First of all, Jacqueline Frost is such an awesome name for someone who wrote a Christmas-themed cozy mystery that I had to look her up to see if that was actually her name. Best I can tell, it is, and Twelve Slays of Christmas is her first book.
And man, was it fun.
First of all, I want to live in Mistletoe. It sounds absolutely glorious, with all the Christmas spirit. The town really gets into the festivities, with all sorts of “12 Days of Christmas” activities. Holly’s family Christmas tree farm, Reindeer Games, sounds like a merry little utopia, complete with a gingerbread house restaurant and a trio of real live reindeer. Well, a utopia that happened to witness a murder. Regardless.
The characters are a ton of fun, and easy to imagine; Holly’s dad was 100% John Goodman. I liked the mystery, and it’s definitely a cozy – easy to predict (if you read a lot of them), but fun enough that you don’t care. I thought Frost did a great job with Holly; she’s a little naive, but not helpless, and throughout the story you can tell she’s starting to get her feet under her. I’m excited to see what she does in the next book; I have my suspicions!
Lighthearted and full of Christmas spirit – just what I wanted.
Series: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #1 Hardcover: 311 pages
Published: October 2017 by Crooked Lane Books Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Twelve Slays of Christmas on Goodreads
When Holly White’s fiance cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime–exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society Margaret Fenwick is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly’s family tree farm.
When the murder weapon is revealed as one of the wooden stakes used to identify trees on the farm, Sheriff Evan Grey turns to Holly’s father, Bud, and the Reindeer Games staff. And it doesn’t help that Bud and the reindeer keeper were each seen arguing with Margaret just before her death. But Holly knows her father, and is determined to exonerate him.The jingle bells are ringing, the clock is ticking, and if Holly doesn’t watch out, she’ll end up on Santa’s naughty list in Twelve Slays of Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s jolly series debut.
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