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‘The Christmas Connection’
by Josie Goodbody
Teaser Tuesday

An open book led on a table with a lilac flower resting on the open pages - featured image for Teaser Tuesday posts - caption reads 'Take A Look - Read The Book?'

This is a meme for all you page surfers out there!

Okay! So it’s not technically Christmas!

However, I am not a follower of strict seasonal reading; this is the second book in a series which I aim to read in chronological order; the book is only novella sized so quick and easy to slot into my reading; and, perhaps most importantly, in these dark times of ‘coronavirus’, a little light relief is just what I need!

Cover Image of the book 'The Christmas Connection' by author Josie Goodbody



The little fairy of a lady got up from her chair and motioned for Jemima to follow her. Jemima had visited Fairfax Hall since she was eight years old, when she and Flora were at prep school together, and she had thought that she knew the house pretty well. However, as she followed Granny Tinkerbell into the ancient and dusty library, she was surprised to find the old lady pushing open a door that had been concealed to look like a bookcase, and arriving in a room that Jemima had never known existed.

“No one comes in here usually,” said Granny Tinkerbell. “So it will be very musty, but I know Jessica said that she was going to dig out some pieces for you and Flora to choose from this evening. Why don’t we save her the trouble?” She winked at Jemima.

The room was musty and felt unused, but Jemima could sense that, despite Granny Tinkerbell’s assertions, someone had been in there recently. She had an incredibly good sense of smell, and there was a faint odour of cigarettes and coffee in the air. The Viscountess? Perhaps she’d come to put away the tiara that they’d picked up from Garrard, but Jessica Fairfax didn’t smoke and Jemima wondered when she would have had time to travel to this remote part of the house to deposit the piece she was no doubt wearing later that night.

The old lady made her way over to what looked like a large portrait sketch by Reubens.

“Is that a…?

“Yes,” she replied as she looked back at Jemima with a smile. “It was in my family. I wanted to have it in my room, but my son thought it wasn’t safe to have it there, so it’s here until I die! I’m leaving it to Flora, but you mustn’t tell her.” The enormous portrait turned out to be on a very well-balanced runner – tiny Granny Tinkerbell slid it and its frame back with little effort to reveal a safe door. She twisted the lock twice and the door clicked open, but she had difficulty in opening the heavy door …

Cover Image of the book 'The Christmas Connection' by author Josie Goodbody

If you still need to know more, check out those all important opening lines and author Josie Goodbody’s great Guest Post, “The Protagonists Of My Novels” – here.

Just to help you get everything into some context – check out the premise below.

Image of author Josie Goodbody

THE CHRISTMAS CONNECTION – (Jemima Fox mysteries book #2)

Cover Image of the book 'The Christmas Connection' by author Josie GoodbodyJemima Fox-Pearl, Head of PR at fine jewellery house Vogel, travels to Fairfax Park in the depths of Dorset, South-West England, for Christmas.

Whilst there she discovers the story of the Duchess of Windsor’s stolen jewels and solves the mystery of their whereabouts, in a thrilling race against the clock on Christmas Eve.

With tiaras, white tie dinners, a kidnapping and horse chases through the snow – The Christmas Connection is the ultimate Christmas mystery.

The mem host image for Teaser Tuesday, updated December 2016 'The Purple Booker'

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia at ‘The Purple Booker‘. Each week she shares her own teaser lines and invites other bloggers to do the same. So if you have a few moments, why not stop by and see what’s on offer this time, after all, you never know where that next great read is going to come from!


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  • Though I only want to listen to Christmas music during the actual holiday season, I’m not picky at all about books set at Christmastime.

    I’m glad you’re enjoying a little light reading right now. I’m currently reading one of the Louise Penny mysteries and it’s a good diversion. I also have a really fun puzzle going that I hope to share before long. It seems to be coming together quickly.

    • Hi Kelly,

      As this book is a short novella, I have now actually finished reading it (thoroughly enjoyed it by the way – review to follow soon!) and started my next full length crime fiction. This one needs to be read for a review only Blog Tour in July, which I am usually loathe to commit to, so I started reading in plenty of time. So far the pages are flying by, but I can’t say more than that, as the author wants it all kept under wraps until the May 6th publishing date.

      I have another puzzle review to get up soon, which is one I really enjoyed (be warned, it does involve food) and I have started another, although that is another story completely. I was not that far into it, but things started to appear very familiar!!!

      You guessed it, this is one I have done before and bought for a second time from the charity shop. There is a review of sorts on the blog, but it was way back in 2013, before I had my wordpress site and was able to link images etc. I am going to see if there is a way of re-publishing the post, as I am determined to complete the puzzle again and not break up that which I have already done!

      This is what having too much time confined to the house does for me – it has addled my brain completely 🙂

      • Now that made me laugh! I believe 2013 was before my time here, so I hope you can repost it for me to see. You’re better than I since I don’t think I would have hesitated to stop once I’d realized it was a repeat!

        I finished mine right after lunch today, so I hope to get it photographed and on my blog in the next day or two. Watch for it! 😉

        • I think a lot of me not wanting to break up what I had already done, was pride … Hubbie makes such a fuss about the amount of jigsaws I stock pile (amongst other things!) and I am always at great pains to tell him that one day I will be at home and may not be able to afford to pay out for a hobby. Now it has actually happened and my stash of goodies is being put to good use, I don’t want to face the ‘I told you so’ moment, when he asks why I am not finishing the puzzle and I have to ‘fess up! 🙂

          Looking forward to your next post 🙂

  • How charming does that sound? I honestly don’t mind Christmassy things away from the Christmas season. I quite often do a Christmas jigsaw puzzle in the summer for instance. I visited an elderly cousin last month who asked me if I read (I don’t see her a lot.) When I said yes I was presented with a bag of books that include quite a lot of Christmas romances. LOL I will definitely give them a try.

    Take care, Yvonne, and I hope you’re able to settle and read or do a jigsaw puzzle this week. We live in strange times.

    • Hi Cath,

      I too, am not really precious about the ‘seasonal’ aspect of most things, I can even quite happily listen to some ‘popular’ Christmas tunes, if I am in the mood!

      It sounds as though you have plenty of ‘light’ reading to be fitting in between some of your more serious armchair travel tomes.

      ‘The Christmas Connection’ is a lovely novella, which is sandwiched beautifully between the two full length novels in the Jemima Fox series, although rumour has it that author Josie Goodbody, may soon be launching a fourth adventure, this time in Paris!

      I’m not much of a person for owning or wearing a lot of jewellery, however I am thoroughly enjoying this series so far and learning a lot along the way.

      Stay Safe 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      When I read your comment, I immediately began humming the song ‘We Need A Little Christmas’ and despite it being well into the 70s here today, I just had to check out the lyrics.

      Some of them seem quite appropriate right now and I even had to watch the lovely Johnny Mathis version of the song, just to be sure!


      It cheered me up no end anyway! 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      This particular story is only a short novella size read, at a little over 80 pages and is sandwiched between two full length episodes, featuring amateur detective Jemima Fox.

      This one can definitely be read as a stand alone story, although if you like nice jewellery, the series is definitely one you might enjoy, as author Josie Goodbody really loves her subject and that comes across in just about every word she writes.

      I shall be starting the third book in the series very soon, although Josie has almost finished book #4, so I shall still be playing catch-up no doubt!

      Take Care and thanks for visiting, it is great to catch up 🙂

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