Melissa’s Review: Wintergreen by Mari Biella


written by Mari Biella
published by Mari Biella, 2015

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon,  Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
It’s . . . decent. The storyline is predictable at its best and downright repetitive at its worst. There are only so many times I can read about Wintergreen’s haunted past before I start to feel that Biella simply forgot she already mentioned it. The book lacks depth–both in its characterization and its prose, and I enjoyed it the way a TV junkie enjoys informercials: it’s better than watching nothing.



“You don’t appreciate how much the ability to control your life means until you’ve lost it.”

3 stars

Would I recommend it: It’s a sitcom of a book, so if you’re in the mood for something extremely light, go for it.




About the book – from Goodreads: The past never dies…

When journalist Cat Armistead visits the small village of Wintergreen over Christmas, she thinks that staying in the peaceful English countryside will give her a chance to relax. Her illusions are shattered, however, when a local businessman, Hugo Montbray, is found dead in a wooded area near the village.

As Cat delves into the mystery she finds that Montbray was a man with many enemies, and that his death might not have been accidental. Her search for the truth uncovers local and family rivalry, broken trust, and even a touch of the supernatural. And, as if that weren’t enough, Cat reluctantly finds herself being drawn to Jake Fernsby, the detective who is investigating Montbray’s death.

However, Cat’s interest in the case has not gone unnoticed – and, in investigating it, she might have put herself in grave danger.

A cozy crime mystery set around Christmastime, Wintergreen is the perfect read for long winter evenings.


Happy 2