #BookMail is this Xmas thriller set in the Cotswolds, England. Ashley Smith, an American studying in London, is invited to spend the holidays with her classmates family in their manor house. Recording it in her diary, she takes a shine to her friends twin brother Adam, but is there something strange about the old house? What are the motives of the Chapman family? And what holiday horrors are in store.

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Read4life
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Release Date: 10/17/23

This Christmas novella was a pick for me. Swanson said his love for holiday thrillers and a desire to write a ‘single sitting‘ read that he imagines one reading on Christmas Eve led to this story.
The story takes place Christmas 1989 in an English village & concludes 30 years later in Manhattan.
#ARC #BookSpin #BookSpinBingo #RushAThon

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 11mo
TheAromaofBooks I have really enjoyed several of Swanson's books, so I'm looking forward to this one!! 11mo
Andrew65 Sounds excellent, well done 👏👏👏 11mo
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Read4life
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jlhammar Oooh, I hadn't heard about this one yet! Definitely getting for my December reading! 12mo
Read4life @jlhammar It will be out in October! 12mo
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ShyBookOwl How sweet 😊 12mo
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