Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost
Published by Crooked Lane Books on October 10, 2017
Series: Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
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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.
I only wish that Mistletoe, Maine were a real place because I want to visit it immediately! Twelve Slays of Christmas, the first book in Jacqueline Frost’s Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series, delighted my cozy mystery loving heart.
Holly White was scheduled to get married on Christmas Eve until her fiancé jilted her at the last minute for a yoga instructor. (You dodged a bullet, girl.) Heartbroken, Holly heads home to Mistletoe, Maine, where her family owns Reindeer Games, a Christmas tree farm.
But holiday cheer soon turns deadly when local curmudgeon Margaret Fenwick is found beaten to death on Reindeer Games property. Reindeer Games staff all fall under suspicion—including Holly’s father, who had a dispute with Margaret prior to her death. When Sheriff Evan Grey gets involved, Holly will do everything she can to clear her father’s name and find the real killer…if she can keep herself from getting killed in the process.
I loved this book! Small town, Christmastime, a cat named Cindy Lou Who, and some well-crafted romantic tension between Holly and the sheriff…not to mention a murder mystery? Sign me up. In addition, Holly’s sweet relationship with her parents really gives this story extra heart. If you enjoy cozies, I think you’ll love Twelve Slays of Christmas. I already have book #2 in my TBR because I’m not ready to leave Mistletoe just yet. 🎄
Rating: 5 stars