The Nutcracker Suite by Chautona Havig, Narrated by Christa DelSorbo REVIEW

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Corruption, mobs, and a fairy-tale retelling of the Nutcracker brought to life through the talented Christa DelSorbo.

First, let’s talk about what Chautona Havig did here. First thing of all, I’m her daughter; so when she told me that she was turning the classic fairy-tale The Nutcracker into a mystery retelling during the roaring 20’s I may have raised an eyebrow, or two. The Nutcracker ballet in my head was not computing with a roaring 20’s mystery at all. Not sure how, but I saw the different dances come alive in the story as I read it. The mouse-king was a total dirty rat, the running through the night hiding had my mind going to the battle scene, the peppermint lingering scents in the air, I mean it all worked!

Milo was a character that struggles with putting coherent sentences together because he jumbles up his words. It was endearing as well as funny, that this Nutcracker for the mob, had a speech impediment. Clarice was a character that was a bit naive, but knew HOW to use her brain and began to show intelligence in some of the decisions. At some point, Clarice’s friend (whom I cannot remember her name) enters the scene and I all I could think of was, “I want her for a friend.” So we have a great variety of characters. The mystery gave us enough clues that we could figure it out easily, but not in our face easy– know what I mean?

Now, the narrator for the audio book– YES! I actually don’t know if I think this is Christa’s best work, and yet at the same time it was. How!? I mean we have cops, and mobs, and females, and and and… I knew their character by their voice. However, it seemed at times that Christa had a bit of a struggle getting into that character that I hadn’t seen before from the other books I listened too. Maybe just me. I still say that she is one of my favorites ever. So there is that!

If you have not read the Ever After Mystery series, I recommend beginning TODAY.



About the Book

Book: The Nutcracker’s Suite Audiobook

Author: Chautona Havig

Narrator: Christa DelSorbo

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release date: November, 2022

“Time to dance, sugarplum.”

A painter at the Meyer’s Toys factory, Clarice Stahl, knows something is strange about the way so many men come and go through Mr. Meyer’s office, especially one in particular.

Then murder strikes a little too close to home and uncorks a barrel of secrets.

When mob king, Mario Topo’s, enforcer goes missing the race is on to prove he’s behind the murder. Police and mobsters alike are after Milo Natale, and he who finds Milo first might determine the enforcer’s fate.

A race through the city, a new friend… or more… a new life in the offing. Milo and Clarice must find who killed Topo’s man and why before the police arrest him for murder or Topo’s men bump him and Clarice off, too.

This next book in the Ever After Mysteries combines “The Nutcracker Suite” with a murder mystery set in the heart of 1920s Rockland.


Click here to get your Kindle copy! AUDIO book coming to Audible SOON!


About the Author

Using story to connect readers with the Master Storyteller.

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours, and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.


About the Narrator

Speaking Life into Story

Queen of the one-eyebrow quirk, Christa DelSorbo auditioned for the role of Tarzan’s mom and has the photos to prove she ended up as the only cast member in a literal cast. These days, they keep her stuck in a box with a ball on a stick and only feed her when she reads another chapter of another fabulous book. She loves every minute. Or so they tell her. *eyebrow slowly raises *


More from Christa

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Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 24

For the Love of Books, October 25

Artistic Nobody, October 26

Sodbuster Living, October 27

For Him and My Family, October 28

Holly’s Book Corner, October 29

Books I’ve Read, October 30


To celebrate her tour, Christa is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a code for the audiobook!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

3 thoughts on “The Nutcracker Suite by Chautona Havig, Narrated by Christa DelSorbo REVIEW

  1. Eva Millien

    The Nutcracker sounds like an excellent book to read or listen to and I am looking forward to it! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, Sodbuster Living, for sharing your review!

    Have a spectacular day!

  2. Bea LaRocca

    Thank you for sharing your review of the The Nutcracker’s Suite Audiobook, this sounds like a great story and I am looking forward to listening to it myself


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