Monday 24 December 2018

'Twas the Knife Before Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #2) by Jacqueline Frost

'Twas the Knife Before Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery, #2)
A Christmas delight, ’Twas the Knife Before Christmas will charm the stockings off readers of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier. 

It’s out of the cupcake tin, into the fire for Holly White’s best friend, Caroline. Can Holly clear Caroline’s name in time to go caroling?

When a body turns up in the dumpster behind Caroline’s Cupcakes, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend Caroline is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine’s sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, Caroline’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a custom-designed marble rolling pin. 

Now, just ten days before Christmas, Holly’s up to her jingle bells in holiday shenanigans and in desperate need of a miracle. Juggling extra shifts at her family’s Christmas tree farm and making enough gingerbread jewelry to satisfy the crowd is already more than she can handle—and now she has to find time to clear her best friend of murder. Add in her budding relationship with the sheriff, and run-ins with an ex-fiancé looking to make amends, and Holly’s ready to fly south until springtime. 

But her Sherpa-lined mittens come off when Caroline is taken into custody. Can Holly wrap up the case in time for Christmas…even after she gains the true killer’s attention? Find out in ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s second pine-scented Christmas Tree Farm mystery.  (Summary via Goodreads)

I fell in love with Twelve Slays of Christmas, the first book in the Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series by Jacqueline Frost and I couldn't wait for the next book in this series !!  I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve !!!
And 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas did not disappoint !!!

In Twelve Slays of Christmas we are introduced to Holly White, her friends and family and her adorable hometown of Mistletoe.  And if that wasn't enough we got to hang out at her family's tree farm business and everything is all about Christmas !!  The stage was lit for an amazing series.

However in 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas Holly and her parents are in the process of building an inn that Holly will take on the responsibility of running and while it is still under constuction, Holly's best friend, Caroline, is arresteed for murdering an unpleasant date.  Of course we all know that Caroline is innocent and Holly will do everything in her power to prove that.  Even though Holly's "kind of" boyfriend, local Sheriff Evan tells her over and over to stay out of the investigation....what fun would that be ??  (For the reader that is....)

The Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series is a can't put down series !!!  Frost knows how to capture the readers attention and keep in throughout the entire story....even when the last word is read, she leaves the reader counting days until the next book.  I for one cannot wait until the third book.....Holly takes on her roll as innkeeper and we know its going to be AMAZING !!!!

Review by Missi S.

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