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. (Summary via Goodreads)
There is SO much about Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost to LOVE....unless you are the Grinch that is !!
First you are in a town called Mistletoe hainging out at a tree farm, Reindeer Games, with Holly White and her cat Cindy Lou Who....have I grabbed your interest yet ??
How about Holly moves back home a few weeks before Christmas when Reindeer Games is in full Christmas mode? It's like you can smell all the yumy treats her mom is making.
Yes I almost forgot there is a murder that occurs and the victim happens to be a "Grinch" herself. Even though Margaret is the President of the Mistletoe Historical Society, she is a thorn in everyone's side. And when Holly finds her dead body on a sleigh on the property and the murder weapon is a stake used to mark trees on the farm, Holly buts heads with the town Sheriff trying to solve the case and save her family's legacy.
It doesn't matter where you are and what time of the year it is when you read Twelve Slays of Christmas (I was on the beach in Florida in October), it is guaranteed to put you in the holiday season. You will be longing for cocoa and snickledoodles in no time.
Like I said there is so much to like within this story....It is sure to put you in a good mood. Even with the murder and the town on edge, there is a determined Sheriff who will do everything he can to protect his town and find justice.
The relationships in the story will draw at your heartstrings....from Holly and her parents to the friendships Holly has with old family friend Cookie and re-acquainted school friend Caroline, the way the entire town sticks together and let's not forget the new sparkly relationship between Holly and the Sheriff.
I am a HUGE fan of Jacqueline Frost and her other series Kitty Couture Mysteries written as Julie Chase. I look forward to more installments of Christmas Tree Farm Mysteries. I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve.....
Review by Missi S.