Review - Traitorous Toys by Mildred Abbott

Traitorous Toys by Mildred Abbott
Narrated by Angie Hickman
Series: Cozy Corgi Mysteries #2
Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications
Publication Date: August 2, 2018
Date Read: October 13, 2019
Length: 5 hours 26 minutes
Source: Audiobook Boom
It’s Christmas in Estes Park, Colorado: cozy fires, twinkling lights, soft snowfall, and...murder.

The winter holidays in charming Estes Park lull Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, into thoughts of eggnog and gingersnaps as they settle into their new home. Fred’s dream bookshop is becoming a reality, and with Christmas only days away, her only concerns are spending time with family, enforcing Watson’s diet, and finding the perfect gifts.

The toy store beckons Fred and her friend Katie, who dash in out of the cold during a shopping spree to discover handmade toys, cuddly stuffed animals...and a dying man on the floor. When Katie’s desperate attempts to save the man end in her being taken in for his murder, Fred once again dons her detective hat. She puts aside her Christmas list and - with Watson sniffing around - begins a list of suspects.

But as quickly as clues point to one person, new discoveries shift the spotlight to another. With Katie’s freedom in the balance, Fred has little time to think about gifts or to enjoy the holiday lights and music. A killer is on the loose, one who became violent in a picture-perfect Christmas toy shop, and Fred and Watson can’t begin to predict what might happen next....
My Review

This was fun!  I enjoy cozy mysteries every once in a while and so far I have been enjoying the Cozy Corgi Mysteries series.  This is the second book in the series but it could easily work as a stand-alone.  Fred and Watson are both delightful characters and I thought that the mystery in this book was really well done.  I had a great time with this shorter read.

Fred is still working on getting her bookstore open and trying to get ready for Christmas at the same time.  Fred ends up in the local toy shop needing a few gifts for family and senses an uncomfortable situation.  The next thing you know the store owner is attacked and severely injured.  When the local police suspect her friend, Fred decides to get to the bottom of things on her own.

I love the characters in this series.  They are all so much fun.  Fred is smart and determined.  She just wants a chance to start over and make a life that she can enjoy.  Her mother and step-father are awesome.  Her step-father, Barry, is quite the character and he was responsible for more than a few laughs while I listened to this story.  The is a whole crew of quirky characters that populate the town that helps to add some charm to this mystery.  And then there's Watson.  Watson is full of personality and I love the fact that he is very present in the story.

Angie Hickman did a fantastic job with this story.  I loved the different voices she used for all the characters in the story.  She really brought the story to life and I thought that she delivered the humor in the book so that it would have a bigger impact.  I found myself laughing more than once.  She has a wonderful voice that felt perfect for this story.  I think that I liked the book just a little more because I decided to listen to it. 

I would recommend this book to others.  This was a wonderful little mystery that had fantastic characters and just the right amount of Christmas charm.  I cannot wait to read more of this great series.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator via Audiobook Boom and have voluntarily left this review.
About the Author

Reading the Cozy Corgi series is pretty much all you need to know about Mildred. In real life, she’s obsessed with everything she writes about: Corgis, Books, Cozy Mountain Towns, and Baked Goods. She’s not obsessed with murder, however. At least not at her own hands (nor paid for… no contract killing here). But since childhood, starting with Nancy Drew, trying to figure out who-dun-it has played a formative role in her personality. Having Fred and Watson stroll into her mind was a touch of kismet.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook 


  1. While this doesn't seem like the kind of book for me, I am glad you're enjoying this cozy mysteries series and loving it so much. Great review :)

    Olivia-S @ Olivia's Catastrophe

  2. You had me at Corgi! <3 Considering I still have to go for a cozy mystery, this might be a nice one to try :) Glad you enjoyed this instalment so much, Carole!

  3. is it Christmas already? Everyone's doing HAlloween! but that corgi is so cute though

  4. I really want to start this series soon. I mean seriously, how cute is that dog! I've heard good things about the entire series too. Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. I love the Corgi covers for this series! So cute!

  6. I have some of these on Kindle and with your thumbs up I will try to get to it. I seem kind of not in the mood for cozies so who knows when I can. Fantastic review Carole!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  7. I haven't read many cozy mysteries. Most of the cover usually feature a cat... this one does like fun, glad you enjoyed it.

  8. I didn't know about this one but the cover is definitely fun

  9. This was such a fun series. I still need to read her last two books!

  10. Awww xmas book! ....xmas! Ok so yes over 2 months left but still

  11. i have numerous books in the series and have loved them too. very fun to read. i am reading scornful scones right now
    sherry @ fundinmental

  12. Oh this looks fun and I love a good cozy mystery!

  13. Glad you enjoyed this one. I've been thinking about starting some holiday reads soon.


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