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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
A Bazaar Christmas by Timothy R. Baldwin is a novella that brings a mystery amid a Christmas fundraiser. The grand prize of the silent auction has gone missing in the chaos of shutting down the booths. Marcus and Alissa are always on hand to help the vendors, but solving this mystery is more than just recovering a large screen TV. Looking back over the years, there have been many items stolen. There will be no choice but to close the Christmas Bazaars if they do not find the TV. This would put a serious dent in the funds available to the Booster clubs. Can Marcus and Alissa find the prize and solve the case before those who are guilty get away?
Through an intricate weave of new characters, a seasonal fundraiser, and a missing grand prize, Timothy R. Baldwin creates an engaging novella. Mystery and suspense appear to follow Marcus Kahale and Alissa Claude around, even to a school benefit in A Bazaar Christmas. This novella keeps with the same theme as Baldwin’s novels featuring this couple. I have enjoyed three full novels in the Kahale and Claude series and found this short story a treat to read during the Christmas season. I love how the author uses his writings to inspire and engage his students. He takes his passion for teaching and writing to assemble characters to which teens can relate. The characters aren’t perfect, yet they learn from their mistakes. They build trust with their leaders, without sacrificing their goals and friendships. This is an author worth pursuing and encouraging young people to follow.