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A Murder Yule Regret: 09/06/22
A Murder Yule Regret by Winnie Archer and Emile Durante (Narrator) is the seventh in the Bread Shop mystery series. Ivy Culpepper has been hired to photograph guests at a Dickens themed Christmas party for celebrities. Unfortunately a tabloid journalist ends up murdered before the end of the night!
The mystery this time is focused on a visiting Hollywood starlet, Eliza Fox. While the police see her as a person of interest, Ivy sees that she's probably a victim too of a much longer running con. The journalist just happened to get too close to something important.
So much of the novel is focused on the mysterious Eliza that the usual pieces of these novels are missing. Save for two scenes, Ivy barely does anything photographic. Likewise, there's barely any time spent with the bread shop or baking.
As Ivy is outside her element, her sleuthing abilities suffer. Rather than being in tune with local gossip and having her neighbor's help, she runs primarily on assumptions. Her disinterest to question her own bias hinders the solving of the case and ends up putting herself and Eliza in unnecessary danger.