Christmas time and in central Pennsylvania, a Christmas Eve
bingo game is a huge event. Tallie Graver reluctantly attended
to be a buffer between her mother and grandmother but as other
players demanded their usual seats, she is moved away from
them and ends up next to her crotchety relative, Great-Aunt
Ronda is not liked to say the least, but when she is murdered
after bingo ends and her husband Hoagie is the likely culprit
Tally decides it is up to her to clear his name and find the
This is the first Tallie Graver mystery I have read. I really
liked it! Full of great characters, humor, mystery, and romance
there is enough mix so that no single element is too heavy
throughout the story.
Christmas, full-throttle bingo, a family funeral home business
and small-town quirkiness provide enough action to keep you
entertained page after page. This is a fun book! Go get a
My plan is to get copies of the first four books in the series
and line them up in order at the top of my too-be-read pile.
I recommend “Varnished Without A Trace” to cozy
mystery lovers of all ages. It would make for a good Christmas
gift too, so perhaps you should order a few extras when you
Bravo to Misty Simon and Kensington Books!