If small-town mysteries are what you enjoy, Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones won’t disappoint. 


The Description

A Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mystery: Book 1
Publication Date: January 17, 2023

When a beat-up suitcase full of bones washes up by the pier, the residents of the quaint resort town of Mermaid Bay are whipped into a hurricane-sized frenzy over the gruesome find in the middle of their Christmas in July festivities. The holly-jolly mood retreats like the tide, with everyone wondering who was in the suitcase.

Christmas shoppe owner, Jade Hicks, wades into the fracas when voodoo dolls and mysterious notes and posters about impending doom start popping up all over town, threatening to destroy the economy of a community that lives and dies by tourist dollars. Then tensions crest when the prickly bookstore owner is found strangled to death with a string of holiday lights.

Jade and her French bulldog Chloe, have to solve the crime before anyone else gets hurt, and her business and the festival are forever tainted.

The Review

I really like these cozy mysteries that I’m allowed to review. Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones by Heather Weidner. This one was no different. The story moved pretty quickly, and there were no slow parts. I thought the plot was believable, and I was entertained and enjoyed the plot.

None of the characters were unlikable, which makes me happy.

Small-town mysteries are fun to read because people work together to discover who the bad guy is. Figuring that out is always fun.

I was glad there was a bit of romance, and the reader gets to see where this romance goes.

If small-town mysteries are what you enjoy, Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones won’t disappoint. Buy Links

Amazon Barnes & Noble iBooks Kobo
Add to Goodreads

About The AuthorOriginally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.

Heather writes the Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries and the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries.

Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of CabernetDeadly Southern Charm, and Murder by the Glass, and her novellas appear in The Mutt Mysteries series.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, SinC-Chessie, Guppies, James River Writers, and International Thriller Writers.

Through the years, she has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager.


Blog Tour Schedule

February 15 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 15 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 16 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, AUTHOR GUEST POST

February 16 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 17 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 17 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

February 17 – Novels Alive – REVIEW


February 18 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 20 – I’m Into Books – REVIEW, RECIPE

February 21 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR GUEST POST

February 22 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW

February 23 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 24 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

February 25 – The Book Decoder – AUTHOR GUEST POST

February 25 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 26 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee – SPOTLIGHT

February 27 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

February 28 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW


Lori Van Buren
Lori Van Buren
I’ve reviewed before for the now closed Romancing the Book. I love reading whether it’s an ebook or a good old-fashioned book book. The smell of a book is such a nice smell. I work with handicapped adults in my real life and I live in New York State.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -
If small-town mysteries are what you enjoy, Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones won’t disappoint. 5-STAR REVIEW: STICKS AND STONES AND A BAG OF BONES by Heather Weidner